LOS ANGELES — The Oxy men's tennis team lost a heartbreaker to Salisbury, 5-4 on Sunday. The Tigers had three match points, but couldn't quite close out the victories.
Isaiah Bird and Cameron Coe were good at No. 1 doubles, playing the best doubles they've played all season in an 8-2 win. Bird was good, making poaches and reflexing back volleys. Coe was excellent on the serve and volley, pinching the net.
Ivan Derrick and Vincent Bartholomew also had a strong doubles performance at No. 3, winning 9-8 (7). With both teams watching the last doubles match of the competition, Derrick and Bartholomew responded to the energy and pressure of the situation. They came up big with first serves and accurate shots.
In singles, Bird won a 90-minute first set and went on to take the victory at No. 4 singles, dominating the court with his inside-out forehand.
Lucas Chmielewski kept his impressive start to his career going, beating Colt Williamson 6-3, 2-6, 6-1. So far this season he has a pair of losses to nationally ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer.
Chmielewski played well in the first set and then after Williamson raised his level, composed himself and finished off the victory.
|Position||Occidental College||Salisbury University||Winner||Score|
|#1 Singles||Lucas Chmielewski||Colt Williamson||Occidental College||6-3, 2-6, 6-1|
|#2 Singles||Cameron Coe||Ian Siew||Salisbury University||6-0, 6-3|
|#3 Singles||Ivan Derrick||Stefan Hein||Salisbury University||2-6, 6-4, 6-4|
|#4 Singles||Isaiah Bird||Patrick Maclean||Occidental College||7-6(4), 6-2|
|#5 Singles||Isa Kibira||Kelson Weber||Salisbury University||1-6, 7-5, 6-1|
|#6 Singles||Vinny Bartholomew||Matthew Ryan||Salisbury University||6-0, 6-1|
|#1 Doubles|| Isaiah Bird
| Colt Williamson
|#2 Doubles|| Isa Kibira
| Ian Siew
|#3 Doubles|| Ivan Derrick
| Stefan Hein
|Occidental College||9-8 (7)|