Jan. 9, 2011
Site: Key Biscayne, Fla. (Tennis Center at Crandon Park)
Event: Key Biscayne Individuals
U-M Team Standing: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 15 -- vs. Western Michigan (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The No. 25-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team concluded play at the Key Biscayne Individuals on Sunday (Jan. 9) -- the Wolverines' first competition since early November -- at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. Over the course of the three-day event, which did not use team scoring, the Wolverines competed against players from No. 5 Texas, No. 40 Denver and No. 45 LSU.
Sophomores Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) and Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) led the way for the Wolverines over the weekend, with each winning two singles matches and two doubles matches. Overall, Michigan players won nine singles matches and five doubles matches for the weekend. Every Michigan player won at least one singles or one doubles match this weekend.
On Friday (Jan. 7), Michigan won five singles matches against Denver and three doubles matches against LSU. The Wolverines were shut out in singles against Texas on Saturday (Jan. 8) but did manage to get two wins in doubles against Denver. Then, on Sunday, Michigan bounced back with four wins in singles against LSU but came up short in doubles against Texas.
The Wolverines open the dual match season at home next Saturday (Jan. 15), as they welcome Western Michigan to the Varsity Tennis Center. The match will begin at 6 p.m.
N O T E S
No team scoring was used at the Key Biscayne Individuals. Players from all four teams played each other over the course of the three-day event.
Michigan has dual matches this season against both Texas, on Jan. 22, and LSU, on March 17.
All four teams were also at the event last season.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On his players' performances throughout the weekend ... "We had some great weather and the tournament really served its purpose. It got us back in competitive mode and gave our players the opportunity to play singles and doubles against really high-level competition. We're back in the mindset. For the coaches, it was a good opportunity to see where they are at with their games because we have to make lineup decisions and also know what to focus on in practice. Everything went according to plan."
On the matches against Texas ... "Obviously, that was the biggest disappointment of the weekend. They are a great team, and we couldn't win those close matches. They were the better team and we've clearly got some work to do to get there. I think the players saw that they aren't where they want to be yet in terms of the level of our team as compared to a top-five or top-10 team like Texas. We are disappointed with the result, but against a team like that, we can't afford to have anything less than a great effort."
On what he learned about the team ... "We have a pretty good level of talent on this team. It's a young group, but every one of them has a very high level of passion for tennis and eagerness to learn. It's a fun group to coach. They're hungry to get better. We're going to be a team that will be a lot better in a month than we are right now. Everyone is really looking forward to the dual-match season."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423