Jan. 18, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: Michigan 6, Toledo 1
Records: Michigan (2-0), Toledo (0-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 25 -- at Mississippi - ITA Kick-Off Event (Oxford, Miss.), 10 a.m. CST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Playing its second match of the day, the University of Michigan men's tennis team dominated singles and doubles play en route to a 6-1 victory over Toledo on Saturday night (Jan. 18) at the Varsity Tennis. Earlier in the day, the Wolverines opened up their 2014 dual-match campaign with a 5-2 victory over Western Michigan.
U-M earned the doubles point for second consecutive match, claiming victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Juniors Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) finished first, defeating Toledo's Ryan Jorgensen and Nick Wong, 6-0, at the No. 2 spot. Michigan's No. 3 tandem of Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and Kevin Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesa) followed with a 6-1 victory over Garrett Cona and Roberto Meza to secure the initial point.
The Wolverines took five first sets in singles on the way winning five-of-six matches. Senior Barrett Franks (Christchuch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys' School) made quick work of Jorgensen at the No. 6 position (6-0, 6-2) as the first Wolverine off the court. Junior Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) followed by surrendering just five games in a 6-3, 6-2 win over Stjepan Sisko at the top of the lineup. Moments later, Zhu clinched the match for the Wolverines, notching a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Cona.
Petrone and senior Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) rounded out U-M's singles wins at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions. Petrone defeated Wong, 6-2, 6-3, while Buzzi moved past Meza, 6-2, 6-4.
The Wolverines travel to Oxford, Miss., next weekend to participate in the annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend. U-M squares off against Mississippi at 10 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 25) and will take on either Clemson or Illinois on Sunday (Jan. 26). The regional serves as a four-team tournament, with the winner heading to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 14-17 in Houston, Texas.
The following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- Vlad Stefan (U-M) def. Stjepan Sisko (Toledo), 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 -- Mark Singnil (Toledo) def. Justin Rossi (U-M), 6-5(5), 6-5(5)
No. 3 -- Alex Petrone (U-M) def. Nicky Wong (Toledo), 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) def. Roberto Meza (Toledo), 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 -- Michael Zhu (U-M) def. Garrett Cona (Toledo), 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) def. Ryan Jorgensen (Toledo), 6-0, 6-2
No. 1 -- Alex Buzzi/Barrett Franks (U-M) vs. Mark Singnil/Stjepan Sisko (Toledo), 3-3 DNF
No. 2 -- Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M) def. Ryan Jorgensen/Nicky Wong (Toledo), 6-0
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein/Kevin Wong (U-M) def. Garrett Cona/Roberto Meza (Toledo), 6-1
Order of Completion: Doubles 2-3, Singles 6-1-5-3-4-2
N O T E S
• With tonight's win, U-M now holds a perfect 15-0 record against Toledo in the all-time series between the two squads.
• Junior Vlad Stefanmade his first appearance at the No. 1 singles position for the Maize and Blue.
• Senior Barrett Frankswas the only Wolverine to pick up a pair of singles wins on Saturday, earning a 6-2, 6-5 (4) decision over Western Michigan's Pablo Mora and notching a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Toledo's Ryan Jorgensen.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the team's season-opening day-night doubleheader... "I think it was perfect for us. Just about everyone got to play singles and doubles, and a lot of guys got to play twice. I like the team energy we had and I was impressed with how we came out in doubles today in our second match of the day. It's easier to have a letdown for your second match of the day, but we came out strong in doubles and played with energy."
On having a healthy Vlad Stefan back in the lineup... "Every spot in the lineup is important, but when you are able to put him in the top spot, everyone else can play a notch down. I think Vlad has the type of game that makes him a good candidate to play at the No. 1 or No. 2 positions."
U-M Junior Vlad Stefan
On how he feels after having shoulder surgery this summer ... "Right now my shoulder pretty much feels 100 percent. I don't have any problems with it tonight. I've had the injury for the last two years, so I'm glad I got it over with. It feels good to serve and it is nice not to have any constraints on the court."