LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (Apr. 3, 2017) – Senior Derik Nguyen (Anaheim, Calif. / Canyon) of the 25th-ranked Caltech men's tennis team has been named SCIAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week for his role in the Beavers' best victory to date, a 5-4 triumph over No. 14 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges this past Friday. Nguyen's second player of the week achievement comes just over two years since last receiving recognition as a sophomore.
With Caltech having rallied to regain a 4-3 match lead just minutes prior, Nguyen completed a successful two-set rally to pull out a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win, breaking his opponent in the final game of the match in order to do so. Nguyen also scored a singles win for Caltech at Chapman University less than 24 hours later and went undefeated on the weekend at second doubles with freshman partner Patryk Kozlowski (Irvine, Calif. / University High). Nguyen and Kozlowski won both matches this weekend by a combined score of 16-7.
Nguyen's efforts have helped force the Beavers back into the SCIAC playoff conversation. With a pair of regular season matches yet to be played, Caltech can control its own playoff destiny but will have to settle for the fourth seed unless they end up tied with the Sagehens, in which case the Beavers could vault to third and draw a slightly more favorable matchup.
Head Coach Jason Cohen and the Beavers will return to home court on Saturday, Apr. 20 to host Whittier College on Senior Day, but first must contend with the SCIAC - and nation's - top-ranked team in Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges the day prior on the road.