PASADENA, Calif. (Mar. 31, 2018) – A straight-set singles sweep fueled No. 36 Caltech men's tennis to its first SCIAC win in a decisive 8-1 victory over Chapman University on Saturday morning.
The win marked Caltech's fourth consecutive and raised the Beavers' record to 7-5 overall and 1-1 in SCIAC play.
With the Mar. 29 individual regional rankings still not released, it is unclear where the rookie duo of Varun Shanker (Midland, Mich. / Midland Dow) and James Wei (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) stands among their peers, but they continued to make their case with an eighth straight doubles victory at the top spot to kick things off. Classmate Kevin Yu (Mason, Ohio / Cincinnati Country Day) and sophomore Connor Soohoo (Redwood Shores, Calif. / Crystal Springs) gave Caltech the 2-1 lead heading into singles play, where all six Beavers swept their matches in straight sets. Victories of particular note came at court two, as Wei won his 10th straight match, and court five, where Yu notched his seventh consecutive win.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers face a crucial SCIAC challenge at Whittier College (2-7, 1-0) on Friday, Apr. 6 at 3 p.m.