U-M Falls to N.C. State in Final Singles Match
Alex Buzzi

Feb. 2, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Result: North Carolina State 4, Michigan 3
Attendance: 227
Records: U-M (3-2), N.C. State (4-1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 7 -- vs. Texas (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In a back-and-forth match that spanned nearly three hours, the University of Michigan men's tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to North Carolina State on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 2) at the Varsity Tennis Center.

The Wolfpack clinched the dual in the final match on the court, as 50th-ranked Austin Powell defeated junior Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) in three sets (6-2, 3-6, 6-4) at the No. 1 singles position. Trailing 5-1 in the third set, Stefan won three consecutive games -- breaking Powell's serve on two occasions -- to pull within a game at 5-4. But Powell broke Stefan's serve on the next service game, escaping the comeback bid to give North Carolina State the dual-match victory.

Michigan earned ranked singles victories from junior Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep), at the No. 2 and No. 4 positions. Petrone extended his winning streak to four matches with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 triumph over 82nd-ranked Thomas Weigel, while Buzzi notched his second singles dual win of the season with a 6-1, 6-5 (3) decision over 83rd-ranked Nick Horton.

The Maize and Blue posted the first team point of the match, earning the doubles point for the fifth consecutive match with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. The U-M tandem of senior Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and freshman Kevin Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesa) were first off the court, picking up a 6-3 victory over Powell and Beck Bond at the No. 3 spot. After the Wolfpack earned a 6-5 (1) decision at the No .2 spot, the Wolverines' No. 1 duo of Buzzi and senior Barrett Franks (Christchuch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys' School) clinched the doubles point, upsetting North Carolina State's 19th-ranked tandem of Horton and Sean Weber in a tiebreaker, 6-5 (5).

The Wolverines return to action next Friday (Feb. 7), hosting 14th-ranked Texas at the Varsity Tennis Center at 6 p.m.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 50 Austin Powell (N.C. State) d. Vlad Stefan (U-M), 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
No. 2 -- Alex Petrone (U-M) d. No. 82 Thomas Weigel (N.C. State), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
No. 3 -- No. 76 Robbie Mudge (N.C. State) d. Justin Rossi (U-M), 6-3, 6-0
No. 4 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. No. 83 Nick Horton (N.C. State), 6-1, 6-5 (3)
No. 5 -- Sean Weber (N.C. State) d. Barrett Franks (U-M), 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 -- Simon Norenius (N.C. State) d. Michael Zhu (U-M), 6-5 (4), 6-3

No. 1 -- Alex Buzzi/Barrett Franks (U-M) d. No. 19 Sean Weber/Nick Horton (N.C. State), 6-5 (5)
No. 2 -- Robbie Mudge/Ian Dempster (N.C. State) d. Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M), 6-5 (1)
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein/Kevin Wong (U-M) d. Austin Powell/Beck Bond (N.C. State), 6-3

Order of Completion: Doubles 3-2-1, Singles 3-5-4-6-2-1

Contact: Zach Eisendrath (734) 763-4423