Choate Tennis 2000 Match Summaries

Captain Stephen Fair '00 prepares for a doubles point.
CHOATE TENNIS 2000

Boys' Varsity Team Match Summaries

4/2/00 Kingswood-Oxford Invitational Tennis Tournament 5/8/00 Westminster School *
4/5/00 Hopkins School (scrimmage) # 5/10/00 Kent School *
4/7/00 Horace Mann School # 5/12/00 Kingswood-Oxford School *
4/12/00 Loomis Chaffee School * 5/13/00 Phillips Academy
4/15/00 Phillips Exeter Academy 5/17/00 Hotchkiss School *
4/19/00 Northfield Mt. Hermon School 5/20/00 New England Class "A" Team Championship
4/26/00 Trinity-Pawling School * 5/21/00 Alumni #
4/27/00 Cheshire Academy 5/24/00 Avon Old Farms School *
5/1/00 Taft School * 5/27/00 New England Prep School Invitational
5/3/00 Brunswick School 5/31/00 Moorhead Cup All-School Championship
5/6/00 Deerfield Academy 

* indicates Founders League opponent
# indicates match not counted in NEITA season standings

2000 Kingswood-Oxford Invitational Tennis Tournament

Date: Saturday & Sunday, 1 & 2 April 2000

Venue: indoor and outdoor courts, Kingswood-Oxford campus, West Hartford, CT

Conditions: mild, breezy

Match Format: main draw matches are best-of-three-sets; consolation matches are eight-game pro-sets; all use no-ad scoring

Team Scoring: two points for each main draw in and one point for each consolation draw or third place playoff win

Individual match results:

Flight Round Players Team Scores
#1 singles First Round Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 6 6  
Matt Watson '01 Westminster 2 3  
#1 singles Main Draw Semifinal Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 1 4  
Peter Oman '01 Lawrenceville 6 6  
#1 singles Third Place Playoff Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 8
Andrew Mullens '00 Hotchkiss 6
#2 singles First Round Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 6 2  
Evan Jensen '00 Taft 7 6  
#2 singles Consolation Semifinal Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 8
Allie Levy Lawrenceville 3
#2 singles Consolation Final Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 9
Jordan Korris '00 West Hartford 8
#3 singles First Round James Elsworth '01 CRH 4 6 6
Ben Bradford '02 Taft 6 1 0
#3 singles Main Draw Semifinal James Elsworth '01 CRH 6 7  
Brad Hathaway '00 Hotchkiss 4 5  
#3 singles Main Draw Final James Elsworth '01 CRH 7 6  
David Drady '00 Kingswood-Oxford 6 4  
#4 singles First Round Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 5 6 6
Quat Vu '01 West Hartford 7 2 1
#4 singles Main Draw Semifinal Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 1 6 3
Mischa Truong Lawrenceville 6 2 6
#4 singles Third Place Playoff Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 9
Michael Idy '02 Taft 8
#1 doubles First Round Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6 6  
Andrew Jacobi '01
Allie Levy Lawrenceville 1 4  
Peter Oman '01
#1 doubles Main Draw Semifinal Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 3 6 3
Andrew Jacobi '01
Jonathan Loveless '01 Hotchkiss 6 3 6
Andrew Mullens '00
#1 doubles Third Place Playoff Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6
Andrew Jacobi '01
David Drady '00 Kingswood-Oxford 8
Jack Granato '00
#2 doubles First Round James Elsworth '01 CRH 6 6  
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Dan Briggs '01 Westminster 4 0  
Matt Watson '01
#2 doubles Main Draw Semifinal James Elsworth '01 CRH 7 6  
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Charles Benedict '02 Hotchkiss 5 3  
Brad Hathaway '00
#2 doubles Main Draw Final James Elsworth '01 CRH 0 0  
Jeremy Zuidema '02
David Marshall '03 Kingswood-Oxford 6 6  
Ian McMurtry '01
Final Team Results
Place School Points
1. Kingswood-Oxford School 23
2. Deerfield Academy 22
3. Choate Rosemary Hall 20
4. Hotchkiss School 17
5. Lawrenceville School 14
6. Taft School 8
7. West Hartford players 3
8. Westminster School 1

Coach's comments: "We see this early season tournament just as a chance to get some good match play under our belts and scope out our traditional rivals. I don't get too concerned with wins and losses at this point. When we end up as one of the top teams, though, that's a nice bonus. What's most important is that we now have a better sense of what we're doing well and what we need to work on, so as we head into the heart of the dual match season, hopefully this experience will be advantageous."

CRH vs. Hopkins School (scrimmage: no team score kept)

Date: Wednesday, 5 April 2000

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH

Conditions: cool, breezy

Match Format: NEITA (best of seven points: 3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 singles matches; advantage scoring)

Individual match results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 8
Andrew Jacobi '01
Conor Duffy '03 H 1
Brendan Royston '02
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Terence Chiu '00 H 1
Matt Fasano '01
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02
Brett Herter '03 H 4
Jon Hall '02
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 6 7  
Terence Chiu '00 H 0 5  
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 6 6  
Conor Duffy '03 H 2 1  
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 7 6  
Brendan Royston '02 H 6 3  
#4 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 6 6  
Matt Fasano '01 H 1 2  
#5 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6 6  
David Altamirano '00 H 0 1  
#6 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 6 6  
Brett Herter '03 H 0 2  
#7 singles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 3 6 6
Jon Hall '02 H 6 1 3

Coach's comments: "Although the Hopkins team is not as strong as it has been--the school graduated most of its varsity last June, in fact--the Wild Boars competed well today to sweep all the doubles and singles matches."

CRH 0, Horace Mann School 7

Date: Friday, 7 April 2000

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH

Conditions: overcast, mild

Match Format: NEITA (best of seven points: 3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 singles matches; advantage scoring)

Individual match results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 4
Andrew Jacobi '01
Alexi Nazem '00 HM 8
Brandon Weiskopf '01
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 7
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Matt Friedman '00 HM 9
Greg Kass '02
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 2
Stefan Patrikis '02
Dan Brand '02 HM 8
David Miller '03
#4 doubles Gregory Faust '01 CRH 8
John Vertefeuille '01
Dylan Grief '02 HM 5
Max Pitman '00
#5 doubles Henry Lau '02 CRH 3
Kris Paik '02
David Chesner '02 HM 8
Dan Katz '00
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 2 1  
Brandon Weiskopf '01 HM 6 6  
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 6 3 0
Greg Kass '02 HM 2 6 1
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 4 3  
Alexi Nazem '00 HM 6 6  
#4 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 2 2  
Dan Katz '00 HM 6 6  
#5 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 4 1  
Matt Friedman '00 HM 6 6  
#6 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 0 1  
David Miller '03 HM 6 6  
#7 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 4 2  
Dan Brand '02 HM 6 6  
#8 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 4 4  
Max Pitman '00 HM 6 6  
#9 singles Chad Carta '02 CRH 1 3  
Dylan Greif '02 HM 6 6  
#10 singles John Oster '03 CRH 4 6 6
David Chesner '03 HM 6 1 4

Coach's comments: "We never really got out of the starting blocks today. The Horace Mann team was solid, but we ought to have posted a better showing than we did. Today's results reflect the relative youth and inexperience of this year's Choate team, but hopefully this match will be good preparation for league competition, which begins next Wednesday."

CRH 7, Loomis Chaffee School 0

Date: Wednesday, 12 April 2000

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH

Conditions: cool, sunny

Match Format: NEITA (best of seven points: 3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 singles matches; advantage scoring)

Individual match results:James Elworth '01 nails a backhand volley.

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 8
Andrew Jacobi '01
John Liu '00 LC 0
Tim Masters '01
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Jeff Herzberger '00 LC 1
Tyler Su '00
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02
Max Laverty '03 LC 3
Brad Ursprung '01
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 6 6  
John Liu '00 LC 2 3  
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 6 6  
Tim Masters '01 LC 1 0  
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 6 6  
Jon Kastoff '02 LC 1 4  
#4 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 6 6  
Tyler Su '00 LC 1 0  
#5 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6 6  
Jeff Herzberger '00 LC 0 3  
#6 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 6 6  
Alex Overstrom '02 LC 2 1  
#7 singles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 4 2  
Brad Ursprung '01 LC 6 6  

Coach's comments: "After losing a 4-3 heartbreaker to the Pelicans in the first round of last year's New England tournament, this match was sweet revenge indeed. It was a weaker Loomis squad than we've seen in recent years, but the Choate boys played well and didn't let their opponents into the match. We look forward to a good challenge up at Exeter this Saturday; the Exonians defeated Loomis Chaffee by a similar 7-0 score last Saturday."

CRH 1, Phillips Exeter Academy 6

Date: Saturday, 15 April 2000

Venue: Exeter, NH

Conditions: sunny, warm

Match Format: NEITA (best of seven points: 3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 singles matches; advantage scoring)

Individual match results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 8
Andrew Jacobi '01
Abel Osario '02 PEA 9
Todd Ostrow '02
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 6
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Howard Chu '00 (C) PEA 8
John Pettit '03
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 7
Stefan Patrikis '02
Geoff Doyle '00 PEA 9
Derek Van Dijkum '00
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 6 2 6
Howard Chu '00 (C) PEA 2 6 7
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 1 2  
Abel Osario '02 PEA 6 6  
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 0 1  
Todd Ostrow '02 PEA 6 6  
#4 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 2 3  
John Pettit '03 PEA 6 6  
#5 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 1 1  
Geoff Doyle '00 PEA 6 6  
#6 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 6 6  
Derek Van Dijkum '00 PEA 3 2  
#7 singles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 2 3 ret.
Derek McCord '01 PEA 6 2  

Coach's comments: "This was a match where the doubles results clearly created some momentum for the home team. Choate had early leads in those pro-sets--we were up 4-0 at #1, for example--that we squandered and we never really recovered. That said, Exeter has some impressive depth in the middle of their line-up, but we only got one of the matches we were counting on toward the top and bottom of the singles ladder."

CRH 4, Northfield Mt. Hermon School 3

Date: Wednesday, 19 April 2000

Venue: Northfield, MA

Conditions: overcast, mild

Match Format: NEITA (best of seven points: 3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 singles matches; advantage scoring)

Individual match results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 9
Andrew Jacobi '01
Trevor McAndrew '00 NMH 7
Kaz Yoshida '00 (C)
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Jay Hadden '00 NMH 5
Murat Terzioglu '00
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02
Gabriel Beauchamp '01 NMH 2
Paul Hammond '01
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 4 6 5
Trevor McAndrew '00 NMH 6 2 7
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 3 1  
Kaz Yoshida '00 (C) NMH 6 6  
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 0 2  
Murat Terzioglu '00 NMH 6 6  
#4 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 7 6  
Jay Hadden '00 NMH 5 4  
#5 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6 7  
Paul Hammond '01 NMH 2 5  
#6 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 6 6  
Gabriel Beauchamp '01 NMH 0 0  

Coach's comments: "We won today because of two D's: doubles and depth. Success in the opening doubles matches secured some momentum for us, as well as what turned out to be the decisive point in the team scoring. And the lower half of our singles ladder nailed down the Choate victory with some savvy play against overmatched opponents. Andrew Jacobi had his chances at #1, mounting a spirited comeback from 2-5 down in the third set, but it was not to be. This NMH match wasn't a pretty win for us, but we won't refuse it!"

CRH 6, Trinity-Pawling School 1

Date: Wednesday, 26 April 2000

Venue: Pawling, NY

Conditions: overcast, cool, drizzling

Match Format: NEITA (best of seven points: 3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 singles matches; advantage scoring) [note: 3rd set in #6 singles match abbreviated to a tiebreak]

Individual match results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Tim Bosch '01 TPS 4
Josh Sweet '01
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 8
Stephen Fair '00 (C)
Jeremy Keyde '02 TPS 3
Nau Shiiya '00
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02
Ed Forder '02 TPS 0
Jed Meighan '01
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 6 6  
Tim Bosch '01 TPS 2 3  
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 6 6  
Josh Sweet '01 TPS 2 1  
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 6 6  
Nau Shiiya '00 TPS 1 3  
#4 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6 6  
Jeremy Keyde '02 TPS 0 1  
#5 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 6 6  
Rock Chung '00 TPS 0 1  
#6 singles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 5 6 0
Jed Meighan '01 TPS 7 4 1

Coach's comments: "The Wild Boars braved the cold and damp conditions and soundly defeated League rival Trinity-Pawling. The T-P squad was less experienced than their Choate counterparts and our depth was a clear advantage in this contest. It was a good transition from Long Weekend to our next showdown against Cheshire--a team we expect to be pretty solid."

CRH 5, Cheshire Academy 2

Date: Thursday, 27 April 2000

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH

Conditions: mild, cool

Match Format: NEITA (best of seven points: 3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 singles matches; advantage scoring) [note: 3rd set in #2 singles match abbreviated to a tiebreak]

Individual match results:Stefan Patrikis '02 uncorks a forehand.

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 9
Andrew Jacobi '01
Tyler Deming '02 CA 8
Jon Peliker '00
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 1
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Aaron Kusza '01 CA 8
Jon Marks '00
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02
Binio Binev '00 CA 0
Christian Malerba '04
#4 doubles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 8
Jeremy Van Fleet '01
Rich Garner '02 CA 1
Alex Leon '01
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 1 0  
Jon Peliker '00 CA 6 6  
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 4 7 1
Tyler Deming '02 CA 6 5 0
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 1 3  
Aaron Kusza '01 CA 6 6  
#4 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 6 6  
Binio Binev '00 CA 1 1  
#5 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6 6  
Jon Marks '00 CA 2 1  
#6 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 6 6  
Christian Malerba '04 CA 3 2  
#7 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 6 6  
Alex Leon '01 CA 1 3  
#8 singles John Oster '03 CRH 6 6  
Rich Garner '02 CA 0 0  
#9 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 6 6  
Doug Wayne '04 CA 0 0  

Coach's comments: "I had predicted that the doubles would be critical in this match-up, and that indeed proved to be the case. Kudos to our #1 team for rebounding from a 4-7 deficit in the pro-set to utterly dominate the tiebreak (winning all but one of the points played--and even that one, many spectators would claim!) and establishing momentum for the Wild Boars heading into the singles play. In the end, our depth again carried the day. Of the thirteen matches played, the Cheshire boys prevailed in only three of them, although in those their wins were decisive. Jeremy Zuidema's tenacious battling broke the visitors' lock on the top three singles matches, as he finally found his attacking form late in the second set and preserved an unbeaten streak against a childhood opponent. This was a satisfying team win against a solid Class 'A' opponent--a victory that hopefully will help us earn a berth in the New England playoffs next month."

CRH 6, Taft School 1

Date: Monday, 1 May 2000

Venue: Watertown, CT

Conditions: mild

Match Format: NEITA (best of seven points: 3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 singles matches; advantage scoring)

Individual match results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 9
Andrew Jacobi '01
Charlie Baker '00 (C) T 8
Ed Perez '00
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Evan Jensen '00 T 4
Nick Lacaillade '02
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02
Ben Bradford '02 T 3
Thomas Smythe '00
#4 doubles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 8
Jeremy Van Fleet '01
Vincent Ng '01 T 6
Devon Yawney '02
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 6 6  
Keith Kosow '00 T 2 0  
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 6 6  
Evan Jensen '00 T 3 4  
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 7 7  
Ed Perez '00 T 6 6  
#4 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 6 6  
Charlie Baker '00 (C) T 2 2  
#5 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6 6  
Ben Bradford '02 T 3 2  
#6 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 0 0  
Nick Lacaillade '02 T 6 6  
#7 singles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 4 3  
Mike Idy '00 T 6 6  

Coach's comments: "This win was satisfying, even though it wasn't entirely pretty; we got very sloppy in places. At #1 doubles, for example, the Wild Boars squandered a 7-4 lead and seven match points before taking the pro-set in a tiebreaker. And James Elsworth had chances to close it out a bit earlier in the #3 singles match, too, before he nailed it down. And inexplicably, Sam Epstein--who hasn't lost in weeks--never even showed up for his singles match! That said, though, we performed well as a team against a solid Taft squad."


CRH 5, Brunswick School 2

Date: Wednesday, 3 May 2000

Venue: Greenwich Academy campus, Greenwich, CT

Conditions: sunny, warm

Format: NEITA 7-point (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point)

Individual match results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 4
Andrew Jacobi '01
George Turner '00 B 8
Gavin Watson '01
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Greg DiIorio '00 B 4
Scott Richman '00
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02
Breck Bailey '02 B 2
William Broadbent '02
#4 doubles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 8
Jeremy Van Fleet '01
Aaron Duffy '02 B 2
John Weir '00
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 3 1  
George Turner '00 B 6 6  
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 4 7 3
Gavin Watson '01 B 6 5 6
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 6 6  
John Weir '00 B 2 4  
#4 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 6 6  
William Broadbent '02 B 4 2  
#5 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6 6  
Breck Bailey '02 B 0 0  
#6 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 6 6  
Aaron Duffy '02 B 0 3  
#7 singles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 8    
J.J. Oceans '01 B 0    

Coach's comments: "The Choate boys seem to be getting grooved in both singles and doubles at this point in the season. Even in the matches we lost today, we competed very well--fighting tenaciously throughout. Kudos to our two sixth formers--Messrs. Fair and Nathan--for not dropping a game in their singles. We are heading into a handful of tough contests ahead: Deerfield, Kent, Kingswood-Oxford, Andover, and Hotchkiss all loom in the next two weeks, and we'll need to be sharp to take our share of these matches, for each one is winnable, but each one should be challenging, too."


CRH 2, Deerfield Academy 5

Date: 6 May 2000

Venue: Deerfield Academy campus, Deerfield, MA

Conditions: partly sunny, humid, warm

Format: NEITA 7-point (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point)
[note: third set in #6 singles abbreviated to a tiebreak]

Individual match results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 8
Andrew Jacobi '01
Stuart Brown '00 DA 6
Andrew Hubbell '01
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 4
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Peter Carter '00 DA 8
Jason Lam '00
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 0
Stefan Patrikis '02
Malcolm Sheffers '00 DA 8
Doug Weeden '02
#4 doubles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 1
Jeremy Van Fleet '01
Alex LaPorte '03 DA 8
Brook Lyons '02
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 2 6  
Stuart Brown '00 DA 6 7  
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 6 3 6
Andrew Hubbell '01 DA 1 6 2
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 2 5  
Peter Carter '00 DA 6 7  
#4 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 6 4 4
Jason Lam '00 DA 4 6 6
#5 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 5 4  
Malcolm Sheffers '00 DA 7 6  
#6 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 2 6 1
Doug Weeden '02 DA 6 4 0

Coach's comments: "This was both an exciting and frustrating day, as each of the seven points in play was hotly contested. We knew heading into the showdown that the singles matches all would be competitive and that the doubles would again be a crucial swing point. That turned out to be the case, though it worked in the Big Green's favor. Deerfield cruised at #3 and Choate bested the #1 pair in a tighter pro-set. The #2 doubles match progressed on serve and appeared to turn on a long point early in the 4-5 game, when there was an egregious breach of sportsmanship, as one of the Deerfield pair made significant and repeated contact with the net during the point when running down a drop shot, but the D.A. team was either unaware of the rule or blatantly disregarded its violation and apparently had no interest in being educated on the matter. After this point, the Wild Boars #2 players had trouble with just about every part of their game, especially finding the service box with their serves, and dropped the pro-set. The singles competition was very close, as predicted, and momentum swung back and forth between the two schools repeatedly. At one point it was conceivable Choate might even be able to sweep the singles. But after some very close sets in each match, the odd-numbered contests started to fall the home team's way and Stefan Patrikis saw his one-set lead slip away at #4. At #2 Jeremy Zuidema wore down his opponent with a skillful barrage of penetrating groundstrokes and savvy net play (though his foot movement did take a walkabout in the second set). And in the final match of the day at #6, Sam Epstein found his range on the forehand after spotting his counterpart the first set and took it in a tiebreak that was played in lieu of a complete third set.
     "This would have been a nice win for us today, but we'll have to hope for a rematch opportunity in the playoffs, should both teams find themselves meeting there. We'd certainly like another shot at this squad!"


CRH 5, Westminster School 2

Date: 8 May 2000

Venue: Westminster School campus, Simsbury, CT

Conditions: partly sunny, humid, warm

Format: NEITA 7-point (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point)

Individual match results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Dan Briggs '01 W 4
Matt Watson '01
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 8
Stephen Fair '00 (C)
Ben Srour '00 W 4
Scott Willis '02
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02
Ben Hickey '00 W 5
Tripp Wellde '02
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 6 6  
Matt Watson '01 W 2 2  
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 6 6  
Dan Briggs '01 W 2 2  
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 1 7 6
Ben Srour '00 W 6 6 2
#4 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 3 5  
Scott Willis '02 W 6 7  
#5 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 3 7 6
Tripp Wellde '02 W 6 5 1
#6 singles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 6 4 1
Ben Hickey '00 W 1 6 6

Coach's comments: "This Westminster squad--much improved since we saw them last at the Kingswood tournament--fought gamely in both the doubles and the singles, especially in the bottom part of the ladder. We had our hands full in this match in a way we hadn't expected to, but by establishing a strong presence in the doubles and posting easy wins at #1 and #2 singles, the pressure was on the Martlets to come up with some big wins. They did just that at #4 and #6 singles, but Choate prevailed in three sets at #3 and #5 after a couple of very slow starts. We've now bested half of the Founders League and will head to Kent for an important League match on Wednesday."

CRH 5, Kent School 2

Date: 10 May 2000

Venue: Kent School campus, Kent, CT
doubles played on red clay "varsity" courts
#1-4 singles started on outdoor clays and moved into indoor hard courts due to thunderstorm
#5-8 singles played entirely on indoor hard courts

Conditions: overcast, cool, light drizzle followed by heavy rain and lightning

Format: NEITA 7-point (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point)
[note: #8 singles exhibition played as a pro-set]

Individual match results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6
Andrew Jacobi '01
Andreas Grupp '02 K 8
Tim Hadsel-Mares '01
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Bill Evans '00 (C) K 6
Jamie Harrison '00 (C)
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02
Cooper Clark '01 K 4
Jeremy Kimball '00
#4 doubles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 8
Jeremy Van Fleet '01
Samir Chargela '00 K 5
Eduardo Sundaram-Resto '00
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 2 4  
Tim Hadsel-Mares '01 K 6 6  
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 5 4  
Bill Evans '00 (C) K 7 6  
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 2 6 6
Jamie Harrison '00 (C) K 6 2 2
#4 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 6 7  
Andreas Grupp '02 K 2 5  
#5 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 7 3 6
Jeremy Kimball '00 K 6 6 1
#6 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 4 6 6
Cooper Clark '01 K 6 0 3
#7 singles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 6 6  
Phillip Vonlinsingen '00 K 3 0  
#8 singles Jeremy Van Fleet '01 CRH 4
Jamie Ledbetter '00 K 8

Coach's comments: "The Choate squad has been on the road a lot this spring, and the Kent match was the last of four consecutive away contests for us. Happily, the Wild Boars were 'hard-traveling heroes' today in pulling out an important team victory. We headed into the match knowing that only Choate and Kent were undefeated in Founders League competition this season and that by day's end, just one team would have its unblemished record intact. Once again, success in the doubles set the tone for the singles to follow. The top two pairs split the pro-sets, as the Kent #1s and Choate #2s each posted tight 8-6 wins, but Choate won the lower two doubles matches more easily and hence the doubles point.
     Adjusting to Kent's red clay was a tricky proposition, especially since the courts played very slowly due to the light drizzle throughout the doubles and the early part of the singles play. Our top two, Messrs. Jacobi and Zuidema, competed well but fell to their opponents once the matches were moved indoors due to lightning. Steve Fair and Sam Epstein both took down their counterparts in three sets at #5 and #6, respectively, to give Choate a 3-2 lead in the team scoring. Then to finish things off, James Elsworth and Stefan Patrikis prevailed in the heart of the singles line-up within thirty seconds of each other, clinching the win for the visitors. Each was probably helped by the move indoors to a faster court: James rebounded from a set down and Stefan recovered from a 1-4 deficit in the second set.
     In our busiest week of the season, we've acquitted ourselves very well thus far, toughing out spirited challenges from two talented teams. We're not out of the wood yet, as Kingswood-Oxford and Andover are just around the corner, but we ought to be able to approach those rivals with a good bit of confidence in hand."

CRH 4, Kingswood-Oxford School 1

Date: 12 May 2000

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH

Conditions: overcast, mild

Format: NEITA 7-point (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point)
[note: #1 doubles and #1 and #3 singles matches were abandoned once team result was determined]
[note: #7 singles exhibition played as a pro-set]

Individual match results:James Elsworth '01 launches a backhand.

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6
Andrew Jacobi '01
David Drady '00 (C) KO 5
Jack Granato '00 (C)
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Chris Grace '01 KO 3
David Marshall '03
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02
Christian Hyde '02 KO 1
Ian McMurtry '01
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 5 6  
Jack Granato '00 (C) KO 7 3  
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 6 6  
David Marshall '03 KO 2 1  
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 6 5 1
David Drady '00 (C) KO 4 7 0
#4 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 6 6  
Ian McMurtry '01 KO 3 3  
#5 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6 6  
Chris Grace '01 KO 4 2  
#6 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 4 4  
J.J. Kazakoff '00 KO 6 6  
#7 singles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 8
Christian Hyde '02 KO 5

Coach's comments: "The guys worked hard to make this a smoother victory than we had anticipated. To repeat a now-common refrain, doubles set the tone for the day. The Choate #3 pair won easily and the #2 tandem avenged its lopsided loss in the KITT final by winning the final eight games with some stellar volleying and returns of serve. Choate also led the #1 doubles match, up a break, when it was called to start the singles. Comfortable wins for the Wild Boars at #2, #4, and #5 singles enabled the coaches to stop the #1 and #3 contests as they were heading into third sets so that both teams could keep themselves fresh for matches tomorrow.
     This win over the Wyverns puts us in the driver's seat to win the first Founders League title of the new millennium. League rivals Hotchkiss and Avon Old Farms are still ahead of us the next two Wednesdays, as is non-league opponent Andover tomorrow. Our squad seems to be firing on all cylinders now, though, and looks finely tuned heading into a couple of matches in the next five days that--should we prevail--could secure us one of the top seeds in the New England tournament in a week's time."

CRH 3, Phillips Academy 4

Date: 13 May 2000

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH

Conditions: overcast, cool

Format: NEITA 7-point (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point)

Individual match results:Jeremy Zuidema '02 runs down a forehand en route to victory.

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 3
Andrew Jacobi '01
Matt Dougherty '01 PA 8
Andrew Merle '00 (C)
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 4
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Ramesh Donthamsetty '01 PA 8
John Pearson '01
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02
Charles Gardner '00 PA 2
Adam Sklar '01
#4 doubles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 8
Jeremy Van Fleet '01
Tyler Mixter '01 PA 4
Sam Takvorian '01
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 1  
Andrew Merle '00 (C) PA 0 ret.
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 6 7  
Matt Dougherty '01 PA 3 5  
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 6 6 1
John Pearson '01 PA 4 7 6
#4 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 4 1  
Ramesh Donthamsetty '01  PA 6 6  
#5 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6 3 6
Charles Gardner '00 PA 1 6 3
#6 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 2 6 2
Adam Sklar '01 PA 6 2 6
#7 singles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 3 7 6
Sam Takvorian '01 PA 6 5 3
#8 singles John Oster '03 CRH 6 6  
Tyler Mixter '01 PA 1 0  

Coach's comments: "This match is the proverbial 'one that got away.' We surely had our chances to win today, but Andover escaped with the victory by the narrowest of margins. I was most disappointed with our exceptionally poor showings at #1 and #2 doubles, especially after such terrific play in yesterday's doubles action. Our failure to win the doubles point added a bit of pressure we did not need heading into singles matches that we expected to be close.
      At #1 singles, Andover's Andrew Merle turned an ankle in only the second game of the match and was unable to continue; Choate got the point, but Andrew Jacobi was very much looking forward to the opportunity to play out this match. At #2 Jeremy Zuidema put together some forceful tennis at just the right times to prevail in two taut sets. And Stephen Fair, though frustrated by his dropping the second set, won handily in the third after hitting what seemed like several hundred overheads in the course of play. The Wild Boars dropped the remaining three matches--all of them tension-filled contests, and two of which went the distance in three sets.
     This loss was painful, but there are clearly some lessons to be gleaned from the experience; I hope we can use the memory of this match as motivation heading into the final two weeks of the season."

CRH 4, Hotchkiss School 3

Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2000

Venue: Hotchkiss campus, Lakeville, CT

Conditions: mild, partly sunny

Format: NEITA 7-point (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point)

Individual match results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 2
Andrew Jacobi '01
Jonathan Loveless '01 H 8
Andrew Mullens '00 (C)
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 5
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Charles Benedict '02 H 8
John Posey '00
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02
Martin Brisbois '00 H 4
Brad Hathaway '00
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 4 7 6
Andrew Mullens '00 (C) H 6 5 2
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 7 4 2
Jonathan Loveless '01 H 6 6 6
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 4 5  
John Posey '00 H 6 7  
#4 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 6 6  
Charles Benedict '02 H 3 1  
#5 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6 6  
Brad Hathaway '00 H 3 0  
#6 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 2 5  
Martin Brisbois '00 H 6 5 ret.

Coach's comments: "Brad Gilbert, former tour player and current coach of Andre Agassi, wrote a book on tennis called 'Winning Ugly' and that could have been the story of today's match. Even though we were favored to win this one, we also knew the Bearcats would be pumped up to take the match from us on their home courts if we gave them the opening. And give them an opening we did, with some rather undistinguished doubles play at the #1 and #2 positions. Thus far this season, losing the doubles point has proved too heavy a burden for us to overcome, but today we rallied effectively in the singles to claim victory.
     Stefan Patrikis and captain Steve Fair posted easy wins to put us back ahead in the team scoring tally and Choate pulled ahead 3-1 as a hard-fought #6 singles match ended prematurely when the Hotchkiss player turned an ankle late in the second set--a most unfortunate way for us to get that point. Things tightened a bit when James Elsworth dropped his #3 contest in two very close sets and the last two showdowns at #1 and #2 headed for third sets. We were far too sloppy in these matches: in the #2 slot, Jeremy Zuidema was ahead by a set and a break, only to fall short in the third, while teammate Andrew Jacobi squandered a two-break lead in the first set to lose it 4-6, and gave back another break in the second before nailing that one down and then coasting through the third with some aggressive backcourt play to seal the win for the Wild Boars.
     With only a much-depleted Avon team ahead of us on the dual match calendar, Choate now seems fairly likely to take sole possession of the Founders League boys' tennis crown for the 2000 season."

New England Team Championships
Quarterfinal: CRH 3, Milton Academy 4

Date: Sunday, 21 May 2000

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH

Conditions: overcast, damp

Format: NEITA 7-point (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point)

Individual match results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 8
Andrew Jacobi '01
Mike Delaney '01 (C) M 2
Teddy Mabrey '03
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Eric Pascavage '01 M 4
Ned Samuelson '04
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 4
Stefan Patrikis '02
Will McLellan '00 M 4
Todd Wood '03
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 1 0  
Mike Delaney '01 (C) M 6 6  
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 2 0  
Ned Samuelson '04 M 6 6  
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 3 3  
Dan Weisman '00 M 6 6  
#4 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 3 6 1
Teddy Mabrey '03 M 6 2 6
#5 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6 6  
Will McLellan '00 M 3 2  
#6 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 6 6  
Eric Pascavage '01 M 2 2  

Coach's comments: "After a day's delay due to inclement weather, we couldn't have started this match any better: our top two pairs played some absolutely devastating doubles to take the opening point in convincing fashion. Once the singles was underway, it was clear that Milton would take the top two positions and Choate the bottom two, leaving #3 and #4 as the swing matches. After a competitive first set, James Elsworth went up two breaks early in the second for a 3-0 lead, but lost his confidence and the remaining games, experiencing considerable serving difficulty. In the #4 tilt, Choate suffered a bit of hard luck, it seems, as Stefan Patrikis had injured his right leg early in the doubles and was severely limited in his mobility against an opponent he'd ordinarily dismiss handily. Although Stefan fought valiantly to force a third set, the Mustangs won the match and with it the go-ahead point.
     The contest had its share of highlights in the points we won: I doubt our doubles teams could have played any better than they did. Steve Fair beat a very solid #5 opponent comfortably, fulfilling his mid-season vow to lose no more singles matches. And at #6, Sam Epstein appeared to have regained his confidence--which had gone missing the last couple of weeks--in thrashing his counterpart 6-2, 6-2.
     It was disappointing to lose a 4-3 heart-breaker in the quarterfinals of this tournament for the second year in a row, but most of our team will be back in 2001 and hopefully we'll make a better showing then!"

CRH 7, Avon Old Farms School 0

Date: 24 May 2000

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH

Conditions: partly sunny, warm

Format: NEITA 7-point (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point)
[note: in #8 singles, 3rd set played as a tiebreak]

Individual match results:Choate #2 Jeremy Zuidema confers with coach Ned Gallagher during a changeover.

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 8
Andrew Jacobi '01
Seth Brohinsky '01 AOF 2
Chris Nettune '01
#2 doubles James Elsworth '01 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Brandon Morrocco '01 AOF 2
John Patterson '00
#3 doubles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02
Ruper Ghatak '02 AOF 3
John Hamilton '03
#4 doubles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 8
Jeremy Van Fleet '01
Adam Fallon '02 AOF 5
Tim Hughes '01
#1 singles Andrew Jacobi '01 CRH 6 6  
Chris Nettune '01 AOF 2 1  
#2 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 CRH 6 6  
Seth Brohinsky '01 AOF 4 4  
#3 singles James Elsworth '01 CRH 6 1 6
Brandon Morrocco '01 AOF 1 6 2
#4 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 6 6  
John Patterson '00 AOF 0 1  
#5 singles Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6 2  
Ruper Ghatak '02 AOF 3 0 def.
#6 singles Sam Epstein '02 CRH 6 6  
Adam Fallon '02 AOF 0 2  
#7 singles Manu Nathan '00 CRH 6 6  
John Hamilton '03 AOF 3 1  
#8 singles Jeremy Van Fleet '01 CRH 3 7 1
Tim Hughes '01 AOF 6 5 0

Coach's comments: "After an unpleasant day at Avon last year, it was nice to end the season on such an upbeat note this spring: the matches were played largely without incident (though one of the Avon coaches pulled his #5 man for tossing a racquet across two courts) and Choate won all twelve matches played at the varsity level (as well as all but one of the JV).
     Given his recent match history, James Elsworth had a particularly satisfying win at #3 singles, with some decisive and aggressive play in the third set, getting a monkey off his back. And Jeremy Zuidema prevailed impressively in a hard-fought #2 contest.
     We will finish the season with all three doubles teams playing in the New England Invitational here at Choate this Saturday."

2000 New England Prep School Invitational Tennis Tournament

Date: Saturday, 27 May 2000

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH

Conditions: partly cloudy, mild

Match Format: early main draw matches are ten-game pro-sets, semifnals and finals are best-of-three-sets; consolation and 3rd-place matches are eight-game pro-sets; advantage scoring

Individual match results:

Flight Round Players Team Scores
doubles First Round Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 10
Andrew Jacobi '01
John Hadden '00 Northfield Mt. Hermon 2
Pail Hammond '01
doubles Main Draw Quarterfinal Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 6
Andrew Jacobi '01
Geoff Doyle '00 Exeter 10
John Pettit '00
doubles Consolation Quarterfinal Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 8
Andrew Jacobi '01
Matt Dougherty '01 Andover 4
Adam Sklar '01
doubles Consolation Semifinal Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 8
Andrew Jacobi '01
Ramesh Donsamthetty '01 Andover 6
John Pearson '01
doubles Consolation Final Stephen Fair '00 (C) CRH 5
Andrew Jacobi '01
Murat Terzioglu '00 Northfield Mt. Hermon 8
Kazuo Yoshida '00
doubles First Round James Elsworth '01 CRH 7
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Jack Granato '00 Kingswood-Oxford 10
David Marshall '03
doubles Consolation First Round James Elsworth '01 CRH 7
Jeremy Zuidema '02
Matt Dougherty '01 Andover 9
Adam Sklar '01
doubles First Round Sam Epstein '02 CRH 7
Stefan Patrikis '02
Kevin Child '02 St. Paul's 10
Kuba Kabala '00
doubles Consolation Quarterfinal Sam Epstein '02 CRH 5
Stefan Patrikis '02
Murat Terzioglu '00 Northfield Mt. Hermon 8
Kazuo Yoshida '00

To review the complete NEPSITT draws, click here.

Coach's comments: "After a generally damp and dour May, we finally had a spectacular day for tennis. Some late withdrawals from the doubles field enabled Choate to enter all three doubles pairs in the draw. Our play in the tournament was typical of our season: spectacular in places, but occasionally sloppy, too. This event is intended to be a fun day of tennis, however, and it proved to be just that for all involved. Once again, the Hunt Tennis Center proved to be a terrific venue in which to stage such a tournament."

Upshur Moorhead '30 Cup

Date: 25 May through 2 June 2000

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH

To review the All-School Tennis Championship draw, click here.


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