(MONROEVILLE, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University women's tennis team, ranked 10th in Division III, faced Division I Saint Francis University on Saturday, February 10. The Tartans won the match, played by Division I rules, 4-3, and are now 6-1 for the season.
The Tartans earned the doubles point with a win at first doubles by sophomore Vinaya Rao (Vernon Hills, Ill. / Adlai E. Stevenson) and freshman Melissa Strome (West Bloomfield, Mich. / West Bloomfield), 7-5, against Laura Gutierrez and Nastasia Tamarkin. The Red Flash had to default at third doubles, giving the Tartans the point.
In singles play, a default at sixth singles gave the Tartans a 2-0 lead. The Red Flash tied it at 2-all with wins at first and third singles. Rao then won at second singles, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, before Stephanie Miller won at fourth singles for the Red Flash.
With the match in the balance, Strome picked up a come back victory at fifth singles, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, to win the match for the Tartans.
Carnegie Mellon will next play Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Seton Hill University on Sunday, February 25, also at The Club Sport and Life in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.