March 20, 2010

Men’s Tennis Goes 2-1 in Weekend Matches

PROVIDENCE, RI – Thanks to some unseasonably warm weather in the New England area over the weekend, the Brown men’s tennis team (9-8) was able to play its first home outdoor match of the season on Thursday afternoon against Fairfield. The Bears were victorious in earning a 5-2 decision over the Stags with some great performances throughout the lineup, while pushing their record above the .500 mark. Then on Saturday, Brown split a pair of matches, again at the outdoor courts, against BC (L, 5-2) and UConn (W, 5-2) to remain over .500.

Against Fairfield, Brown went up, 1-0, after earning the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2. Freshman Mike Hill (Topsham, ME) and junior Charlie Posner (Cambridge, MA) were first off the courts, earning an 8-1 win at #2. After falling behind early in their match at #1, freshmen Timmy Klanke (Potomac, MD) and Tom Deighton (London, England) stormed back to take an 8-3 win, while clinching the doubles point for the Bears. Freshman Luciano Musella (Fort Lauderdale, FL) then gave Brown a 2-0 lead with a quick, 6-0, 6-1 win at the #6 position, while Deighton gave Brown a 3-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-3 win at #4. Posner clinched the victory for Brown with a 6-1, 6-1 win at #5. Senior Nathaniel Gorham (Los Altos Hills, CA) then earned a hard-fought win at #1, 6-3, 6-4, putting Brown up, 5-0. The Stags claimed two three-set wins at #2 and #3 for the 5-2 final.

Against the Eagles, the Bears fell behind in doubles with a loss at #1. BC was poised to take the point, as the Eagles held a 7-6 lead at both #2 and #3. However, Posner and Hill broke BC at 6-7, held serve, and then broke BC again to win their match at #3, 9-7. Klanke and Deighton also pulled out a tough match, winning in a tiebreaker at #2 to give Brown the early lead. Deighton earned a 6-2, 6-0 win at #5 to give Brown a 2-0 lead, but a loss at #1 got BC on the board. At that point, the remaining four singles matches were all still in the first set and the Eagles were able to pick up some momentum by taking each of those four sets. BC won at #2 and #4 to go up, 3-2, and then clinched the match with a victory at #3.

Brown rebounded in the afternoon with a 5-2 win over UConn. Posner and junior Kendrick Au (St. John’s, NF) opened the doubles action with an 8-2 win at #1 and were followed by Musella and freshman Miles Garrigues, who earned an 8-6 win at #3 to give Brown the point. Posner posted a 6-2, 6-1 win at #4 singles, as Brown went up, 2-0. However, the Huskies claimed two straight wins, at #1 and #6, to tie the match at 2-2. Hill gave Brown a 3-2 lead with a tough victory at #2, while Musella clinched the match with a victory at #5. Klanke also won his match, at #3, for the 5-2 final.

Brown 5, Fairfield 2
Doubles

#1 Deighton/Klanke (Brown) def. Ferrante/Michalisin (Fairfield) 8-3
#2 Hill/Posner (Brown) def. Berthod/Sauter (Fairfield) 8-1
#3 E. Kremheller/M. Kremheller (Fairfield) def. Garrigues/Musella (Brown) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2,1,3
Singles

#1 Nathaniel Gorham (Brown) def. Dan Sauter (Fairfield) 6-3, 6-4
#2 Joe Michalisin (Fairfield) def. Timmy Klanke (Brown) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-2)
#3 Robert Ferrante (Fairfield) def. Mike Hill (Brown) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)
#4 Tom Deighton (Brown) def. Ryan Berthod (Fairfield) 6-1, 6-3
#5 Charlie Posner (Brown) def. Erik Kremheller (Fairfield) 6-1, 6-1
#6 Luciano Musella (Brown) def. Bob Kelly (Fairfield) 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6,4,5*,1,2,3

Boston College 5, Brown 2
Doubles

#1 Kreutzer/Nolan (BC) def. Au/Gorham (Brown) 8-2
#2 Deighton/Klanke (Brown) def. Muppidi/Schroeder (BC) 9-8 (3)
#3 Hill/Posner (Brown) def. Skinner/Avidson (BC) 9-7
Order of Finish: 1,3,2
Singles

#1 Thomas Nolan (BC) def. Nathaniel Gorham (Brown) 6-1, 6-1
#2 Akash Muppidi (BC) def. Kendrick Au (Brown) 7-6 (6), 6-3
#3 Jon Schroeder (BC) def. Mike Hill (Brown) 7-5, 6-4
#4 Alex Skinner (BC) def. Timmy Klanke (Brown)
#5 Tom Deighton (Brown) def. Erik Kreutzer (BC) 6-2, 6-0
#6 Brian Locklear (BC) def. Charlie Posner (Brown) 7-5, 7-5
Order of Finish: 5,1,2,4,3*,6

Brown 5, UConn 2
Doubles

#1 Au/Posner (Brown) def. Marcus/Warden (UConn) 8-2
#2 Adams/Yoon (UConn) def. Deighton/Hill (Brown) 8-6
#3 Garrigues/Musella (Brown) def. Cook/Goldstein (UConn) 8-6
Order of Finish: 1,3,2
Singles

#1 Andrew Marcus (UConn) def. Kendrick Au (Brown) 6-4, 6-3
#2 Mike Hill (Brown) def. Jai Yoon (UConn) 6-3, 6-4
#3 Timmy Klanke (Brown) def. Scott Warden (UConn) 6-4, 6-2
#4 Charlie Posner (Brown) def. Joe Goldstein (UConn) 6-2, 6-1
#5 Luciano Musella (Brown) def. Dave Adams (UConn) 6-3, 6-4
#6 Tom Cook (UConn) def. Miles Garrigues (Brown) 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4,1,6,2,5*,3

Pictured: Tom Deighton ’13. Photo by DSPics.com