PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2016) – The Caltech men's tennis freshman trio of Derik Nguyen (Anaheim, Calif. / Canyon), Zixiao Li (Coppell, Texas / Coppell) and Andre Liu (Novi, Mich. / Novi) made short work of their opponents in singles, with Nguyen and Li also claiming a decisive victory at #3 doubles, in their collegiate debuts against Linfield College as the Beavers recorded an 8-1 regional win on Monday afternoon.
The win marks Caltech's first 1-0 start since 2010 and first season-opening win over an NCAA opponent dating back to 2004.
The rookie duo breezed through their opening match in doubles and was soon followed by both #2 and #1 Beavers pairings for the sweep and 3-0 lead heading to singles. The youth movement continued in full force as Li notched a 6-1, 6-0 win at #5, with Liu clinching the match at #6 (6-2, 6-0) and Nguyen not far behind at #4 (6-2, 6-0). Senior Rushikesh Joshi (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Archbishop Mitty) found himself behind by a break in both sets but rallied late each time to pull a 6-4, 6-4 win at #1 while junior Ruthwick Pathireddy (Cerritos, Calif. / Whitney) grinded out a well-earned 7-6 (2), 6-3 victory at #2.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will return to the courts for the SCIAC opener hosting No. 34 Cal Lutheran University.