PASADENA (Aug. 7, 2019) – The Caltech men's tennis team has unveiled its schedule for the upcoming 2020 season. This year's schedule will feature 15 home matches and 13 matches against ranked opponents (subject to change). The Beavers are looking to build on last year's success this spring following a 24th-ranked finish to end 2019 and the addition of Division III's 23rd-most heralded recruiting class to an already established core.
Caltech will open the season with three days at the ITA Fall Regionals in Claremont, Calif. beginning on Friday, Oct. 4 and extending through the weekend. Last year saw sophomores Varun Shanker (Midland, Mich. / Midland Dow) and James Wei (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) win the regional doubles championship and make an appearance at the 2018 ITA Cup in Rome, Ga. This year's ITA Cup will take place later in the month for any Beavers who manage to qualify. Following a layoff extending into February, Caltech will open the 2020 regular season at home when they host the University of California, Santa Cruz on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. The men's tennis team will play one more February match the very next day when it meets No. 30 Southwestern University in Indian Wells, Calif. at a time to be announced at a later date.
The Beavers will kick off a busy March on Tuesday, Mar. 3 when they host Clark University at 3 p.m. Two days later, Caltech will host No. 40 Christopher Newport on Thursday, Mar. 5 at 2 p.m for the first meeting between the two teams since 2018, and will proceed to host No. 33 Swarthmore College on Monday, Mar. 9 at 3 p.m. The Beavers will continue their lengthy early spring homestand when they look to gain a measure of revenge on No. 7 Bowdoin College on Wednesday, Mar. 11 at 3 p.m. Three days later, Caltech will host a Saturday doubleheader. The Beavers will first host Philadelphia-area Haverford College at 9 a.m. and are set for a 2 p.m. tilt with No. 34 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shortly after. The final two matches of the March homestand will take place on Thursday, Mar. 19 and Friday, Mar. 20. Caltech will first host No. 17 Tufts University in the Thursday match at 2 p.m. before reconvening at the same time on Friday to host No. 27 Whitman College. Two of the Beavers' best ranked wins in 2019 came against Tufts and Whitman and they will look to make it two-in-a-row on the Jumbos and Blues in 2020. The men's team will meet fourth-ranked University of Chicago in Claremont, Calif. on Monday, Mar. 23 at 10 a.m. before wrapping the month with three more home contests. Caltech will host No. 28 George Fox University on Thursday, Mar. 26 at 10 a.m., Lewis & Clark College later that same day at 2 p.m., and will make its 2020 SCIAC debut at home against Occidental College on Saturday, Mar. 18 at 10 a.m.
From April on, the men's tennis team will play the remainder of its matches against SCIAC teams. Caltech will open April on the third of the month against No. 16 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, a team in which the Beavers claimed their highest-ranked win ever against back in 2019 (No. 14). Caltech will travel to Whittier College later that day to meet the Poets on road at 3 p.m. One week later, the Beavers will host Chapman University at 3 p.m. and close the weekend with a Saturday match against No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges at 10 a.m in a match that figures to have SCIAC Postseason Tournament implications. Caltech will play one more SCIAC match on the road when they travel to No. 39 California Lutheran University on Friday, Apr. 17 at 3 p.m. and finish up the regular season at home against the No. 18 University of Redlands on Wednesday, Apr. 22 at 3 p.m.
Head Coach Jason Cohen and the Beavers return to Ventura for the 120th Annual Ojai Valley Tournament from Thursday, Apr. 24-Sunday, Apr. 26 before the SCIAC Postseason Tournament the following weekend, hosted by the conference's top two seeds upon the season's completion. Last year saw Shanker qualify for the NCAA Individual Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., and should the team or any individual players manage to qualify, this year's NCAA Championships will be held in late May.