PASADENA, Calif. (Mar. 23, 2015) – Sophomore Morgan Lebby (Laguna Beach, Calif. / Laguna Beach) and junior Rushikesh Joshi (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Archbishop Mitty) won their second straight match at #2 doubles against West Region No. 10 Pacific (Ore.) University on Monday morning.
With a 2-1 Pacific lead in hand after doubles, three of the top four singles spots were hotly contested through the first set before the Boxers separated themselves in what became an 8-1 victory. Pacific improves to 9-2 overall while Caltech dips to 4-5.
The visitors jumped out to the 2-0 lead with quick wins at #1 and #3 doubles, but Lebby and Joshi got an early break at #2 and held on for the 8-4 victory to halve the deficit before singles play.
Lebby carried the momentum into his match at #4 singles, taking the first set 6-3. Sophomore Ruthwick Pathireddy (Irvine, Calif. / Whitney) dropped a tiebreaker at #1 as the Boxers took the first set in the other three singles matches, but sophomore Sathwick Pathireddy (Irvine, Calif. / Whitney) dominated the second set at #3, 6-1, to force a third set while Lebby also found himself in a third set.
Meanwhile, Pacific picked up a quick win at #2 singles and the regionally ranked Giancarlo Battaglia claimed #1 to bring the Boxers within a point of clinching the match, which they did with victories at both #3 and #4. Pacific tacked on two more as #5 and #6 singles followed the first four matches, although junior Alexander Henny (Scarborough, Maine / Scarborough) made his opponent work for the victory at #5 (6-2, 7-5).
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will continue their Spring Break slate against Willamette University (2-7) on Wednesday, Mar. 25 at 10:00 a.m.