PASADENA (Feb. 10, 2018) – An all-around effort from the Caltech men's tennis team put the Beavers in position to potentially upset No. 12 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Saturday morning.
The Beavers picked up three wins at third, fourth and fifth singles. Junior Derik Nguyen (Anaheim, Calif. / Canyon) needed three sets to down the Sagehens' third singles player but did so in impressive fashion, rallying from a 6-2 result in the first set to win the second and third sets, 6-3, 6-4. Freshman James Wei (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) had a bit of an easier time at fourth singles, winning his regular season debut, 6-2, 6-3. Sophomore Miha Valencic (Colleyville, Texas / Grapevine), meanwhile won his match at fifth singles in straight sets, but needed a tiebreaker in the second set to close out his opponent (6-4, 7-6 (7-2)).
Caltech also had a big win at third doubles from two players who either did not come out on the winning end in singles play or did not play at singles, which speaks to the depth of this year's team. Freshman Kevin Yu (Mason, Ohio / Cincinnati Country Day) and sophomore Connor Soohoo (Redwood Shores, Calif. / Crystal Springs) united to pull out a 9-8 victory over Pomona-Pitzer, winning a super tiebreaker 10-4 to cinch the match. At the same time, Wei, along with freshman doubles partner Varun Shanker (Midland, Mich. / Midland Dow) had an impressive debut in the first doubles slot, winning six games off the Sagehens' top combination.
Gamble and the Beavers will have one week to rest before embarking on a three-match northwest road trip, beginning with Lewis & Clark College on Feb. 17.