LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2019) – Sophomore Varun Shanker (Midland, Mich. / Midland Dow) of the No. 32-ranked Caltech men's tennis team got his first SCIAC Athlete of the Week nod of the season on Monday thanks to a pair of ranked wins against No. 31 University of California, Santa Cruz on Saturday.
Shanker, who also earned athlete of the week recognition last season, first teamed with doubles partner James Wei (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) to defeat the Banana Slugs' top doubles team, the west region's fifth-ranked team, 8-7 (6). Shanker then took down the west region's top-ranked player in Chad LeDuff, 6-3, 6-1 for the biggest singles win of his career. LeDuff came into the match also billed as the No. 2 player in Division III following his run to the finals of the ITA National Championship this past Fall. Shanker is currently ranked 19th in the west and is sure to move up after Saturday's performance.
Shanker and the Beavers will return to the court on Monday, Mar. 4 for their next regular season match against visiting Rhodes College.