April 13, 2002

Men's Tennis Stays In First Place In Ivies With 6-1 Win Over Columbia

April 13, 2002

Providence, Rhode Island - Coach Jon Choboy's Brown men's tennis team came into this weekend needing to beat both Cornell and Columbia to stay in a first place tie with Harvard in the Ivy League standings. The Bears, now 11-9 overall and 5-0 in the Ivy League, completed the weekend sweep with a 6-1 victory over defending Ivy champion Columbia Saturday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Brown will travel to Hanover, New Hampshire next Friday to battle Dartmouth and will return home on Sunday to battle Harvard, who is also unbeaten in Ivy play, with the Ivy League title at stake.

Brown was especially strong in singles play with senior Nick Malone (Greystones, Ireland), a Davis Cup player for Ireland, coming away with a solid 6-2, 6-0 win at number two, while Junior co-captain Chris Drake (Needham, MA) earned a 6-0, 6-3 win at number four, while sophomore Jamie Cerretani (Reading, MA) cruised to a 6-0, 6-4 victory at number three. Freshman Nick Goldberg (Albuquerque, NM) was solid at number five, earning a 6-1, 6-1 decision. At number six, sophomore Kris Goddard (Littleton, CO) earned a 6-2, 6-4 victory. Brown's lone singles loss came at number one where junior Justin Natale (Flushing, NY) dropped a hard fought 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5) match.

The team of Natale and Drake earned an 8-5 victory at first doubles, while freshman Adil Shamasdin (Pickering, ONT) and and Malone captured an 8-4 win at second doubles. At the third doubles, Cerretani and Goldberg came away with an 8-5 decision.

Brown 6, Columbia 1

Doubles: 1. Natale and Drake (B) def. Chow and Saikia (C), 8-5 2. Shamasdin and Malone (B) def. Farbman and Wallace (C), 8-4 3. Cerretani and Goldberg (B) def. Bohane and Kiuchi (C), 8-5

Singles: 1. Oscar Chow (C) def. Justin Natale (B), 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 2. Nick Malone (B) def. Alan Bohane (C), 6-2, 6-0 3. Chris Drake (B) def. Eathan Farbman (C), 6-0, 6-3 4. Jamie Cerretani (B) def. Yoko Kiuchi (C), 6-0, 6-4 5. Nick Goldberg (B) def. Rajeen Emany (C), 6-1, 6-1 6. Kris Goddard (B) def. Rohan Saika (C), 6-2, 6-4