Ten­nis tum­blers

Ri­val col­leges Ox­ford, GPC split matches

The Covington News - - Sports - By Brian Harper

OX­FORD— If you’re look­ing to com­pare SAT scores be­tween the two lo­cal col­leges, there isn’t much of a con­test.

How­ever, on the ten­nis court Fri­day af­ter­noon it was grid­locked, as Ox­ford Col­lege split with visit­ing Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege in their sec­ond matchup of the sea­son.

“We only have a cou­ple of weeks be­fore Na­tion­als be­gin,” said fifth-year Ox­ford men and women’s coach Bran­don Feld­man. “ We still have been un­able to put to­gether two or three good days in a row, but days like to­day are great ex­pe­ri­ences for the guys.”

Both looked to make any last minute ad­just­ments be­fore head­ing to Na­tion­als. And great ex­pe­ri­ence it was, as the Ox­ford men won, 6-3, while the Ge­or­gia Perime­ter women swept the Lady Ea­gles.

In men’s ac­tion, the Ea­gles led off with a loss af­ter their No. 1 dou­bles team of Mike Red­dyMiller and Erik Lanza dropped a quick 8-0 match to Mathew Baker and Eric John­son.

But pick­ing up the slack were the No. 2 and No. 3 dou­bles teams, who bounced back to vic­to­ries by giv­ing Ox­ford a 2-1 lead head­ing into sin­gles play.

Niel Kut­tap­pan and Paul Choi won 8-0 over Thong Phane and Aditya Prab­hakar, while No. 3 dou­bles Na­jit Au­jila and An­dres Weigz won 8-5 over Alex Wilken­son and Je­lene Red­dish.

In sin­gles ac­tion, the first match was taken by Ge­or­gia Perime­ter’s Baker, who won 8-5 over Reddy-Miller. Tak­ing an­other win in No. 5 sin­gles was Ge­or­gia Perime­ter’s Wilken­son 8-4 over Au­jla.

How­ever, that would be the end of their win­ning, as the Ea­gles took the rest of the matches dur­ing the day.

In No. 2 sin­gles, Lanza won 8-5 over John­son af­ter call­ing a med­i­cal time­out, where Lanza found him­self cramp­ing and strug­gling to breathe.

In No. 3 sin­gles, for­mer Salem High stand­out Kut­tap­pan won 8-1 over Phane. No. 4 sin­gles was won 8-0 by Weigz over Prab­hakar, while Choi won 8-4 over Je­lene to com­plete the win for the Ea­gles.

“I am re­ally glad the boys were able to pull this one out,” Feld­man said af­ter the match.

In women’s ac­tion, the Lady Jaguars swept the Lady Ea­gles.

“The girls played re­ally well to­day,” said Ge­or­gia Perime­ter coach Redanait­o­mar. “Our num­ber one and two play­ers are re­ally strong and al­ways set a good pace for us, and our dou­bles teams are mesh­ing re­ally well right now for us.” Un­able to com­plete the ros­ter due to for­feits at No. 3 dou­bles and No. 5 and No. 6 sin­gles, Ox­ford trailed be­fore the matches started. In No. 1 dou­bles dur­ing the most in­tense match of the af­ter­noon, Ge­or­gia Perime­ter’s Yooha Nam and Maria Baghati won 8-2 over Made­line Spratt and Mag­gie Daned.

In No. 2 dou­bles, the com­bi­na­tion of Bich Vi Truong and Pre­cious Alice won 8-0 over Shee­tal Kan­dola and Lyn­d­sey Davis be­fore head­ing to sin­gles play up 2-0.

Di­vid­ing the tough tan­dem of Nam and Baghati, Ge­or­gia Perime­ter sent the duo into sin­gles play an­tic­i­pat­ing sim­i­lar re­sults. Nam, a tough com­peti­tor who played No. 1 sin­gles with­out crack­ing a smile, won 8-1 over Spratt, while her coun­ter­part Baghati won 8-2 over Kan­dola.

In No. 3 sin­gles, Omatayo won 8-5 over Daned. Clos­ing out the match was Christina, who won 8-1 over Davis to give the Lady Jaguars the win.

FELD­MAN

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Re­turn to sender: Ox­ford’s Niel Kut­tap­pan re­turns a serve against Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege in No. 1 sin­gles ac­tion Fri­day af­ter­noon at the Ox­ford Col­lege ten­nis courts.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Eye on the ball: Ge­or­gia Perime­ter’s Yooha Nam pre­pares to serve in No. 1 sin­gles ac­tion Fri­day af­ter­noon at Ox­ford Col­lege.

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