LOS ANGELES — Playing without their No. 1 singles player Josh Dancu (Maples, Fla.), Jordan Brown (San Diego) and the rest of the Occidental College men's tennis team picked up the slack in a 7-2 win over Hardin-Simmons (Tx.) at Pomona-Pitzer on Tuesday.
"Brown has been our most consistent performer all year long and that was the case again against Hardin-Simmons," Occidental coach Brian Newhall said. "His transition and volley game are getting better and better."
Brown earned a win over Nathan Chavez at No. 2 singles 6–3, 6-4, and teamed up with Kevin Zhao (Sammamish, Wash.) to beat Chavez and Michael McCullough 9-7.
Zhao, who's becoming a consistent top-six player for Oxy, also won at No. 5 singles, beating Dylan Price 6-2, 6-3. On Tuesday, Zhao clinched Oxy's match against Connecticut College with a win at No. 6 singles.
Filling in at the top spot, the ultra-competitive Stephen Perkins (Seattle, Wash.) filled Dancu's shoes with maybe the best performance of his career, a relatively easy 6-1, 6-2 win over McCullough at No. 1 singles.
Doubles specialist Avery Howard (Missoula, Mt.) made his freshman debut in the singles lineup, earning a victory at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-2 against Justin Fry.
Oxy's faces Carleton College (Minn.) on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.