Perkins beats regionally ranked opponent

Perkins beats regionally ranked opponent

REDLANDS — The Occidental College men's tennis team fell 8-1 at No. 12 Redlands on Saturday, but Stephen Perkins (Seattle, Wash.) played the best match of his career, making a solid case for ITA West Region top 25 consideration.

Perkins defeated No. 25 Connor Hyde 6-3, 6-2.

"Perkins is peaking at the right time," Oxy coach Brian Newhall said. "He played tremendous tennis today, singles and doubles."

Perkins and Kevin Zhao (Sammamish, Wash.) lost a close match at No. 2 doubles to Nick Cummins and Connor Hyde, 9-7.

It's the second time the competitive senior has beaten a ranked opponent. On March 28 he took down Pacific's Giancarlo Battaglia, who was No. 25 at the time.

Josh Dancu (Naples, Fla.), Oxy's sophomore sensation that's currently ranked No. 23 in the West, narrowly lost at No. 1 singles to No. 11 Patrick Lipscomb 6-4, 7-6 (5). Dancu is now 9-5 at Oxy's top spot.

Oxy has two regular season matches left before the SCIAC championships. The Tigers (7-10, 1-4 SCIAC) host No. 17 Whittier on April 19 and Chapman on April 21.

"Our entire team is excited about playing the Poets and the Panthers next week," Newhall said.

#12 Redlands 8, Occidental College 1

Apr 13, 2013 at Redlands, CA


Singles competition

1. Patrick Lipscomb (UR) def. Josh Dancu (OXYM) 6-4, 7-6

2. Stephen Perkins (OXYM) def. Connor Hyde (UR) 6-3, 6-2

3. Nick Cummins (UR) def. Jordan Brown (OXYM) 6-0, 6-0

4. Taylor Hunt (UR) def. Kevin Zhao (OXYM) 6-0, 6-2

5. John Brewer (UR) def. Jesse Kreger (OXYM) 6-0, 6-2

6. Anish Nanda (UR) def. Avery Howard (OXYM) 6-2, 6-0


Doubles competition

1. Gram Leahy/Patrick Lipscomb (UR) def. Josh Dancu/Jordan Brown (OXYM) 8-2

2. Nick Cummins/Connor Hyde (UR) def. Stephen Perkins/Kevin Zhao (OXYM) 9-7

3. Max Licona/Teddy Jones (UR) def. Avery Howard/Jesse Kreger (OXYM) 8-4


Match Notes

Occidental College 7-10; Regional ranking #12

Redlands 12-8; National ranking #12; Regional ranking #7



#4 Cal Lutheran 9, Occidental College 0

Apr 12, 2013 at Los Angeles, CA (Scholl Canyon)

Oxy was a little overmatched on the road at No. 4 Cal Lutheran, losing to the Kingsmen 9-0 on Friday. Dancu and Jordan Brown were close at No. 1 doubles, but fell 8-6.


Singles competition

1. Nicholas Ballou (CLUM) def. Josh Dancu (OXYM) 6-1, 6-2

2. Ray Worley (CLUM) def. Stephen Perkins (OXYM) 6-4, 6-3

3. Alex Nichols (CLUM) def. Jordan Brown (OXYM) 7-6, 6-3

4. Connor Treacy (CLUM) def. Kevin Zhao (OXYM) 6-0, 6-2

5. Thomas Millet (CLUM) def. David Cotton (OXYM) 6-0, 6-2

6. Devon Belcher (CLUM) def. Jesse Kreger (OXYM) 6-2, 6-3


Doubles competition

1. Nicholas Ballou/Ray Worley (CLUM) def. Josh Dancu/Jordan Brown (OXYM) 8-6

2. Alex Nichols/Connor Treacy (CLUM) def. Stephen Perkins/Kevin Zhao (OXYM) 8-5

3. Thomas Millet/Marcelo Sousa (CLUM) def. David Cotton/Avery Howard (OXYM) 8-2


Match Notes

Cal Lutheran 16-2; National ranking #4; Regional ranking #2

Occidental College 7-8; Regional ranking #12