Bears Open Season with Promising Results at Two Different Invitational Tournaments

Sept. 18, 2006

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown men's tennis team, the defending Ivy Champion, saw its first test of the 2006-2007 season at both the Northeast Intercollegiate, hosted by Brown Friday-Sunday, September 15-17, and the Virginia Invitational at the University of Virginia. Senior Dan Hanegby (Herzliya, Israel) and sophomore Basu Ratnam (Oyster Bay, NY) competed at the UVA Invitational, while the rest of the team remained in Providence to take part in the Northeast Intercollegiate.

Hanegby, ranked 57th in the preseason singles rankings, posted a 2-1 mark in singles, facing elimination in the semifinals of the "blue" singles bracket. Ratnam was the #2 seed in the "red" bracket, where he posted a 1-1 record, facing elimination in the quarterfinals. In doubles action, Hanegby and Ratnam dropped two identical 9-8 matches, falling to the #23 ranked pair in the first round and then dropping another 9-8 decision in the consolation quarterfinals.

In the Northeast Intercollegiate at Brown, junior Saurabh Kohli (Colaba, Mumbai, India) and sophomore Chris Lee (Sudbury, MA), who was a perfect 8-0 on the weekend, led the way, as they both advanced to the finals of the #1 singles flight. Lee won the flight after Kohli withdrew from the match. Senior Eric Thomas (Cincinnati, OH) was also in the #1 singles flight, while senior Zach Pasanen (North Andover, MA) and sophomore Noah Gardner (Cambridge, MA) were in the #2 flight, and junior Scott Blumenkranz (Portola Valley, CA) competed in the #3 flight.

Brown also won the #1 doubles flight with the team of Lee and Kohli earning the win. Thomas and Pasanen also competed in #1 doubles, while Gardner and Blumenkranz represented Brown in the #2 doubles flight.

Brown continues action this coming weekend at the Cincinnati Invitational.

VIRGINIA INVITATIONAL RESULTS (Brown Only)
SINGLES
"Blue" First Round: #57 Dan Hanegby (Brown) def. Kiril Dimitrov (Duke) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
"Blue" Quarters: #57 Dan Hanegby (Brown) def. #15 Arnaud Lecloerec (VCU) 6-4, 7-5
"Blue" Semis: #22 Martin Sayer (Radford) def. #57 Dan Hanegby (Brown) 6-7, 6-4, 6-1
"Red" First Round: Basu Ratnam (Brown) def. Ryan Johnson (Charlotte) 6-1, 6-2
"Red" Quarters: Mariusz Adamski (Wake Forest) def. Basu Ratnam (B) 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1

DOUBLES
"Blue" First Round: #23 Devvarman/Huey (Virginia) def. Hanegby/Ratnam (Brown) 9-8
"Blue" Consolation Quarters: Orban/Nielsen (Maryland) def. Hanegby/Ratnam (Brown) 9-8

NORTHEAST INTERCOLLEGIATE RESULTS (Brown Only)
SINGLES
Flight #1
First Round: Chris Lee (Brown) def. Ben Schueler (UConn) 6-1, 6-1; Eric Thomas (Brown) def. Dimitri Chimerakis (Villanova) 6-1, 6-2; Saurabh Kohli (Brown) def. Matt McGranaghan (Lafayette) 6-2, 6-1.
Quarterfinals: Chris Lee (Brown) def. Pedro Genovese (Marist) 7-6 (2), 6-3; Jason Sechrist (BC) def. Eric Thomas (Brown) w/o; Saurabh Kohli (Brown) def. Chris Innes (Colgate) 7-5, 6-3.
Semifinals: Chris Lee (Brown) def. Soma Kesthely (BC) 7-5, 6-4; Saurabh Kohli (Brown) def. Jason Sechrist (BC) 7-5, 7-5.
Finals: Chris Lee (Brown) def. Saurabh Kohli (Brown) w/o.

Flight #2
First Round: Zach Pasanen (Brown) def. Sam Jonas (Brandeis) w/o; Matt Fawcett (Rutgers) def. Noah Gardner (Brown) 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (8).
Quarterfinals: Greg Marks (Marist) def. Zach Pasanen (Brown) 6-3, 6-4.
Consolation Quarterfinals: Noah Gardner (Brown) def. Paul Guarino (Lafayette) 6-1, ret.
Consolation Semifinals: David Desrochers (Montreal) def. Noah Gardner (Brown) 7-5, 7-6 (5).

Flight #3
First Round: Adam Gart (URI) def. Scott Blumenkranz (Brown) 6-2, 7-5.
Consolation Quarterfinals: Pedro Tomas Martinez (Carlton) def. Scott Blumenkranz (Brown) w/o.

DOUBLES
Flight #1
First Round: Pasanen/Thomas (Brown) def. Recalde/Stopp (Assumption) 8-3; Lee/Kohli (Brown) def. Reibiesen/Young (Bucknell).
Quarterfinals: Pasanen/Thomas (Brown) def. Sechrist/Nolan (BC) 8-5; Lee/Kohli (Brown) def. Desrochers/Fox (Montreal) 8-4.
Semifinals: Genovese/Rolon (Marist) def. Pasanen/Thomas (Brown) 8-5; Lee/Kohli (Brown) def. Chimerakis/Daly (Villanova) 8-2.
Finals: Lee/Kohli (Brown) def. Genovese/Rolon (Marist) 8-5.

Flight #2
First Round: Gardner/Blumenkranz (Brown) def. Wiley/Benezra (Lafayette) 8-3.
Quarterfinals: Yassky/McIntyre (Colgate) def. Gardner/Blumenkranz (Brown) w/o.