Bears Win Second Straight, 5-2, over Princeton

April 4, 2009

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown men's tennis team (16-7, 2-0) improved to 2-0 in the Ivy League for the first time since 2005 with a 5-2 win over Princeton on Saturday afternoon at the Bears' outdoor courts. Brown won the doubles point with wins at #1 and #3 and then took four of the six singles matches to earn the 5-2 victory.

After winning quickly at #3 doubles, where sophomores Kendrick Au (St. John's, NF) and Charlie Posner (Cambridge, MA) claimed an 8-2 decision, senior Chris Lee (Sudbury, MA) and sophomore Jonathan Pearlman (New York, NY), ranked #55 in the nation, were upset, 8-5, to tie the doubles action at 1-1.

Seniors Sam Garland (Bradenton, FL) and Noah Gardner (Cambridge, MA) clinched the point in a huge come-from-behind win to give Brown a 1-0 lead. Down match point at 7-6 (40-30) and with Princeton serving, the Bears' duo came back to break the Tigers and then held the next game to go up 8-7. Gardner and Garland were able to break Princeton again for win the match, 9-7, and take the point for Brown.

In singles action, Pearman, Lee, and Au all won their first sets, 6-1, and Garland earned a 6-3 win in his first set, while junior Nathaniel Gorham (Los Altos Hills, CA) and Gardner dropped their first sets.

Au claimed his next set at #6, 6-1, to give Brown a 2-0 lead and then Lee earned his second-set, 6-3, at #2, to give the Bears a 3-0 lead. Gorham stayed alive at #3 singles with a 6-1 win in his second set, but Garland and Pearlman both lost their second sets, as Brown still needed one more point for the win.

The Tigers got on the board with a win at #5 singles and then made it a 3-2 match with another win at #1 singles. Down, 4-2, in the third set, Gorham fought back to win the set, 7-6 and clinch the victory for the Bears. Garland capped off the win with a 6-2 victory in his third set, for the 5-2 final.

The Bears return to action next weekend when they travel to Columbia and Cornell.

Brown 5, Princeton 2
Doubles
#1 Gardner/Garland (B) def. Capkovic/Vuckovic (P) 9-7
#2 Ilya Trubov/Kim (P) def. (#55) Lee/Pearlman (B) 8-4
#3 Au/Charlie Posner (B) def. Carpeni/Yohei Shoji (P) 8-2
Order of finish: 3,2,1
Singles
#1 Peter Capkovic (P) def. Jonathan Pearlman (B) 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
#2 Chris Lee (B) def. Alex Vuckovic (P) 6-1, 6-3
#3 Nathaniel Gorham (B) def. Ryan Kim (P) 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3)
#4 Sam Garland (B) def. George Carpeni (P) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
#5 Alex Faust (P) def. Noah Gardner (B) 7-5, 6-3
#6 Kendrick Au (B) def. Coleman Crutchfield (P) 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: 6,2,5,1,3,4