PASADENA (Mar. 11, 2019) – The Caltech men's tennis team won its third-straight match in the face of a tough challenge from No. 31 Swarthmore College. The Beavers picked up the win, 6-3, and needed to lean on their resiliency to ultimately get the job done.
Caltech, as it has done in recent wins took two doubles points from its opponent on Monday, but needed fourth-ranked sophomores Varun Shanker (Midland, Mich. / Midland Dow) and James Wei (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) to break back against the Garnet in order to secure the second win. The Beavers' ace combination not only got back on serve, but broke at 6-5 and went on to serve out the win. Sophomore Kevin Yu (Mason, Ohio / Cincinnati Country Day) and freshman Matthew Gonzalgo (Plantation, Fla. / St. Thomas Aquinas) got Caltech's other doubles win out of the third spot (8-5).
Singles play also yielded its fair share of comebacks. Wei won the first set, 6-3, but went down by as much as 4-1 in the ensuing set but won five of the final six games to steal the win at second singles for the home team. On the heels of a dominant first set, Yu trailed his opponent by a break late in the second set of his match at fifth singles, and came back to force a tiebreaker and win it 8-6. Junior Miha Valencic (Colleyville, Texas / Grapevine) began his third singles match in a 3-0 hole, but dug out of it to win the first set 7-5, before handling his opponent in the second set 6-3. Shanker, meanwhile defeated his opponent out of the first singles spot, 6-4, 6-1, and although they came up on the short end of their matches, freshman Gonzalgo and senior Derik Nguyen (Anaheim, Calif. / Canyon) took each of their opponents to three sets.
Head Coach Jason Cohen and the Beavers will attempt to make it four-straight when they host No. 26 Skidmore College on Wednesday, Mar. 13 at 3 p.m.