Bears Win Fourth Straight; Defeat Middle Tennessee, 6-1

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown men's tennis team (4-0) won its fourth straight match, while remaining undefeated on the season, as it posted a 6-1 win over visiting Middle Tennessee on Friday afternoon. Brown swept the doubles point and then claimed wins at five of the six singles positions, including three in straight sets, to earn the victory.

Brown began the day by earning the doubles point to go ahead, 1-0, in the match. Freshman Sam Fife (Scarsdale, NY) and senior Charlie Posner (Cambridge, MA) earned an 8-4 win at #3 and sophomore Tom Deighton (London, England) and senior Kendrick Au (St. John's, NF) quickly followed with an 8-3 win at #2 to clinch the point for Brown. The freshman duo of Soufiane Azargui (Burlington, ONT) and Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica) closed out the sweep by winning 8-6 at #1.

Brown extended its lead to 2-0 with sophomore Mike Hill's (Topsham, ME) win at #2 singles (6-3, 6-2) and then to 3-0 with Deighton's win at #4 singles (3-6, 6-2, 6-2). The Blue Raiders got on the board with a three-set win at #3 singles, but Burke closed out the match with a three-set win at #1 singles (4-6, 6-4, 6-3) to clinch the victory for the Bears. Au and sophomore Timmy Klanke (Potomac, MD) rounded out the scoring with wins at #5 and #6 respectively.

Brown 6, Middle Tennessee 1
Doubles
#1 - Azargui/Burke (Brown) def. Davis/Waters (MT) 8-6
#2 - Au/Deighton (Brown) def. Barnwell/Cohen (MT) 8-3
#3 - Fife/Posner (Brown) def. Langley/Pippos (MT) 8-4
Order of Finish: 3,2*,1

Singles
#1 - Brandon Burke (Brown) def. Shaun Waters (MT) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
#2 - Mike Hill (Brown) def. Matthew Langley (MT) 6-3, 6-2
#3 - Ben Davis (MT) def. Sam Fife (Brown) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
#4 - Tom Deighton (Brown) def. Joseph Cohen (MT) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
#5 - Kendrick Au (Brown) def. Eliott Barnwell (MT) 6-2, 6-3
#6 - Timmy Klanke (Brown) def. Dmitri Pippos (MT) 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 2,4,3,1*,5,6

Pictured: Brandon Burke '14. Photo by DSPics.net.