February 14, 2010

Bears Go 1-1 at ECAC Championships against Harvard and Yale

NEW HAVEN, CT - The Brown men's tennis team (5-4) split a pair of matches at the 2010 ECAC Championships, falling to eventual Champion, #62 Harvard, in the first round, 5-2, and upsetting #69 Yale, 4-3, in the backdraw.

Against the Bulldogs, the match came down to the wire, with junior Charlie Posner (Cambridge, MA) clinching the win with a three-set victory at #6 singles. After winning the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3, freshman Tom Deighton (London, England) gave Brown a 2-0 lead with a victory at #5 singles. Yale then got on the board with a win at #2 singles, but senior Nathaniel Gorham (Los Altos Hills, CA) claimed a victory at #1 to give Brown a 3-1 lead. Another Bulldogs' victory made it 3-2, but Posner won, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, at #6 to clinch the win. Yale earned one final victory at #4 singles for the 4-3 final.

#62 Harvard 5, Brown 2
Doubles
#1 - Omodele-Lucien/Schultz (Harvard) def. Au/Posner (Brown) 8-1
#2 - Felton/Nguyen (Harvard) def. Deighton/Klanke (Brown) 8-3
#3 - Chijoff-Evans/Tchan (Harvard) def. Hill/Gorham (Brown) 8-4
Singles
#1 - Alexei Chijoff-Evans (Harvard) def. Nathaniel Gorham (Brown) 6-1, 6-3
#2 - Kendrick Au (Brown) def. Aba Omodele-Lucien (Harvard) 6-4, 6-4
#3 - Alistair Felton (Harvard) def. Timmy Klanke (Brown) 3-0, ret
#4 - Mike Hill (Brown) def. Joshua Tchan (Harvard) 6-3, 6-4
#5 - Andy Nguyen (Harvard) def. Charlie Posner (Brown) 6-4, 6-1
#6 - Michael Hayes (Harvard) def. Jimmy Crystal (Brown) 6-1, 6-2

Brown 4, #69 Yale 3
Doubles
#1 - Blumenkranz/Samaha (Yale) def. Au/Deighton (Brown) 8-5
#2 - Hill/Posner (Brown) def. Bennett/Powers (Yale) 8-6
#3 - Gorham/Crystal (Brown) def. Huang/Hoffman (Yale) 8-6
Singles
#1 - Nathaniel Gorham (Brown) def. Mark Powers (Yale) 7-6, 6-2
#2 - John Huang (Yale) def. Kendrick Au (Brown) 6-2, 6-3
#3 - Bennett (Yale) def. Timmy Klanke (Brown) 6-2, 5-7, 6-0
#4 - Daniel Hoffman (Yale) def. Mike Hill (Brown) 1-6, 6-4, 6-5 (8)
#5 - Tom Deighton (Brown) def. Erc Blumenkranz (Yale) 6-4, 6-4
#6 - Charlie Posner (Brown) def. Joel Samaha (Yale) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Pictured: Charlie Posner ’11. (Photo by DSPics.com).