MEN'S TENNIS WINS BACK-TO-BACK, WIN STREAK AT THREE AGAIN

MEN'S TENNIS WINS BACK-TO-BACK, WIN STREAK AT THREE AGAIN
Allison Clark
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LOS ANGELES—Behind back-to-back victories against Vassar and Wabash Colleges, the No. 30 Occidental College men's tennis team went on a three match win streak for the second time this season.

Occidental (5-2) took down the Brewers (7-3) on Tuesday afternoon 6-3.

Vassar took the top match in doubles from Jordan Brown (San Diego) and Jeremy Shapiro (Scottsdale, AZ) 8-1, but Oxy captured the No. 2 and 3 matches.

Spencer Choy (Aiea, HI) and Stephen Perkins (Seattle) battled through their No. 2 doubles match to pull out the 9-7 victory.

Ben Herrington-Gilmore (Stillwater, MN) and Jamie Grossman (Tiburon) defeated the No. 3 opponent from Vassar 8-6.

"Winning two of the three doubles matches set a positive tone for singles," said junior Choy.

Oxy won four of the six singles matches and controlled the tempo of the remainder of the match despite losing No. 1 and No. 2 singles. 

Brown picked up a 6-1, 7-5 victory in the No. 3 slot; Perkins won 6-1, 6-0; Choy, playing No. 5, won 6-1, 6-0; and Grossman picked up the final victory of the afternoon with a 6-1, 6-2 score.

"They beat us last year, but we know we are a much stronger team and we have the belief and confidence that we lacked a year ago," said Choy. "We are ready for any challenge."

The Tigers faced another such challenge on Wednesday, a 9-0 defeat of Wabash (7-5).

No. 1 (Brown and Shapiro) and No. 3 (Kevin Siebs (Houston) and Herrington-Gilmore) both defeated their opponent 8-2. Perkins and Choy won the No. 2 match 8-5.

Siebs bounced right into singles, notching a 6-4, 4-6, 10-3 victory in the first singles match.

Shapiro won 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 2 match, Brown won 6-0, 6-7, 10-6, and Perkins took his match 6-0, 6-3.

No. 5 Choy won 6-0, 6-4 and Herrington-Gilmore finished out the perfect match with a 6-0, 6-3 win.

"It was another solid, calm, and focused team effort this afternoon," Choy commented.

"It was two good efforts," Occidental men's tennis coach Brian Newhall said. "We aren't done here though. We have two more matches before spring break, then we come back with and even more challenging schedule."