WHITTIER — Samantha Farrell and the Occidental women's tennis team picked up their first win of the season, beating Saint Benedict 6-3 on Thursday.
Farrell won at No. 1 doubles with Jane Wright 8-4 and then gave Oxy a quick singles victory, winning in dominating fashion, 6-0, 6-1. She had a wicked out-wide slice serve that opened up the court for her.
"She's been rock solid and consistent all year as our No. 1," Oxy head coach Rachel Manasse said. "Her back hand was clearly the strongest shot on the courts on Thursday and she dictated well. Her consistency is a key factor in her overall success as our No. 1 player."
Lauren Hutkin played confidently and without fear, clinching the match with a victory at No. 6 singles, 7-5, 6-2. Hutkin earned her first win of the season and first match-clinching win since her sophomore season. It was a fun moment for Hutkin who is coming off of wrist surgery.
"Lauren stepped up and showed incredible leadership," Manasse said of her senior captain. "Her feisty spirit sparked the momentum going into singles."
Andrea Clawson also won easily at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-2. She showed off her multi-faceted game with high heavy forehands and a knifing slice that threw off her opponents rhythm.
Wright had Oxy's fourth singles victory, winning in a dramatic three-set match. After taking the first set 6-4, she fell 5-7 in a scrappy second set. In the third set tiebreaker she stuck with her game plan of driving hard and aggressive through the middle with solid ground strokes, edging her competition 10-7. It was Wright's first singles win of her college career.
In No. 3 doubles, Nicole Pelletier and Hutkin battled back from down 3-7 to push a tiebreaker at 8-8 that ultimately didn't fall their way.
Oxy improves to 1-3 on the season.
The Tigers are back in action tonight against Gordon College at Scholl Canyon.
|Position||Occidental College||College of Saint Benedict||Winner||Score|
|#1 Singles||Samantha Farrell||Tessa Rahrick||Occidental College||6-0, 6-1|
|#2 Singles||Weera Wright||Erin Kolbow||Occidental College||6-4, 5-7, 10-7|
|#3 Singles||Andrea Clawson||Ellen Stensrud||Occidental College||6-3, 6-2|
|#4 Singles||Alana Adelman||Kayla McIver||College of Saint Benedict||6-2, 6-2|
|#5 Singles||Nicole Pellitier||Mackenzie Schurhamer||College of Saint Benedict||6-4, 6-2|
|#6 Singles||Lauren Hutkin||Lauren Clark||Occidental College||7-5, 6-2|
|#1 Doubles|| Samantha Farrell
| Tessa Rahrick
|#2 Doubles|| Andrea Clawson
| Ellen Stensrud
|#3 Doubles|| Nicole Pellitier
| Erin Kolbow
|College of Saint Benedict||9-8 (6)|