Bears Edge #69 Columbia, 4-3

Bears Edge #69 Columbia, 4-3

April 15, 2006

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown men's tennis team (16-9, 3-1) defeated #69 Columbia to stay alive in the hunt for the 2006 Ivy League Title. Penn leads the way with a 4-1 Ivy record, while Brown is close behind with a 3-1 mark. Entering today's match against Cornell, Yale is the only other team to have just one loss, as it stands at 2-1 prior to its April 15th match against the Big Red.

Brown went up 1-0, winning all three doubles matches, including an 8-0 shutout at #3 doubles as junior Eric Thomas (Cincinnati, OH) and freshman Sam Garland (Bradenton, FL) remain undefeated at 12-0 in doubles action this season. Senior Phil Charm (Concord, MA) and freshman Chris Lee (Sudbury, MA) earned an 8-4 win at #1, while junior Dan Hanegby (Herzliya, Israel) and sophomore Saurabh Kohli (Colaba, Mumbai, India) posted an 8-5 win at #2 as Brown clinched the point.

The doubles point would prove to be the difference, as the match game down to the wire with each team winning three singles matches. Columbia tied the match at 1-1 with a straight-set victory over Lee at the #5 position.

Brown then won two of the next three matches off the court to take a 3-2 lead in the match. Freshman Basu Ratnam (Oyster Bay, NY) won at #2 singles, 6-3, 6-3. Thomas also won in straight sets, 7-6 (6), 6-1 at #3, but Hanegby dropped his match at #1 as Columbia stayed within one point.

With the last two matches on the court both in a third set, Marty Moore of Columbia tied the match at 3-3 when he won the third set, 6-3, over Brown's Kohli, at #4.

Over on court #6, Garland and Columbia's Dan Urban were tied 5-5 after Garland came from behind, 4-2, to tie the match. Garland held serve to go up 6-5 and then was able to break Urban to clinch the match for Brown, winning the third set, 7-5.

Brown continues action on Friday, April 21st, with its final road match of the season, a 3:00 match at Dartmouth.

Brown 4, #69 Columbia 3
#1 Charm/Lee (B) def. J. Moore/M. Moore (C) 8-4
#2 Hanegby/Kohli (B) def. Ratchford/Robbin (C) 8-5
#3 Thomas/Garland (B) def. Drucker/Urban (C) 8-0

#1 Clemente (C) def. (#66) Hanegby (B) 7-5, 6-4
#2 Ratnam (B) J. Moore (C) 6-3, 6-3
#3 Thomas (B) def. Ratchford (C) 7-6 (6), 6-1
#4 M. Moore (C) def. Kohli (B) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
#5 Drucker (C) def. Lee (B) 6-4, 6-2
#6 Garland (B) def. Urban (C) 6-1, 4-6, 7-5