PASADENA, CA – Playing in between rain drops was just fine for the men's tennis team as the Beavers prevailed over Arizona Christian 6-3 on Sunday afternoon.
In a match that featured nip-and-tuck singles matches, the Beavers fought off a solid effort from the visitors.
Caltech won the first two matches off the court as Luka Mernik and Morgan Libby prevailed in straight sets at the fifth and sixth singles positions. Arizona Christian responded with victories at the first and second singles spots.
Sathwick Pathireddy grinded out a critical three-set win at the No. 3 singles match. The first-year dropped the first set 6-3 but battled back to win 6-1, 6-4 in the final two sets.
Able to start doubles play while the final singles match was the on the court. Arizona Christian won the top doubles match 8-2 but the No. 3 team of Libby and Rushikesh Joshi recorded an 8-5 victory.
The team match was ultimately decided by a marathon three-setter at the No. 4 singles spot. Ruthwick Pathireddy fought back for an early hole to post a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 that clinched the fifth team point for the home team.
The Pathireddy brothers finished the day with an 8-6 win at the No. 2 doubles spot to seal the win.
Caltech 6, Arizona Christian 3
1. Andrew Barnett (ACU) def. Devashish Joshi (CALTECH) 6-3, 6-4
2. Ian Glessing (ACU) def. Rushikesh Joshi (CALTECH) 6-1, 7-5
3. Sathwick Pathireddy (CALTECH) def. Tyler Cawthorne (ACU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. Ruthwick Pathireddy (CALTECH) def. Michael Munquia (ACU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
5. Luka Mernik (CALTECH) def. Geoffrey Leu (ACU) 6-1, 7-5
6. Morgan Lebby (CALTECH) def. Adam West (ACU) 6-0, 6-0
1. Andrew Barnett/Ian Glessing (ACU) def. Devashish Joshi/Luka Mernik (CALTECH) 8-2
2. Ruthwick Pathireddy/Sathwick Pathireddy (CALTECH) def. Michael Munquia/Tyler Cawthorne (ACU) 8-6
3. Rushikesh Joshi/Morgan Lebby (CALTECH) def. Adam West/Geoffrey Leu (ACU) 8-5