PASADENA (Mar. 22, 2017) – Sophomore Zixiao Li (Coppell, Texas / Coppell) and freshman Miha Valencic (Colleyville, Texas / Grapevine) picked up individual victories as the Caltech men's tennis team came up short to visiting No. 23 Sewanee: University of the South, 7-2, in Wednesday's afternoon match.
Neither Caltech victory came easily, although the overall match score was a bit misleading as only four were won decisively. Both Li and Valencic came from behind to split opening sets with their opponents at #4 and #5 singles, respectively, and went on to seal their victories in super-tiebreakers. Li defeated Davis Owen, 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 and Valencic defeated Jordan Brewer, 1-6, 6-4, 10-4.
In addition to the Beavers victories, senior Ruthwick Pathireddy (Irvine, Calif. / Whitney) gave Avery Schober, the 24th-ranked player in the nation, all he could handle in the top singles slot. After dropping a close first set 4-6, Pathireddy rallied in the second set, 6-2, to force the super tiebreaker. The back-and-forth determining segment ended with Schober fighting off a match point to edge Pathireddy, 11-9.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers (3-4 overall, 1-1 SCIAC) will be back at home this Sunday, Mar. 26 when they host the University of California, Santa Cruz Banana Slugs (4-4) at 11 a.m.