Michigan Rallies in Singles to Dominate No. 21 Wake Forest

Feb. 5, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Result: Michigan 6, #21 Wake Forest 1
Records: Michigan (3-2), Wake Forest (1-2)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 11 -- vs. Washington (Varsity Tennis Center), 5 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 23-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team opened up a three-match home stand with a dominant 6-1 victory over No. 21 Wake Forest on Saturday (Feb. 5) inside the Varsity Tennis Center. The Wolverines dropped the doubles point but won on all six singles courts against the Demon Deacons.

The doubles point was a battle between the two squads. Wake Forest struck first at No. 3, breaking serve to take a 7-6 lead and following through in the next game to take the match over the freshman duo of Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep), 8-6. The Wolverines earned a win at No. 1, as sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) and senior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance), the nation's 28th-ranked doubles team, took down Jonathan Wolff and Danny Kreyman (WF), 8-5. The doubles point came down to No. 2, but with the match tied at 5-5, Wake Forest won the next three games to take the match, 8-5, over sophomore Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) and freshman Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep).

Needing to flip momentum back to its side, Michigan jumped out to a quick start in singles. Jung put on a clinic at No. 2, dismantling No. 109 Iain Atkinson (WF), 6-0, 6-1, to tie the team score at 1-1. Freshman Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') followed, beating Zach Leslie (WF) at No. 5, 7-5, 6-3. The Wolverines' third point came after Rossi took down David Hopkins (WF), in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.

King then clinched the match with a come-from-behind win over No. 45 Jonathan Wolff (WF). After being down in the first set, 5-0, and eventually losing it, 6-2, King regained dominated Wolff with identical 6-1 triumphs in the next two sets to win the match and clinch the winning point for Michigan. Bernstein rallied for a victory at No. 3 over Danny Kreyman (WF), winning 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), and Cha defeated Amogh Prabhakar (WF), 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, to give Michigan its final two points and complete the singles sweep.

The Wolverines conclude their home stand next weekend at the Varsity Tennis Center. Michigan will host Washington on Friday (Feb. 11) at 5 p.m. and Vanderbilt on Sunday (Feb. 13) at 2 p.m. The match against Vanderbilt will be televised on tape-delay by the Big Ten Network, airing on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- Evan King (U-M) d. #45 Jonathan Wolff (WF), 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 - #35 Jason Jung (U-M) d. #109 Iain Atkinson (WF), 6-0 6-1
No. 3 - Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. Danny Kreyman (WF), 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5)
No. 4 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) d. David Hopkins (WF), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
No. 5 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Zach Leslie (WF), 7-5, 6-3
No. 6 -- Chris Cha (U-M) d. Amogh Prabhakar (WF), 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

No. 1 -- #28 Jason Jung/Evan King (U-M) d. Jonathan Wolff/Danny Kreyman (WF), 8-5
No. 2 -- Zach Leslie/David Hopkins (WF) d. Chris Cha/Justin Rossi (U-M), 8-5
No. 3 -- Iain Atkinson/Connor Sherwood (WF) d. Shaun Bernstein/Alex Buzzi (U-M), 8-6

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


• Michigan improves to 3-3 (.500) all-time against Wake Forest.

• It was the 99th win at Michigan for head coach Bruce Berque. He will go for career win No. 100 against Washington on Friday (Feb. 11).

• It was the Wolverines' first win over the Demon Deacons since March 1, 2008, when Michigan won 4-3 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Wake Forest won the meeting each of the last two seasons.

The match was Michigan's third straight against an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponent. The Wolverines previously played Duke (L, 7-0) and Virginia Tech (W, 4-2) last weekend at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Durham, N.C.

Michigan altered its lineup for Wake Forest. Bernstein, Rossi and Franks each moved up one spot in singles, while Cha moved down to No. 6. In doubles, Cha teamed up with Rossi, while Bernstein was paired with Buzzi.

• Michigan has dropped the doubles point in each of the last four matches. Over that stretch, it is 2-2 when it loses the doubles point.

• King and Jung each improved to 4-1 in dual matches this season.

• Michigan won all six singles matches for the second time this season. It also shut out Western Michigan in singles in the season opener on Jan. 15.


Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the win over Wake Forest ... "To win 6-1 against a team as good as Wake Forest says a lot about our team and the effort we had tonight. I thought our guys competed hard and played hard on every court. We had a couple lapses of concentration, but for the most part, we played very well in singles. Wake Forest is a good team, and I know they were missing some guys tonight, but I thought our guys really gave a great effort."

On the continued improvements of the freshmen ... "I only got to catch the end of Shaun's match, but I thought it was real high-quality. The last time he was here, he lost against Texas, but played so well last weekend [at Duke, vs. Virginia Tech] that we decided to move him up to No. 3, which isn't easy for a freshmen, playing that high in the lineup. Barrett is playing with a lot of confidence right now. He's a big guy with big weapons, and when he starts to play well, he gets a lot of confidence. The same can be said for Justin and Alex. They are all improving, and all working hard. It's great to see them grow each day."

On doubles struggles ... "We're disappointed. I actually thought we played better and showed some signs of improvement, but you need to win against teams like Wake Forest. Give them credit. Their guys stepped up in doubles. We are making progress there, but there's no margin for error against top-25 teams."

On looking ahead to next weekend ... "We'll have our hands full, certainly. Washington and Vanderbilt are both very good teams. Every match we've had with Vanderbilt has been an absolute war. They are similar to us in that they have some youth, but they are very good squad, as is Washington. We'll need great efforts in both of those matches to come out victorious."

On Chris Madden and when he might make his season debut ... "We think he's real close. He's improved daily. I'd say the last 8-10 days or so he has taken some big steps forward. He actually started playing some points earlier today, and we are hopeful that we can see him next week in some capacity."

U-M Senior Jason Jung
On his singles performance ... "I didn't think I played my best, but I focused on trying to take advantage of his weaknesses, and I thought I was able to do that. He's a great player, so I knew I needed to hit my spots and be precise."

On doubles ... "I thought we played better, but we've definitely still got some spots where we can improve. We don't want to have to battle back in every match for that point. I think lack of experience is part of it, but we're going to work to improve that."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423