REDLANDS — The "program on the move," hit a brief snag against a quality opponent on Friday.
The Occidental College men's tennis team, that head coach Brian Newhall has been describing with the phrase since taking over of the squad in the offseason, lost its second SCIAC match of the year at No. 14 Redlands, 8-1.
Perkins, who hadn't lost a match all season as Oxy's No. 4, had his streak end with a loss to Anish Nanda 6-3, 6-1.
It wasn't quite a match the Tigers (10-4, 0-2 SCIAC) circled on their calendar as a win. Redlands (12-5, 1-1 SCIAC) has three players ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's top 30, including No. 2 ranked Patrick Lipscomb, and the lopsided final score leaves out a few solid efforts in a couple of the matchups.
Jordan Brown lost in the No. 3 slot to No. 28 Mark Bloom 7-5, 7-5, and Choy was competitive with Darren Dahl in a 6-4, 6-4 defeat.
"I was very happy with how we competed," Newhall said. "We scrapped and battled throughout the match. We just lost to a very talented team.
The phrase might be getting a little played out, especially in Oxy tennis circles, but the playfully-sarcastic Newhall has a point. With six matches to go, his Tigers have already picked up more wins than they did in each of the last three seasons and cracked the ITA top 30 earlier this year.
Oxy hosts Cornell at Scholl Canyon on Saturday at 2 p.m.
"I am confident that we will rebound tomorrow," Newhall said. "We are still a program on the move."