Feb. 24, 2003
Providence, RI - The Brown men's tennis team, ranked 54th nationally, registered the biggest upset in school history with a 4-3 victory over 17th ranked Wake Forest in a six hour match at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Saturday. The win over the Demon Deacons was the highest ranked team the Bears had ever beaten, and should move Brown significantly in the national rankings.
"Our guys absolutely cane out and battled for every single point from the start of doubles, all the way through the end of singles," said Brown tennis coach Jay Harris. Brown came out strong in the doubles, winning convincingly at number one doubles with junior Jamie Cerretani and senior Chris Drake winning their 11th straight match. Sophomore Adil Shamasdin and sophomore Nick Goldberg were 8-6 winners at second doubles, while freshman Zack Pasanen and junior Kris Goddard were 9-8 (3) winners at third doubles.
In singles, Wake Forest won the first set at #2, 3 and 4, and captured the match at #2 in straight sets to tie the score, 1-1. At number three, Shamasdin came back to beat Wake's Mike Murray, 6-4, in the third to put Brown ahead, 2-1.
At first singles, Wake's derrick Spice saved two match points against Cerretani to capture an emotional 6-4 battle. Wake went ahead, 3-2 when David Bere outlasted Goldberg in another 6-4 match in the third set. The Bears tied the score, 3-3, when Pasanan battled back from a set down to win the last two sets, 6-2, 6-4.
With the score tied, 3-3, junior Ben Brier, playing number six, rallied from a break down in the third set to pull out a 6-4 victory and clinch the emotional win for the Bears. "Ben proved that all of the 'fast feet' and other fitness work that the entire team has worked on is really paying off," said Harris.
Brier had been 0-10 on break points in the third set before finally coming back to knot the score at 4-4 in the third. He then fought off two break points at 4-4, and weathered his opponent, Brett Ross, who came up big in saving the first three match points. The match ended with Brier winning match point number four, setting off a wild celebration among the 200 fans at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Doubles: #1 - Jamie Cerretani/Chris Drake (B) def. David Lowenthal/Trent Brendon (W), 8-4 #2 - #26 Adil Shamasdin/Nick Goldberg (B) def. Mike Murray/Brett Ross (W), 8-6 #3 - Zack Pasanen/Kris Goddard (B) def. DJ Spicer/David Bere (W), 9-8 (3)
Singles: #1 - DJ Spice (W) def. Jamie Cerretani (B), 6-3, 7-7 (6), 4-6 #2 - #35 David Lowenthal (W) def. Chris Drake (B), 3-6, 3-6 #3 - Adil Shamasdin (B) def. #109 Mike Murray (W), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 #4 - David Bere (W) def. #123 Nick Goldberg (B), 5-7, 6-3, 4-6 #5 - Zack Pasanen (B) def. Trent Brendon (W), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 #6 - Ben Brier (B) def. Brett Ross (W), 6-3, 6-7, 6-4