PASADENA (Mar. 28, 2019) – The Caltech men's tennis team improved its all-time best national ranking to 21st on Monday while earning several regional accolades and milestones along the way.
The men's team's 8-3 start is its best in recent memory, and three ranked victories over the last two weeks have propelled the Beavers up seven spots in the national rankings. Caltech showed itself to be arguably more impressive in the west regional rankings, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's first batch since November. The young Beavers check in at fourth in the region behind only SCIAC powerhouses No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges and No. 13 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, in addition to No. 11 Trinity University (Texas).
Caltech also made tremendous strides in the individual regional rankings. Sophomore Varun Shanker (Midland, Mich. / Midland Dow), fresh off his fifth singles victory of the season over a ranked player, has earned the title of the third-highest ranked singles player in the region and the highest ranked singles player in Caltech history. Shanker trails only Jed Kronenberg of Pomona-Pitzer and Jack Katzman of CMS and will have a shot at both players when the calendar turns to April. Additionally, classmate James Wei (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) returned to the regional rankings at 13th with the potential for further gains when the Beavers begin their SCIAC schedule. Both players also retained their distinction as the top-ranked doubles team in the region.
Head Coach Jason Cohen and the Beavers will play arguably their most important match of the season on Saturday, Mar. 30 when they take on No. 22 University of Redlands on the road at 10 a.m.