September 20, 2004

Goldberg and Moss Win Respective Flights at Harvard Fall Invitational

Sept. 20, 2004

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The Brown men's tennis team opened its 2004 season at the Harvard Fall Invitational and came away with promising results. Senior Nicholas Goldberg (Albuquerque, NM) and junior Richard Moss (Johannesburg, South Africa) led the way for the Bears, winning their respective singles flights.

In the "A" singles flight, second-seeded Goldberg cruised past his competition, winning both of his matches in straight sets, and dropping just five games. After a bye in the first round, Goldberg defeated junior teammate Luke Tedaldi (West Newson, MA), who had advanced in the first round by virtue of a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory. Goldberg's 6-1, 6-2 win in the quarterfinals set him up for a semifinal match against sophomore teammate Eric Thomas (Cincinnati, OH), who was seeded fourth. Thomas had advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 win in the first round and a 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 win in the quarterfinals. Goldberg won by virtue of a walkover, to advance to the finals against top-seeded Dan Hanegby of Binghamton. Goldberg won easily, 6-0, 6-2 to claim the "A" flight. In other "A" flight action, third-seeded senior Adil Shamasdin (Pickering, ONT) won in the first round 7-6 (5), 6-2) and in the quarterfinals 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, before falling to Hanegby in the semifinals. Freshman Michael Scherer (Potomac, MD) lost his first match, 7-5, 6-1, before moving onto the consolation bracket, where he lost 6-2, 6-3.

In the "B" singles flight, top-seeded Moss took a 6-3, 6-4 victory over junior teammate Philip Charm (Concord, MA), the second seed in the "B" flight, in the finals to claim the flight. En route to his victory, Moss won 6-3, 6-3 in the first round, 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, and 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals, defeating freshman teammate Saurabh Kohli (Colaba Mumbai, India). Charm advanced to the final match by virtue of a 6-3, 6-3 win in the first round, a 6-2, 6-1 win in the quarterfinals, and a 6-0, 6-1 win in the semi-finals. Kohli won his first two matches before falling to Moss, winning 6-2, 6-2 in the first round, and 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the quarterfinals. In other "B" flight action, freshman Scott Blumenkranz (Portola Valley, CA) dropped his first round match, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, before winning three straight matches in the consolation bracket to claim the consolation final. In consolation action, he won 3-0, ret in the first match, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the second, and 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the final.

In doubles action, the top-seeded duo of Shamasdin and Goldberg advanced to the finals, before falling to the second-seeded pair from Harvard, 8-4. Along the way, Shamasdin and Goldberg picked up two victories, winning 8-4 in the semifinals. The duo of Charm and Thomas won their only match before falling to the eventual winners from Harvard in the semifinals. The duo of Kohli and Moss earned an 8-5 win in their first match before falling in the quarterfinals.

Brown continues action this weekend when it hosts the Northeast Intercollegiate.