Oxy Drops Heartbreaker to Salisbury

Oxy Drops Heartbreaker to Salisbury

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 
 Cameron Coe
 Colt Williamson 
 Patrick Maclean
 Occidental College  8-2
 #2 Doubles  Isa Kibira 
 Lucas Chmielewski
 Ian Siew 
 Matthew Ryan
 Salisbury University  8-2
 #3 Doubles  Ivan Derrick 
 Vinny Bartholomew
 Stefan Hein 
 Kelson Weber
 Occidental College  9-8 (7)