HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth Men’s tennis won another thrilling match at home, 4-3, against Brown at the Thompson outdoor courts.
The Big Green took the doubles point with crafty wins at number three (8-1) and number one (8-4) to take a 1-0 lead.
“This was another phenomenal match in front of another great home crowd at the Thompson tennis courts,” said head coach Chris Drake.
In singles, Dovydas Sakinis got a second point with a straight set win at number one singles. The Big Green would then need amazing performances from George Wall and Chris Kipouras to secure their third and fourth points. George Wall fought off hand cramps that forced him to peel his clenched fingers back after some points with his other hand to win his third set 6-4.
Then, in the what was for sure one of the best comebacks in Dartmouth tennis history Chris Kipouras would fend off 7 match points to win the deciding match for the Big Green 7-6 in the third set.
Dartmouth’s five Ivy League wins are the most for the program since the conference went to its current eight-team format (previously Army and Navy had competed in the EITA as well) in 1998. The 18-overall wins tie the program record in 2012.
“We knew that despite their Ivy record Brown has a good team and they showed it today. They have had really close matches all year and we were fortunate to come away with a win today. Our guys have been extremely tough all year with their backs against the wall and that showed again today. George Wall fighting off hand cramps and Chris Kipouras saving 7 match points were both amazing efforts. Kip is really just one of the toughest competitors out there. He always thinks he has a chance to win and he hangs in there as well as anyone I’ve ever seen. Shout out to his loyal supporters today too – those guys helped him every step of the way,” exclaimed Drake.
The Big Green meet Harvard on Saturday to try and finish in 2nd place outright and set new program highs for overall wins in a season. A win against Harvard would also surely help the Big Green secure an NCAA berth in the 64-team tournament. Even with the loss, Dartmouth may have already done enough to earn a spot in the Big Dance.
1. Brendan Tannenbaum / Cameron Ghorbani def. Ho / Laser (Brown) 8-4
2. Dovydas Sakinis / George Wall v. Garcia / Hirschberg (Brown) 7-7
3. Brandon DeBot / Chris Kipouras def. Burke / Spector (Brown) 8-1
1. Dovydas Sakinis def. Garcia (Brown) 6-3, 7-5
2. Chris Kipouras def. Spector (Brown) 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3)
3. Burke (Brown) def. Cameron Ghorbani 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
4. Hirschberg (Brown) def. Brandon DeBot 6-4, 6-1
5. Da Silveira (Brown) def. Diego Pedraza 6-0, 2-6, 6-4
6. George Wall def. Fife (Brown) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4