Choate Tennis 2002 Match Summaries

CHOATE TENNIS 2002
Boys' Varsity Team Match Summaries

4/3/02 Hopkins School (scrimmage) # 5/6/02 Greens Farms Academy 
4/7/02 Kingswood-Oxford Invitational Tennis Tournament # 5/8/02 Kent School *
4/10/02 Loomis Chaffee School * 5/10/02 Kingswood-Oxford School *
4/13/02 Phillips Exeter Academy 5/11/02 Phillips Academy
4/15/02 Westminster School * 5/15/02 Hotchkiss School *
4/17/02 Northfield Mt. Hermon School 5/18/02 New England Team Championship
4/19/02 Cheshire Academy 5/19/02 Alumni #
4/22/02 Taft School * 5/22/02 Avon Old Farms School *
4/24/02 Trinity-Pawling School * 5/25/02 New England Prep School Invitational #
5/1/02 Brunswick School 5/27/02 Moorhead Cup All-School Championship #
5/4/02 Deerfield Academy

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

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

Date: Wednesday, 3 April 2002

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center/Johnson Athletic Center, CRH campus

Conditions: cool, cloudy, followed by rain (matches moved indoors)

Match Format: 3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 singles pro-sets; advantage scoring throughout; #6 singles abbreviated to conventional set

Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Conor Duffy '03 H 1
Brendan Royston '02
#2 doubles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 8
Mark Goldberg '03
Lenny Kolstad '05 H 5
Alex Zackheim '05
#3 doubles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 8
Kris Paik '02
Brett Herter '03 H 6
Adam Sauertig '04
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 8
Conor Duffy '03 H 4
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 9
Lenny Kolstad '05 H 8(3)
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 8
Brendan Royston '02 H 3
#4 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 8
Alex Zackheim '05 H 6
#5 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 8
Adam Sauertig '04 H 6
#6 singles Kris Paik '02 CRH 6
Brett Herter '03 H 3

Coach's Comments: "This scrimmage was a perfect opportunity to tune up the squad for the upcoming KITT. In light of the inclement weather, we abbreviated the singles matches to pro-sets when we moved indoors, but the contests were hard-fought affairs. The Hopkins team is much improved: a young and talented group that was very capable of testing the Choate boys. I was pleased that our guys competed well at every position, even with two of our players missing from the line-up."

2002 Kingswood-Oxford Invitational Tennis Tournament

Date: Saturday & Sunday, 6 & 7 April 2002

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

Conditions: mild, cool

Match Format: main draw matches are best-of-three-sets; consolation matches are eight-game pro-sets; all with advantage scoring

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

Individual match results:

Flight Round Players Team Scores
#1 singles First Round Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Steve Schumsky '03 Conard H.S. 0 0  
#1 singles Semifinal Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Cameron Waldman '04 Hotchkiss 1 1  
#1 singles Championship Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 6 4 6
David Marshall '03 Kingswood-Oxford 4 6 2
#2 singles First Round Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Jim Sattin '02 Hall H.S. 0 0  
#2 singles Semifinal Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 7 7  
Ross Rosenstein '03 Lawrenceville 6(3) 5  
#2 singles Championship Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Trey Minter '04 Deerfield 0 1  
#3 singles First Round Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 6 6  
Josh Scheinerman '04 Hall H.S. 1 2  
#3 singles Semifinal Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 6 2 5
Stephen Chao '04 Lawrenceville 1 6 7
#3 singles Third Place Playoff Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH  8
Michael Hammond '03 Hotchkiss  2
#4 singles First Round Karl Blunden '04 CRH 6 6  
John West '02 Conard H.S. 0 0  
#4 singles Semifinal Karl Blunden '04 CRH 6 6  
Christopher McCoy '03 Hotchkiss 1 3  
#4 singles Championship Karl Blunden '04 CRH 2 5  
Alex Wheat '02 Deerfield 6 7  
#1 doubles First Round Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Keith Jiminez '02 Hall H.S. 1 0  
Austin Slitt '02
#1 doubles Semifinal Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 3 6
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Charles Benedict '02 Hotchkiss 3 6 1
Cameron Waldman '04
#1 doubles Championship Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
David Marshall '03 Kingswood-Oxford 1 4  
Sam Peelle '03
#2 doubles First Round Julian Baccash '02 CRH 6 6  
Mark Goldberg '03
Will Richards '02 Westminster 1 0  
Matt Wold '02
#2 doubles Semifinal Julian Baccash '02 CRH 6(4) 6 6
Mark Goldberg '03
Doug Weeden '02 Deerfield 7 4 2
Alex Wheat '02
#2 doubles Championship Julian Baccash '02 CRH 7 6  
Mark Goldberg '03
Michael Hammond '03 Hotchkiss 6(2) 4  
Will Pierce '02


Displaying Their Hardware.
From left: Mauricio Osorio '04 (3rd place, #3 singles); Karl Blunden '04 (finalist, #4 singles); co-captain Stefan Patrikis '02 (champion, #2 singles and #1 doubles); co-captain Jeremy Zuidema '02 (champion, #1 singles and #1 doubles); Julian Baccash '02 (champion, #2 doubles); and Mark Goldberg '03 (champion, #2 doubles).

Final Team Results
Place School Points
1. Choate Rosemary Hall 31
2. Deerfield Academy 23
3. Hotchkiss School 17
4. Kingswood-Oxford School 14
5. Lawrenceville School 13
6. Westminster School 7
7. Hall High School 3
8. Conard High School 0


Back-To-Back Team Titles.
Co-captains Patrikis and Zuidema with the team trophy.

Coach's comments: "While the season is still very young and most of our tennis remains ahead of us, the 2002 squad already has realized a major accomplishment, having successfully defended its team title at the KITT. For the second straight year, Choate players and doubles teams won 16 of the 18 matches they contested over the course of the weekend. This time around, though, we fielded six players in the tournament; last year, we sent only our top four.
     "I was especially pleased that we took both doubles crowns, as that has been our primary focus the past couple of weeks and it reflects the emphasis we place on the team aspect of the sport. Our experience this weekend also revealed a few areas in need of improvement. After a much-deserved day of rest, we'll get right back to work, preparing to host our first dual match of the season against the Loomis Chaffee Pelicans this Wednesday."

Choate 4, Loomis Chaffee School 3

Date: Wednesday, 10 April 2002

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH campus

Conditions: sunny, mild

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

Mark Goldberg '03 at the net. [Photo by Mr. Ian Morris.]Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Jeff Lahrmann '04 LC 5
Joe Vasoontara '04
#2 doubles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 8
Mark Goldberg '03
Jon Kastoff '02 LC 4
Alex Overstrom '02
#3 doubles Karl Blunden '04 CRH 4
Mauricio Osorio '04
Max Laverty '03 LC 8
David Nightingale '04
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 4 3  
Joe Vasoontara '04 LC 6 6  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 7  
Jeff Lahrmann '04 LC 4 6(1)  
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 6 6  
Jon Kastoff '02 LC 3 1  
#4 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 2 4  
David Nightingale '04 LC 6 6  
#5 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 6 6  
Alex Overstrom '02 LC 3 4  
#6 singles Kris Paik '02 CRH 7 2 0
Alexey Hartlieb-Shea '02 LC 5 6 6

Coach's Comments: "Our first dual match of the season brought Loomis Chaffee to the Choate campus on a beautiful early spring afternoon. The Pelicans are a much-improved team this year and gave us a good competition up and down the ladder. With Karl Blunden out of action after the doubles (due to injury) and John Oster still on the mend, we unexpectedly had to dip down to our #8 player in order to field six singles competitors. This gave the visitors some opportunities in the lower half of the singles roster and enabled them to convert a couple of points into their win column. And the Loomis #1 played a very impressive match, handing last weekend's KITT champ Jeremy Zuidema his first loss of the young season.
     "Having the doubles point in hand made a world of difference for the Wild Boars, however, as it meant Loomis would need to win at least four singles matches to pull off the upset. That proved to be an elusive task, as the swing point turned out to be #2 singles, wherein Stefan Patrikis rebounded from an 0-4 deficit in the second set to play his best tennis of the day in a one-sided tiebreak that sealed the Choate victory.
     "All credit to the tenacious play of this talented and young LC team for turning this year's contest into a dramatic match. In the meantime, we'll have to raise our games as we prepare to take on a very good Exeter team up in New Hampshire come Saturday."

Choate 1, Phillips Exeter Academy 6

Date: Saturday, 13 April 2002

Venue: Phillips Exeter campus, Exeter, NH

Conditions: mild, mostly cloudy

Format: matches played in NEITA 7-point format (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 #4 singles abbreviated to a tiebreak once team outcome was determined]

Karl Blunden '04 returns serve.Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Abel Osorio '02 PEA 8
Todd Ostrow '02
#2 doubles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 5
Mark Goldberg '03
Will Bennett '03 PEA 8
Duncan Ma '03
#3 doubles Karl Blunden '04 CRH 8
Mauricio Osorio '04
Paul Roberts '02 PEA 4
Alex Wright '02
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 3 2  
Todd Ostrow '02 PEA 6 6  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 5 3  
Abel Osorio '02 PEA 7 6  
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 2 2  
Paul Roberts '02 PEA 6 6  
#4 singles Karl Blunden '04 CRH 5 6 1
Will Bennett '03 PEA 7 4 0(5)
#5 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 2 2  
Duncan Ma '03 PEA 6 6  
#6 singles John Oster '03 CRH 1 0  
Chris Stevens '02 PEA 6 6  
#7 singles Kris Paik '02 CRH 4 3  
Robert Katz '04 PEA 6 6  

Coach's Comments: "As was the case two years ago, a long day of travel and tennis ended as the weary Wild Boars returned to Wallingford after 10 p.m. having been thoroughly bested by a strong Exeter team. The Exonians were eager to avenge their 4-3 loss to Choate in 2001 and clearly were up for this match. We competed very well in the doubles, winning at #3 and losing narrowly in the top two slots. Most observers expected hard-fought singles contests would follow, but that was not to be.
     "The Choate players seemed strangely flat following the doubles; no doubt a lot of that was due to the skilled play of the opposition. Our captains fought gamely at the top of the roster, falling in straight sets, but pushing their opponents all the way. We managed to take but one of the six singles points, even though we had expected to be competitive from #3 on down. Our boys at the bottom of the ladder simply got crushed. Kudos are in order for Karl Blunden, though: a winner in singles and doubles today, he salvaged some pride for the visiting squad.
     "Keeping up a recent tradition, after the match we had a team dinner and then stopped by Hampton Beach on the way home, sampling the fried dough and braving the frigid Atlantic Ocean in this seacoast New Hampshire resort town.
     "For the third consecutive outing now we have faced scrimmage and dual match opponents at less than full strength. It's likely Mark Goldberg's presence today--he was away for an important family function--would have helped the Wild Boars snare the doubles point. But even with our full line-up in place, we may not have been able to take the necessary singles points to win this match against Exeter. But it's academic: the better team won today.
     "At any rate, this loss will keep us motivated as we look ahead to a week with three showdowns looming: Westminster, NMH, and Cheshire Academy."

Choate 6, Westminster School 1

Date: Monday, 15 April 2002

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH campus

Conditions: mild, warm

Format: matches played in NEITA 7-point format (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point); additional matches played [note: third set in #2 singles abbreviated to a tiebreak once team outcome was determined]

Captain Stefan Patrikis '02 in rally mode.Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Mac Ackerman '04 W 4
Trip Wellde '02
#2 doubles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 8
Mark Goldberg '03
Kevin Briggs '05 W 4
Matt Wold '03
#3 doubles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 8
Mauricio Osorio '04
Sam Nichols '02 W 3
Will Richards '02
#4 doubles John Oster '03 CRH 8
Kris Paik '02
Matt Salzburg '04 W 2
Brett Willis '04
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Trip Wellde '02 W 2 3  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 4 0(5)
Mac Ackerman '04 W 4 6 1
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 6 6  
Matt Salzburg '04 W 0 1  
#4 singles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 6 6  
Kevin Briggs '05 W 3 3  
#5 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 6 6  
Matt Wold '03 W 4 4  
#6 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 6 6  
Brett Willis '04 W 3 1  
#7 singles John Oster '03 CRH 4 1  
Will Richards '02 W 6 6  
#8 singles Kris Paik '02 CRH 6 6  
Sam Nichols '02 W 0 0  

Coach's Comments: "Founders League rival Westminster fielded a relatively young team that was talented enough to push us in places. The Choate boys set the right tone by winning the doubles contests convincingly and rode that momentum through the singles play. Among the top six matches, only #2 was up for grabs, as the Martlet player took the tiebreak played in lieu of the third set once the home team had established an insurmountable 6-0 lead.
     "Next up for us: we'll be hoping for warm weather as we take on the Hoggers just a couple of miles south of the Vermont border."

Choate 6, Northfield Mt. Hermon School 1

Date: Wednesday, 17 April 2002

Venue: Mt. Hermon campus, Northfield, MA

Conditions: partly cloudy, very warm

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

Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Naoto Hirayama '02 NMH 1
Willie Thwaites '04
#2 doubles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 8
Mark Goldberg '03
Ryan Barcome '05 NMH 1
Ian Behr '03
#3 doubles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 8
Mauricio Osorio '04
Will Henderson '03 NMH 3
Pote Jarupanich '04
#4 doubles John Oster '03 CRH 8
Kris Paik '02
William Kennedy '02 NMH 1
Paul Sapene '02
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Willie Thwaites '04 NMH 0 1  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 4 6
Naoto Hirayama '02 NMH 2 6 0
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 6 6  
Ryan Barcome '05 NMH 0 0  
#4 singles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 6 6  
Ian Behr '03 NMH 3 2  
#5 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 6 6  
Will Henderson '03 NMH 2 4  
#6 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 2 4  
Ed Wichiencharoen '05 NMH 6 6  
#7 singles John Oster '03 CRH 6 6  
Pote Jarupanich '04 NMH 3 1  
#8 singles Kris Paik '02 CRH 6 6  
Michael Salkinder '02 NMH 2 3  

Coach's Comments: "We put together some solid tennis against the Hoggers on an unseasonably warm day. The Choate players dominated the doubles action and then took five of the six singles matches. For the most part, our boys were firing on all cylinders today."

Choate 3, Cheshire Academy 4

Date: Friday, 19 April 2002

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH campus

Conditions: warm, overcast

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

Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 3
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Tyler Deming '02 CA 8
Josh Tabackman '02
#2 doubles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 7
Mark Goldberg '03
Arthur Hainline '05 CA 9
Christian Malerba '04
#3 doubles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 8
Mauricio Osorio '04
Andrew Black '03 CA 2
Regis Villedrouin '02
#4 doubles John Oster '03 CRH 8
Kris Paik '02
Andrew Halsey '04 CA 3
Doug Wayne '04
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 4 1  
Josh Tabackman '02 CA 6 6  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 2 3  
Tyler Deming '02 CA 6 6  
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 6 6  
Christian Malerba '04 CA 4 4  
#4 singles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 6 6  
Regis Villedrouin '02 CA 2 4  
#5 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 6 4 3
Arthur Hainline '05 CA 3 6 6
#6 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 6 6  
Andrew Black '03 CA 3 0  
#7 singles Kris Paik '02 CRH 6 6  
Andrew Halsey '04 CA 1 2  
#8 singles David Hendrickson '03 CRH 6
Doug Wayne '04 CA 0

Choate 7, Taft School 0

Date: Monday, 22 April 2002

Venue: indoor courts, Taft campus, Watertown, CT

Conditions: rain (matches played indoors)

Format: matches played in NEITA 7-point format (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point); additional matches played [note: #5 and #6 singles abbreviated to pro-sets once team result was determined; #7 singles abbreviated to one set]

Julian Baccash '02 uncorks a forehand.Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Chris Carlson '04 T 2
Alex Ginman '03
#2 doubles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 8
Mark Goldberg '03
Tarik Adil '04 T 5
Cooper Wardell '03
#3 doubles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 8
Mauricio Osorio '04
Nick Fisser '02 T 3
Angus Littlejohn '03
#4 doubles John Oster '03 CRH 8
Kris Paik '02
Khanh Do Ba '02 T 4
Mike Idy '02
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Alex Ginman '03 T 2 3  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Mike Idy '02 T 2 0  
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 7 6  
Tarik Adil '04 T 6(2) 3  
#4 singles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 6 6  
Angus Littlejohn '03 T 3 0  
#5 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 8
Cooper Wardell '03 T 1
#6 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 9
Chris Carlson '04 T 8(6)
#7 singles John Oster '03 CRH 6
Nick Fisser '02 T 0

Coach's Comments: "Our match against Taft was a thoroughly pleasant afternoon. The rain forced us indoors onto four relatively fast courts. The Rhinos were welcoming hosts and offered spirited competition in an altogether friendly atmosphere. The behavior was exemplary all around. While the Tafties had ample athleticism at their disposal, it's fair to say that Choate fielded the more experienced squad, as the above results suggest. There was some drama in a tight first set at #3 singles as Mauricio Osorio and Tarik Adil slugged it out from the baseline in some very impressive rallies. And the #6 singles match was quite competitive: Julian Baccash saved a match point in the tiebreak with an on-the-run forehand passing shot winner and clinched a victory two points later.
     "We'll have met the first half of the League after our encounter with T-P this Wednesday."

Choate 7, Trinity-Pawling School 0

Date: Wednesday, 24 April 2002

Venue: Trinity-Pawling campus, Pawling, NY

Conditions: sunny, mild

Format: matches played in NEITA 7-point format (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point); additional matches played [note: #8 singles abbreviated to one set once team result was determined]

Mark Goldberg '03 watches as partner Karl Blunden '04 volleys in a #2 doubles match.Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Andrew Lee '02 TPS 3
Feodor Lukic '02
#2 doubles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 8
Mark Goldberg '03
John Crawford '02 TPS 1
Ed Forker '02
#3 doubles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 8
Mauricio Osorio '04
Chris DeNicola '04 TPS 0
Dan Fox '03
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Feodor Lukic '02 TPS 1 1  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Andrew Lee '02 TPS 2 0  
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 6 6  
Ed Forker '02 TPS 1 1  
#4 singles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 6 6  
Nick Guidi '03 TPS 0 0  
#5 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 6 6  
Mike Montesano '03 TPS 1 2  
#6 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 6 6  
Bizbee Wardman '04 TPS 0 0  
#7 singles Kris Paik '02 CRH 6 6  
John Crawford '02 TPS 0 0  
#8 singles John Oster '03 CRH 6
Dan Fox '03 TPS 3

Coach's Comments: "The Wild Boars played as though they had a plane to catch, dispatching their hosts quite quickly on a pleasant afternoon just across the New York State border. As if to make up for his keeping us at Taft an extra forty minutes two days before, Julian Baccash did not drop a game in either singles or doubles--an amazing feat for someone who forgot to bring his tennis shoes to the match! The team capped the trip with a much-anticipated dinner at The Red Rooster drive-in on Route 22 in Brewster.
     "We now head into our Spring Long Weekend halfway down the road to a successful defense of our Founders League title. The month of May will bring matches against the remainder of the League and our biggest rivals, so I hope the boys return to campus refreshed and ready to step it up a notch."

Choate 4, Brunswick School 3

Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2002

Venue: Brunswick School's Edwards campus, Greenwich, CT

Conditions: mild, partly sunny

Format: matches played in NEITA 7-point format (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point); additional matches played [note: third set in #3 singles was abbreviated to a tiebreak as available light was limited; #7 and #8 singles played as one-set matches]

Mark Goldberg '03 starting a point. [Photo by Mr. Ian Morris.]Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 2
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Will Broadbent '02 B 8
Peter Brosens '04
#2 doubles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 4
Mark Goldberg '03
Breck Bailey '02 B 8
Andrew Small '04
#3 doubles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 8
Mauricio Osorio '04
Aaron Duffy '02 B 1
Matt Vascellaro '03
#4 doubles John Oster '03 CRH 8
Kris Paik '02
  B 3
 
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 2 2  
Peter Brosens '04 B 6 6  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 2 6 7
Will Broadbent '02 B 6 4 5
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 6(2) 7 0(6)
Breck Bailey '02 B 7 5 1
#4 singles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 4 7 6
Andrew Small '04 B 6 6(2) 2
#5 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 6 6  
Steve Perlis '03 B 1 2  
#6 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 6 6  
Will Jeffries '05 B 3 2  
#7 singles John Oster '03 CRH 6
Dylan Aldrich '05 B 3
#8 singles Kris Paik '02 CRH 6
Dylan Aldrich '05 B 4

Coach's Comments: "This was a tighter match than we expected and the best Brunswick has played against us in some years. We competed on the Bruins' brand new courts right on the Connecticut/New York border (and unfortunately adjacent to an airport, which meant a lot of helicopter and airplane traffic and the unpleasant aroma of jet fuel wafting our way). Things got off to a slow start for us, as we dropped the top two doubles contests decisively.
     "Having lost the doubles point, we needed at least four of the top six singles in order to post a win. Jeremy Zuidema was outgunned at #1, as a skilled young opponent exacted revenge for his loss to the Choate co-captain a year before. At the other end of the ladder, Mark Goldberg and Julian Baccash coasted at #5 and #6, respectively. With the team result knotted at 2-all, the outcome hinged on the heart of the line-up: #2, #3, and #4 singles. The Wild Boars dropped first sets in all three tilts, but then rallied to win close second sets in each one. Karl Blunden struck first blood, winning a 6-2 third set at #4. The visitors needed just one of the remaining two. Both Stefan Patrikis and Mauricio Osorio were battling tenacious retrievers--human backboards who put nearly every ball back in play. This put the pressure squarely on the shoulders of our guys, as their play principally would dictate the result of their matches one way or the other. With daylight dwindling, both coaches agreed to convert the third set of the #3 match into a tiebreak. The Brunswick player managed to eke out an 8-6 win in that 'breaker after some spectacular rallies. The team score then was 3-all. All eyes turned to the #2 singles. Co-captain Patrikis built an early lead in his third set, only to see it evaporate due to some jitters on his part and some impressive scrambling from his opponent. The nerves were strung like piano wires on both sides of the net (and at courtside as well) as the Bruin saved multiple match points on serve in the 4-5 game to tie the set at 5-all. In the end, however, Stefan was just aggressive enough to penetrate with some winners and elicit a few errors and convert the victory on his fifth match point of the day. By the time this battle in the gloaming was concluded, it was nearly 8 p.m.
     "On the way home, the squad was treated to a home-cooked meal at the Goldberg residence in Westport and enjoyed the feast amidst an almost palpable feeling of relief to have nailed down the win in such dramatic fashion. Our gratitude to the Goldbergs for their hospitality.
     "Next up for the team: a trip to the Emerald City and a much-anticipated showdown with arch-rival Deerfield this weekend."

Choate 5, Deerfield Academy 2

Date: Saturday, 4 May 2002

Venue: hard courts, Deerfield campus, Deerfield, MA

Conditions: sunny, mild

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

Karl Blunden '04 hitting a forehand drive.Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Brooks Hopple '03 DA 3
Alex LaPorte '03
#2 doubles Karl Blunden '04 CRH 3
Mark Goldberg '03
Trey Minter '04 DA 8
Doug Weeden '02
#3 doubles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 9
Mauricio Osorio '04
Ben Daly '03 DA 7
Brooks Lyons '02
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Alex LaPorte '03 DA 1 1  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 7 6  
Trey Minter '04 DA 6(4) 1  
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 1 6(8)  
Doug Weeden '02 DA 6 7  
#4 singles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 6 4 6
Brooks Lyons '02 DA 3 6 1
#5 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 2 4  
Brooks Hopple '03 DA 6 6  
#6 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 6 6  
Ben Daly '03 DA 4 3  

Coach's Comments: "This was a satisfying win over our arch-rival Deerfield. The afternoon was beautiful and our hosts offered wonderful hospitality and fine sportsmanship. The overall atmosphere was conducive to some impressive tennis, as Deerfield's Parents Weekend brought to campus a knowledgeable and considerate crowd of spectators to enjoy the play. It's been a few years since Choate defeated the Big Green in boys' varsity tennis in a dual match so our boys were clearly 'up' for this contest. The showdown was worthy of the rivalry, as the D.A. courts featured lots of hard-fought matches.
     "In the opening round, Choate cruised at #1 doubles but stumbled badly in the #2 pairs, losing the final six games of the pro-set. The critical doubles point was snared in a very tight 9-7 win for us at #3. This swing point allowed the Wild Boars a bit more margin for error in the singles, as we only would need three of the six tilts to clinch the win. Jeremy Zuidema played as well as he ever has in a 6-1, 6-1 dismantling of his counterpart, a performance in which he showcased precision serving, a groundstroke barrage, and deft hands at net. His fellow captain Stefan Patrikis fought his way through a close first set before coasting in the second. Though our #5 Mark Goldberg fell to his opponent, Julian Baccash was a winner in straight sets at #6, which enabled Choate to nail down the win. Immediately on the heels of Julian's victory, Karl Blunden successfully completed his three-set encounter to ratchet the team score to a 5-1 Choate advantage. Mauricio Osorio's was the last match on court and he battled gamely, very nearly taking the second set before his Deerfield opponent converted his tenth (!) match point in winning a thrilling tiebreak by a 10-8 margin.
     "While we are understandably pleased to have knocked off an undefeated Deerfield squad, we can hardly afford to rest on our laurels now. Next week will be the busiest of the season for us, as there are no fewer than four matches on tap; fortunately, three of them are at home. If we can ride the momentum of today's fine play into the next few outings, we'll be in good shape come tournament time."

Choate 3, Greens Farms Academy 4

Date: Monday, 6 May 2002

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH campus

Conditions: mild, partly sunny

Format: matches played in NEITA 7-point format (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point); additional matches played [note: third set in #8 singles was abbreviated to a tiebreak once team result was determined]

Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Chris Innes '03 GFA 4
Marshall Wheeler '03
#2 doubles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 6
Stefan Patrikis '02 (C)
Chris Piasecki '04 GFA 8
Grant Picarillo '03
#3 doubles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 8
Mauricio Osorio '04
Jon Glenndinning '05 GFA 4
Alan Weitzer '02
#4 doubles Matt Novick '04 CRH 7
Kris Paik '02
Matt Garofalo '05 GFA 9
Joakim Steinbeck '04
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 3 3  
Marshall Wheeler '03 GFA 6 6  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Chris Innes '03 GFA 3 2  
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 0 0 ret.
Joakim Steinbeck '04 GFA 6 1  
#4 singles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 3 0  
Chris Piasecki '04 GFA 6 6  
#5 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 1 0  
Grant Picarillo '03 GFA 6 6  
#6 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 6 6  
Jon Glenndinning '05 GFA 3 4  
#7 singles Kris Paik '02 CRH 6 7  
Alan Weitzer '02 GFA 0 5  
#8 singles Dhruv Singh '04 CRH 4 6 1
Matt Garofalo '05 GFA 6 3 0(3)

Coach's Comments: "Our match with this undefeated Greens Farms squad was a good one in most ways. We split the twelve matches we played right down the middle, though the visitors edged us among the scoring nine. We started play experimenting with new doubles pairs at #1 and #2. Both tandems performed pretty solidly: Choate dominated against a strong #1 team from GFA and, other than getting broken in the first game of the pro-set, our #2s played evenly with their opponents all the way through. Elsewhere, our #3 combination of Baccash and Osorio cruised as expected."
     "We fought hard in the singles, but came up a match short of what we needed for the victory. The Greens Farms boys are as deep and talented a lot as we've seen this season and played some very fine singles matches. Stefan Patrikis and Julian Baccash posted straight set wins for the home team at #2 and #6, respectively. Jeremy Zuidema lost a battle at #1 to a strong opponent. Karl Blunden dropped a singles match for only the second time this season, playing without his usual focus and patience. Mark Goldberg was dominated by a player who reported after the match that it was the best he had ever played. The swing point likely would have been at #3 singles, wherein we experienced a bit of bad luck as Mauricio turned an ankle right at the beginning of the match; he struggled through one set, hopping around on one foot much of the time, but the demands of his baseline game and the steadiness of his opponent were such that he was forced to retire due to injury. Them's the breaks!
     "We're off to Kent on Wednesday to play the first of back-to-back League matches.
"

Choate 7, Kent School 0

Date: Wednesday, 8 May 2002

Venue: clay courts (#5 and #6 singles played on hard courts indoors), Kent campus, Kent, CT

Conditions: sunny, mild

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

Mauricio Osorio '04 serving.Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Greg Rogan '03 K 0
John Walsh '02
#2 doubles Karl Blunden '04 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02 (C)
Eric Mason '03 K 6
Justin Nunez '03
#3 doubles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 8
Mauricio Osorio '04
Carson Soturo '02 K 2
Eric Turri '03
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Greg Rogan '03 K 2 0  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
John Walsh '02 K 0 0  
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 6 6  
Eric Mason '03 K 1 1  
#4 singles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 6 6  
Carson Soturo '02 K 1 0  
#5 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 6 6  
Eric Turri '03 K 2 4  
#6 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 6 6  
Justin Nunez '03 K 1 2  

Coach's Comments: "The boys chalked up another League victory--their 20th consecutive--in dispatching Kent on a beautiful early May afternoon. The setting was perfect: red clay courts against a backdrop of green lawns and tree-covered mountains. The Kent folks were wonderful hosts, making our visit enjoyable in every way. The Choate players are equally comfortable on slow clay courts and fast indoor surfaces, and we made the most of our sole outing this season on the dirt.
     "We have another League match on Friday, when we host Kingswood-Oxford, and then will see Andover here on Saturday."

Choate 5, Kingswood-Oxford School 2

Date: Friday, 10 May 2002

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH campus

Conditions: mild, partly sunny

Format: matches played in NEITA 7-point format (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point); additional matches played [note: #2 and #4 doubles abandoned once doubles point was determined]

Karl Blunden '04 serving. [Photo by Mr. Ian Morris.]Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
David Marshall '03 KO 3
Sam Peelle '03
#2 doubles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 5
Stefan Patrikis '02 (C)
Matt Grabala '03 KO 2
Anil Magge '03
#3 doubles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 8
Kris Paik '02
Christian Hyde '02 KO 2
Bob Kastoff '04
#4 doubles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 3
John Oster '03
Zack Hyde '04 KO 2
Damon Owlia '05
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 1 0  
David Marshall '03 KO 6 6  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 1 1  
Matt Grabala '03 KO 6 6  
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 6 6  
Christian Hyde '02 KO 1 0  
#4 singles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 6 6  
Sam Peelle '03 KO 1 0  
#5 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 6 6  
Anil Magge '03 KO 4 3  
#6 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 6 6  
Damon Owlia '05 KO 4 4  
#7 singles John Oster '03 CRH 6 6  
Zack Hyde '04 KO 0 1  
#8 singles Kris Paik '02 CRH 6 6  
Uri Seiur '03 KO 1 1  

Coach's Comments: "Nearing the end of a long week--one with four matches--the boys' bones are a bit weary, but we executed well enough to post a convincing win against a young Wyverns team. Choate dominated the doubles play, establishing critical momentum heading into the singles competition. Our new teams at the #1 and #2 positions have gelled nicely.
     "At the top of the singles ladder, both of our co-captains were clearly off form today, but their opponents played very well in snaring two points for the visiting squad. At #1, K-O's David Marshall was particularly effective, avenging his early-season loss to Jeremy Zuidema in the KITT final. Fortunately for Choate, the rest of the matches all fell our way in straight sets."

Choate 4, Phillips Academy 3

Date: Saturday, 11 May 2002

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH campus

Conditions: mild, partly sunny

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

Jeremy Zuidema '02 about to finish a point against Andover while #1 doubles partner Mark Goldberg '03 looks on. [Photo by Mr. Ian Morris.]Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 9
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Greg Chang '02 PA 7
Tyler Mixter '02
#2 doubles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02 (C)
Marc Asch '05 PA 2
Russell Dykema '04
#3 doubles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 8
Kris Paik '02
Simon Hawkins '03 PA 4
Joe Musumeci '03
#4 doubles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 8
John Oster '03
Sam Takvorian '02 PA 0
Johnny Whallon '02
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 6 0 1
Greg Chang '02 PA 4 6 6
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 5 3  
Marc Asch '05 PA 7 6  
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 7 6  
Joe Musumeci '03 PA 6(7) 2  
#4 singles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 6 6  
Tyler Mixter '02 PA 3 4  
#5 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 4 6 6
Johnny Whallon '02 PA 6 0 1
#6 singles Julian Baccash '02 CRH 4 1  
Sam Takvorian '02 PA 6 6  
#7 singles John Oster '03 CRH 4 6 4
Russell Dykema '04 PA 6 0 6
#8 singles Kris Paik '02 CRH 4 6 7
Simon Hawkins '03 PA 6 3 6(5)

Coach's Comments: "Though Phillips Academy arrived at the Hunt Tennis Center with a modest 5-5 prep school record in hand, we knew this team would be scrappy and hungry for a victory. Sure enough, the visitors were tenacious, particularly in the singles play. They also were a classy group, distinguishing themselves by flawless comportment as well as fine play. (I should note that the Andover varsity was the first tennis team I coached and a squad I am always pleased to see do well--except, of course, when Choate is on the other side of the net!)
     "In retrospect, the Wild Boars' clean sweep of the doubles turned out to be valuable indeed, as Choate and Andover split the singles contests between them. (Our realignment of the top two pairs a week ago has proved to be a smart move in keeping our doubles play sharp.) The highlight of the day was a spectacular rally at match point in the #1 doubles, wherein both teams repeatedly were forced from the net by a series of effective lobs before Messrs. Goldberg and Zuidema finally punctuated the point with a putaway smash to win the pro-set, 9-7.
     "The P.A. squad took the #1 and #2 singles in a pair of hard-fought matches and also grabbed a point at #6, wherein Julian Baccash's patience was on walkabout today. But the home team proved to be too strong in the heart of the ladder. Though they were pushed hard, Mauricio Osorio and Karl Blunden posted straight-set wins and Mark Goldberg overcame a sluggish start to dominate the final two sets of his match and--for the second year in a row--break a 3-all tie in the Andover/Choate team scoring in our favor. It was an enjoyable team match on another beautiful day: great tennis played in the spirit of friendly competition--just the sort of contest a coach hopes for at this point in the season."

Choate 4, Hotchkiss School 2

Date: Wednesday, 15 May 2002

Venue: indoor courts (#4-#7 singles played outdoors), Hotchkiss campus, Lakeville, CT

Conditions: sunny, very windy

Format: matches played in NEITA 7-point format (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point); additional match played [note: #2 singles abandoned once team result was determined]

Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Charles Benedict '02 H 5
Cameron Waldman '04
#2 doubles Karl Blunden '04 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02 (C)
Michael Hammond '03 H 3
Will Pierce '02
#3 doubles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 8
Kris Paik '02
Patrick Cacchio '02 H 2
Chris McCoy '03
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Cameron Waldman '04 H 2 2  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 5 6 0
Charles Benedict '02 H 7 1 2
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 3 6(4)  
Michael Hammond '03 H 6 7  
#4 singles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 6 6  
Chris McCoy '03 H 2 4  
#5 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 6 7  
Michael Rapetti '02 H 4 6(3)  
#6 singles John Oster '03 CRH 2 3  
Will Pierce '02 H 6 6  
#7 singles Kris Paik '02 CRH 6 6  
Patrick Cacchio '02 H 1 1  

Coach's Comments: "Our match with Hotchkiss proved to be competitive, as expected. Even in years when one team is clearly stronger than the other, these Choate/Hotchkiss showdowns nearly always develop into hard-fought affairs. No other school has ever claimed the League championship in boys' tennis, so it's not hard for us to summon motivation for this opponent.
     "The doubles and the top three singles matches were moved indoors in order to avoid the gusts of wind blowing balls all over the court. We started the way we had hoped to, with a clean sweep of the doubles. The singles points were up for grabs, however: Hotchkiss won at #3 and #6, but straight-set wins for Choate at #1, #4, and #5 nailed down the team victory. (The #2 singles was abandoned at the beginning of the third set once we clinched.) The varsity win was matched by successful efforts by Choate's JV and thirds teams, completing a clean sweep of Hotchkiss in boys' tennis.
     "
While understandably pleased to have won our League championship, we now must turn our focus to the New England team tournament this weekend. While questions of seeding and the draws aren't yet resolved, we do know we will be playing at home on Saturday. The field will consist of the eight Class 'A' teams with the strongest records this season, so the competition is guaranteed to be be tough. We've stumbled in the opening round of this event the last three years, so we will be eager to get that monkey off our backs and see how far we can advance against the best teams in New England. Win or lose, it should be fun!"

New England Team Championships

Class "A" quarterfinal match:
Choate 4,
Hotchkiss School
0

Date: Saturday, 15 May 2002

Venue: Rosenthal Tennis Courts, Johnson Athletic Center, CRH campus

Conditions: rain (play moved indoors)

Format: matches played in NEITA 7-point format (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point); [note: #4 singles abandoned and #5 and #6 singles never started once team result was determined]

Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Charles Benedict '02 H 3
Cameron Waldman '04
#2 doubles Karl Blunden '04 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02 (C)
Michael Hammond '03 H 0
Will Pierce '02
#3 doubles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 8
Kris Paik '02
Chris McCoy '03 H 1
Will Pierce '02
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Cameron Waldman '04 H 2 3  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Charles Benedict '02 H 1 2  
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 6 6  
Michael Hammond '03 H 0 2  
#4 singles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 1    
Chris McCoy '03 H 2    

Coach's Comments: "Scheduled to play Hotchkiss for the second time in four days, we were a little nervous that this solid team from Lakeville would be fired up to avenge its loss at our hands on Wednesday. It's often a tall order to play such a team right after we beat them. And in the three years since the Team Championships event was created, we had yet to prove that we could get past the opening round of the tournament, having lost 4-3 heartbreakers each time. The forecast of showers through the early part of the day meant we would compete indoors on the three fast courts of our Johnson Athletic Center.
     "Happily for us, Choate never let the Bearcats in the match, winning all three doubles in commanding fashion and securing the first three singles matches played in straight sets. It was especially gratifying to see Stefan Patrikis and Mauricio Osorio dismantle opponents who had given them so much trouble earlier in the week. This was one of the toughest performances of our season and we'll hope to replicate it this afternoon against either Cheshire or Milton, whose quarterfinal match is scheduled to follow ours here at Choate.
"

Class "A" semifinal match:
Choate 0, Milton
Academy
4

Date: Saturday, 15 May 2002

Venue: Rosenthal Tennis Courts, Johnson Athletic Center, CRH campus

Conditions: rain (play moved indoors)

Format: matches played in NEITA 7-point format (3 doubles pro-sets followed by 6 best-of-three-sets singles matches; advantage scoring throughout; doubles collectively worth one point); [note: #4 singles abandoned and #5 and #6 singles never started once team result was determined]

Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 4
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Dennis Reardon '03 M 8
Ned Samuelson '04
#2 doubles Karl Blunden '04 CRH 5
Stefan Patrikis '02 (C)
Ted Mabrey '03 M 8
Alex White '05
#3 doubles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 8
Kris Paik '02
Rohit Gupta '03 M 2
Armeen Poor '04
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 2 0  
Ned Samuelson '04 M 6 6  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 0 0  
Ted Mabrey '03 M 6 6  
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 4 1  
Dennis Reardon '03 M 6 6  
#4 singles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 1    
Alex White '05 M 2    

Coach's Comments: "We anticipated Milton would field the stronger players in the top half of the singles ladder, but we liked our chances in the bottom half. Assuming we could split the singles points down the middle, capturing the doubles point would be the key to the victory. As expected, Milton's top players were too tough at #1 doubles and Choate overwhelmed the Mustangs' pair at #3. Unfortunately, the swing #2 doubles escaped our grasp, as our boys went down by the margin of only one service break. Since the rules dictate we must play singles from the top down when there are fewer than six courts, we were outgunned at #1, #2, and #3 singles and dropped those matches in straight sets. Milton thus locked up the win, making what would likely have been a close match look like a blowout."

Choate 6, Avon Old Farms School 1

Date: Wednesday, 22 May 2002

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH campus

Conditions: sunny, mild

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

Individual Match Results:

Position Players Team Scores
#1 doubles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 8
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Tyler Conant '03 AOF 3
Jon Hoak '03
#2 doubles Karl Blunden '04 CRH 8
Stefan Patrikis '02 (C)
Rupen Ghatak '02 AOF 1
Matt Jones '04
#3 doubles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 8
Kris Paik '02
Matt Foley '02 AOF 4
Adam Geiger '02
#1 singles Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C) CRH 0 5  
Jon Hoak '03 AOF 6 7  
#2 singles Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Tyler Conant '03 AOF 1 3  
#3 singles Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 6 6  
Matt Jones '04 AOF 2 0  
#4 singles S. Karl Blunden '04 CRH 6 6  
Rupen Ghatak '02 AOF 2 0  
#5 singles Mark Goldberg '03 CRH 6 6  
Matt Foley '02 AOF 1 3  
#6 singles John Oster '03 CRH 6 6  
Adam Geiger '02 AOF 3 1  
#7 singles Kris Paik '02 CRH 6 6  
Sam Schindler '04 AOF 2 2  

Coach's Comments: "A gorgeous spring day was a fitting backdrop for our final match of the regular season. We made the most of it, dispatching the Avon Old Farms team quickly. Our strong doubles play once again set the tone for the afternoon. Other than a loss at #1 singles to a talented--and undefeated--player, the boys posted convincing wins up and down the roster.
     "Still ahead of us is the New England Invitational, which will be played at home this weekend. In the meantime, the guys will be duking it out for bragging rights in the Upshur Moorhead Cup, our All-School Tennis Championship."

2002 New England Prep School Invitational Tennis Tournament

Date: Saturday, 25 May 2002

Venue: Hunt Tennis Center, CRH campus

Conditions: mild, sunny

Match Format: main draw matches are 10-game sets in the first two rounds and best-of-three-sets in the semifinals and finals; consolation matches are eight-game sets; all played with advantage scoring

Complete draws and tournament results: click here for detailed results

Stefan Patrikis '02 in action at the 2002 NEPSITT.Individual match highlights:

Flight Round Players Team Scores
singles First Round,
Main Draw
Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 1
Scott Robbin '02 Moses Brown School 10
singles First Round,
Consolation
Mauricio Osorio '04 CRH 4
Greg Maloomian '03 Noble and Greenough School 8
doubles Quarterfinal Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 10
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Ransom Cook '04 Thayer Academy 2
Jack Greeley '02
doubles Semifinal Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Kevin Child '02 St. Paul's School 2 0  
William Evarts '02
doubles Championship Stefan Patrikis '02 (C) CRH 6 6  
Jeremy Zuidema '02 (C)
Karl Blunden '03 CRH 3 2  
Mark Goldberg '03
doubles First Round Karl Blunden '04 CRH 10
Mark Goldberg '03
Simon Hawkins '03 Phillips Academy 6
Joe Musumeci '03
doubles Quarterfinal Karl Blunden '04 CRH 10
Mark Goldberg '03
Will Schantz '02 Salisbury School 7
Hubbard White '03
doubles Semifinal Karl Blunden '04 CRH 6 6  
Mark Goldberg '03
Russell Corey '02 St. Paul's School 3 4  
Adrian Gaty '03
doubles Championship Karl Blunden '04 CRH 3 2  
Mark Goldberg '03
Stefan Patrikis '02 CRH 6 6  
Jeremy Zuidema '02

 Coach's Comments: "The Wild Boars finished their 2002 campaign in style, dominating the doubles competition in the New England Prep School Invitational. Top seeds Stefan Patrikis and Jeremy Zuidema crafted a nice pair of bookends to their season in winning both the Kingswood-Oxford Invitational #1 doubles draw at the beginning of the spring and the New England doubles crown this weekend. The senior co-captains defeated their own teammates, Karl Blunden '04 and Mark Goldberg '03, in the final. After beating an Andover tandem in the first round, the Choate underclassmen upended the second-seeded team from Salisbury in the second round by a 10-7 margin, rebounding from a 1-5 deficit in the process. The road to an all-Choate doubles final went straight through Concord, New Hampshire, as both Wild Boars pairs had to defeat duos from a strong St. Paul's squad in the semifinal round: the Patrikis/Zuidema combination handled third seeds Kevin Child and William Evart, 6-2, 6-0, in the top half of the draw, while Blunden and Goldberg had a tougher time with Russell Cory and Adrian Gaty, eventually winning 6-3, 6-4. The Choate sixth formers--in fine form throughout the event--were too tough in the championship round, posting a 6-3, 6-2 victory.
     "This was a wonderful outing for the Blue and Gold. Jeremy and Stefan have contributed so much to Choate Tennis the past few years and this win was a terrific cap to two fine careers. It was fitting that they won together. And Mark and Karl gained some valuable experience competing under tournament conditions, as did Maurico Osorio, who played in the singles draw. I am particularly proud that our squad distinguished itself by its doubles play, as that has been an important focal point for our program this season.
     "We topped off a perfect day of tennis with a hearty feast at the Patrikis residence and are grateful for the tremendous hospitality."


Choate Doubles Dominates.
From left: NEPSITT champs Jeremy Zuidema '02 and Stefan Patrikis '02 with finalists Mark Goldberg '03 and Karl Blunden '04.

Upshur Moorhead '30 Cup

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