Dancu, Tigers win third straight over Northwest

Dancu, Tigers win third straight over Northwest
By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director

LOS ANGELES – Occidental College men's tennis No. 1 singles star Josh Dancu (Naples, Fla.) returned to the lineup on Friday, leading the Tigers to a 9-0 win over Whitworth University at Scholl Canyon.

Dancu, who missed Thursday's 5-4 win over Pacific (Ore.) with the flu, came back with a fury, beating Cameron Williams 6-3, 6-0 and the team of Williams and Drew Brigham with teammate Jordan Brown at No. 1 doubles 8-4.

Dancu, the West Region's No. 22-ranked player, improves 9-2 on the season.

Freshman Avery Howard (Missoula, Mt.) continued his strong play with two more victories. The 6-foot-4 serving machine that his teammates call "Big Sky," teamed with David Cotton to win a competitive match at No. 2 doubles 8-6 and beat Dustin McConnell at No. 6 singles, 7-6 (2), 4-6, 10-8.

"We're learning a lot after 10 matches in 13 days," Occidental coach Brian Newhall said. "Our guys gradually became more match-tough. In addition we've solidified our top three doubles teams. Cotton and Howard have come on like gang busters. They've dramatically improved their play and earned a spot in the lineup."

The Tigers (6-7) open SCIAC play this Friday at Caltech at 2 p.m., then face No. 24 Pomona-Pitzer at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

"We finished Season 1 with some outstanding matches against out-of-state competition," Newhall said. "Our focus now is on six SCIAC matches in the upcoming weeks, along with the SCIAC tournament in early May."

Occidental College 9, Whitorth 0

March 29, 2013 at Glendale, Ca (Scholl Canyon)


Singles competition

1. Josh Dancu (OXYM) def. Cameron Williams (WHIT) 6-3, 6-0

2. Stephen Perkins (OXYM) def. Drew Brigham (WHIT) 6-2, 6-0

3. Jordan Brown (OXYM) def. Chris Ingelmann (WHIT) 6-2, 6-0

4. David Cotton (OXYM) def. Blake Miller (WHIT) 6-1, 6-0

5. Kevin Zhao (OXYM) def. John Talbot (WHIT) 7-6, 3-6, 10-4

6. Avery Howard (OXYM) def. Dustin McConnell (WHIT) 7-6, 4-6, 10-8


Doubles competition

1. Josh Dancu/Jordan Brown (OXYM) def. Cameron Williams/Drew Brigham (WHIT) 8-4

2. David Cotton/Avery Howard (OXYM) def. John Talbot/Troy Patterson (WHIT) 8-6

3. Stephen Perkins/Kevin Zhao (OXYM) def. Dustin McConnell/Drew Adams (WHIT) 8-1


Match Notes

Occidental College 6-7; Regional ranking #12

T-2:38 A-29