Bears Fall to #60 Harvard, 4-1, in ECAC Championship

HANOVER, NH – The Brown men's tennis team (8-3), seeded sixth for the ECAC Team Championship, advanced to the Championship match with a 4-3 win over #50 Cornell (the 2nd seed) in the semifinals. However, top-seeded Harvard, ranked #60 in the nation, was too much for the Bears, earning a 4-1 victory to clinch the Championship. Brown won the doubles point against both Cornell and Harvard, winning three singles matches against the Big Red.

Against Cornell, sophomores Soufiane Azargui (Burlington, ONT) and Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica) upset the nation's 44th-ranked doubles team at #1 doubles, 8-5, while sophomore Sam Fife (Scarsdale, NY) and freshman William Spector (Weston, MA) earned a 9-8 (7-2) win at #3. In singles action, Spector, freshman Daniel Hirschberg (Westport, CT), and Fife posted victories at #3, #5 and #6, respectively.

Against Harvard, Brown's lone wins came at #2 doubles, where junior Tom Deighton (London, England) and freshman Michael Riechmann (Houston, TX) claimed an 8-6 win, and at #3 doubles, where Fife and Spector earned a 9-7 win.

Brown 4, #50 Cornell 3 - Semifinals
Doubles

#1 – Azargui/Burke (Brown) def. (#44) Iyer/Sidney (Cornell) 8-5
#2 – Fleck/Luu (Cornell) def. Deighton/Riechmann (Brown) 8-4
#3 – Fife/Spector (Brown) def. Nguyen/Riggs (Cornell) 9-8 (7-2)
Singles

#1 – Iyer (Cornell) def. Brandon Burke (Brown) 6-3, 6-4
#2 – Fleck (Cornell) def. Michael Riechmann (Brown) 6-1, 6-4
#3 – William Spector (Brown) def. Riggs (Cornell) 6-3, 6-2
#4 – Nguyen (Cornell) def. Michael Hill (Brown) 6-3, 6-1
#5 – Daniel Hirschberg (Brown) def. Sidney (Cornell) 7-6 (2), 6-3
#6 – Sam Fife (Brown) def. Luu (Cornell) 6-2, 7-6 (3)

#60 Harvard 4, Brown 1 - Championship
Doubles

#1 – Felton/MacMaster (Harvard) def. Azargui/Burke (Brown) 8-6
#2 – Deighton/Riechmann (Brown) def. A. Nguyen/D. Nguyen (Harvard) 8-6
#3 – Fife/Spector (Brown) def. Schultz/Steinroder (Harvard) 9-7
Singles

#1 – Pearlman (Harvard) def. Brandon Burke (Brown) 6-2, 6-3
#2 – D. Nguyen (Harvard) vs. Soufiane Azargui (Brown) 7-6, 4-4 (DNF)
#3 – Steinroder (Harvard) vs. Michael Riechmann (Brown) 4-6, 6-4, 3-1 (DNF)
#4 – Schultz (Harvard) def. William Spector (Brown) 6-3, 6-1
#5 – Steer (Harvard) def. Michael Hill (Brown) 6-1, 6-3
#6 – Chaudhuri (Harvard) def. Sam Fife (Brown) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6

Pictured: Sam Fife '14. Photo by DSPics.net.