Oxy Tennis Continues to Roll

Oxy Tennis Continues to Roll

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LOS ANGELES — The Occidental women's tennis team continues its winning ways.

The Tigers won their fourth match out of their last five on Tuesday against Willamette, and seventh total on the season, improving to 7-7 and matching their best overall win total since 2011-12.

Oxy took five of the six singles matches and the No. 3 doubles on its way to a 6-3 win over the Bearcats. Katie Wolber won at No. 1, Jane Wright at No. 2, Andrea Clawson at No. 3, Zoe Campbell at No. 4 and Alana Adelman at No. 6.

The Tigers' doubles team of Nicole Pelletier and Alana Adelman had Oxy's sixth point. 

In the last two weeks Oxy has beaten Wheaton (Mass.) 5-4, Principia 8-1, Puget Sound 7-2 and now Willamette 6-3, with its only loss coming against Salisbury in a 6-3 decision.

Pelletier and Alana Adelman have been right in the middle of Oxy's run as key doubles contributors. Pelletier has won five doubles matches in a row and Alana Adelman has won four of her last five.

"That doubles point saved us against Willamette, keeping us in the match," Oxy head coach David Bojalad said. "They've been rock-solid doubles players for us. They aren't going to beat themselves and we've grown to count on our No. 1 and 3 doubles positions, who have been extremely consistent for us."

Oxy's No. 1 doubles team of Wolber and Wright is 8-6 on the season against some very good and often times highly-ranked competition.

In singles matches, Wolber always seems to be in a close match against the other team's No. 1 and she pulled out a gritty victory against Willamette, winning her second tight match in a row. She won a three-setter against Puget Sound last weekend.

Oxy welcomed back Clawson into its singles lineup at No. 3 where she's been arguably Oxy's steadiest player. 

Wright was in fine form, as she's been lately, winning in convincing fashion against Willamette, hitting big forehands and backhands. 

Against Puget Sound, Pelletier also had a big contribution in the singles. Playing at No. 4, she was down 6-1 in the third-set super tiebreaker when she rallied to win 9 of the next 11 points for the victory.

Olivia Adelman has been on a solid run lately in the No. 6 spot, winning her last four matches in a row.

Campbell has won four of her last five singles matches at No. 3 and No. 4.

Oxy is 6-3 in the month of March.

Next Match: The Tigers are back in action against Whittier on March 29. Oxy has three remaining regular season matches to play and has a chance to have a better record than .500 for the first time in recent memory.

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