PASADENA, Calif. – Zachery Lyons completed his final collegiate tennis match on top, winning both his singles and doubles matches, but the Linfield senior’s gritty effort Sunday wasn’t enough to earn Linfield a win over Cal Tech in the Wildcats’ season finale. Cal Tech won the nonconference match 5-4 at the Braun Tennis Courts.
A Linfield victory would have avoided the first winless season by a Wildcats team in program history. Linfield completed its 2013 season with an overall record of 0-13. Cal Tech (1-18) enjoyed its first win of the season.
Lyons and partner Lukas Kleinman (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) scraped out an 8-6 victory over the Beavers’ Joshi Devashish and Luka Mernik in the No. 1 doubles flight. The duo improved to 5-2.
Linfield’s Micah Roos (Jr., Port Angeles, Wash.) and Tim Hawkins (Soph., Boise, Idaho) prevailed 8-4 over Cal Tech’s Amol Kamat and Ishan Mehta at No. 2. The Beavers captured the third flight with Joshi Rushikesh and JD Co-Reyes topping the Wildcats’ Alex Mangan and Joel Trousdale by an 8-3 count.
Lyons also demonstrated his resilience in singles play, coming from one set down at No. 1 singles to beat Devashish 6-7, 6-2, 10-5. Kleinman collected Linfield’s other team point at No. 5 singles, beating Kamat 6-2, 6-1.
Cal Tech won the remaining four singles pairings. Rushikesh got by Roos 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2, Mernik defeated Trousdale 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3, and Alex Henny set down Hawkins 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4. Co-Reyes won a first-set tiebreaker on his way to downing Mangan 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 at No. 6.
Senior goes out a winner
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