May 15, 2010

Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon Sports Information

May 15 - (PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - The #8 Carnegie Mellon University men's tennis team defeated University of Texas at Tyler 5-1 in the NCAA Regional Final Saturday afternoon on the Pittsburgh campus. The Tartans are now 21-5 on the season and advance to the final eight for the first time in program history.

The Tartans led after doubles play 2-1 when juniors Alex Nemerov (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Bobby MacTaggart (Boonton, N.J./Newark Academy) won 8-3 and senior James Muliawan (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) and sophomore Jeremy King (East Meadow, N.Y./Chaminade) won 8-4 at No. 1. Senior Nikola Ljuboja (Highland Park, Ill.) and freshman Duke Miller (Poway, Calif.) nearly pulled out a win at three doubles but fell 9-8 (7-1) as neither side was able to break serve.

Senior Jon Spero (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) finished singles play first with a 6-2, 6-0 win in the No. 5 slot. Muliawan wasn't far behind as he won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 singles to give the Tartans a 4-1 advantage.

Miller was able to win the final point for the Tartans with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles.

With the regional win, Carnegie Mellon advances to the final eight and will play on Tuesday, May 25 against an opponent to be determined. The championship is being played in Oberlin, Ohio.