Feb. 23, 2004
East Lansing, MI - The Brown Bears have received their first major test of the year as they marched into East Lansing to take on the red hot Michigan State Spartans. Michigan State had beaten #8 Vanderbilt last week in a thrilling 4-3 battle held in Columbus, Ohio, but they couldn't match the energy that Brown brought into town.
The Bears started off by showing their strength in doubles by sweeping all three matches. The matches were tight, but Brown did not trail in any match as they controlled play throughout and won by the scores of 8-5, 8-5, and 8-6. Brown's #1 doubles team of Jamie Cerretani and Adil Shamasdin once again proved why they are ranked #12 in the nation, but it was the play of the #2 doubles team of Zack Pasanen and Kris Goddard that really inspired the many Brown fans in attendance as they took out Andrew Formanczyk and Chris Mitchell.
Then things got tough as Michigan State fought back to earn a split of the first sets of the 6 singles matches. Brown finished off points 2 and 3 as Eric Thomas beat Michael Flowers 6-0, 6-1 at #6 singles and Nick Goldberg took down Cameron Marshall 6-3, 6-1 at #2 singles. But then the Spartans came back as Joe McWilliams beat Zack Pasanen 6-1, 6-4. Soon after the finish of that one, Brown clinched the match as Adil Shamasdin beat Chris Mitchell in a serving war 6-3, 6-4. With the match clinched, Brown finished play with pride as #42 Jamie Cerretani beat #100 Andrew Formancyk 6-7, 6-1, 1-0(5) at #1 single, and Ben Brier outlasted Eric Simonton 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8) at #4 singles to earn the Brown Bears a huge 6-1 road victory.
"I was very happy with the way we came out today as a team", commented Brown head coach Jay Harris. "It isn't easy to come into this facility at Michigan State and take down a team 6-1 that is this well-coached. Coach Orlando does a great job getting his guys ready as evidenced by the win against Vandy last week, but our guys really stepped up to meet the challenge to show how strong tennis is in the Ivy League."
This was Coach Harris' first win against Coach Orlando as he was 0-3 against Michigan State when Coach Harris was at the helm of the Bowling Green Falcons. "I have always looked up to Gene ever since he recruited me when he was the coach at Bowling Green," said Harris, "and he was always a big supporter of mine when I was in that same position at BG. Because of the level of respect I have for him, this win is a little more special."
Doubles #1 Cerretani/Shamasdin (Brown) def Simonton/Marshall 8-5 #2 Goddard/Pasanen (Brown) def Formanczyk/Mitchell 8-5 #3 Goldberg/Breir (Brown) def Flowers/McWilliams 8-6
Singles #1Cerretani (Brown) def Formanczyk 6-7 6-1, 1-0(5) #2Goldberg (Brown) def Marshall 6-3, 6-1 #3Shamasdin (Brown) def Mitchell 6-3, 6-4 #4Brier (Brown) def Simonton 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8) #5McWilliams (MSU) Pasanen (Brown) 6-1, 6-3 #6Thomas (Brown) Flowers 6-0, 6-1