Jan. 29, 2011
Site: Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
Event: ITA Kick-Off Weekend (Consolation Round)
Score: #24 Michigan 4, #25 Virginia Tech 2
Records: Michigan (2-2), Virginia Tech (2-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 5 -- vs. Wake Forest (Varsity Tennis Center), 5 p.m.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Behind four wins in singles, the No. 24-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team rallied to defeat No. 25 Virginia Tech, 4-2, on Saturday (Jan. 29), in the consolation match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, held at Duke's Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
Virginia Tech claimed the doubles point after winning matches at Nos. 2 and 3. U-M's No. 1 team of Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan), the No. 28-ranked doubles pair in the nation, recorded the Wolverines' only win with an 8-3 victory over Luka Somen and Corado Tocci (Virginia Tech). Doubles also marked the dual-match debut of freshman Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep), playing alongside fellow freshman Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) at No. 3.
Facing a 1-0 deficit, Michigan needed to win four matches in singles to win the match, and U-M did just that, all in straight sets. Freshman Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) got the ball rolling for the Wolverines and put on a clinic at No. 4, shutting out Corado Tocci (Virginia Tech), 6-0, 6-0. Freshman, Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') followed at No. 6, defeating Lucas Oliviera (Virginia Tech), 6-2, 6-4.
The Hokies grabbed a point back at No. 5 to tie the match at 2-2. Jung had a back-and-forth first set with Patrick Daciek (Virginia Tech) but came back in the second and dominated, winning 7-5, 6-0, and putting the Wolverines in the driver's seat. King finished off Luka Somen (Virginia Tech) minutes later, 6-2, 7-5, to ensure the victory for Michigan.
The Wolverines return to Ann Arbor next Saturday (Feb. 5), when they host Wake Forest at 5 p.m. inside the Varsity Tennis Center.
The following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- Evan King (U-M) d. Luka Somen (Virginia Tech), 6-2, 7-5
No. 2 -- No. 35 Jason Jung (U-M) d. Patrick Daciek (Virginia Tech), 7-5, 6-0
No. 3 -- Pedro Graber (Virginia Tech) v. Justin Rossi (U-M), 4-6, 6-2, 5-2 (Unfinished)
No. 4 -- Shaun Bernstein d. Corado Tocci (Virginia Tech), 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 -- Will Beck (Virginia Tech) d. Chris Cha (U-M), 7-6 (2), 6-4
No. 6 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Lucas Oliviera (Virginia Tech), 6-2, 6-4
No. 1 -- No. 28 Jason Jung/Evan King (U-M) d. Luka Somen/Corado Tocci (Virginia Tech), 8-3
No. 2 -- Will Beck/Pedro Graber (Virginia Tech) d. Shaun Bernstein/Chris Cha (U-M), 8-3
No. 3 -- Patrick Daciek/Sebastien Jacques (Virginia Tech) d. Alex Buzzi/Justin Rossi (U-M), 8-5
Order of Completion: Doubles 1-2-3, Singles 4-6-5-2-1*-3
* Clinched match
N O T E S
Michigan was the third-place team at an ITA Kick-Off Event for the second year in a row. At the Lexington (Ky.) Regional last season, Michigan lost to Kentucky (4-2) and defeated Minnesota (4-2) in the third-place match.
Bernstein and Jung are tied for the team lead in singles wins (11). King is second with 10.
Virginia Tech did not have a ranked singles player or ranked doubles team.
After winning the doubles point in the season opener against Western Michigan on Jan. 15, Michigan has lost the doubles point in each of the last three matches. U-M is 1-2 in those contests.
For the ITA Kick-Off Weekend and at the ITA National Team Indoors Championships, doubles matches in progress when the doubles point is clinched were abandoned.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the match ... "I thought we really played well in singles. Virginia Tech is a good team. We watched their match with Pepperdine yesterday and knew that we would have our hands full today. It's not easy to beat a team like that. We competed well on every court and played well on most courts."
On doubles ... "Doubles is disappointing, obviously. We'll get better there. Evan and Jason played a lot better. We didn't play well or execute well today and they did, give them credit. Our doubles play needs to get better, and we're confident that it will."
On how the team responded after Friday's loss to Duke ... "I think they responded well. This was our first time playing back-to-back matches, which isn't a problem physically, but we came here with the thought of winning two matches and making it to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. To go out and get beat pretty decisively by Duke yesterday was certainly a disappointing loss. We have a lot of freshmen on our team, and to see them respond so well out there today was encouraging. I could tell right away. We were on the court practicing at about 7:30 this morning to get that taste out of our mouth. These guys are all eager to get better. They came out with a lot of energy and a lot of confidence."
On Shaun Bernstein ... "That was impressive. The guy he played in singles is really good, normally plays at the top half of their lineup. We watched him play yesterday, and he won against the kid from Pepperdine. It doesn't surprise me that Shaun bounced back. He's serious about the sport. His win was big for himself, and big for the team. To tie the match so quickly after losing the doubles point really swung momentum back to our side and gave our guys a lot of confidence."
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