Bears Win Five of Six Doubles Matches, but Falter in Singles Action

Sept. 24, 2005

CINCINNATI, OH - The Brown men's tennis team competed in day one of its second invitational of the fall on Friday at the Cincinnati Invitational, played at the ATP Tennis Center in Cincinnati, OH. The Invitational features five teams, #33 Louisville, #19 Wake Forest, #72 Michigan State, and #40 Brown, and #58 Indiana that were ranked at the end of the 2005 season. In addition, three teams, Louisville, Wake Forest, and Brown competed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. The three-day Invitational will pit the five teams against each other in a series of hidden dual competitions.

The Bears faced Indiana in doubles to begin the day and swept the Hoosiers, winning all three matches. Senior Philip Charm (Concord, MA) and junior Dan Hanegby (Herzliva, Isreal) picked up an 8-6 victory at #1 doubles, while junior Eric Thomas (Cincinnati, OH) and sophomore Saurabh Kohli (Colaba, Mumbai, India) earned an 8-5 win at #2. Sophomore Scott Blumenkranz (Portola Valley, VA) and freshman Sam Garland (Bradenton, FL) rounded out the doubles action with an 8-2 win at #3.

The Bears faced Wake Forest in singles next and played 10 matches, winning just three of them to a tough Demon Deacon squad that featured three ranked players. Hanegby, ranked 60th in the pre-season poll, earned a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 victory over Todd Paul, who is ranked 33rd in the pre-season poll. Thomas and Charm played at #2 and #3, respectively, and both dropped their matches to ranked players. Other winners for Brown included freshman Chris Lee (Sudbury, MA) at #8 (6-1, 6-4) and freshman Basudev Ratnam (Oyster Bay, NY) at #9 (1-6, 7-5, 10-7).

Brown finished the day with three doubles matches against Louisville. Charm and Hanegby dropped their match at #1 to the 19th-ranked pair in the country, but the Bears earned wins at #2 and #3. Kohli and Thomas posed an 8-1 victory at #2, while Garland and Blumenkranz earned an 8-6 win at #3.

The Bears continue action Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, Brown will face Indiana (singles), Wake Forest (doubles), and Michigan State (singles). On Sunday, Brown will face Louisville (singles) and Michigan State (doubles). The competition begins at 9:00 a.m. each day.

COMPLETE RESULTS (Brown Only)
DOUBLES vs. INDIANA
#1 Charm/Hanegby (B) def. Ishtuganov/Kenner (I) 8-6
#2 Kohli/Thomas (B) def. McCarthy/McLoughlin (I) 8-5
#3 Garland/Blumenkranz (B) def. Antons/Bubenicek (I) 8-2

SINGLES vs. WAKE FOREST
#1 (#60) Hanegby (B) def. (#33) Paul (W) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6
#2 (#70) Hamar (W) def. Thomas (B) 6-3, 6-4
#3 (#91) Ross (W) def. Charm (B) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
#4 Adamski (W) def. Kohil (B) 6-2, 6-4
#5 Strauss (W) def. Scherer (B) 7-5, 6-3
#6 Parr (W) def. Tedaldi (B) 6-2, 6-0
#7 Sartor (W) def. Garland (B) 7-6, 6-3
#8 Lee (B) def. Bates (W) 6-1, 6-4
#9 Ratnam (B) def. Staton (W) 1-6, 7-5, 10-7
#10 Staton (W) def. Blumenkranz (B) 6-2, 6-2

DOUBLES vs. LOUISVILLE
#1 (#19) Clark/Gustafsson (L) def. Charm/Hanegby (B) 8-6
#2 Kohli/Thomas (B) def. Rotaru/Teufel (L) 8-1
#3 Garland/Blumenkranz (B) def. Naughton/Berrido (L) 8-6