Men's Tennis Loses California Trip Opener at Caltech 6-3

Niko Hereford was part of a third doubles win for the Jumbos.

PASADENA, Calif. – The Tufts University men's tennis team won doubles and had a lead in singles play, but Caltech stormed back to win 6-3 when the nationally-ranked teams met in Saturday afternoon non-conference action.

The Jumbos are ranked #22 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll and the Beavers are #29. The match was the first for the Jumbos on their spring break trip. They started strong taking two of the three doubles matches. Sophomore Boris Sorkin and junior Nathan Niemiec were first off with an 8-6 win at #1. Tufts went ahead 2-0 in the match as junior Ben Biswas and sophomore Niko Hereford won 8-7 (3) at #3.

The Beavers prevented a doubles sweep in the second match where freshman Patryk Kozlowski and junior Connor Soohoo fought for an 8-7 (5) win over Jumbos Paris Pentousis and Owen Bartok.

Sorkin pushed the Jumbo lead to 3-1 with his 6-3, 6-4 win over Varun Shanker in the #1 singles match, but that would be the last Tufts victory.

Four of the five remaining matches went three sets, including three in which Tufts took the first set. However, Caltech was able to take all five.

The only two-set decision came at #6 where Derik Nguyen defeated Tufts freshman Jack Moldenhauer 7-6 (3) and 6-1. Caltech's Kevin Yu tied the team score at 3-3 by coming back from down a set to defeat Biswas in the third match 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Niemiec also won his first set for the Jumbos before Miha Valencic rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win in #4 singles. The Beavers then clinched the victory as freshman #2 Matthew Gonzalgo won 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (4) over Pentousis. The final match off the courts was the fifth where Kozlowski defeated Bartok 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

The Jumbos (0-2) play again tomorrow versus the University of the South in Claremont. Caltech (5-2) also plays tomorrow versus Hobart.