Coach Goswami on Nichifor:
“Mihai has been a solid performer ever since he joined Columbia. Powerful serves and good ground strokes make him a top Ivy League player.”
Qualified for the main draw of the ITA All-American championships in Tulsa … upset then-No.17 San Diego’s Dean Jackson 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, in the consolation bracket … with doubles partner Kevin Kung, beat Francois Van Impe and David Bendeheim of Nebraska, 8-2 at the UVA Invitational … also won his first round singles match in the A-1 bracket, beating Wake Forest’s David Hopkins, 5-7, 7-6, 7-6 … beat Penn State’s Jason Lee in the first round of the Princeton/Farnsworth Invitational … won four matches at the ITA Regionals to advance to the quarterfinals, including wins over players from Binghamton, Harvard and Yale.
Earned second-team All-Ivy honors in singles, and first-team All-Ivy League honors in doubles, with partner Bogdan Borta … went 16-2 in singles, including a perfect 7-0 in Ivy League matches … went 5-2 in conference doubles matches with Borta … ranked seventh in the Northeast Region by the ITA at the start of the season … won in straight sets at No. 3 singles against Boston College in the ECAC Quarterfinals … won at No. 3 singles in the ECAC Semifinals against Brown, 7-5, 6-1 … won in three sets at No. 3 singles against Harvard in the ECAC Finals … helped Lions clinch at least a share of the title with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Penn’s Adam Schwartz … earned the first singles point in Columbia’s sweep of Princeton to secure Ivy League championship title.
Placed in the “A” flight consolation bracket of the Virginia Invitational, defeated teammate Jon Wong, 6-3, 6-4 ... also defeated fourth-seeded Keziel Juneau of William and Mary in the consolation final ... reached the singles final at the Princeton Invitational, falling to Wong, 6-3, 7-5 ... won the “A” flight singles title at the Columbia Classic, defeating Cornell’s Jon Jaklitsch, 6-4, 6-2 in the championship match.At Manhattan College:
Competed for two years at Manhattan College, earning second team All-MAAC honors each season ... played No. 2 slot behind teammate Bogdan Borta as a freshman, then moved up to No. 1 the following year ... also named to MAAC All-Academic Team. In Romania: Was a three time National Champion of Romania... won a bronze medal in the European Championships in doubles play ... won a gold medal in the Eastern European Championships in both singles and doubles... earned a bronze medal at the Orange Bowl Doubles in the World Junior Championships. Personal:
Parents are Ecaterina and Feodor ... civil engineering major.