March 21, 2003

Men's Tennis Fourth At Blue-Gray Classic - Bears Prepare For Challenging Spring Break Trip

March 21, 2003

The #40-ranked Brown men's tennis team had a strong showing at the Annual Blue-Gray College Classic, finishing 5th overall with its only loss coming to 17th ranked Virginia Commonwealth. The Bears, who are now 10-2 overall, are the highest ranked Ivy League team in the nation.

The Blue Gray Classic is the most prestigious college tennis tournament in the country, other than the NCAA Championship. Coach Jay Harris' team defeated Fresno State, 4-3, lost to number 17 Virginia Commonwealth, 4-1, and defeated Middle Tennessee State, 4-1.

Brown captured the doubles points against Virginia Commonwealth with junior Jamie Cerretani and senior Chris Drake winning at number one,8-6 and sophomore Adil Shamasdin and junior Nick Goldberg winning at number 2, 9-8 (6). The Bears were unable to capture any of the singles, losing several close matches.

The Bears earned a 4-1 win against Middle Tennessee State, winning the doubles point, and earning singles wins at number two, three and four. Drake came away with a 6-4, 6-4 win at number two, while Shamasdin came from behind for a 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 victory at number three. Goldberg's 6-1, 6-2 victory at number three clinched the win for the Bears.

Brown's Spring Trip will begin in New Mexico against the University of New Mexico on March 24, as a homecoming for Goldberg, who is from Albuquerque. The Bears will then travel to California for the UC Irvine Anteater Classic, March 27-30.