May 12, 2006

#63 Bears Fall just Short in 4-3 Loss to #18 Notre Dame in NCAA First Round Action

May 12, 2006

COLLEGE STATION, TX - The 63rd-ranked Brown men's tennis team (20-10) saw its 2006 season come to an end on Friday afternoon, when #18 Notre Dame handed the Bears a 4-3 loss in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears put up a valiant effort against the Irish, but Notre Dame clinched the win with a three-set victory at #3 singles. Highlighting the match was junior Dan Hanegby's (Herzliya, Israel) victory at #1 singles. Hanegby, who is currently ranked 112th in the nation, upset the 21st-ranked player in the nation, winning his match in three sets.

Brown started the match by taking a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. After senior Phil Charm (Concord, MA) and freshman Chris Lee (Sudbury, MA) made quick work of the 28th-ranked pair in the country, winning 8-3 at #1 doubles, the Bears needed just one more win at either #2 or #3 doubles to take the 1-0 lead. Freshman Basu Ratnam (Oyster Bay, NY) and freshman Sam Garland (Bradenton, FL) closed out the point with an 8-6 win at #3 doubles.

The Irish then took a 3-1 lead after winning singles matches in straight sets at #2, #5, and #6 and they needed just one more point to earn the victory and advance to the Second Round. However, Hanegby brought Brown to within one with a three-set win at #1 singles. After dropping the first set, 6-0, Hanegby earned a 6-2 win in the second set to force a decisive third set. This one went down to the wire, but Hanegby prevailed, 7-5, to keep the Bears alive.

Charm tied the match at 3-3 with a three-set win at #4 singles, setting up the deciding match at #3. Charm won his first set, 7-6, but dropped the second 6-3, before winning the third, 6-4, to tie the match.

But that was as close as the Bears would get as Brett Helgeson pulled out a three-set win over sophomore Saurabh Kohli (Colaba, Mumbai, India) at #3 singles to send Notre Dame to the NCAA Second Round.

#18 Notre Dame 4, #63 Brown 3
Doubles
#1 Charm/Lee (B) def. (#28) Keckley/Langenkamp (N) 8-3
#2 King/Parbhu (N) vs. Hanegby/Kohli (B) DNF
#3 Garland/Ratnam (B) def. Bass/Montoya (N) 8-6
Order of Finish: 1,3

Singles
#1 (#112) Hanegby (B) def. (#21) Bass (N) 0-6, 6-2, 7-5
#2 (#32) Parbhu (N) def. Ratnam (B) 6-2, 6-4
#3 Helgeson (N) def. Kohli (B) 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
#4 Charm (B) def. Keckley (N) 7-6, 3-6, 6-4
#5 King (N) def. Tedaldi (B) 6-1, 6-3
#6 Langenkamp (N) def. Lee (B) 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2,5,6,1,4,3