Michigan Blanked by No. 14 Duke at ITA Kick-Off Weekend

Jan. 28, 2011

Site: Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Event: ITA Kick-Off Weekend (Day 1 of 2)
Score: #14 Duke 7, #24 Michigan 0
Records: Michigan (1-2), Duke (4-0)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 29 -- vs. Virginia Tech - ITA Kick-Off Consolation (Durham, N.C.), 2 p.m.

DURHAM, N.C. -- The No. 24-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team lost to No. 14 Duke, 7-0, on Friday (Jan. 28) in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.

The Blue Devils won the match's doubles point with wins at Nos. 1 and 3. The match at No. 2 featuring freshman Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and sophomore Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) was abandoned after Duke clinched the doubles point. Bernstein and Cha were trailing Jared Pinsky and Fred Saba (Duke), 8-7, when the point was won.

Duke transferred the momentum over from doubles into singles, and won matches in straight sets at Nos. 3, 5 and 6 to clinch the match. Bernstein had a chance to give Michigan a point, winning the first set over Fred Saba (Duke), and was leading 4-3 in the second set. However, Saba won the final three games in that set and won the super tiebreaker to give Duke its fifth point. Duke closed out the match with wins at Nos. 1 and 2, as U-M sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) and senior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) both lost to top-10 opponents.

The Wolverines move on to the consolation round tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 29), playing No. 25 Virginia Tech at 2 p.m.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 9 Henrique Cunha (Duke) d. Evan King (U-M), 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 -- No. 5 Reid Carleton (Duke) d. No. 35 Jason Jung (U-M), 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 -- No. 118 Chris Mengel (Duke) d. Justin Rossi (U-M), 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 -- Fred Saba (Duke) d. Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
No. 5 -- Jared Pinsky (Duke) d. Chris Cha (U-M), 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 -- Luke Marchese (Duke) d. Barrett Franks (U-M), 6-1, 6-2

No. 1 -- No. 12 Henrique Cunha/Reid Carleton (Duke) d. No. 28 Jason Jung/Evan King (U-M), 8-4
No. 2 -- Jared Pinsky/Fred Saba (Duke) v. Shaun Bernstein/Chris Cha (U-M) - Abandoned
No. 3 -- David Holland/Chris Mengel (Duke) d. Barrett Franks/Justin Rossi (U-M), 8-3

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


• It was Michigan's first road dual match of the season.

• Michigan drops to 2-7 all-time in dual matches against Duke. The two teams will meet again for a dual match on Feb. 26, also in Durham.

• For the ITA Kick-Off Weekend and at the ITA National Team Indoors Championships, doubles matches in progress when the doubles point is clinched will be abandoned.

• The singles lineup remained the same with the exception of Bernstien and Cha, who were swapped in the singles lineup. Bernstein played at No. 5 in Michigan's first two dual meets, but moved up to No. 4 against Duke. Cha was at No. 5 today.

• The last time Michigan was shut out in a dual match was April 20, 2008, at Ohio State.

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