Oxy Men's Tennis Sweeps Hardin-Simmons

Oxy Men's Tennis Sweeps Hardin-Simmons

LOS ANGELESJosh Dancu and the Occidental men's tennis team played their best tennis of the season to win their second match in two days, sweeping Hardin-Simmons 9-0 at Scholl Canyon on Saturday.

The Tigers improve to 3-4 overall. Hardin-Simmons falls to 1-5.

Oxy won all three doubles on Friday on its way to a 6-3 win over Clark University. Up until that match, Oxy had played well in singles competition, but left some wins on the table by losing its doubles matches.

From the Coach: "We're playing much better tennis, especially our three doubles teams," Oxy head coach Brian Newhall said. "I'm proud of our entire team's effort to pick up a pair of wins in back-to-back days against quality teams."

Dancu won at No. 1 singles, beating Nathan Chavez, 6-2, 6-1, and also teamed up with Avery Chernin to beat Chavez and Andrew Eurek, 8-5. Dancu improves his overall season record to 5-2 at No. 1 singles.

Chernin won his second consecutive match at No. 2 singles, improving to 2-0 at that spot. He is now 4-1, playing as Oxy's No. 2 and No. 3.

"Chernin has stepped up in a big way at No. 2 singles with Eric Kazangian out of the lineup," Newhall said. "We look forward to his continued improvement as the season progresses."

Bryson Lee picked up his second win at No. 4 singles. 

The Tigers compete in maybe the best NCAA Division III conference for men's tennis. In non-conference competition Oxy is 2-1. 

Next Match: Oxy returns to action against Salisbury on March 16 at 4 p.m. The Tigers are in the middle of a eight-game non-conference stretch of games before resuming SCIAC play at Redlands on March 27.

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