Howard, Tigers step up without Dancu

Howard, Tigers step up without Dancu
By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director

LOS ANGELES — Playing without their No. 22-ranked player in the West Region Josh Dancu (Naples, Fla.), Avery Howard (Missoula, Mont.) and the rest of the Occidental College men's tennis team stepped up.

The 6-foot-4 freshman that his teammates call "Big Sky" battled back from a 6-0 loss in his first set to win at No. 6 singles, and teamed up with Kevin Zhao (Sammamish, Wash.) for a win at No. 3 doubles, leading the Tigers to a 5-4 win over Pacific (Ore.) at Scholl Canyon on Thursday.

Oxy (5-7) jumped up to No. 12 in the ITA poll in a brutal West Region.

Howard defeated Brian Kyaw 0-6, 6-2, 6-2 and the combination of Howard and Zhao beat Lorne Bulling and Kyaw 8-5.

Stephen Perkins (Seattle, Wash.), who's known to step up under pressure, knocked off No. 25 Giancarlo Battaglia 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 1 singles spot with Dancu out with the flu.

Kevin Siebs (Houston, Texas) beat Alen Suklje 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4.

The Tigers finish a 10-game, in 13-days stretch today against Whitworth at 4 p.m. at Scholl Canyon.

Occidental College 5, Pacific (Ore.) 4

Mar 28, 2013 at Glendale, CA (Scholl Canyon)


Singles competition

1. Stephen Perkins (OXYM) def. Battaglia, Giancarlo (PAC) 6-1, 6-3

2. Zuroske, Troy (PAC) def. Jordan Brown (OXYM) 6-4, 6-2

3. Kevin Siebs (OXYM) def. Suklje, Alen (PAC) 6-4, 6-2

4. Schlack, Brandon (PAC) def. David Cotton (OXYM) 7-5, 6-4

5. Kevin Zhao (OXYM) def. Bulling, Lorne (PAC) 6-0, 7-5

6. Avery Howard (OXYM) def. Kyaw, Brian (PAC) 0-6, 6-2, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Zuroske, Troy/Battaglia, Giancarlo (PAC) def. Stephen Perkins/Kevin Siebs (OXYM) 9-7

2. Suklje, Alen/Wong, Kolin (PAC) def. Jordan Brown/David Cotton (OXYM) 8-5

3. Avery Howard/Kevin Zhao (OXYM) def. Bulling, Lorne/Kyaw, Brian (PAC) 8-5


Match Notes

T-2:39 A-43