PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown men's tennis team (7-7) pushed its record to the .500 mark, while winning its second straight match, a 4-3 victory over Radford. Freshmen Thom Deighton (London, England) and Mike Hill (Topsham, ME) led the Bears with a pair of wins, as the duo won in both singles and doubles.
Brown started things off in doubles action with a 7-3 lead at both #2 and #3, while Radford held a similar lead at the #1 position. The Highlanders went up, 1-0, with an 8-6 win at #1 doubles, but the Bears evened the score at 1-1 with an 8-5 victory at #3 by the team of Hill and junior Charlie Posner (Cambridge, MA). The freshman duo of Deighton and Timmy Klanke (Potomac, MD) held off a Radford comeback attempt, holding serve to win 8-6 at #2 and earn the doubles point for Brown.
Radford quickly tied the score at 1-1 with a victory at #1 singles, but Hill regained the lead for Brown with a 6-3, 6-4 victory at the #3 position. The match intensified with both Klanke, at #4, and senior Kendrick Au (St. John’s, NF), at #2, splitting their first two sets. With only four courts available and the #1 court opening after the Radford win, Deighton came on at #5 and made quick work of his opponent in a 6-1, 6-1 win to give Brown a 3-1 advantage.
“Tom’s quick win was huge in the team match,” said head coach Jay Harris. “It really gave everyone else on the court a boost of confidence.”
Now in the third set at both #2 and #4, the match looked like it would come down to one of those two matches, as the #6 match had just gotten onto the court. After losing the three-set battle at #4 to push the score to 3-2, Au came through for the Bears with the clinching victory at #2. Leading, 4-1, in the third set, Au’s opponent, Thomas Dehaen, fought back to tie the score at 4-4. Dehaen then had multiple break points, but Au prevailed to take a 5-4 lead. Dehaen again tied the score at 5-5, and again had several break points. Once again, Au held on and fought for the 6-5 lead. Au would go on to win the next game and clinch the match with a long 14-ball rally that ended on an Au volley to the corner.
#1 – Dehaen/Salec (R) def. Au/Gorham (Brown) 8-6
#2 – Deighton/Klanke (Brown) def. Ogrizek/Watson (R) 8-6
#3 – Hill/Posner (Brown) def. Boslet/Finkerbrink (R) 8-5
Order of finish: 1,3,2
#1 – (#79) Ivan Salec (R) def. Nathaniel Gorham (Brown) 6-2, 6-2
#2 – Kendrick Au (Brown) def. Thomas Dehaen (R) 7-6, 3-6, 7-5
#3 – Mike Hill (Brown) def. Paul Boslet (R) 6-3, 6-4
#4 – Igor Ogrizek (R) def. Timmy Klanke (Brown) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
#5 – Tom Deighton (Brown) def. Zack Watson (R) 6-1, 6-1
#6 – Erik Finkerbrink (R) def. Charlie Posner (Brown) 7-6, 6-4
Order of finish: 1,3,5,4,2*,6
Pictured: Kendrick Au ’11. Photo by DSPics.net.