Farrell, Tigers Earn First Win

Farrell, Tigers Earn First Win

WHITTIERSamantha 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 
 Weera Wright
 Tessa Rahrick 
 Kayla McIver
 Occidental College  8-4
 #2 Doubles  Andrea Clawson 
 Alana Adelman
 Ellen Stensrud 
 Mackenzie Schurhamer
 Occidental College  8-5
 #3 Doubles  Nicole Pellitier 
 Lauren Hutkin
 Erin Kolbow 
 Lauren Clark
 College of Saint Benedict  9-8 (6)
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