Michigan Falls Short at Home against Vanderbilt

Feb. 13, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Result: Vanderbilt 5, #22 Michigan 2
Records: Michigan (4-3), Vanderbilt (6-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 19 -- at Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.), 1 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Despite wins at the top of the singles lineup and a doubles victory by sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) and senior captain Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance), the No. 22-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team lost to No. 44 Vanderbilt, 5-2, on Sunday (Feb. 13) inside the Varsity Tennis Center. The match was produced by the Big Ten Network and will be shown on tape-delay two weeks from today (Sunday, Feb. 27) at 10 a.m.

After Vanderbilt won at No. 2 doubles, Michigan's No. 1 pair of Jung and King, the nation's No. 28-ranked tandem, took down Adam Baker and Ryan Lipman, 8-3.

The point came down to No. 3, but sophomore Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) and freshman Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) fell short in a tiebreaker. With the breaker tied at 2-2, the Vanderbilt pair of Bryant Salcedo and Alex DiValerio won four straight points to take a 6-2 lead. Cha and Bernstein answered, winning the next five to suddenly take a 7-6 lead. The two pairs went back and forth until Vanderbilt broke Michigan in the 24th point, taking a 13-12 lead, and served out in the next point to take the match and corral a 1-0 lead over the Wolverines.

Vanderbilt carried its momentum over into singles, winning at Nos. 4 and 6 for a 3-0 lead, coming within one point of clinching the victory. The Wolverines got one back at No. 2, with Jung taking down Baker, 7-6 (3), 6-2, to cut the Vanderbilt lead to 3-1. The Commodores then won the match at No. 3, as Charlie Jones knocked off Bernstein, 6-3, 6-4.

Michigan split the other two matches. Freshman Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') lost in a three-set tiebreaker, but the Wolverines ended the evening on a high note with a win at No.1 by King. The Wolverines' super sophomore beat Ryan Lipman, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 1-0 (10-8). With the win, King moves to 6-1 on the season in singles, the last three over ranked opponents. In addition to beating Lipman (No. 43), King beat Jonathan Wolff of Wake Forest (No. 45) and No. 93 Jeevan Neduncheezeyan of Washington (No. 93).

Michigan returns to the court next Saturday (Feb. 19), taking on Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The match will begin at 1 p.m.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- Evan King (U-M) d. #43 Ryan Lipman (Vandy), 7-6 (3), 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
No. 2 -- #35 Jason Jung (U-M) d. Adam Baker (Vandy), 7-6 (3), 6-2
No. 3 -- Charlie Jones (Vandy) d. Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 -- Blake Bazarnik (Vandy) d. Justin Rossi (U-M), 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 -- Bryant Salcedo (Vandy) d. Barrett Franks (U-M), 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (0)
No. 6 -- Alex Zotov (Vandy) d. Chris Cha (U-M), 7-6 (4), 6-4

No. 1 -- #28 Evan King/Jason Jung (U-M) d. Ryan Lipman/Adam Baker (Vandy), 8-3
No. 2 -- Charlie Jones/Alex Zotov (Vandy) d. Justin Rossi/Chris Madden (U-M), 8-4
No. 3 -- Bryant Salcedo/Alex DiValerio (Vandy) d. Shaun Bernstein/Chris Cha (U-M), 9-8 (12)

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


• Michigan falls to 5-3 all-time against Vanderbilt. It also snapped a two-match win streak against the Commodores and three-match win streak overall.

• Michigan lost the doubles point for the sixth straight match, not having won it since the season opener against Western Michigan on Jan. 15.

• It was Michigan's fifth straight match against a ranked opponent. The Wolverines are 3-3 in matches against ranked opponents.

• King also avenged an early season loss to Lipman on Sunday. The two met in the first round of the ITA National Indoor Championships in November, with Lipman, then ranked No. 20, beating King, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.


Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the match ... "Credit to Vanderbilt. They are a good team and they did a great job out there today. We knew it was going to be a battle going in, but we just couldn't get it done. I thought we competed hard and played hard, like we have in every match this season, and played with class. We'll get better and we'll learn from this."

On the match being televised ... "It gave us a great opportunity to showcase our program, and one of the most unique aspects of it, the Varsity Tennis Center. We've got great support for this program, and it was really electrifying during doubles. I thought our guys represented this program and the University of Michigan very well."

On doubles ... "We're getting closer and closer to winning that doubles point. We had a few opportunities to do that tonight. We have some youth playing out there, but it was certainly good to get Chris Madden back in that lineup. We might make some tweaks with our lineup before playing Notre Dame, who is a very good doubles team in their own right. Our guys have big goals and they are rising to the challenge. The next step is to start winning them, and I feel that we will."

On the play by Evan King and Jason Jung ... "Jason had a bad night against Washington the other night, and needed to step up. In some ways, it was good for our team to get a win with our leader down. He played well; he played consistent and played smart. As far as Evan goes, it's pretty difficult to maintain your focus out there when the team result has already been decided, but he showed a ton of pride out there. He just loves this team. He wouldn't quit."

U-M Senior Jason Jung
On playing on TV ... "It was pretty cool. I think everyone was pretty hyped up about it. It was our first experience being on TV. College tennis doesn't get much of it. That said, I don't think we lost our focus. We just didn't do enough to win against a great team like Vanderbilt."

On the match's turning point ... "I think the doubles point today was crucial. It's something we haven't won in a while, but if we would have won it, I think it would have put more pressure on their guys. At the end of the day it's just one point, but there's no question it would have helped us out today."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423