Bears Defeat #71 Cornell, 6-1

April 14, 2006

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown men's tennis team (15-9, 2-1) picked up a 6-1 victory over #71 Cornell to stay alive in the race for the 2006 Ivy League Title. #69 Columbia, which Brown faces tomorrow at 12:00 noon, was undefeated heading into today's match at Yale , while Brown, Penn, and possibly Yale (depending on its result today with Columbia) each have just one loss. The match was much closer than the 6-1 score indicates as the Bears had to fight back from being down 7-6 at #2 and #3 doubles to win the doubles point and won at #3 and #4 singles in three sets after dropping the first set at each position.

The Bears found themselves down 1-0 in doubles action after losing to the 53rd-ranked pair in the country, 8-2 at #1. With Brown losing at both #2 and #3 doubles by a 7-6 score, it looked as though Cornell was going to come away with the crucial doubles point. However, Brown fought back and won the final three games at both #2 and #3 doubles to go ahead, 1-0, in the match. Junior Dan Hanegby (Herzliya, Israel) and sophomore Saurabh Kohli (Colaba, Mumbai, India) were victorious at #2, while junior Eric Thomas (Cincinnati, OH) and freshman Sam Garland (Bradenton, FL) picked up the win at #3, improving to 11-0 in doubles action.

Senior Luke Tedaldi (West Newton, MA) gave Brown a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-3 victory at #6 singles, while freshman Basu Ratnam (Oyster Bay, NY) increased the Bears lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-2 victory at #2 singles. The Bears needed just one more point to clinch the match, but Cornell pulled out a win at #1 singles to come to within 3-1 with #5, #4, and #3 still on the court.

After winning his first set, 6-4, at #5 singles, freshman Chris Lee (Sudbury, MA) came from behind to earn a 7-5 win in the second set and clinch the match. Kohli picked up a hard-fought win at #4, erasing a 6-1 loss in the first set with 7-6 and 6-2 wins in the final two sets, while Thomas also earned a hard-fought victory at #3, coming back with 6-2 and 7-5 wins in the second and third sets, after losing 6-3 in the first.

Brown and Columbia will square off tomorrow at 12:00 noon in a critical battle for Ivy positioning.

Brown 6, #71 Cornell 1
Doubles
#1 (#53) Brunner/Raff (C) def. Charm/Lee (B) 8-2
#2 Hanegby/Kohli (B) def. Brous/Goldstein (C) 9-7
#3 Thomas/Garland (B) def. Doppelt/McKeon (C) 9-7

Singles
#1 McKeon (C) def. (#66) Hanegby (B) 6-4, 6-1
#2 Ratnam (B) def. Raff (C) 6-4, 6-2
#3 Thomas (B) def. Brunner (C) 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
#4 Kohli (B) def. Brous (C) 1-6, 7-6, 6-2
#5 Lee (B) def. Doppelt (C) 6-4, 7-5
#6 Tedaldi (B) def. Heggie (C) 6-1, 6-3