Jan. 18, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Result: Michigan 5, Western Michigan 2
Records: U-M (1-0), WMU (1-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 18 -- vs. Toledo (Varsity Tennis Center), 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team claimed the doubles point and won four of six singles matches en route to a 5-2 win over Western Michigan in its dual-match season opener on Saturday morning (Jan. 18) at the Varsity Tennis Center.
The Wolverines began the dual by claiming the doubles point, earning victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. After a quick 6-3 triumph at the No. 2 spot by juniors Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) over the tandem of Michael Treis and Andrew Cahn, Michigan's top pairing of seniors Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla.) and Barrett Franks (Christchuch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') clinched the point with a come-from-behind 6-4 victory, winning five of the final six games to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.
Western Michigan tied the dual at 1-1 after Nadin Indre defeated Petrone, 6-3, 6-3, in the first singles match off the court. Franks put the Wolverines back in front with a 6-2, 6-5 (4) decision at the No. 5 position, but moments later WMU's Jim Beckwith tied the match, 2-2, with a 6-3, 6-3 win at the No. 4 spot.
Redshirt junior Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep),who owned a 4-2 dual-match record last season, secured U-M's third point of the dual, making quick work of Ruben Griner (6-4, 6-4) at the second singles position. With the fate of the dual still undecided, freshman Kevin Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesa) won a three-set match, rallying past Matt Hamilton, 5-6 (7), 6-2, 6-0, to clinch the victory for the Maize and Blue. After dropping the first set in a tiebreaker, Wong -- playing in his first collegiate dual -- won 12 of the next 14 games to close out the match and give U-M its 11th straight season-opening victory.
In the final match off the court, senior Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) fought back from an early deficit to earn a hard-fought victory over Cahn at the No. 3 position. After losing the first set, 3-6, the senior captain won each of the final two sets in tiebreakers (6-5 (4), 6-5 (3)) to give Michigan its fifth point of the match.
The Wolverines return to action this evening, completing the day-night doubleheader by taking on Toledo at 7 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center. Admission to the match is free.
The following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- Nadin Indre (WMU) def. Alex Petrone (U-M), 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) def. Ruben Greiner (WMU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (U-M) def. Andrew Cahn (WMU), 3-6, 6-5 (4), 6-5 (3)
No. 4 -- Jim Beckwith (WMU) def. Alex Buzzi (U-M), 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) def. Pablo Mora (WMU), 6-2, 6-5 (4)
No. 6 -- Kevin Wong (U-M) def. Matt Hamilton (WMU), 5-6(7), 6-2, 6-0
No. 1 -- Alex Buzzi/Barrett Franks (U-M) def. Nadin Indre/Stephen Payne (WMU), 6-4
No. 2 -- Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M) def. Andrew Cahn/Michael Treis (WMU), 6-3
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein/Kevin Wong (U-M) vs. Jim Beckwith/Ruben Greiner (WMU), 5-3 DNF
Order of Completion: Doubles 2-1, Singles 1-5-4-2-6-3
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