April 21, 2004

Ivy League Men's Tennis Title Could Be At Stake In Showdown Between Brown and Harvard

April 21, 2004

Providence, RI -

For the third straight season, the Ivy League men's tennis title will likely be on the line when Brown and Harvard battle on Friday, April 23, at the Brown Outdoor Tennis Facility, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Both teams are unbeaten this season and no other Ivy team has fewer than two losses.

Brown and Harvard have won 17 of their last 18 Ivy matches, losing only to each other. In 2002, Brown beat Harvard, 4-3, in Providence to capture the Ivy League Championship, while in 2003, Harvard provided the only blemish on Brown's Ivy season with a 5-3 victory in Cambridge, ending Brown's Ivy victory streak at 13 matches.

Now, Brown is looking to end Harvard's Ivy win streak of 12 games. Coach Jay Harris' squad is 18-4 overall and 4-0 in Ivy play, earning a No. 49 ranking nationally. Senior Jamie Cerretani (Reading, Mass.) is the leader of the Bears, holding a No. 87 singles ranking and a lofty No. 11 doubles ranking with junior Adil Shamasdin (Pickering, Ont.). Cerretani is 31-3 in doubles matches this season.

Harvard, ranked 20th nationally, enters the match with 12 straight Ivy victories. The Crimson is 14-6 overall and 4-0 in the League. Senior David Lingman (Irvine, Calif.) leads the way for Harvard. Ranked 36th nationally, Lingman is 26-8 overall with all eight losses to top 100 opponents, including a tough three-set loss to No. 1 Jeremy Wurtzman of Ohio State in October.

(The Ivy League Office contributed to this story)