The 2014 regular season slate came to close for the Beavers tennis team this weekend as they took on a pair of SCIAC foes. On Friday night they traveled to 18th ranked Cal Lutheran before hosting Chapman on Saturday afternoon.
While the Beavers weren't able to come out on top in either match, special recognition is due to a pair of graduating players. Devashish Joshi and Luka Mernik were honored for their significant contributions to the program during their four years with the team.
Joshi has been the Beavers No. 1 singles player since he first stepped onto the court during the 2011 season. The native of Sunnyvale, CA has played all 66 matches he suited up for at the top spot.
Luka Mernik has played in 65 matches since his first-year with the program. Mernik's 13 singles wins ranks him seventh all-time in Caltech history.
The duo has seen the program progress significantly in four years. Most notable is the fact that Caltech recieved a regional ranking for the ITA (currently 13th in the west region) this year. Furthermore, a pair of first-year player - Morgan Lebby and Ruthwick Pathireddy - have won 10 singles match; tying them for the most ever in a single season at Caltech.
Next weekend a handful of players will participate in the annual Ojai Tournament before the squad's rounds out SCIAC play at the conference championships the first weekend of May.
#18 Cal Lutheran 9, Caltech 0
1. Moises Cardenas (CLU) def. Devashish Joshi (CALTECH) 6-0, 6-1
2. Alex Nichols (CLU) def. Ruthwick Pathireddy (CALTECH) 6-2, 6-1
3. Connor Treacy (CLU) def. Sathwick Pathireddy (CALTECH) 6-3, 6-0
4. Sean Handley (CLU) def. Rushikesh Joshi (CALTECH) 6-4, 6-2
5. Ian Slater (CLU) def. Morgan Lebby (CALTECH) 6-2, 6-1
6. Fergus Scott (CLU) def. Luka Mernik (CALTECH) 6-1, 6-7, 10-2
1. Alex Nichols/Connor Treacy (CLU) def. Ruthwick Pathireddy/Sathwick Pathireddy (CALTECH) 8-5
2. Moises Cardenas/Fergus Scott (CLU) def. Luka Mernik/Devashish Joshi (CALTECH) 8-5
3. Ian Slater/Jesse Knight (CLU) def. Rushikesh Joshi/Morgan Lebby (CALTECH) 8-5
Caltech 5-10, 0-6 SCIAC; Regional ranking #13
Cal Lutheran 7-9, 5-2 SCIAC; National ranking #18; Regional ranking #5
Chapman University 7, Caltech 2
1. Justin Thompson (CU-M) def. Devashish Joshi (CALTECH) 6-1, 6-0
2. Charlie Werman (CU-M) def. Ruthwick Pathireddy (CALTECH) 6-4, 6-4
3. Brett Buford (CU-M) def. Sathwick Pathireddy (CALTECH) 6-4, 6-1
4. Troy Akin (CU-M) def. Rushikesh Joshi (CALTECH) 6-3, 6-2
5. Morgan Lebby (CALTECH) def. Sam Mittledorf (CU-M) 4-6, 6-0, 10-7
6. Hunter Morris (CU-M) def. Luka Mernik (CALTECH) 7-6, 6-3
1. Brett Buford/Troy Akin (CU-M) def. Ruthwick Pathireddy/Sathwick Pathireddy (CALTECH) 8-5
2. Charlie Werman/Sam Mittledorf (CU-M) def. Luka Mernik/Devashish Joshi (CALTECH) 8-2
3. Morgan Lebby/Rushikesh Joshi (CALTECH) def. Zach Resnick/Justin Thompson (CU-M) 8-5