Michigan Makes Quick Work of Santa Clara in ITA Kick-Off Opener
Evan King

Jan. 25, 2013

Site: Berkeley, Calif. (Hellman Tennis Complex)
Event: ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Result: #20 Michigan 4, Santa Clara 1
Records: U-M (2-0), Santa Clara (2-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 26 -- vs. California - ITA Kick-Off Weekend (Berkeley, Calif.), 1 p.m. PST

BERKELEY, Calif. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team claimed two doubles matches and won three of the first four singles matches en route to a 4-1 victory over Santa Clara on Friday (Jan. 25) in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, held at Hellman Tennis Complex.

The Maize and Blue earned the doubles point for the second consecutive match after victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan Prep) and junior Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Old Bethpage JFK HS) notched an 8-5 victory over Ilya Osintsev and John Lamble at the top spot. Minutes later, sophomores Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y. (Laurel Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) clinched the point, winning the final three games of the match to secure an 8-6 decision over Eugene Muchynski and Ashot Khacharyan.

The Wolverines transferred the momentum over from doubles into singles, and won matches in straight sets at Nos. 1, 2 and 5 to secure the match. Sophomore Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Osintsev at the No. 2 singles position, increasing Michigan's lead to 2-0. Zhu followed at the No. 5 spot, earning a 6-3, 7-5 decision over Khacharyan.

For the second straight dual, King clinched the Wolverine victory. He picked up his 59th career dual win with a 6-3, 6-4 decision over 65th-ranked Lamble at the top of the singles lineup. King improved to 5-0 in the month of January and is 8-3 overall this season.

The Wolverines will face host No. 14 California on Saturday (Jan. 26) at 1 p.m. PST, with the winner advancing to the prestigious ITA National Team Indoor Championship.

Following are match-by-match results:


No. 1 -- Evan King (U-M) d. No. 65 John Lamble (Santa Clara), 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 -- No. 48 Vlad Stefan (U-M) d. Ilya Osintsev (Santa Clara), 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 -- Alex Petrone vs. Matt Kecki (Santa Clara), 7-6 (3), 5-2 DNF
No. 4 -- Tom Pham (Santa Clara) d. Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 -- Michael Zhu (U-M) d. Ashot Khacharyan (Santa Clara), 6-3, 7-5
No. 6 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) vs. Eugene Muchynski (Santa Clara), 3-6, 6-4, 2-2 DNF


No. 1 -- No. 30 King/Bernstein (U-M) d. Osintsev/Lamble (Santa Clara), 8-5
No. 2 -- Franks/Stefan (U-M) vs. Kecki/Pham (Santa Clara), 7-7 DNF
No. 3 -- Petrone/Zhu (U-M) d. Muchynski/Khacharyan (Santa Clara), 8-6

Order of Completion: Singles 2-5-4-1, Doubles 1-3

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