Jan. 8, 2010
Site: Key Biscayne, Fla. (Tennis Center at Crandon Park)
Event: Key Biscayne Individuals (Day 1 of 3)
Scoring: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Match: Saturday Jan. 9 -- at Key Biscayne Individuals - Day Two (Key Biscayne, Fla.), 10 a.m.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The No. 33-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team returned to the court for the first time since early November on Friday (Jan. 8), as it squared off against student-athletes from Denver (singles and doubles) and No. 29 LSU (doubles) during the first day of the Key Biscayne Individuals at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. The Wolverines earned six wins total (four singles, two doubles) against Denver to highlight the first day. The event, which runs through Sunday (Jan. 10), also features No. 8 Texas, and is individually scored (no team scoring).
Michigan began the morning with singles matches against the University of Denver. Junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance), who came in ranked No. 50 in the newest ITA poll released Tuesday, had to fend off a late surge from Yannick Weihs in the second set but got Michigan off on the right foot with a victory, 6-1, 7-6 (4). Freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Laurel Springs Prep) followed suit with a strong finish against David Simson, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.
U-M's two seniors looked equally impressive. After dropping the first set tiebreaker to Fabio Biasion, senior Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J../Laurel Springs Prep) regained momentum with wins in the second and third sets to score his sixth singles victory of the season. Senior and Florida native George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) encountered little resistance from Jens Vorkefeld, winning 6-2, 6-4.
The Wolverines also managed to score two doubles victories over Denver. Jung and King defeated Simson and Andrew Landwerlen, 8-5, while Sroczynski and Navas took down Weihs and Vorkefeld, 8-4. Due to threats of inclement weather tomorrow, Michigan and LSU got a second dose of doubles action, as both sides agreed to play their slate of doubles matches Friday afternoon. The Tigers took all three matches.
Play will pick up tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 9) at 10 a.m., as Michigan competes against Texas in singles.
DAY ONE RESULTS (Friday, Jan. 8)
Jason Jung (U-M) def. Yannick Weihs (DEN) -- 6-1, 7-6 (4)
Evan King (U-M) def. David Simson (DEN) -- 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
Mike Sroczynski (U-M) def. Fabio Biasion (DEN) -- 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4
George Navas (U-M) def. Jens Vorkefeld (DEN) -- 6-2, 6-4
Enej Bonin (DEN) def. Chris Cha (U-M) -- 6-2, 6-4
Varun Gunaseelen (DEN) def. Duncan Muil (U-M) -- 6-3, 6-4
Jason Jung/Evan King (U-M) def. David Simson/Andrew Landwerlen (DEN) -- 8-5
Mike Sroczynski/George Navas (U-M) def. Yannick Weihs/Jens Vorkefeld (DEN) -- 8-4
Aaron Wicker/Varun Gunaseelen (DEN) def. Chris Cha/Duncan Muil (U-M) -- 8-5
Neal Skupski/Stefan Szacinski (LSU) def. Jason Jung/Evan King (U-M) -- 8-6
Sebastian Carlsson/Julien Gauthier (LSU) def. Mike Sroczynski/George Navas (U-M) -- 9-7
Cody Loup/Mark Bowtell (LSU) def. Chris Cha/Duncan Muil (U-M) -- 8-6
N O T E S
It was the Wolverines' first competition since wrapping up Big Ten Individuals back on Nov. 2. Jung competed at the ITA National Indoor Tournament Nov. 5-6.
It was the second event Michigan has played this season that there was no team scores calculated. The other was the Napa Valley Invitational to open the season (Sept. 18-20).
The four U-M student-athletes that won in singles on Friday against Denver also won in doubles (Jung, King, Navas, Sroczynski).
In the new ITA rankings released Tuesday (Jan. 5), Michigan was ranked No. 33 as a team. Jung and King both appeared in the singles poll, ranked No. 50 and No. 73, respectively.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On his team's performance Friday (the first match action in nearly two months) ... "I thought we put a great effort out there today. We certainly competed very hard, but we're pretty disappointed in the way we ended play (against LSU in doubles). I thought we could have played with more intensity during that stretch, but overall, I'm reasonably pleased with how we looked."
On the new ITA rankings ... "It's good that we are there, certainly. I think everybody here feels like we are better and we are eager to prove that."
On the play of his upperclassmen Friday (Jung, Navas, Sroczynski) ... "Jason played well and looked real sharp at the beginning of his singles match. He has clearly made improvements since last year and had a terrific fall season. He's made adjustments to his game and we've seen him keep a lot of balls in play. I was very pleased with Mike and George today, as well. They turned in some great performances out there and really played well."