PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2015) – The Caltech men's tennis team picked up its first win of the season with an 8-1 victory over Hope International University on Friday afternoon.
The Beavers move to 1-3 on the season while the Eagles drop to 0-8.
With HIU a player short, Caltech was awarded a default victory at #3 doubles, and quickly made it 3-0 as the #1 pairing of sophomores Ruthwick Pathireddy (Irvine, Calif. / Whitney) and Sathwick Pathireddy (Irvine, Calif. / Whitney) won 8-1 and the #2 duo of sophomore Morgan Lebby (Laguna Beach, Calif. / Laguna Beach) and junior Rushikesh Joshi (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Archbishop Mitty) won, 8-4.
A default at #6 put Caltech within just one point of clinching the match, and that came sooner than expected as Ruthwick Pathireddy's opponent at #2 singles retired down 3-0 in the first set.
Lebby made short work of his foe at #4 singles, winning 6-0, 6-1, followed by junior Alexander Henny (Scarborough, Maine / Scarborough) at #5 (6-3, 6-0) and Sathwick Pathireddy at #3 (7-6 , 6-1) for Caltech's final point.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will look to build on the momentum as they host Clark University (2-4) on Sunday, Mar. 1 at 10:00 a.m.