#9 Tartans Push Past #29 Denison, 7-2

#9 Tartans Push Past #29 Denison, 7-2

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - The ninth-ranked Carnegie Mellon University men's tennis team hosted 29th-ranked Denison University on Saturday, March 31, defeating the Big Red, 7-2, for its 10th win of the season.

Senior Tommy Cheng (Cupertino, Calif. / Cupertino) and freshman Kailas Shekar (Saratoga, Calif. / Saratoga) started the scoring with an 8-2 win at number three doubles. The 15th-ranked pair of juniors Daniel Levine (Highland Park, Ill. / Boca Prep International School) and Chaz Downing (Newport Beach, Calif. / Corona Del Mar) then topped Kevin Brown and Jamie McDonald, 8-6, at first doubles to give the Tartans a 2-0 lead.

After Denison won at second doubles, Levine and Downing made the score 4-1 with wins at first and second singles. Levine, ranked second in the nation, won his match, 6-2, 6-3, seconds before Downing won 6-0, 6-2 at the second position.

Freshman Ray Boppana (Boxborough, Mass. / Acton Boxborough Regional) secured the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win at third singles.

Other wins for the Tartans came at fourth and fifth singles by Shekar and sophomore Robert Levin (Virginia Beach, Va. / Princess Anne), respectively. Shekar topped Brown, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2, while Levin defeated Danish Siddiquie, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

The Tartans now have a 10-5 record and will face the University of Mary Washington on the road on Saturday, April 7.