ROME, Ga. (Oct. 13, 2018) – Sophomores Varun Shanker (Midland, Mich. / Midland Dow) and James Wei (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) wrapped up their time at the 2018 ITA Cup in Rome, Ga. with a fourth-place finish as the tournament's fourth-seeded team.
The duo took on Johnson and Whaling from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saturday's third-place game. Shanker and Wei started strong, holding serve through the first five games of the opening set before Gustavus Adolphus rebounded with a late break to steal the set. Caltech held serve through the first few games of the second set as well before again succumbing to a key break from their opponents. For their efforts, the Beavers' top doubles team will enter the spring season ranked fourth in the nation among the elite doubles teams in Division III, the heights of which have not been reached before in the history of the men's tennis program.
Head Coach Jason Cohen and the Beavers will open the 2019 regular season at University of California Santa Cruz on Sunday, Feb. 10.