The Brown University Bears Women’s Tennis Team which includes Albany Academy’s Sarah Kandath (Fr) started the Winter-Spring season ranked 53rd in the country. They opened their season at home against 45th ranked Boston College. One of the reasons BC is ranked so high is their doubles. In Division 1 tennis, doubles counts as 1 point. Whichever team takes 2 or 3 of the doubles matches gets the doubles point. If you start the match up 1-0 you just have to split the 6 singles matches to win. The other team has to win 4 out of 6 to win. It is no surprise that BC won at #1 doubles. They have the 11th ranked doubles team in the country. It would have been no surprise if they won at # 2 doubles t00 with the 32nd ranked team in the country, but they lost at #2. That set up Sarah and partner Laura Wiley at #3 doubles. Laura Wiley (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) and Kandath recovered from a 4-1 deficit to secure two match points at 8-7. However, BC came back to force a tiebreaker, winning 7-3, to take the match, 9-8 (3) and go up, 1-0. If you read this blog regularly you will recall that Laura and Sarah first met this past summer on the Queensbury courts even though Laura has been spending the summers in Lake George all of her life – her dad is from the area. Now they are paired together and they appear to be a formidable team. With their backs to the wall, Brown came back to win 4 of the 6 singles, including Sarah Kandath’s 6-3 win at #4 over Katrina Gajic of BC. Next up, a trip to Durham, North Carolina for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Tournament (ITA is the Intercollegiate Tennis Association). The first round opponent was the #34 Virginia Commonwealth Rams. There the Bears took out the previously undefeated Rams 4-1. Sarah lost to Daria Yakavleva 7-5, 6-2. She teamed with Nikita Uberoi at #3 doubles and lost 8-6. Next up was #8 North Carolina. The Tar Heels came away with a 7-0 sweep of the Brown Bears. Sarah lost to Gina Suarez-Malaguti 6-2, 6-3. In doubles she again teamed with Uberoi and lost 8-4. That was followed by a dual meet where Brown beat Buffalo 6-1 and Providence 4-1. Sarah played #3 singles against Buffalo and beat Tamara Markovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. In doubles she played with Uberoi and won 8-2 over Anamaria Candanoza and Kira Golenko. Sarah also palyed #3 singles when the team travelled to Binghamton. Brown won 6-1 and Sarah won 6-2, 7-6(3) over Marina Bykovskaya and also 8-5 in doubles – with Uberoi – over Bykovskaya and Katharine Medianik. There was also a 7-0 win over Seton Hall where Sarah played 3rd Singles and won 6-0, 6-1 over Madison Shoemakerin. Sarah did not play the doubles for that match. This weekend Brown will travel to New Haven for the ECAC Team Championships. Look for future updates.
From the East Coast (Brown) to the West – Stanford – where brother Matt is plays. The season started with a trip to Hawaii for the Hawaii – Stanford Classic which Stanford won 7-0. Individual match details are not online as this was an exhibition match. Then, an individual tournament – the Sherwood Cup in Thousand Oaks California where Matt lost 6-0, 7-5 in the first round to Baylor’s Lars Behlen. In the consolation round Matt lost to Kike Grangiero, also of Baylor, by a score of 6-3, 6-2 after having beaten Michael Hui of UCLA 6–4, 6-4. Forced to open its season without the services of two-time All-American Bradley Klahn, Stanford defeated Tulsa 4-3 on Friday, January 20th thanks to a clutch performance at the top of the lineup.
Playing just his second career match at the No. 1 spot of the lineup and first since 2010, Ryan Thacher rallied for a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Japie De Klerk and propel Stanford to a thrilling win in the season opener for both teams.
With the match tied at 3-3 and split sets on his court, Thacher stormed back to claim the pivotal third set as Stanford improved to 1-0.
Matt Kandath notched a 6-1, 6-1 win at the No. 2 position over Clifford Marsland. Matt went into the match ranked 75th in the country. Tulsa took all 3 doubles matches including an 8-5 win by De Klerk and Lucian Gheoghe over Matt and partner Robert Stineman.
The next day Stanford played at #20 North Carolina. This time Stineman and Kandath came out on top with an 8-6 victory over Jose Hernandez and Zach Hunter. Matt also won his singles match over Brennan Boyajian 7-5, 6-4. Next up was the preliminary rounds of the National Team Indoor Championships. Stanford had home victories over #64 St. Mary’s and #50 Santa Clara on January 27th and 28th. The remainder of the tournament is played this weekend at Charlottesville, Virginia. Stanford beat #7 Baylor in the first match there. We will do a follow up posting after the tournament is done with Matt’s complete results. They played #2 Virginia today – results are not yet online.
In between the first rounds of the National Team Indoor Championships and this weekends final round matches Stanford played home matches against #1 USC, #9 UCLA, Hawaii, #52 BYU and #33 Fresno State. The team went 2-3 during this homestand. Here are Matt’s results from these matches (team results in parenthesis).
Feb. 3 vs. USC (Lost 7-0) Doubles: (w/Denis Lin) lost to Daniel Nguyen and Ray Sarmiento DNF; #2 Singles: lost to Sarmiento 6-3, 6-1
Feb. 4 vs. UCLA (Lost 6-1) Doubles: (w/Denis Lin) beat Alex Bringham and Marcos Giron 8-6; #2 Singles: lost to Clay Thompson (#72 in the country) 7-6(5) , 0-6, 6-4
Feb. 7 vs. Hawaii (Won 6-1) Doubles: (w/Denis Lin) beat to Carter Lam and Charlie Rice 8-3; #1 Singles: beat Dmytro Kovalyov 7-5, 6-4
Feb. 10 vs. BYU (Won 5-2) Doubles: (w/Denis Lin) lost to Frances Sargent and Spencer Smith 8-6; #2 Singles: lost to Patrick Kawka (#102 in the country) 7-6, 2-6, 7-6
Feb. 14 vs. Fresno State (Lost 4-3) Doubles: (w/John Morrissey) beat to David Ayoun and Zachary Leslie 7-6 (4); #2 Singles: lost to Frances Alcantara (#44 in the country) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
The next match is at home on February 25th against California.