WOMEN'S TENNIS CAN'T OVERCOME PRESSURE FROM NO. 30 BRANDEIS, LOSE 9-0
LOS ANGELES— Two days after the Occidental men's tennis team upset No. 24 Brandeis University, the Oxy women, in the first of five matches this season against ITA Top 30 teams, came up short in their attempt to knock off the No. 30 Brandeis women's team on Wednesday, 9-0.
Oxy (1-2-1) got to a slow start in the doubles competition and was not able to recover.
The No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams of Rachel Buckner (Cortlandt Manor, NY) and Sara Chareny (South Pasadena) and Rachel Washtien (San Francisco) and Frances Hutton (Baltimore) lost by identical margins of 8-2. No. 3 doubles, featuring Amber Gadsden (Yigo, Guam) and Katrina Gould (Davis), finished their match 8-1.
Though the singles competition was a 6-0 sweep by Brandeis (3-0), the Tigers pushed three of the matches to extra sets.
Buckner, playing in the No. 1 singles slot won her first set, lost her second, and hung tight with Brandeis' Carley Cooke in the third, only to come up a little short (2-6, 6-2, 10-8).
No. 4 Gould and No. 6 Chareny both sent their matches to three sets as well. Both lost their first set, rallied to a victory in the second, but were bested by a few points in the final frame. Gould lost to Alexa Katz 7-5, 4-6, 10-6; Chareny similarly fell 6-4, 2-6, 10-7.
Though a disappointing loss, it was an important tune up for the Tigers as they head into a highly competitive SCIAC schedule.
The Tigers take the court next on Mar. 2 at Biola University at 4:00 p.m.