May 11, 2006
PROVIDENCE, RI - Six members of the NCAA-bound Brown men's tennis team have earned All-Ivy recognition for their performances this season. The Bears shared the 2006 Ivy League men's tennis title with Penn and then won a playoff to earn an NCAA Tournament berth. And the Bears did it without a singles player who was named first team All-Ivy in a vote of the eight head coaches of the sport. Headlining the group is junior Dan Hanegby (Herzliya, Israel), who was named Second Team All-Ivy in both singles and in doubles sophomore Saurabh Kohli (Colaba, Mumbai, India). Brown's #1 doubles team of senior co-captain Phil Charm (Concord, MA) and freshman Chris Lee (Sudbury, MA) was named First Team All-Ivy in doubles, while freshman Basu Ratnam (Oyster Bay, NY) and junior Eric Thomas (Cincinnati, OH) were each named Second Team All-Ivy in singles.
Hanegby played mostly at #1 singles, where he posted a 10-15 mark in dual matches. Overall on the season, Hanegby was 20-17 in singles action, including a win over the 23rd-ranked player in the nation from Boise State. In doubles action, Hanegby posted a record of 28-11, for a total of 48 wins this year, which led all Brown players. Hanegby and Kohli posted a 13-3 mark on the season in doubles action, playing mostly at the #2 position. They were 6-1 during the Ivy League season.
Brown's other doubles team to earn All-Ivy honors was the duo of Charm and Lee, which earned a nod on the First Team. They posted an overall record of 9-4 on the season, playing mostly at #1 doubles, including a 6-1 mark in the Ivy League.
In singles action, Ratnam earned All-Ivy honors after posting a 17-11 record on the year with a 13-7 record in dual matches, including a win over the 69th-ranked player in the nation from Wake Forest. The recipient of Brown's Joe Paterno Award at the All-Sports Banquet, given to the outstanding freshman male varsity athlete, Ratnam steadily improved his game, climbing from the #10 position in the fall to the #2 position by the spring.
Thomas, who was also named Second Team All-Ivy in singles last season, played regularly at the top three singles positions, posting a 7-4 record at the #3 spot, where he went 6-1 in Ivy play. He was also 2-0 at #1 singles and 7-5 at #2. For the year, Thomas was 24-12 in singles action and 23-11 in doubles for 47 overall wins, which was second on the team this year.
Charm, Hanegby, Kohli, Lee, Ratnam, Thomas, and the rest of the Bears will travel to College Station, TX to face Notre Dame at 2:00 p.m. on May 12, in NCAA First Round action.