#65 Bears Earn 4-3 Win over #51 Virginia Tech

Feb. 18, 2007

BLACKSBURG, VA - The 65th-ranked Brown men's tennis team (9-2) edged #51 Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. The contest came down to the #4 contest between junior Saurabh Kohli (Colaba, Mumbai, India) and the Hokies' Brandon Corace. Kohli dominated the first set racing to a 6-0 victory before Corace fought his way back into the match take the second set, 7-5. The duo battled evenly throughout the set before Kohli got a key break to win the match, 7-5.

Brown went up 1-0 win wins at #2 and #3 doubles, but Tech won at #5 and #5 singles to grab a brief 2-1 lead. The Bears tied the match back up at 2-2 moments later when sophomore Chris Lee (Sudbury, MA) won his #6 contest over Alexei Sergeev, 6-3, 7-6.

Brown took the lead with a win at #1 as senior Eric Thomas (Cincinnati, OH) defeated Nicolas Delgado, ranked 87th nationally, 6-4, 7-6, but the Hokies leveled the match at 3-3 when Albert Larregola, ranked No. 70, came from behind in his #2 match to edge No. 82 Dan Haneby, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-1, setting up the deciding No. 4 match.

The Bears won a tight doubles as sophomore Basu Ratnam (Oyster Bay, NY) and Thomas won 8-6, in the #2 match. The Hokies won at #1 to tie the doubles action at 1-1, but Brown clawed back with an 8-6 win at #3 by Kohli and senior Zach Pasanen (North Andover, MA) to take the point.

The Bears return to action on Tuesday, February 20th, when they face William & Mary at 6:00 p.m. in Williamsburg.

#65 Brown 4, #51 Virginia Tech 3
Doubles
#1 Delgado/Graber (VT) def. (#25) Dan Hanegby/Chris Lee (B) 8-6
#2 (#15) Basu Ratnam/Eric Thomas (B) def. Re/Sergeev (VT) 8-6
#3 Saurabh Kohli/Zach Pasanen (B) def. Corace/Larregola (VT) 8-6
Order of Finish: 1,3,2

Singles
#1 Eric Thomas (B) def. (#87) Nicolas Delgado (VT) 6-4, 7-6
#2 (#70) Albert Larregola (VT) def. (#82) Dan Hanegby (B) 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-1
#3 Yoann Re (VT) def. Basu Ratnam (B) 6-2, 6-2
#4 Saurabh Kohli (B) def. Brandon Corace (VT) 6-0, 5-7, 7-5
#5 Pedro Graber (VT) def. Zach Pasanen (B) 7-6, 6-3
#6 Chris Lee (B) def. Alexei Sergeev (VT) 6-3, 7-6
Order of finish: 3, 5, 6, 1, 2,4