Oxy Matches Win Total From Past Two Seasons

Oxy Matches Win Total From Past Two Seasons

LOS ANGELES — The Occidental men's tennis team won its third match out of its last four, equaling its win total from the past two seasons combined with a 7-2 win over Principia on Tuesday.

The Tigers won all but No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles.

Oxy improves to 4-5 overall, just one game back of .500 on the season. The Tigers won four matches in 2016-17 and went winless in 2015-16. First year head coach Rachael Manasse has the program back on track with increased competitiveness in Oxy wins and losses this year.

Lucas Chmielewski continues to lead the way as Oxy's No. 1 player in his rookie season. Chmielewski won again at the top spot, this time beating Dale Wyatt, 6-2, 6-0. He also teamed up with senior captain and 2017 ITA Arthur Ashe Award Winner Isa Kibira at No. 1 doubles for a win.

"Isa played consistently and made the right plays by coming to the net and finishing off points," Manasse said. 

The Tigers got a solid contribution from first year Hunter Bojalad with a win at No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles with Cameron Coe, and sophomore Dylan Morison, who won at No. 6 singles.

For Bojalad its his first two wins in his first appearance in the lineup. He demonstrated his counter punching and his impressive court sense.

"It's great to see the team be in matches that are so competitive," Manasse said. "We are slowly learning what it takes to win and improving our mental toughness."

Ivan Derrick won at No. 2 singles. He spent most of last season in the lower half of the lineup, but has put in the work and moved himself up the ladder. 

"His serve is so fast and his 6-foot-4 height gives him good trajectory," Manasse said. "His speed and control on the serve earns him free points and sets him up well in singles and doubles."

Oxy is back in action on Friday against George Fox.

 Position  Occidental College  Principia College  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  Lucas Chmielewski  Dale Wyatt  Occidental College  6-2, 6-0
 #2 Singles  Ivan Derrick  Julian Kitchingman  Occidental College  6-2, 6-2
 #3 Singles  Isaiah Bird  Greg Sovie  Principia College  6-4, 6-2
 #4 Singles  Isa Kibira  Nathanael Kenworthy  Occidental College  6-1, 6-4
 #5 Singles  Hunter Bojalad  Brody Swan  Occidental College  6-3, 6-1
 #6 Singles  Dylan Morison  Dan Wagstaff  Occidental College  6-0, 6-1
 #1 Doubles  Isa Kibira 
 Lucas Chmielewski
 Dale Wyatt 
 Greg Sovie
 Occidental College  8-6
 #2 Doubles  Ivan Derrick 
 Vinny Bartholomew
 Julian Kitchingman 
 Nathanael Kenworthy
 Principia College  9-8 (1)
 #3 Doubles  Hunter Bojalad 
 Cameron Coe
 Brody Swan 
 Peter Griswold
 Occidental College  8-2
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