Men's Tennis Splits Doubleheader, Sweeps Willamette

Men's Tennis Splits Doubleheader, Sweeps Willamette

LOS ANGELESJosh Dancu won a pair of non-conference matches and the Occidental men's tennis team split a doubleheader, beating Willamette 9-0 and losing to Rensselaer 6-3 at Scholl Canyon on Sunday.

Dancu improves to 9-2 overall at Oxy's No. 1 spot, defeating Willamette's Gunnar Lee, 6-0, 6-0, and Rensselaer's McKinley Grimes, 6-4, 6-4. 

The Tigers won at No. 1-3 singles in both matches. Eric Kazangian and Avery Chernin also won twice at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively. Kazangian beat Jack Schreiber, 6-3, 6-3, and rallied after losing the first set to take down Brandon Mazzara in the tiebreaker, 2-6, 7-5, 10-8. Chernin beat Willamette's Blake Brash, 6-2, 6-4, 10-4, and Rensselaer's Tristan Wise, 7-5, 6-1.

Oxy faced Willamette at 10 a.m. and then Rensselaer at 3:30 p.m.

From the Coach: "I was impressed with our top three singles players each winning against good competition, despite playing two mathces in just a few hours," Oxy head coach Brian Newhall said. "We beat a well-coached Willamette team and had a chance in our second match against a talented Rensselaer squad. We're moving in the right direction."

Next Match: The Tigers return to the courts against Pacific Lutheran on March 23 at 3:30 p.m.

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