May 14, 2010

*Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon Athletics

PITTSBURGH - The Carnegie Mellon University men's tennis team, ranked eighth nationally, competed in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Championship Friday, May 14.  The Tartans advanced to the finals of the Regional with a 5-0 victory over Ohio Northern University.  The three-day regional is hosted by Carnegie Mellon University.  The win moves the Tartans dual record to 20-5 and the Polar Bears end their season at 20-3.

The tandem of senior Nikola Ljuboja (Highland Park, Ill.) and freshman Duke Miller (Poway, Calif.) gave the Cardinal and Gray their first point with an 8-3 victory at No. 3 doubles. Senior James Muliawan (Wycoff, N.J./Ramapo) paired with sophomore Jeremy King (East Meadow, N.Y./Chaminade) at No. 1 doubles while juniors Alex Nemerov (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Bobby MacTaggart (Boonton, N.J./Newark Academy) played in the No. 2 position. Both teams won by scores of 8-4, giving the Tartans a 3-0 edge following doubles play.

Senior Jon Spero (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) won at No. 5 singles, 6-1, 6-2, to give Carnegie Mellon a 4-0 lead before Miller sealed the victory for the Tartans with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles.

Carnegie Mellon will face Texas-Tyler Saturday, May 15 in the regional final at 11:00 a.m.