PROVIDENCE, RI - In search of its first Ivy win of the season,
the Brown men's tennis team (10-13, 0-4) came up just short again,
falling to visiting Cornell, 5-2. The Big Red claimed the doubles
point with wins at #1 and #3, and then went up 3-0 with singles
wins at #5 and #2. The Bears made things interesting, coming to
within 3-2 with a pair of wins at #3 and #4, but the Big Red earned
a pair of three-set wins at #6 and #1 to take the 5-2 victory.
In doubles action, it was the team of freshman Mike Hill (Topsham, ME) and junior Charlie Posner (Cambridge, MA) winning for the Bears, as the duo earned an 8-3 win.
After Cornell posted two quick singles wins at #5 and #2, freshman Tom Deighton (London, England) got Brown on the board with a win in straight sets at #3 (6-1, 7-5). Posner then continued his strong play, taking a 6-2, 6-4 decision at #4 singles to bring Brown to within 3-2. He was actually behind, 3-0, in the second set, but came back to win six of the next seven games to earn the straight-set win.
With the match set to come down to #6 and #1 singles, junior Kendrick Au (St. John's, NF) and freshman Timmy Klanke (Potomac, MD) came back to force a third set at #1 and #6 respectively. Cornell clinched the match with a win at #6 and moments later won the final match at #1 for the 5-2 final.
The Bears continue action on Friday afternoon, April 16, when
they host Harvard in a 2:00 p.m. match.
Cornell 5, Brown 2
#1 Feldman/Gauthier (C) def. Au/Deighton (Brown) 8-6
#2 Hill/Posner (Brown) def. Jaklitsch/Klis (C) 8-3
#3 Fife/Bernstein (C) def. Garrigues/Musella (Brown) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3,2,1
#1 Jon Jaklitsch (C) def. Kendrick Au (Brown) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
#2 Andy Gauthier (C) def. Mike Hill (Brown) 6-2, 6-2
#3 Tom Deighton (Brown) def. Jeremey Feldman (C) 6-1, 7-5
#4 Charlie Posner (Brown) def. Jon Fife (C) 6-2, 6-4
#5 Evan Bernstein (C) def. Luciano Musella (Brown) 6-1, 6-1
#6 Ashish Bhardari (C) def. Timmy Klanke (Brown) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
Order of Finish: 5,2,3,4,6*,1
Pictured: Tom Deighton ’13. Photo by DSPics.net.