Men's Tennis Upsets #21 Harvard, 4-2, Handing Crimson First Ivy Loss

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The Brown men's tennis team (14-9, 3-3) upset #21 Harvard, 4-2, on Thursday evening, handing the Crimson their first Ivy League loss of the season. The Bears won and extremely tight doubles point and then earned three singles wins to pick up the 4-2 victory. 

Brown's #1 doubles team of sophomores Daniel Hirschberg (Westport, CT) and Michael Riechmann (Houston, TX) opened the match with a 9-8 win over the 71st-ranked team in the country, but the Bears' #2 team of juniors Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica) and Sam Fife (Scarsdale, NY) fell by the same score. Brown's third team of freshman Lucas Da Silveira (Incline Village, NV) and sophomore Justin To (Hong Kong, China) rallied from a 6-3 deficit to win 9-7, securing the doubles point for the Bears.

Harvard quickly tied teh match with a win at #4 singles and then pulled ahead, 2-1, with a win at #5. However, Da Silveira won his match at #6 singles, 6-3, 6-4, to tie the score at 2-2. 

Fife claimed a three-set win at #3 singles to give the Bears a 3-2 lead, before Riechmann earned a three-set win at #1 singles to clinch the victory for Brown. Sophomore William Spector (Weston, MA) was tied, 2-2, in the third set at #2, but his match was not finished once the Bears clinched the win. 

Brown continues action on Saturday when it travels to New Haven to face Yale in a 2:00 p.m. contest. 

Brown 4, #21 Harvard 2
Doubles
#1 - Hirschberg/Riechmann (B) def. (#71) MacMaster/D. Nguyen (H) 9-8
#2 - Hu/A. Nguyen (H) def. Burke/Fife (B) 9-8 
#3 - Da Silveira/To (B) def. Lam/Steinroeder (H) 9-7

Singles
#1 - Michael Riechmann (B) def. Denis Nguyen (H) 1-6, 7-6, 6-3
#2 - William Spector (B) vs. Shaun Chaudhuri (H) 5-7, 6-4, 2-2 DNF
#3 - Sam Fife (B) def. Andy Nguyen (H) 7-5, 5-7, 6-2
#4 - Alex Steinroeder (H) def. Daniel Hirschberg (B) 6-1, 6-2
#5 - Nicky Hu (H) def. Brandon Burke (B) 6-4, 7-5
#6 - Lucas Da Silveira (B) def. Kelvin Lam (H) 6-3, 6-4 

Pictured: Michael Riechmann '15. Photo by DSPics.net.