Bears Fall To Harvard, 5-2, In Men's Tennis Showdown

April 23, 2004

Providence, Rhode Island - In the battle between unbeaten Ivy League men's tennis heavyweights, 22nd-ranked Harvard defeated 50th ranked Brown, 5-2, before a standing room only crowd at the Pizzitola Sports Center's indoor tennis courts. The win lifts Harvard to a 5-0 Ivy League mark, 15-6 overall, while Brown falls to 4-1 in the Ivy League, 18-6 overall.

For the third straight year, the Ivy League title was on the line. Both Brown and Harvard had won 17 of their last 18 Ivy matches, losing only to each other over the last three years.

Harvard earned the doubles point, coming from behind to capture two of three matches. At first doubles, Harvard's Brandon Chiu and Jon Chu took an 8-6 decision over Brown sophomore Zack Pasanen (North Andover, MA) and senior Kris Goddard (Littleton, CO). Soon after, the Bears' third doubles team of junior Adil Shamasdin (Pickering, Ont.) and senior Nick Goldberg (Albuquerque, NM) tied the doubles at 1-1, with an 8-3 victory over the Crimson's Cliff Nguyen and Chris Chiou. Brown's team of senior Jamie Cerretani (Reading, MA) and senior Ben Brier (Dartmouth, MA) served for the win at 7-6, but couldn't hold, eventually falling to Harvard's David Lingman and Mark Riddell, 9-8, 7-3 in the tiebreaker.

Shamasdin captured the first singles match for the Bears, taking a 7-6, 7-5 decision over Riddell at third singles. The Crimson won the next two matches with Lingman rallying for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 decision over Cerretani at number one, and Chu coming from behind for a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 decision over Goldberg at second singles, giving the Crimson a 3-1 lead in the match.

Pasanen defeated Chiou, 6-4, 6-4, at sixth singles to cut the Crimson to 3-2 overall. But Nguyen closed out the match for the Crimson with a 6-3, 6-4 victory at fourth singles over Brown freshman Eric Thomas (Cincinnati, OH). Harvard's Martin Wetzel completed the scoring by capturing a 6-7, 6-1, 6-4 decision over Brier at fifth singles.

The Bears will be back in action again on Sunday, April 25th against Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire.

#22 Harvard 5, #50 Brown 2
Friday, April 23, 2004

Doubles 1. B. Chiu and Chu (H) def. Goddard and Pasanen (B), 8-6 2. Lingman and Riddell (H) def. Cerretani and Brier (B), 9-8 (7-3) 3. Goldberg and Shamasdin (B) def. Nguyen and C. Chiou, 8-3

Singles 1. David Lingman (H) def. Jamie Cerretani (B), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 2. Jon Chu (H) def. Nick Goldberg (B), 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 3. Adil Shamasdin (B) def. Mark Riddell (H), 7-6, 7-5 4. Cliff Nguyen (H) def. Eric Thomas (B), 6-3, 6-4 5. Martin Wetzel (H) def. Ben Brier (B), 6-7, 6-1, 6-4 6. Zack Pasanen (B) def. Chris Chiou (H), 6-4, 6-4