Photo by Noelle Davis
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (Mar. 11, 2018) – Rookie James Wei (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) won his fifth straight singles match and third consecutive in doubles to propel Caltech men's tennis to an 8-1 victory over Vassar College on Sunday afternoon.
As the nearby Indian Wells Masters professional tournament rolled into the Round of 32, Wei and the Beavers stormed out to an early lead over the out-of-town Brewers with a doubles sweep. Wei and classmate Varun Shanker (Midland, Mich. / Midland Dow), fresh off a pair of victories over the top duos from nationally ranked teams last weekend, posted a decisive 8-3 win at the top spot. They soon were followed by sophomore Connor Soohoo (Redwood Shores, Calif. / Crystal Springs) and freshman Kevin Yu (Mason, Ohio / Cincinnati Country Day) at third doubles (8-5) and juniors Derik Nguyen (Anaheim, Calif. / Canyon) and Zixiao Li (Coppell, Texas / Coppell) at second doubles (8-6).
Wei kept things rolling with the Beavers' first singles point, claiming a 6-0, 6-3 win at second singles. That match was quickly followed by Nguyen and Soohoo at third and sixth singles, respectively, to clinch the match. Caltech did not stop there, however, as Yu and Shanker also won in straight sets at fifth and first singles.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will prepare for their two-match trip to Texas next Sunday and Monday, Mar. 18-19, but in the meantime will eagerly await the Mar. 15 national ranking release after their landmark win against No. 30 Christopher Newport University last Monday.