March 2, 2013

Men's tennis fends off Vassar in home opener, 5-4

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University men's tennis team used depth and stamina at the bottom of the lineup today as the Judges defeated visiting Vassar College, 5-4, in the Gosman Athletic Center today. The Judges even their record at 3-3 in their first home match of the season, while the Brewers fall to 3-7 on the campaign.

With the match tied at 3-3 after the first round of singles was complete, the final three matches all went a full three sets. Rookie Mitch Krems (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Century Acad.) took the court at No. 4 after senior Josh Jordan (Northboro, Mass./Algonquin Regional) won the easiest singles match of the night at No. 2, 6-1, 6-2. Krems dropped a first-set tiebreaker to Vassar's Daniel Cooper, 7-5, but bounced back to win the next two sets, 6-4, 6-2. Krems gave the Judges a 4-3 lead as he improved to 5-1 on the season in singles. At No. 5 singles, Vassar tied the score when Christian Phelps knocked off Brandeis sophomore Michael Secular (Bronx, N.Y./Plant, Fla.), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. That left the Judges' Alec Siegel (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield North) and the Brewers' Josh Kessler in a battle at No. 6. Kessler took the first set, 7-5, but Siegel rallied to win the second set, 6-4. Siegel earned a pair of service breaks in the third set to win, 6-2, and clinch the match.

Vassar picked up a pair of wins in the top half of the singles ladder. At No. 1, Andrew Guzick had a surprisingly easy win in the third set tiebreaker against Brandeis senior Steven Milo (Woodbury, N.Y./Syosset), 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1). Nick Jasso had the only straight-set win for the Brewers, defeating Dave Yovanoff (Eden, N.Y./Eden) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

In doubles action, Brandeis got wins at the top two spots, with Jordan and Milo defeating Guzick and Freeman, 8-6, while Yovanoff and Krems edged Jasso and Kessler, 9-7. Cooper and Kessler downed Secular and Siegel at No. 3, 8-4, to earn the Brewers' lone doubles point.

Brandeis returns to action next weekend at the Middlebury Invitational with matches against Oneonta State and the host Panthers.

NCAA DIVISION III MEN'S TENNIS

Brandeis 5, Vassar College 4
Mar 02, 2013 at Waltham, Mass. (Gosman Athletic Center (Indoors)) 

Singles competition

1. Andrew Guzick (VASSAR) def. Steven Milo (BRMTEN) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)

2. Josh Jordan (BRMTEN) def. Dan Freeman (VASSAR) 6-1, 6-2

3. Nick Jasso (VASSAR) def. David Yovanoff (BRMTEN) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3

4. Mitch Krems (BRMTEN) def. Daniel Cooper (VASSAR) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-2

5. Christian Phelps (VASSAR) def. Michael Secular (BRMTEN) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

6. Alec Siegel (BRMTEN) def. Josh Kessler (VASSAR) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

 

Doubles competition

1. Josh Jordan/Steven Milo (BRMTEN) def. Andrew Guzick/Dan Freeman (VASSAR) 8-6

2. David Yovanoff/Mitch Krems (BRMTEN) def. Nick Jasso/Josh Kessler (VASSAR) 9-7

3. Daniel Cooper/Christian Phelps (VASSAR) def. Michael Secular/Alec Siegel (BRMTEN) 8-4

 

Match Notes

Vassar College 3-7

Brandeis 3-3; Regional ranking #10

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,3,1,4,5,6)

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