April 9, 2004

Bears Open Ivy League Season With 5-2 Victory Over Penn

April 9, 2004

Philadelphia, PA - The 44th-ranked Brown men's tennis team, who has lost just one Ivy League match in the last two-plus years, opened its Ivy League season with a hard-fought 5-2 victory over the Penn Quakers. The win lifts the Bears to 15-5 overall and 1-0 in the Ivy League.

While the Bears captured the doubles point, all three matches were hotly contested. Senior Jamie Cerratani teammed with junior Adil Shamasdin to take a 9-7 decision at first singles, while Kris Goddard and sophomore Zachary Pasanen combined for an 8-4 win at second doubles.

In singles, senior Nick Goldberg continued his solid play with a 6-2, 7-5 victory at number two. Junior Adil Shamasdin rallied from a one game deficit to take a 5-7, 6-0, 6-1 decision at number three.

At number four, senior Ben Brier took the first set, 6-2, but lost the second set by a 6-4 margin. Brier captured the tie breaker in the third set, 7-6 (4). Freshman Eric Thomas came through with a solid 6-0, 6-0 victory at number five.

The Bears will be back in action on Saturday at 12:00 noon against the Princeton Tigers in Princeton, New Jersey.

Final Results - #44 Brown 5, Penn 2

Singles
1 - David Lynn (P) def. Jamie Cerretani, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
2 - Nick Goldberg (B)def. Mikhail Bekker, 6-2, 7-5
3 - Adil Shamasdin (B) def. Justin Lavner, 5-7, 6-0, 6-1
4 - Ben Brier (B) def. Todd Lecher, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(4)
5 - Eric Thomas (B) def. Craig Rubin, 6-0, 6-0
6 - Jimmy Fairbanks (P) def. Kris Goddard, 6-1, 6-3

Doubles 1 - Cerretani/Shamasdin (B) def. Fairbanks/Pu, 9-7 2 - Goddard/Pasanen (B) def. Lecher/Laver, 8-4 3 - Lynn/Bekker (P) def. Brier/Goldberg, 9-7