October 20, 2009

Au and Posner Advance to ITA Regional Doubles Finals

HANOVER, NH - Several players from the Brown men's tennis team represented the Bears this past weekend at the ITA Regional Championships, hosted by Dartmouth. Juniors Kendrick Au (St. John's, NF) and Charlie Posner (Cambridge, MA) advanced to Monday's doubles final, falling to Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen of Harvard in a close, 9-7, match. This marks the ninth straight year that a Brown doubles team has advanced to at least the semifinals, and the seventh time in nine years that a Brown teams has been in the finals.

Four other Bears, freshmen Michael Hill (Topsham, ME) and Timothy Klanke (Rockville, MD), sophomore Andrew Yazmer (Simsbury, CT), and senior Nathaniel Gorham (Los Altos Hills, CA), also competed at the Regional Championship.

Brown Results (Seeds in parenthesis)
Singles
Round of 128 - (8) Kendrick Au (Brown) - Bye; Michael Hill (Brown) def. Stephen Erickson (NJIT) 6-4; 7-6 (1); Matt Himmelsbach (Marist) def. Timothy Klanke (Brown) 6-3, 7-6 (4); Loic Sessagesimi (Marist) def. Charlie Posner (Brown) 7-6 (5), 6-1; (17) Nathaniel Gorham (Brown) - Bye.
Round of 64 - Christian Coley (Marist) def. (8) Kendrick Au (Brown) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (3); (4) Sven Vlodgraven (Binghamton) def. Michael Hill (Brown) 6-2, 6-3; John Huang (Yale) def. Nathaniel Gorham (Brown) 6-7 (7), 6-1, 6-4.
Doubles
Round of 64 - (3) Au/Posner (Brown) - Bye; Law/Magnes (Penn) def. Gorham/Klanke (Brown) 8-5; Yazmer/Hill (Brown) def. Klassen/Nogueras (Colgate) 8-4.
Round of 32 - (3) Au/Posner (Brown) def. Post/Valdenegro (St. Bonaventure) 8-3; (4) Wong/Schneiderman (Columbia) def. Yazmer/Hill (Brown) 9-8 (5).
Round of 16 - (3) Au/Posner (Brown) def. Freeman/Laser (Dartmouth) 9-7.
Quarterfinals - (3) Au/Posner (Brown) def. Vlodgraven/Wong (Binghamton) 8-6
Semifinals - (3) Au/Posner (Brown) def. (7) Chijoff-Evans/Schultz (Harvard) 8-6
Finals - Felton/Nguyen (Harvard) def. (3) Au/Posner (Brown) 9-7
Consolation Singles
Timothy Klanke (Brown) def. Chris Wkis (Sacred Heart) 7-6, 6-3
Charlie Posner (Brown) def. Brando Gollegos (Niagara) 7-5, 6-2
Andrew Yazmer (Brown) def. Chris Albornoz (Army) 6-4, 7-6 (3)

Recent Brown Doubles Results at ITA Regionals
2008 - Gardner/Garland - Finalists
2007 - Lee/Ratnam - Semifinalists
2006 - Thomas/Ratnam - Champions
2005 - Hanegby/Charm - Champions
2004 - Thomas/Kohli - Semifinalists
2003 - Cerretani/Shamasdin - Champions
2002 - Goldberg/Shamasdin - Finalists
2001 - Goldberg/Shamasdin - Champion