SIEBS PICKS UP THIRD WIN AS OXY'S NO. 1, TIGERS BEAT CORNELL

SIEBS PICKS UP THIRD WIN AS OXY'S NO. 1, TIGERS BEAT CORNELL
By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director
 

LOS ANGELESKevin Siebs (Houston) defeated Ashan DeSilva via the super tiebreaker at No. 1 singles 6-4, 3-6, (14-12), the doubles team of McLean Macionis (Lawrenceville, N.J.) and Ben DeLuca (San Francisco) logged their first official win of the season and the Occidental College men's tennis team beat Cornell College 8-1 in a non-conference match at the McKinnon Family Tennis Center on Tuesday.

Siebs, a sophomore who on a balanced Oxy (11-4) squad has been the guy that's had to face some of the best No. 1 players in the nation, picks up his third win in Oxy's top slot.

"Kevin played one of his best matches of the season," Occidental coach Brian Newhall said. "He has had to play some very, very strong No. 1 players this year and hasn't backed down once. He stepped up in a big way and pulled out a quality win."

Siebs clawed his way back from 9-4 in the super tiebreaker, a deficit he said he wouldn't have been able to overcome without the extra conditioning the Tigers have been doing.

"I credit my win to extra conditioning," Siebs said. "Had I been tired or cramping, I probably would not have been able to come back from the 9-4 hole I dug myself into."

DeLuca and Macionis haven't been consistently in the lineup this year, but took advantage of their opportunity against the Rams (10-5), beating Joseph Reyes and Garrett Russikoff 9-7 in the No. 3 spot.

"They have been working very hard in practice," Newhall said. "Both of them have substantially improved their games and I was happy to see them get a well-deserved win."

Oxy's Stephen Perkins improved to 14-1 as Oxy's No. 4 defeating Neal Klauer 6-0, 6-0. Perkins' only loss this season was at Redlands to Anish Nanda on March 30.

The one blemish for Oxy was at No. 1 doubles. Cornell's Orion Wilkinson and Neal Klauer beat Jordan Brown (San Diego) and Jeremy Shapiro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 8-6.

The match was previously scheduled for March 31, but moved to Tuesday after being rained out.

Oxy's won four of its last five matches.

The Tigers have a challenging weekend ahead though. They play back-to-back games against top 20 teams, starting with No. 20 Whittier on Friday, followed by No. 8 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on April 7.

"Our guys are excited to play against Whittier and Claremont this weekend," Newhall said. "It will be fun to see which guys step up and raise their level of play."