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Brown Tops Yale 4-2 in Season Finale

Daniel Faierman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Daniel Faierman. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Faierman Surges to Comeback Win; Lu Notches 16th Singles Victory

PROVIDENCE, R. I. — In its final match of the 2013-14 season, the Yale men's tennis team lost to Brown in a 5-2 decision.  Playing at the Bears' home courts, the Bulldogs narrowly dropped the doubles point, and then were unable to complete a comeback in singles.  Despite the loss, there were a few season-ending bright spots for the Elis.

In doubles, Brown got off to a quick start with an 8-2 win at the No. 3 spot.  The other two doubles matches saw high-quality encounters, with each team securing one win.  Senior Patrick Chase and senior captain Kyle Dawson showed their characteristic resiliency in their last match together as Bulldogs, but were unable to come away with the victory.  While the Bears had clinched the doubles point, the Bulldogs' top team of freshman Tyler Lu and sophomore Martin Svenning put Yale on the board with an 8-5 win over Brown's top duo of Greg Garcia and Daniel Hirschberg. 

Yale refused to yield in its season finale, and Lu, ranked No. 106 in the nation, initiated a comeback with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Justin To.  Brown stymied Yale's momentum when William Spector defeated Svenning at No. 2 singles.  The Bears solidified their lead with a victory at the No. 5 position.  The Elis still would not stand down, however, and made one last push when junior Daniel Faierman completed a 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles.  Nonetheless, a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 win by Brandon Burke over Dawson at No. 4 singles clinched the victory for the Bears. 

With the loss, Yale ends the season in a tie with Brown at No. 7 in the Ivy League standings.  Despite dropping its last five matches, Yale finishes the season with a winning 12-10 overall record. 

Report by Robert Batista '15, Yale Sports Publicity

Position  Brown University  Yale University  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  Justin To  #106 Tyler Lu  Yale University  6-3, 6-4
 #2 Singles  William Spector  Martin Svenning  Brown University  6-3, 6-3
 #3 Singles  Greg Garcia  Daniel Faierman  Yale University  3-6,7-6(5),6-4
 #4 Singles  Brandon Burke  Kyle Dawson  Brown University  6-2,2-6,6-4
 #5 Singles  Daniel Hirschberg  Photos Photiades  Brown University  7-6(4),6-2
 #6 Singles  Lucas Da Silveira  Zach Krumholz  Unfinished  6-3, 2-1
 #1 Doubles  Daniel Hirschberg
 Greg Garcia
 Tyler Lu
 Martin Svenning
 Yale University  8-5
 #2 Doubles  Jacob Laser
 Justin To
 Patrick Chase
 Kyle Dawson
 Brown University  8-5
 #3 Doubles  Brandon Burke
 Sam Fife
 Daniel Faierman
 Photos Photiades
 Brown University  8-2