Bears Excel at Omni Regional Championship

Dec. 17, 2001

The Brown men's tennis team completed a tremendous fall with great results at the Omni Regional Championship, hosted by Princeton. After winning the ECAC championship and receiving and automatic bid to the National team Indoor Championship, Brown was ready to continue its great play for the fall of 2001.

Senior co-captain Nick Malone reached the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Saber Kadiri from Virginia Tech 6-4,6-0. It was a tough run for Malone defending his number one seed. Malone and doubles partner Jamie Cerretani finished a stellar fall by reaching the quarterfinals. Cerretani, the Region I Rookie of the Year last year, ran into a very hot player in Reed Hagmann of Colgate after defeating Brad Davidoff of Binghamton 6-0,6-4. Hagmann defeated Cerretani 6-3,6-3.

Junior co-captain Chris Drake won two rounds before falling to David Lynn of Penn 7-6(0) 1-6,6-3, in the round of thirty-two. He, along with partner Kris Goddard, reached the third round before falling to eventual runners-up Will Lee & Mark Riddell of Harvard 8-2. Along the way Goddard and Drake defeated the number one team from Penn David Lynn & Fanda Stejskal 8-3. In singles Kris Goddard was the biggest surprise. After defeating Nick Benjamin of Princeton 6-3,6-3 in the first round Goddard to eliminated the number on player from Columbia, Oscar Chow. It was a tremendous effort from Goddard and he came away with a victory, 6-4,3-6, ret. Chow had to retire for the third set due to injury. Next Goddard defeated Tony Epkey of West Virginia 6-4,6-3. After a three-hour battle with Kadiri of Virginia Tech, Goddard fell, 0-6,6-3,7-5.

Freshmen Nick Goldberg and Adil Shamasdin came into this event undefeated in doubles play. When they left the event they were still undefeated. Along the way to their doubles title, Goldberg and Shamasdin defeated the number one and two teams from Harvard. First they defeated Jon Chu & Oliver Choo the number one team, 8-5, and they defeated Will Lee and Mark Riddell the number two from Harvard in the final, 8-2. Throughout the event Goldberg & Shamasdin won six matches. In all of their matches the opposing team never did better then 8-5. This tremendous victory gave them an automatic bid to the National Indoors in Dallas, Texas. In singles, both faired well and competed hard. Goldberg fell to Tim Kofol of Princeton 3-6,7-5,6-1 in the second round. Shamasdin played great tennis before falling to a tough Chris Gonyer of Dartmouth 6-1,6-3. Along the way Shamasdin won three rounds.

It was a successful event for the Brown Men's Tennis Team in its final fall competition as a team. The Bears look to improve during the winter break with conditioning and weight lifting, so they can be a strong contender for the Ivy League title in the spring of 2002.