Dancu wins four of five during six-match stretch

Dancu wins four of five during six-match stretch
By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director

LOS ANGELESJosh Dancu (Maples, Fla.) continued to prove himself as a top player, winning four of his last five matches, improving to 7-2 at the No. 1 spot this season.

But the Occidental College men's tennis team dropped four matches in a row to three regionally-ranked teams and one national power on the backend of a six-match, six-day stretch lasting from March 19-24.

The Tigers lost to Tufts, Trinity (Conn.), No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and DePauw. They opened the strenuous period of their schedule with back-to-back wins over Hardon-Simmons (Tx.) and Carleton College (Minn.).

The only match Dancu lost during the period was to Warren Wood of CMS, the No. 21-ranked player in the West.

Oxy nearly pulled of an upset over Trinity (Conn.), the No. 7-ranked team in the Northeast, winning at No. 1-3 singles and No. 1 doubles, but lost the remaining five matches.

Stephen Perkins (Seattle, Wash.) and Jordan Brown (San Diego) both went 4-2 during the stretch.

Oxy is back in action facing Pacific Lutheran today at 4 p.m. at Scholl Canyon.


Tufts 8, Occidental College 1

Mar 21, 2013 at Glendale, CA (Scholl Canyon)


Singles competition

1. Josh Dancu (OXYM) def. Ben Barad (TUF) 6-1, 6-3

2. Nick Telkedzhiev (TUF) def. Stephen Perkins (OXYM) 6-4, 7-6 (10-5)

3. Jay Glickman (TUF) def. Jordan Brown (OXYM) 6-2, 6-3

4. Andrew Lutz (TUF) def. Kevin Siebs (OXYM) 6-3, 6-3

5. Austin Blau (TUF) def. Jamie Grossman (OXYM) 6-1, 6-0

6. Rob Jacobson (TUF) def. Kevin Zhao (OXYM) 6-1, 6-0


Doubles competition

1. Ben Barad/Rob Jacobson (TUF) def. Josh Dancu/Jordan Brown (OXYM) 8-6

2. Nick Telkedzhiev/Mark Westerfield (TUF) def. Stephen Perkins/Jamie Grossman (OXYM) 8-5

3. Matt Pataro/Andrew Lutz (TUF) def. Kevin Siebs/Avery Howard (OXYM) 8-2


Match Notes

Tufts 4-1; Regional ranking #9

Occidental College 3-4; Regional ranking #13

T-2:40 A-41


Trinity (Conn.) 5, Occidental College 4

Mar 22, 2013 at Glendale, CA (Scholl Canyon)


Singles competition

1. Josh Dancu (OXYM) def. Dan Carpenter (TRI) 6-4, 7-6 (10-5)

2. Stephen Perkins (OXYM) def. Musyoka Mbithi (TRI) 6-4, 6-0

3. Jordan Brown (OXYM) def. Ned Mandel (TRI) 6-2, 6-0

4. Ilya Levin (TRI) def. Kevin Siebs (OXYM) 6-2, 6-0

5. Ford Traff (TRI) def. Jamie Grossman (OXYM) 6-0, 6-1

6. Aaron Segel (TRI) def. David Cotton (OXYM) 6-1, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Josh Dancu/Jordan Brown (OXYM) def. Musyoka Mbithi/David Myers (TRI) 8-5

2. Dan Carpenter/Aaron Segel (TRI) def. Jamie Grossman/Stephen Perkins (OXYM) 8-4

3. Ilya Levin/Ned Mandel (TRI) def. Avery Howard/Kevin Siebs (OXYM) 8-4


Match Notes

Trinity (Conn.) 4-3; Regional ranking #7

Occidental College 3-5; Regional ranking #13

T-2:30 A-41

#4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 9, Occidental College 0

Mar 23, 2013 at Claremont, CA


Singles competition

1. Warren Wood (CMSM) def. Josh Dancu (OXYM) 6-3, 7-5

2. Nikolas Marino (CMSM) def. Stephen Perkins (OXYM) 6-1, 6-3

3. Alex Johnson (CMSM) def. Jordan Brown (OXYM) 6-2, 6-2

4. Zhenya Pereverzin (CMSM) def. Kevin Siebs (OXYM) 6-2, 6-1

5. Matt Ellis (CMSM) def. Jamie Grossman (OXYM) 6-1, 6-0

6. Bryan Mehall (CMSM) def. David Cotton (OXYM) 6-1, 6-1


Doubles competition

1. Warren Wood/Joe Dorn (CMSM) def. Josh Dancu/Jordan Brown (OXYM) 8-2

2. Neel Kotrappa/Skyler Butts (CMSM) def. Stephen Perkins/Jamie Grossman (OXYM) 8-4

3. Nikolas Marino/Zhenya Pereverzin (CMSM) def. Kevin Siebs/Avery Howard (OXYM) 8-3


Match Notes

Occidental College 12-3

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3-6; National ranking #4



DePauw University 6, Occidental College 3

Mar 24, 2013 at Glendale, CA (Scholl Canyon)


Singles competition

1. Josh Dancu (OXYM) def. Sam Miles (DEP) 6-1, 6-1

2. Stephen Perkins (OXYM) def. Ben Kopecky (DEP) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

3. Jordan Brown (OXYM) def. Chris Bertolini (DEP) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

4. David Moss (DEP) def. Kevin Siebs (OXYM) 6-1, 6-0

5. Reid Garlock (DEP) def. David Cotton (OXYM) 6-3, 6-0

6. Alec Kaczkowski (DEP) def. Jamie Grossman (OXYM) 6-2, 6-0


Doubles competition

1. Sam Miles/Ben Kopecky (DEP) def. Jordan Brown/Josh Dancu (OXYM) 8-4

2. David Moss/Reid Garlock (DEP) def. Stephen Perkins/Kevin Siebs (OXYM) 8-5

3. Chris Bertolini/Alec Kaczkowski (DEP) def. Jamie Grossman/Avery Howard (OXYM) 8-4


Match Notes

DePauw University 3-8; Regional ranking #7

Occidental College 3-7; Regional ranking #13

T-2:34 A-38