March 9, 2013

Men’s Tennis Defeats Buffalo, 7-0, and UConn, 6-1

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Brown men's tennis team (7-5) hosted Buffalo and UConn in a double-header Saturday afternoon and defeated both the Bulls, 7-0, and the Huskies, 6-1. Sophomore Daniel Hirschberg (Westport, CT) and freshman Ivan Kravtchenko (Sunnyvale, CA) both won two singles matches to help lead the Bears.

Against the Bulls, the Bears picked up the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3. Junior Sam Fife (Scarsdale, NY) and senior Mike Hill (Topsham, ME) opened the afternoon with an 8-5 win at #3 singles. After Buffalo won at #1, junior Brandon Burke (Kingston, Jamaica) and sophomore Michael Riechmann (Houston, TX) clinched the point for the Bears with a 9-7 win at #2. 

Riechmann opened singles with a win at #1 to give Brown a 2-0 lead, while Fife earned a victory at #4 singles to increase the Bears' lead to 3-0. Sophomore William Spector (Weston, MA) clinched the win with a victory at #3 singles. Hill, Hirschberg and Kravtchenko rounded out the sweep with wins at #2, #5 and #6, respectively.

In the evening against the Huskies, Brown again claimed the doubles point with wins at #2 and #3. Freshman Lucas Da Silveira (Incline Village, CA) and sophomore Justin To (Hong Kong, China) opened with a win at #2, while the team of juniors Jacob Laser (Glencoe, IL) and David Neff (New York, NY) clinched the point with a victory at #3.

Neff gave Brown a 2-0 lead with a win at #2 singles, while Da Silveira increased Brown's lead to 3-0 with a victory at #3. Hirschberg had the deciding match, winning at #1 singles, as the Bears took a 4-0 lead. After UConn got on the board with a win at #4, To and Kravtchenko closed out the match with wins at #5 and #6, respectively.

The Bears continue action on Tuesday, March 19th, when they host St. John's in a 4:15 p.m. match.

Brown 7, Buffalo 0
Doubles
#1 – David/Mehta (Buffalo) def. Spector/To (Brown) 8-6
#2 – Burke/Riechmann (Brown) def. Ionescu/Sharma (Buffalo) 9-7
#3 – Fife/Hill (Brown) def. Hove/Shkodnic (Buffalo) 8-5
Order of Finish: 3,1,2 

Singles
#1 – Michael Riechmann (Brown) def. Vusa Hove (Buffalo) 6-2, 6-4
#2 – Mike Hill (Brown) def. Damien David (Buffalo) 6-3, 6-2
#3 – William Spector (Brown) def. Sebastian Ionescu (Buffalo) 6-4, 6-1
#4 – Sam Fife (Brown) def. Pablo Alvarez (Buffalo) 6-1, 6-3
#5 – Daniel Hirschberg (Brown) def. Akhil Mehta (Buffalo) 6-1, 6-3
#6 – Ivan Kravtchenko (Brown) def. Ashwin Sharma (Buffalo) 7-6 (5), 6-2
Order of Finish: 1,4,3*,2,5,6 

Brown 6, UConn 1
Doubles
#1 – Carr/Harrell (UConn) def. Fife/Spector (Brown) 8-7 (5)
#2 – Da Silveira/To (Brown) def. Cohen/HoSang (UConn) 8-2
#3 – Laser/Neff (Brown) def. Ginzberg/Palmer (UConn) 8-2
Order of Finish: 2,3,1 

Singles
#1 – Daniel Hirschberg (Brown) def. Wayne Harrell (UConn) 6-2, 6-1
#2 – David Neff (Brown) def. Ryan Carr (UConn) 6-1, 6-0
#3 – Lucas Da Silviera (Brown) def. Mark HoSang (UConn) 6-2, 6-0
#4 – Andrew Ginzberg (UConn) def. Jacob Laser (Brown) 6-3, 1-6, (10-6)
#5 – Justin To (Brown) def. James Cohen (UConn) 6-1, 6-1
#6 – Ivan Kravtchenko (Brown) def. Zac McEntee (UConn) 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 2,3,1*,4,5,6

Pictured: Ivan Kravtchenko '16. Photo by DSPics.net.