March 25, 2012

#58 Bears Edge #66 Georgia State, 4-3

ATLANTA, GA – The 58th-ranked Brown men's tennis team (13-3) earned a 4-3 victory over #66 Georgia State (15-3), snapping the Panthers' 11-match winning streak in the process. The two teams split the six singles matches with the earlier doubles point proving to be the difference.

With the team score tied, 3-3, the match came down to #4 singles where junior Mike Hill (Topsham, ME) was in a third-set tiebreaker against Sofiane Chevallier. Hill dropped the first set, 6-4, but forced a third set with a 6-0 win in the second. He then clinched the win for the Bears with a 7-5 win in the tiebreaker to take the third set and win the match for Brown.

In doubles action, Brown clinched the point by winning the first two matches off the courts. Freshman William Spector (Weston, MA) and sophomore Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica) won at #2, 8-4, while Hill and sophomore Sam Fife (Scarsdale, NY) earned an 8-1 win at #3 to give Brown the early 1-0 lead.

The Bears then fell behind, 2-1, as Georgia State earned wins at #2 and #3 singles. However, Burke tied the score at 2-2 with a three-set victory at #1 (6-3, 4-6, 6-4). The Panthers grabbed a 3-2 lead with a win at #5 singles, but Fife posted another three-set victory, at #6 (5-7, 6-4, 6-3), to tie the score at 3-3, setting up Hill's clinching win at #4.

Brown returns to action on Wednesday, March 28th, when it faces Florida Atlantic at 2:00 p.m.

#58 Brown 4, #66 Georgia State 3
Doubles

#1 – Cook/Hatem (GSU) def. Deighton/Riechmann (Brown) 8-4
#2 – Burke/Spector (Brown) def. Gutierrez/Santana (GSU) 8-4
#3 – Fife/Hill (Brown) def. Lahlou/Valente (GSU) 8-1
Order of Finish:
2,3*,1

Singles
#1 – Brandon Burke (Brown) def. Victor Valente (GSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
#2 – Matias Hatem (GSU) def. William Spector (Brown) 6-4, 6-1
#3 – Thomas Cook (GSU) def. Michael Riechmann (Brown) 6-0, 5-7, 6-1
#4 – Mike Hill (Brown) def. Sofiane Chevallier (GSU) 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
#5 – Juan Pablo Gutierrez (GSU) def. Daniel Hirschberg (Brown) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
#6 – Sam Fife (Brown) def. Ismael Lahlou (GSU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish:
2,3,1,5,6,4*