Men's Tennis Falls to #43 Vanderbilt, 6-1

NASHVILLE, TN - Playing away from Brown for the first time this spring, the Brown men's tennis team (6-1) dropped a 6-1 decision to #43 Vanderbilt (3-3) on Friday afternoon. Sophomore Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica) earned the lone win for the Bears with a 6-4, 6-3 victory at #2 singles. Despite the 6-1 result, the Bears put up a strong fight, as sophomore Soufiane Azargui (Burlington, ONT) dropped his first set at #1 singles in a tiebreaker (7-4) and freshman Michael Riechmann (Houston, TX) dropped his first set at #3 singles in a tiebreaker by the same score. Playing at #6, sophomore Sam Fife (Scarsdale, NY) also dropped his first set in a tiebreaker (7-3), while freshman Daniel Hirschberg (Westport, CT) fell in three sets at #5 singles.

In doubles action, Vanderbilt won all three matches, including a tight 9-8 (7-5) decision at #1 against Azargui and Burke.

The Bears return to action Saturday afternoon when they face Middle Tennessee in a 3:00 p.m. match.

#43 Vanderbilt 6, Brown 1
Doubles
#1 - Austin/Bazarnik (Vanderbilt) def. Azargui/Burke (Brown) 9-8 (7-5)
#2 - Jones/Offerdahl (Vanderbilt) def. Deighton/Riechmann (Brown) 8-4
#3 - DiValerio/Dorn (Vanderbilt) def. Fife/Hill (Brown) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2,1*,3
Singles
#1 - (#87) Charlie Jones (Vanderbilt) def. Soufiane Azargui (Brown) 8-7 (7-4), 6-2
#2 - Brandon Burke (Brown) def. Blake Bazarnik (Vanderbilt) 6-4, 6-3
#3 - Gonzales Austin (Vanderbilt) def. Michael Riechmann (Brown) 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
#4 - Joe Dorn (Vanderbilt) def. Mike Hill (Brown) 6-2, 7-5
#5 - Anton Kovrigin (Vanderbilt) def. Daniel Hirschberg (Brown) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
#6 - Jeff Offerdahl (Vanderbilt) def. Sam Fife (Brown) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
Order of Finish: 3,2,4,1*,5,6

Pictured: Brandon Burke '14. Photo by DSPics.net.