CLAREMONT, Calif. – A strong start in doubles and a match-clinching singles win by first-year Joshua Xu sealed a key 5-4 win over No. 6 Williams for the top-ranked University of Chicago men's tennis team Thursday at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.
The Maroons (11-0) remained unbeaten in dual play with the victory, their second 5-4 decision in three days after Tuesday's thriller over Ponoma-Pitzer.
Yuan and Pei would go on to win in straight sets in their singles matches to set up the clinching point for Xu at No. 6. After capturing his first set, 6-2, Xu outlasted Williams' Noah Reich in the tiebreaker, winning 7-6 (5).
"The men really made it a point to come out more aggressive in doubles and that turned out to be the difference in the match," Head Coach Jay Tee said. "Jeremy and Charlie turned in two more great performances and Josh recovered nicely and delivered our fifth and final point.
"We know that we will have to crank it up even more if we want to be successful versus Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on their home courts tomorrow."
#1 UCHICAGO 5, #6 WILLIAMS 4
1. Arturo Kam (W) def. Erik Kerrigan, 6-3, 6-3.
2. Jeremy Yuan (UC) def. Ananth Raghavan , 6-4, 6-4.
3. Charlie Pei (UC) def. Calvin Chung, 6-4, 6-3
4. Alex Taylor (W) def. Alejandro Rodriguez, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 10-4
5. Peter Frelinghuysen (W) def. Alex Guzhva, 6-3, 7-6 (7-0)
6. Joshua Xu (UC) def. Noah Reich, 6-2, 7-6 (5)
- Thursday, March 29: #1 UChicago at #4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 9 A.M. PDT