CAMBRIDGE, MA - The Brown men's tennis team (15-6, 2-4) claimed a 4-3 win over Harvard on Sunday afternoon, upsetting the 65th-ranked Crimson at the Murr Center Tennis Courts. The Bears dropped the doubles point, but came back to win four singles matches and clinch the victory with a win by senior Kendrick Au (St. John's, New Foundland) at the #4 position.
The Crimson started the match by earning the doubles point with wins at #3 and #1. Brown's duo of senior Charlie Posner (Cambridge, MA) and freshman Sam Fife (Scarsdale, NY) earned their fifth win of the Ivy season with an 8-4 victory at #2.
Trailing, 1-0, Brown quickly went to work in singles action, winning the first three matches off the courts to take a 3-1 lead. Freshman Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica) tied the score at 1-1 with a 6-4, 6-2 decision at #3, while Fife gave Brown a 2-1 lead with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory at #2. A win by sophomore Tom Deighton (London, England) at the #5 position (6-3, 6-3) moved Brown one win away from taking the match.
After Harvard earned a win at #6 singles to close the lead to 3-2, Au closed out the match for Brown with a 7-5, 7-5 win at #4 singles to lift the Bears to the win. Harvard claimed the last match, at #1 singles, for the 4-3 final.
Brown closes out its 2011 season on Saturday, April 23rd, when it travels to Yale for a 2:00 p.m. match.
Brown 4, #65 Harvard 3
#1 - MacMaster/Omodele-Lucien (Harvard) def. Au/Burke (Brown) 8-6
#2 - Fife/Posner (Brown) def. Pearlman/Tchan (Harvard) 8-4
#3 - Felton/Nguyen (Harvard) def. Hill/Klanke (Brown) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3,1*,2
#1 - Jonathan Pearlman (Harvard) def. Mike Hill (Brown) 6-2, 6-4
#2 - Sam Fife (Brown) def. Aba Omodele-Lucien (Harvard) 1-6, 6-1, 6-1
#3 - Brandon Burke (Brown) def. Alistair Felton (Harvard) 6-4, 6-2
#4 - Kendrick Au (Brown) def. Casey MacMaster (Harvard) 7-5, 7-5
#5 - Tom Deighton (Brown) def. Andy Nguyen (Harvard) 6-3, 6-3
#6 - Joshua Tchan (Harvard) def. Charlie Posner (Brown) 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3,2,5,6,4*,1
Pictured: Kendrick Au '11. Photo by DSPics.net.