PASADENA, Calif. (May 1, 2015) – Sophomore Sathwick Pathireddy (Irvine, Calif. / Whitney) won both doubles and singles for the Beavers' only points on the day as the #8 seed Caltech men's tennis team hosted #1 No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges and #5 No. 38 Chapman University in the SCIAC Championships on Friday.
Caltech 0, No. 1 CMS 5
In the morning session, CMS took a quick 1-0 lead with an 8-0 victory at #3 doubles, followed by the region's No. 1-ranked duo of Warren Wood/Joe Dorn posting an 8-3 win at #1. Junior Rushikesh Joshi (Sunnyvale, Calif. / Archbishop Mitty) and sophomore Morgan Lebby (Laguna Beach, Calif. / Laguna Beach) gave Ojai Tournament champions and regional No. 6 Skyler Butts/Daniel Morkovine all they could handle at #2 before going down, 8-4. The Stags swept through singles, ending the match with 6-0, 6-0 victories at #3 and #4 while leading 6-0, 3-0 at both #1 and #2.
Caltech 2, No. 38 Chapman 7
The Beavers and Panthers faced off in the back draw for the right to play for fifth place on Saturday. With Caltech getting well over two hours of rest after finishing so quickly in the morning, Chapman showed some fatigue from the early match as all three doubles courts went to at least 12 games. The Panthers finally turned away a rally at #2 as Joshi/Lebby forced a deuce at 6-6 looking to get the break, but Brett Buford/Charlie Werman came through in the clutch to get the win, 8-6. The foes split #1 and #3 doubles just like their regular season match on March 27, with juniors Ishan Mehta (Fort Gratiot, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) and Alexander Henny (Scarborough, Maine / Scarborough) winning an extra game this time at #3 (8-4) and Sathwick/Ruthwick Pathireddy (Irvine, Calif. / Whitney) going wire-to-wire at court #1 for the 8-4 victory and extending their program record to 11 on the season. Chapman would clinch the match with straight-set wins at #1 (6-1, 6-3), #2 (6-4, 6-0) and #4 (6-4, 6-4) in quick succession, but Sathwick Pathireddy salvaged a singles point for the hosts with a three-set rally (1-6, 6-2, 7-5) over Werman at #3.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will host #7 Occidental College (6-13, 1-8) in the Seventh Place match at 10:00 a.m.