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.
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
| Dale Wyatt
|#2 Doubles|| Ivan Derrick
| Julian Kitchingman
|Principia College||9-8 (1)|
|#3 Doubles|| Hunter Bojalad
| Brody Swan