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Light Weekend Schedule for Men's Tennis

Harvard's Jonathan Pearlman
Harvard's Jonathan Pearlman

Portions courtesy of Brown Sports Information and Harvard Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's tennis has a light schedule this weekend with only four teams with players in action.

Brown hosts its own invitational Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in memory of Margaux Powers, a long-time friend and supporter of the Bears men's tennis program.

Seven Ivy players are participating in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men's All-American Championships at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. Harvard's Jonathan Pearlman in singles and Yale's Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers in doubles are the Ancient Eight's entries in the main draws. Hoffman, Powers and Princeton's Matija Pecotic are in the qualifying bracket and Yale's John Huang is in the pre-qualifying singles competition. Fellow Bulldog teammates Joel Samaha and Erik Blumenkranz are in the doubles qualifying bracket.  

The prestigious nine-day ITA tournament begins on Saturday, Oct. 1 with the pre-qualifying singles event. The last 16 spots in singles and eight spots in doubles will be on the line when qualifying matches conclude on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Main draw play runs Oct. 6-9 as 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams vie for the titles.

Singles quarterfinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 3-6 in Flushing, N.Y.

The Ivy League had a strong showing at the 2011 USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Men's College Invitational in Flushing, N.Y., winning seven of the nine singles draws and all four doubles draws.

Brown led the Ivies impact at the event, winning three singles and doubles flights. A pair of freshmen, Jacob Laser and William Spector, were both a perfect 8-0 over the weekend. Laser won the H singles flight and combined with junior Timmy Klanke to win the D doubles title. Spector claimed the D singles draw and teamed with sophomore Sam Fife to win the A doubles championship.

Dartmouth junior Xander Centenari captured the invitational's top singles draw with a 7-6, 6-2 in over St. John's Milo Hauk to claim the top spot in the A flight.

Results of flight final and consolation final matches involving Ivy players were:

A singles: (2) Xander Centenari (Dartmouth) def. Milo Hauk (St. John's), 7-6(4), 6-2
B singles: (3) Winston Lin (Columbia) def. Ashok Narayana (Columbia), 6-4, 7-5
C singles: (3) Cameron Ghorbani (Dartmouth) def. John Yetimoglu (Columbia), 6-4, 6-2
D singles: Will Spectator (Brown) def. (2) Will Reznek (Marist), 6-7(10, 7-5, 10-2
E singles: (2) Dan Hirschberg (Brown) def. Sam Todd (Dartmouth), 6-2, 6-2
F singles: Yuri Grichenko (Fairleigh Dickinson) def. Theodore Marin (Columbia), 6-4, 6-2
G singles: Zach Dean (Yale) def. Richard Blumenfield (Georgia Washington), 6-4, 6-4
H singles: Jacob Laser (Brown) def. (1) Jacob Solly (Marist), 6-0, 6-1
I singles: Luccas Coutinho (Saint Peter's) def. Yohei Shoji (Princeton), 6-4, 6-4
A doubles: Spector/Sam Fife (Brown) def. (2) Zack Katz/Ivan Turudic (Penn), 8-5
B doubles: (2) Soufiane Azargui/Brandon Burke (Brown) def. Stefan Bojic/Vasko Mladenov (St. John's), 8-3
C doubles: (1) Eugen Brazdil/Robert Wong (Penn) def. Tom Deighton/Mike Riechmann (Brown), 8-2
D doubles: Laser/Tim Klanke (Brown) def. Patrick Chase/Tommy Ratchford (Yale), 8-6

Harvard players totaled 10 singles wins and five doubles victories at its three-day Fall Chowda Fest, featuring feature three-time defending national champion USC, Texas A&M and Michigan. Freshman Denis Nguyen was one of the Crimson's most impressive players over the weekend tournament, recording a 2-1 record in singles action while teaming with junior Andy Nguyen during doubles, playing to a 2-1 mark.