PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown men's tennis team (14-6, 1-4) played its fifth straight 4-3 match, but came away on the losing side of the decision to Dartmouth, which defeated the Bears in their final home match of the season. Brown dropped the doubles point, but split the six singles matches with the Big Green to account for the 4-3 final.
In doubles action, senior Charlie Posner (Cambridge, MA) and freshman Sam Fife (Scarsdale, NY) claimed an 8-4 win for Brown, as the two teams split the first two matches off the court, setting up the deciding match at #2, which Dartmouth won, 8-2.
Freshman Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica) tied the score at 1-1 with a win at #2 singles (6-3, 7-6 (4)), before senior Kendrick Au (St. John's, New Foundland) gave Brown a 2-1 lead with a win at #4 (6-1, 6-4). Brown was up, 3-1, after a win by sophomore Mike Hill (Topsham, ME) at #1 singles, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, but Dartmouth closed the gap to 3-2 with a three-set win at #3.
The final two matches on the courts both went Dartmouth's way in straight sets with the #6 match deciding the win for the Big Green.
Brown is back in action on Sunday when it travels to Harvard to face the Crimson at 2:00 p.m.
Dartmouth 4, Brown 3
#1 - Laser/Centenari (D) def. Azargui/Burke (B) 8-4
#2 - Grief/Roby (D) def. Au/Deighton (B) 8-2
#3 - Fife/Posner (B) def. DeChatellos/Ghorbani (D) 8-4
Order of Finish: 1,3,2*
#1 - Mike Hill (B) def. Laser (D) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
#2 - Brandon Burke (B) def. Centenari (D) 6-3, 7-6 (4)
#3 - Roby (D) def. Sam Fife (B) 6-7, 6-2, 4-0 (ret)
#4 - Kendrick Au (B) def. Ghorbani (D) 6-1, 6-4
#5 - Ho (D) def. Soufiane Azargui (B) 6-3, 6-1
#6 - Grief (D) def. Tom Deighton (B) 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 2,4,1,3,5,6*
Pictured: Mike Hill '13. Photo by DSPics.net.