Brandon Burke gives strong Fall performance
WITH the Fall season of the 2012-13 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis ended, Jamaica's Brandon Burke registered six wins and three losses in singles matches.
The 20-year-old Burke — a junior at Ivy League Brown University — advanced to the semi-final of the Brown Invitational on September 15 and to the quarter-final of the USTA BJK NTC Men's College Invitational on September 21.
He also participated in the Round of 64 at the 2012 USTA/ITA Division I Northeast Regional Championship on October 20, losing to Yale University freshman Daniel Hoffman, ranked at number 114 in collegiate men's singles nationwide. In the first round, Burke defeated Ruben Haggai of Binghamton University 6-3, 6-4.
At the Brown Invitational, Burke ousted Wayne Harrell of the University of Connecticut 6-2, 6-4, before falling to fellow Brown Bear Justin To, who won 6-3, 7-6.
In the USTA BJK NTC Men's College Invitational, the Jamaican unsurprisingly polished off Chris Kipouras of Dartmouth College 6-3, 6-4, in the Round of 16 before Princeton University's Matt Spindler out-fought him 6-4, 2-6, (10-6) in the quarter-finals.
Burke, also posted two wins in the Marguax Powers Tournament on October 5, defeating Jonathan Raude of Boston College 6-0, 6-1, and Ismael Lahlou of the University of Pennsylvania 7-6, 7-6.
In doubles with Soufian Azargui, Brown was far more impressive with 14 wins and four losses.
The duo from Brown University, ranked number 50 in colleges nationwide, advanced to three finals which they all lost at the Brown Invitationals on September 16 and 23 and the USTA BJK NTC Men's College Invitational on September 23.
The Brown/Azargui pair reached the quarter-finals of Northeast Regional Championship where Cornell University's Sam Fleck and Quoc-Daniel Nguyen won 9-7.
The Bears will not return to action until January 26 when their Spring schedule open against Clemson University, which will be played at Dartmouth College as Brown University will face Purdue University the next day, also at Dartmouth.