Michigan Topples WMU at Home in Dual-Match Opener

Jan. 15, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: Michigan 7, Western Michigan 0
Records: U-M (1-0), Western Michigan (1-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 22 -- vs. Texas (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 25-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team earned a win in its first dual match of the season, shutting down Western Michigan, 7-0, on Saturday evening (Jan. 15) inside the Varsity Tennis Center.

Both teams battled for the doubles point, but Michigan grabbed it by winning the first two matches. Senior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan), the No. 28-ranked doubles team in the nation, had little trouble with Thomas Calderone and Michael Calderone (Western Michigan), winning 8-4. With the score tied 6-6 at No. 2, sophomore Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) and freshman Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) broke serve to take the lead, 7-6, and won the next game to take the match, 8-6, over Kazuya Komada and Zeyad Montasser (Western Michigan) as the Wolverines led 1-0 heading into singles.

U-M then won all six singles matches, some in tough fashion. The clinching win came at No. 6, as freshman Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') held off Brad Noel (Western Michigan), 6-4, 6-4. In addition, both Cha and freshman Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) had to rally in the second sets of their matches, eventually winning in super-tiebreakers.

The Wolverines return to the court next Saturday (Jan. 22), when they host No. 5 Texas at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- Evan King (U-M) d. Michael Calderone (Western Michigan), 7-5, 6-4
No. 2 -- No. 35 Jason Jung (U-M) d. Kazuya Komada (Western Michigan), 6-2, 7-6 (3)
No. 3 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) d. Simon Blomberg (Western Michigan), 3-6, 7-6 (2), (10-3)
No. 4 -- Chris Cha (U-M) d. Pablo Olivarez (Western Michigan), 4-6, 6-2, (15-13)
No. 5 -- Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. Casey Cullen (Western Michigan), 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Brad Noel (Western Michigan), 6-4, 6-4

No. 1 -- No. 28 Evan King/Jason Jung (U-M) d. Thomas Calderone/Michael Calderone (Western Michigan), 8-4
No. 2 -- Shaun Bernstein/Chris Cha (U-M) d. Kazuya Komada/Zeyad Montasser (Western Michigan), 8-6
No. 3 -- Pablo Olivarez/Casey Cullen (Western Michigan) d. Barrett Franks/Justin Rossi (U-M), 8-6

Order of Completion: Doubles 1-2-3, Singles 1-5-6*-2-3-4
* Clinched match


• The match between Michigan and Western Michigan was the 61st in the series. With the win, Michigan leads the all-time series 52-8 (.866).

• Michigan has won eight straight against Western Michigan. Its last loss to the Broncos came on Jan. 18, 2003.

• The Wolverines have won eight straight season openers.

• The win was No. 97 at Michigan for head coach Bruce Berque.

• Three freshmen were in the lineup for Michigan against Western Michigan: Justin Rossi at No. 3, Shaun Bernstein at No. 5 and Barrett Franks at No. 6.

• Attendance was 305.


Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On his team's effort in the match ... "I thought it was a good effort. Western Michigan is always good, competitive and well-coached. They are one of the better teams we have played this season. I thought we fought hard on every one of our matches, including doubles. We've got a young team, but good, competitive efforts on most courts."

On the freshmen ... "Shaun, Justin and Barrett did well competitively. I think the only place we showed youth was in the third doubles match. Shaun won pretty decisively in singles and looked good in doubles. He didn't look nervous or rattled. Justin's opponent was playing well early and he made some good strategical adjustments. That's what he's going to be known for. He's going to be fun to watch through four years, because competitively, he's such a hard worker. Good effort by those guys."

On adjustments that need to be made before hosting Texas ... "We just have to keep getting better during the week. That should help our freshmen and everyone get more comfortable. I think you'll see slow, consistent, and gradual improvement during the season. This is a group that is going to get better every week."

U-M Sophomore Evan King
On his singles match ... "I thought the match went pretty well. He started off serving big, holds a lot through the first set, and I had a couple chances to break. Winning that first set was big for me. The second set was weird. There were a lot of breaks. He was lighting stuff up, so I had to keep being mentally strong and keep fighting for every return point."

On if he was pleased with his match ... "I'm pretty happy. I don't like getting broken a couple times in one set but I returned well. Competitive wise, I thought I did well. That can help my game. I'm now just really pumped up for Texas."

On Texas ... "We already played them, so there is some familiarity there. There's a good chance we play similar people to last week [at Key Biscayne]. We know what to expect and know their tendencies, but they know the same about us. We know what they do in certain situations. Our team is going to be pumped up. Hopefully we can get a good crowd and some quality wins on the court."

U-M Freshman Shaun Bernstein
On his first match ... "It was great. A lot of fun. I thought my intensity and energy level was a good one for myself and for everyone. I'm pretty happy. Just have to keep getting better."

On doubles ... "It definitely took longer than we expected, but we knew that with a good team like Western Michigan, it was a possibility. Our energy had to be high, and I think it was. We just had to find a way to get through it and win the point. We were lucky to get it."

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