Men's Tennis Reaches Final Day At Regional Championships - Bears Ranked Fifth In Region
Junior captain Nick Malone (Greystones, Ireland) reached the quarterfinals, defeating UMBC's Mirsa 6-0, 6-3; West Virginia's Raux 6-2, 6-4; Army's Marshall Clay 7-5, 6-2, before falling to 3rd seeded Erik Scharf of St. John's 6-4, 6-3. Unseeded freshman Jamie Cerretani also reached the quarterfinals. En route he defeated Penn State's Todd Stecko 7-6(8), 6-4; 23rd seeded Mark Riddell of Harvard 6-3, 7-6(4); 10th seeded Ryan Harwood of Penn 7-5, 6-4; 4th seeded Francis Huot of Virginia Tech 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 before falling to 9th seeded Steve Berke of Yale 6-2, 6-3.
Unseeded freshman Ben Brier also had an excellent showing in reaching the round of 16. Ben defeated Rutgers's Kevin Bielen 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(6); 11th seeded Fanda Stejskal of Penn 3-6, 6-4, 6-2; Temple's Krishane Pillay 7-6, 6-2; before falling to 13th seeded Judson Williams of Princeton 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
The Bears also reached new heights in doubles as well having one team reach the quarters and one advancing to the semis. Nick Malone and Jamie Cerretani defeated Furman and Grimshaw of Uconn 8-6; Huot and Vu of Virginia Tech 8-3; Chow and Opici of Columbia 6-1, ret.; before falling to Berke and West of Yale 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Chris Wolfe and Chris Drake advanced to the Quarterfinals and on the way defeated Mirsa and Nude of UMBC 8-4; Bruner and Duplijak of Virginia Tech 8-5 before falling to eventual champion Kliegerman and Portlock of Princeton 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(5).
The Bears have several players ranked in region as they again receive a top 5 regional ranking. Junior Nick Malone is 5th, Freshman Jamie Cerretani is 15th, Freshman Ben Brier is 23rd, and Senior Chris Wolfe is 24th. In doubles Cerretani and Malone are 3rd, Wolfe and Drake are 8th and sophomore J.R. Argo and freshman Kris Goddard are 16th.
Head coach Jon Choboy is very pleased with the team's performance this Fall and calls it the most complete team effort he has seen in his 3 years leading the team. "I 'm proud of the team as a whole and encouraged by the fact that we have the most players and doubles teams ranked that we have had in my tenure," said Choboy. "Only one other team had more singles players ranked and no team had as many doubles teams ranked. This shows the depth of our team this year which is an element we have not had before." Three Bears reached the round of 16 singles, no other team had more than one and two Bears doubles teams reached the quarterfinals and no other team had more than one team reach that round.