CLAREMONT, Calif. (Apr. 11, 2015) – Junior Rushikesh Joshi (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Archbishop Mitty) made a stand at #2 singles against No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges and held firm in the top slot against No. 3 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges as the Caltech men's tennis team fell to both national powerhouses on Saturday.
Caltech is now 5-10 overall and 0-6 in the SCIAC, while CMS improves to 21-1 (5-0) and Pomona-Pitzer moves to 23-5 (5-2).
Caltech 0, No. 1 CMS 9
Joshi and sophomore Morgan Lebby (Laguna Beach, Calif. / Laguna Beach) battled to take five games at #2 against last year's No. 21-ranked doubles pairing in the nation in Skyler Butts and Daniel Morkovine. Sophomores Ruthwick Pathireddy (Irvine, Calif. / Whitney) and Sathwick Pathireddy (Irvine, Calif. / Whitney) also won two games at the top slot against this year's West region #1 pairing of Joe Dorn and Warren Wood, while the Stags took #3 8-0.
Joshi hung right with his foe at #2 singles through the entire match, narrowly falling 6-4, 6-3. Junior Ishan Mehta (Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) won a game in both sets at #5 while Sathwick Pathireddy and Lebby took a game apiece, with Pathireddy facing last year's No. 6-ranked player in the nation in Glenn Hull.
Caltech 0, No. 3 Pomona-Pitzer 9
Mehta and junior Alexander Henny (Scarborough, Maine / Scarborough) led the Beavers in doubles, taking four games at the #3 spot while the Pathireddys won three and the Joshi/Lebby pairing managed two. The singles matches were extremely tight at the top, with Joshi again falling by a slim margin at 6-2, 6-4 in the top spot while Ruthwick Pathireddy dug deep in a pair of tiebreakers at #2, eventually falling in a heartbreaker, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3). Lebby and Henny also impressed at #4 and #5 singles, winning four and three games, respectively.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will finish out the regular season match schedule at No. 31 Cal Lutheran University (8-11, 3-3) on Saturday, Apr. 18. Caltech will also participate in the Ojai Valley Tournament the following weekend before the SCIAC Postseason Tournament on May 1-2, hosted by Caltech.