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OXY TENNIS NOTCHES SECOND STRAIGHT AGAINST KALAMAZOO

Allison Clark
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LOS ANGELES—In its second match back from a two week break in competition, the Occidental College women's tennis team put up their second victory of the week with a 6-3 decision over Kalamazoo College on Wednesday afternoon.

Oxy (4-4-1) put the visting Hornets (0-7) in an early hole with a sweep of the doubles competition.

The No. 1 team of Rachel Buckner (Cortlandt Manor, NY) and Krishnaveni Subbiah (Beaverton, OR) and the No. 3 pair of  Amber Gadsden (Yigo, Guam) and Katrina Gould (Davis) both defeated their Kalamazoo counterparts in 9-8 battles.

Rachel Washtien (San Francisco) and Sara Chareny (South Pasadena) sent the No. 2 Hornets pair away with an 8-2 victory.

Kalamazoo responded by taking the first two singles matches to draw the match close at 3-2.

But Occidental's No. 3 Washtien, No. 4 Gould, and No. 5 Chareny built a comfortable lead Kalamazoo would have no chance to come back from.

Kalamazoo took the No. 6 singles match from Gadsden in three sets, but the match was already decided by Oxy's strong play in both singles and doubles, a rareity so far this season.

"This was a good team victory," Occidental women's tennis coach Jeffrey Normile said. "After coming very close in a couple of matches we were able to come through in singles. Our doubles remain strong. We have been questionable with singles but this was a solid performance."

From here the Tigers face Pacific Lutheran (WA) next Wednesday and head into the always challenging SCIAC play two days later.

"This was a good team effort," said Normile. "Hopefully we can build on this going into SCIAC play next weekend."