ROME, Ga. (Oct. 18, 2019) – Juniors Varun Shanker (Midland, Mich. / Midland Dow) and James Wei (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) of the Caltech men's tennis team finished up their run at the 2019 ITA Cup against the top-seeded team from Williams College on Friday afternoon.
The junior duo and west region runner-ups totaled five games on the top-ranked team in Division III but ultimately fell short of an upset, 6-2, 6-3. Having won their first-round match on Thursday, the newly minted three-time All-Americans bought themselves a consolation match later in the afternoon against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Beavers got an early break against RPI and went on to take the first set, 6-3, before dropping the second set to trigger a super tiebreaker to determine the winner. Once again, Shanker and Wei started strong by winning three of the first four points, but the Engineers eventually caught up and began to pull away at 4-4. The junior pair fought back but were unable to fully erase the deficit and dropped the super tiebreaker, 10-7.
Shanker and Wei will not leave Rome empty-handed. The junior teammates are the only players in Caltech history to recognized as All-Americans in three-consecutive years and could re-emerge in the national doubles rankings thanks to their victory over 22nd-ranked Southern Virginia University. The next set of ITA rankings are slated to come out this November.
Head Coach Jason Cohen and the Beavers will take the court again in January 2020 when they head to Hawaii for a five-day training trip.