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April 6, 2012

CHOY, GROSSMAN IMPRESS IN LOSSES TO RANKED TEAMS

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director
 

LOS ANGELESSpencer Choy (Aiea, Hawaii) and Jamie Grossman (Tiburon) picked up impressive individual victories over the weekend, but the Occidental College men's tennis team lost two SCIAC matches to nationally ranked teams.

The Tigers (11-6, 0-4 SCIAC) lost to No. 20 Whittier (10-7, 1-2 SCIAC) on Friday and No. 8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (13-3, 4-0 SCIAC) on Saturday, both 8-1 results.

Choy showed off some toughness against the Poets, hanging on to defeat Andrew Hansen 7-5, 7-5 at No. 5 singles despite spraining his knee with a 5-4 lead in the second set.

"Choy has been rock solid for us at No. 5 singles all season," Occidental coach Brian Newhall said of the 6-foot-2 junior who is 13-2 at the spot and 14-2 overall. "Today he showed a lot of guts, hung in there and pulled out a nice victory."

A little sore and banged up, Choy couldn't recover quick enough to take on CMS the next morning. But Grossman picked up right where he left off filling in for Choy.

The freshman kept his 2012 undefeated season intact with the best win of his young career, using the super tiebreaker to beat Max Mullen — CMS' senior captain — 2-6, 6-3, 10-6.

"Jaime stepped up with his best tennis of the year," Newhall said. "He continues to improve and I look forward to having him in the lineup for the next three years."

For Oxy, competing with two nationally ranked SCIAC powers was the goal. Jeremy Shapiro (Glendale, Ariz.) did that and nearly stole one at No. 2 singles before losing to CMS' Nik Marino via the super tiebreaker 6-4, 5-7, 10-5.

The day before against the Poets, Ben Herrington-Gilmore (Stillwater, Minn.) lost in similar fashion to Shogo Shimizu 6-1, 6-7, 12-10.

The Tigers travel to Cal Lutheran on Saturday at 10 a.m.