Tennis struggles at Ojai tournament

The Chapman women’s and men’s tennis programs finished off the regular season at the Ojai Valley Tennis tournament this past weekend, with only one player from the men’s team making it to the Round of 16.

Panthers junior Justin Thompson defeated California Lutheran’s Fergus Scott in the singles competition in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. Thompson was eliminated by No. 3 seeded David Konstantinov of Whittier College during Round of 16.

“We didn’t exactly do too well, but we fought hard. Personally for me I felt like we didn’t get to prepare very well,” said junior Sophia Duong. “I didn’t play for a whole week so there wasn’t a lot of preparation. We got unfortunate on who we were playing.”

Chapman’s Charlie Werman (16-7) won his opening round against UC Santa Cruz’s Garrett Deguchi 6-3, 6-4.

All three of Chapman’s women lost their first matchups.

Duong (18-4) was defeated by Crystal Lim from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, which ended Duong’s five-match winning streak.

As a team we have really grown and come together to be competitive and be motivated to be the best of we can,” said sophomore Andrea Hammer. “The biggest factor was that we didn’t get fortunate with our matchups but we are looking forward to finishing the season strong.”

The men’s duo of senior Troy Akin and sophomore Brett Buford won Chapman’s only doubles matchup 8-1 against Caltech.

“For me I am sad that this was my last Ojai Tournament and I won’t be back after a disappointing lost,” Akin said. “ Our team was exhausted but battled it out playing from singles to doubles.”

Women’s duo of senior Kelley Klebenow and Duong were defeated by Pomona-Pitzer’s Padmanabhan and Mae Coyiuto 6-4, 6-3.

“We played Cal Lutheran in playoffs and lost to them so it will be a tough match when we play them again and need to come out more competitive,” Akin said.

Akin and Buford lost against Konstantinov and Chris Schommer of Whittier, 8-4 in the Round of 16.

“We are going to take this an experience and work harder. There are a lot of things to work on but we I think we are going to do well against Redlands and are hoping for the same results when we played them last, or better,” Duong said.

The Chapman women’s tennis team will play in the SCIAC Championships first round against Redlands at Pomona-Pitzer May 2, while the men’s tennis team takes on California Lutheran in the first round of SCIAC Championships. The times of the matches will be announced May 2.

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