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September 24, 2010

All Eight Men's Tennis Teams In Action This Weekend

Portions courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- All eight Ivy men's tennis teams are on the courts this weekend as fall tournament play continues.

Dartmouth and Harvard are participating in their first action of the fall season competing at the 2010 USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Men's College Invitational in Flushing, N.Y., along with Brown, Columbia, Princeton and Yale. Cornell will be action for three days at the Virginia Ranked Plus One Invitational in Charlottesville, Va., and Penn will be once again splitting its squad with several Quakers competing close to home at the Saint Joseph's Invitational in Philadelphia.

A LOOK BACK
Ivies won four titles at the Farnsworth/Princeton Invitational with the only main draw final winner coming from the Tigers' duo of Alex Faust and Yohei Shoji in a 9-7 victory over Penn State's Guanhua Chen and Taylor Cohen in the B Doubles final. The 2010 Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year Marc Powers of Yale, the top seed in the A flight, reached the finals but lost to Penn State's Eddie Bourchier, the second seed, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Results of Ivy players in flight final matches were:

A singles: (2) Eddie Bourchier (Penn State) def. (1) Marc Powers (Yale), 6-3, 6-2
A singles consolation: Daniel Hoffman (Yale) def. Matt Spindler (Princeton), 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
B singles consolation: Mike Lampa (St. John's) def. Jason Magnes (Penn), 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
C singles: Stefan Bojic (St. John's) def. Coleman Crutchfield (Princeton), 6-2, 6-3
C singles consolation: Jordan Abergel (Yale) def. C.J. Grffin (Penn State), 7-6(4), 5-7. 6-2
D singles consolation: Zhongmng Chen (Cornell) def. Patrick Chase (Yale), 6-4, 6-0
A doubles: Bourchier/Jason Lee (Penn State) def. Eugen Brazdil/Lucas Andreika (Penn), 8-1
B doubles: Faust/Shoji (Princeton) def. Chen/Cohen (Penn State), 9-7
C doubles: Alex Kalanin/Vusa Hove (Buffalo) def. Zachary Dean/Tommy Ratchford (Yale), 8-5

At the Georgetown Invitational in Washington, D.C., Penn sophomore Mark Milbrandt took home the singles consolation championship. After falling 7-6 in the third set in the first round to eventual champion Yan Levinski, Milbrandt won four straight matches to take the crown. The second year defeated Ville Maaranen of James Madison 6-3,6-2 in the semifinals and then Yaroslav Voznenko also of James Madison 6-2, 6-3 in the final. Junior Phil Law's road to the finals included a battle with teammate Jason Lin. Law outlasted Lin in a three-hour grudge match, finally coming away victorious 7-6, 7-6. In the finals Law tried to regroup but fell 6-1, 6-1.

Brown concluded its first fall matches hosting the Northeast Intercollegiate and capturing four singles title, three of which were all-Brown finals. Freshman Sam Fife won the red draw, sophomore Mike Hill won the orange draw, freshman Brandon Burke won the yellow draw and freshman Soufiane Azargui won the green draw. The Bears' Andrew Yazmer and Miles Garrigues took the consolation titles in their respective draws.