OJAI, Calif. (Apr. 24, 2015) – All four Beavers competing at the Ojai Tennis Tournament 115th Edition faced players from nationally ranked SCIAC foes yet took several games each on Friday.
Sophomore Sathwick Pathireddy (Irvine, Calif. / Whitney) was given possibly the toughest draw against last year's tournament darling, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' Max Macey, who reached the semifinals of last year's tournament. Pathireddy dropped a close 6-3 first set and fell 6-2 in the second, with Macey going on to reach the quarterfinals, where he fell to eventual champion and teammate #1 seed Warren Wood.
Junior Rushikesh Joshi (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Archbishop Mitty) was tasked with Pomona-Pitzer Colleges' Graham Maassen. Joshi hung around for the first few games before his opponent took control, going on to win 6-3, 6-1 and upsetting #16 Justin P. Thompson of Chapman University in the next round.
Sophomore Morgan Lebby (Laguna Beach, Calif. / Laguna Beach) went up against Cal Lutheran University's Fergus Scott, who would go on to upset #13 seed Kyle Richter and force a tiebreak in the Round of 16 versus eventual runner-up #3 Skyler Butts from CMS. Lebby never gave an inch as he bounced back from a 6-3 loss in the first set to take four games in the second before ultimately bowing out.
Sophomore Ruthwick Pathireddy (Irvine, Calif. / Whitney) rounded out the Caltech participants, dropping a narrow 6-3, 6-4 decision to Chapman's Charlie Werman in perhaps the tournament's most daunting pod, which included #2 Patrick Lipscomb of the University of Redlands and #10 Joe Dorn of CMS.
All four Beavers returned to the court later in the day for the doubles competition. The Pathireddy twins took on UC Santa Cruz's Derek Levchenko and Chad Stone, falling 8-3, while Joshi and Lebby fell by an identical score to CMS's Bryan Mehall and Lestter Yeh.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will finish their preparations for the SCIAC Championships, hosted by Caltech, this Friday and Saturday, May 1-2. #8 seed Caltech (5-11, 0-7) opens the tournament against #1 seed and national No. 1 CMS (24-2, 7-0) on Friday at 10:00 a.m.