Bears Split Matches at #46 Cornell (L, 4-3) and Columbia (W, 4-3); Post First Ivy Win

ITHACA, NY/NEW YORK, NY – The Brown men's tennis team (14-5, 1-3) split a pair of matches over the weekend, falling to #46 Cornell before rebounding the next day with a victory at Columbia, both by a 4-3 score. Both matches came down to the wire, as the Bears fell in a third-set tiebreaker against the Big Red and then won, 7-5, in the third set for the victory against the Lions.

On Saturday against Cornell, the Big Red swept the doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Freshman Soufiane Azargui (Burlington, ONT) tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-4 win at #5 singles, but a Cornell win at #2 gave the Big Red a 2-1 lead. Senior Kendrick Au (St. John's, New Foundland) kept the Bears in the match with a 7-5, 7-5 win at #4 singles, which tied the score again, 2-2, and left three matches, all in third sets, to decide the match.

Freshman Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica) gave Brown a 3-2 lead in the match with a win at #3, as he battled back after dropping the first set, 6-4, to win the next two 6-1, 6-1. Cornell tied the match for a third time with a win at #1 singles, setting up the deciding match at #6. Sophomore Timmy Klanke (Potomac, MD) won his first set, 6-4, but dropped the second, 6-0, before falling in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-1).

Brown rebounded the next day to post its first Ivy win of the season, 4-3, at Columbia. This time it was the Bears that went ahead, 1-0, by winning the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3. Freshman Sam Fife (Scarsdale, NY) and senior Charlie Posner (Cambridge, MA) claimed an 8-3 win at #3, before Columbia took the #2 match, 8-5. Azargui and Burke helped secure the point with an 8-3 win at #1.

Columbia was able to tie the match at 1-1 with a win at #3, but Brown regained the lead, 2-1, with Fife's win at #2 (6-2, 6-1). The two teams traded wins again, with Au's three-set win at #4 (4-6, 6-3, 6-3) giving Brown a 3-2 lead. Columbia tied the score at 3-3 with a three-set win at #6 singles, setting up the deciding match at #5.

After falling behind, 5-2, in the first set, Azargui rallied to win five straight games and take the set, 7-5. Columbia fought back to win the second set, 6-3, and force the deciding set. Azargui and Tizian Bucher battled back-and-forth through 5-5, before Azargui took control and won the last two games to take the match, 7-5, and clinch the 4-3 win for Brown.

The Bears return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host #61 Penn at 2:00 p.m.

#46 Cornell 4, Brown 3
Doubles

#1 – Bernstein/Jaklitsch (Cornell) def. Burke/Azargui (Brown) 8-5
#2 – Feldman/Gauthier (Cornell) def. Au/Deighton (Brown) 9-8 (7-4)
#3 – Klis/McElwain (Cornell) def. Fife/Posner (Brown) 8-5
Order of Finish:
3,2*,1

Singles
#1 – Andy Gauthier (Cornell) def. Mike Hill (Brown) 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
#2 – Jonathan Jaklitsch (Cornell) def. Sam Fife (Brown) 6-2, 6-2
#3 – Brandon Burke (Brown) def. Mirza Klis (Cornell) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
#4 – Kendrick Au (Brown) def. Jeremy Feldman (Cornell) 7-5, 7-5
#5 – Soufiane Azargui (Brown) def. Evan Bernstein (Cornell) 6-1, 6-4
#6 – Zhongming Chen (Cornell) def. Timmy Klanke (Brown) 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-1)
Order of Finish:
5,2,4,3,1,6*

Brown 4, Columbia 3
Doubles
#1 – Burke/Azargui (Brown) def. Bucher/Bucher (Columbia) 8-3
#2 – Gery/Yetimoglu (Columbia) def. Au/Deighton (Brown) 8-5
#3 – Fife/Posner (Brown) def. Deb-SEn/Schneiderman (Columbia) 8-3
Order of Finish:
3,2,1*

Singles
#1 – Haig Schneiderman (Columbia) def. Mike Hill (Brown) 6-2, 6-2
#2 – Sam Fife (Brown) def. Kevin Kung (Columbia) 6-2, 6-1
#3 – Nathaniel Gery (Columbia) def. Brandon Burke (Brown) 6-0, 6-3|
#4 – Kendrick Au (Brown) def. John Yetimoglu (Columbia) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
#5 – Soufiane Azargui (Brown) def. Tizian Bucher (Columbia) 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
#6 – Rajeev Deb-Sen (Columbia) def. Timmy Klanke (Brown) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish:
3,2,1,4,6,5*

Pictured: Soufiane Azargui '14. Photo by DSPics.net.