April 23, 2007

Bears Close out Season with 4-3 Win over Harvard

April 23, 2007

PROVIDENCE, RI - Senior Michelle Pautler (Kamuela, HI) picked up a three-set win at #1 singles to clinch a 4-3 victory over Harvard as the Brown women's tennis team (9-11, 4-3) won its fourth straight match, while posting a winning record in the Ivy League for the first time since 2003 when Brown also finished with a 4-3 mark.

The Bears and the Crimson split the first two doubles matches to finish, as Harvard earned an 8-3 win at #1 and junior Kelley Kirkpatrick (Villanova, PA) and freshman Emily Ellis (Dallas, TX) picked up an 8-4 win at #3. But Harvard was able to go up 1-0 with a 9-7 win at #2 doubles.

Freshman Tanja Vucetic (Aventura, FL) then tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at #6 singles. The Crimson went up 2-1 with a win at #2 singles, but sophomore Sara Mansur (Houston, TX) tied the match at 2-2 when her opponent retired with Mansur having won the first set, 7-5, and leading the second, 3-0.

Ellis won her match at #5 singles, 6-3, 6-4, to give Brown its first lead of the afternoon, 3-2, before Pautler finished her match at #1 to give Brown the four points needed for the win. After losing the first set, 6-4, Pautler won the second, 7-5, before cruising in the third, 6-1.

Brown 4, Harvard 3
Doubles
#1 Litvak/Forgie (H) def. Pautler/Mansur (B) 8-3
#2 Mukundan/Brook (H) def. Ames/Sorokko (B) 9-7
#3 Kirkpatrick/Ellis (B) def. Gottlieb/Curto (H) 8-4

Singles
#1 Michelle Pautler (B) def. Litvak (H) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
#2 Mukundan (H) def. Daisy Ames (B) 6-0, 6-0
#3 Sara Mansur (B) def. Brook (H) 7-5, 3-0 ret.
#4 Forgie (H) def. Alexa Baggio (B) 6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-3 (7-3)
#5 Emily Ellis (B) def. Curto (H) 6-3, 6-4
#6 Tanja Vucetic (B) def. Gottlieb (H) 6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 6,2,3,5,1,4