March 3, 2004
Providence, RI - The #49 nationally ranked Brown Bears came through with an exciting night match win, defeating a tough Western Michigan Bronco squad, 5-2, at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The match started with a couple of doubles blowouts. Nick Goldberg and Ben Brier dominated their opponents at #2 doubles, 8-2, and then Kris Goddard and Phil Charm went down, 8-3, at #3 doubles. With the doubles point in the balance, Jamie Cerretani and Adil Shamasdin (ranked #9 in the nation) outfought 27th ranked Pathanjali/French to take the doubles point, 8-5.
The Bears came out solid at the beginning of the singles, but then all of a sudden Western Michigan hit a hot spot and put themselves in a position to win 3 of the first 4 first sets.
Cerretani and Goldberg had lost their first sets and Ben Brier was just two points from losing his. Brier fought his way through a tiebreak to take his first set. Adil Shamasdin was on his way to winning the Bear's second point of the match, but just then, he took a tumble on the courts, and the Broncos got hot again. Western's Ravi Pathanjali took down Cerretani at #1 singles 6-4, 6-2, and then Goldberg stared down 2 match points which would have put the Bears down 2-1 in the overall match. However, Goldberg not only fought off both match points but he went on to take that second set and send his match into a third.
With the match still tied at 1-1, Shamasdin pulled through with a 6-3, 6-4 win at #3 singles and soon after Goldberg put the Bears up 3-1 with a thrilling come from behind win at #2 singles, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Brier came through with a solid effort at #4 singles as he won, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, to clinch the match for the Bruno. Zack Pasanen and Eric Thomas had dominated their opponents in the first sets but stumbled a bit through the second as both lost those sets in tiebreaks. Thomas came back and won the third set tiebreak and Pasanen lost a tough third set tiebreak to finish the scoring at Bears 5, Broncos 2.
Doubles 1. #9 Cerretani and Shamasdin (B) def. #27 Pathanjali and French, 8-5 2. Brier and Goldberg (B) def. Dennis and Crosby, 8-2 3. Orozed and Grupp (WM) def. Goddard and Charm, 8-3
Singles 1. Ravi Pathanjali (WM) def. #81 Jamie Cerretani, 6-4, 6-2 2. Nick Goldberg (B) def. Tommy Dennis, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 3. Adil Shamasdin (B) def. Jose Orozed, 6-2, 6-3 4. Ben Brier (B) def. Brady Crosby, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 5. Justin Kates (WM) def. Zack Pasanen, 3-6, 7-7, 1-0 (5) 6. Eric Thomas (B) def. Diego Campelli, 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (8)