Bernstein's Rally Moves Maize & Blue Past No. 23 Notre Dame

Feb. 19, 2011

Notes & Quotes

Site: South Bend, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
Result: Michigan 4, #23 Notre Dame 3
Records: U-M (5-3), Notre Dame (6-4)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 26 -- at Duke (Durham, N.C.), 1 p.m.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team got back in the win column on Saturday (Feb. 19), taking down No. 23 Notre Dame, 4-3, at the Irish's Eck Tennis Pavilion. Freshman Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) clinched the winning point for the Wolverines with a come-from-behind win at No. 3.

Notre Dame won the doubles point by grabbing victories at Nos. 2 and 3. The Wolverines' top team of sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) and senior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) won their match over Tyler Davis and Stephen Havens, 8-3, but the point had already been decided.

Michigan came out on fire to start singles, quickly grabbing wins at the top two spots of the lineup. King, who entered the singles rankings this week at No. 48, took down a ranked opponent for the fourth straight match, defeating No. 77 Casey Watt , 6-2, 6-1. Moments later, Jung gave Michigan a 2-1 lead with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Havens. Freshman Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') won at No. 5 over Davis, 6-4, 6-4, to put Michigan ahead, 3-1.

Notre Dame fought back, however, grabbing the next two points from victories at Nos. 4 and 6, to tie the match at 3-3. Bernstein won the first set in a tough tiebreaker over Daniel Stahl, and was well into the second set after Notre Dame tied the score. Bernstein was actually down 4-2 to Stahl in the second set but rallied to win the next four games and seal the match for Michigan, winning 7-6 (8), 6-4.

The Wolverines return the court next Saturday (Feb. 26), when they face Duke in Durham, N.C. The match will begin at 1 p.m. The two teams previously met back on Jan. 28 in the opening round of ITA Kick-Off Weekend, also in Durham, with Duke winning, 7-0.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- #48 Evan King (U-M) d. #77 Casey Watt (ND), 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 -- #53 Jason Jung (U-M) d. Stephen Havens (ND), 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. Daniel Stahl (ND), 7-6 (8), 6-4
No. 4 -- Greg Andrews (ND) d. Justin Rossi (U-M), 6-4, 7-5
No. 5 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Tyler Davis (ND), 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 -- Niall Fitzgerald (ND) d. Chris Cha (U-M), 6-4, 7-5

No. 1 -- #39 Jason Jung/Evan King (U-M) d. Tyler Davis/Stephen Havens (ND), 8-3
No. 2 -- #51 Niall Fitzgerald/Spencer Talmadge (ND) d. Chris Madden/Barrett Franks (U-M), 8-5
No. 3 -- Greg Andrews/Casey Watt (ND) d. Shaun Bernstein/Chris Cha (U-M), 8-6

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


• Michigan improves to 44-28 all-time against Notre Dame.

• It was Michigan's third straight win over Notre Dame.

• Michigan has defeated four top-25 opponents in its last four wins (No. 25 Virginia Tech, No. 21 Washington, No. 23 Wake Forest, No. 23 Notre Dame). Its only loss during that stretch was to Vanderbilt -- listed No. 44 -- last Sunday (Feb. 13).

• With their singles wins, King, Jung and Bernstein are all tied for the team lead (14). King is now 7-1 in dual matches, with Jung at 6-2 and Bernstein at 5-3.

• Michigan lost the doubles point for the seventh straight match, not having won it since the season opener against Western Michigan on Jan. 15. The Wolverines are 4-3 in matches in which they do not win the doubles point.

• The only lineup change from the previous match was pairing Franks with senior Chris Madden at No. 2 doubles. Madden previously played with freshman Justin Rossi at that spot.

• The Wolverines also won 4-3 last year over Notre Dame. Madden clinched the winning point at No. 5.

• Madden was scheduled to play at No. 5 singles but was scratched before play began. Franks moved up one spot to No. 5 and sophomore Chris Cha was inserted at No. 6.


Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On beating Notre Dame and the continued road schedule ... "Well, it certainly doesn't get any easier. This is a nice one to get. Now we go back to Duke, where we lost pretty decisively last time. This win gives us some confidence heading into that match. Even since we lost to Texas and Duke in back-to-back matches, our team has beaten several top-25 teams. I'm pretty impressed with the way our guys played today."

On the play from Jason Jung and Evan King at the top of the lineup ... "They are starting to do what we were hoping for them to do. That's a lot to ask for with this schedule. They are a couple of really good players, and are playing well right now. They've gotten off to a great start, and its translating in doubles, as well."

On the play of Shaun Bernstein under pressure ... "I'm really, really impressed, and not just with what's he's doing playing at No. 3 with the kind of schedule that we have. That's impressive enough on its own. But to win more than his fair share at that spot, and to win under pressure like he's been doing is very impressive for a freshman. He played a senior today, Daniel Stahl for Notre Dame, who's been ranked most of his playing career. Even when he was down a break in the second set, he was surprisingly relaxed and comfortable. For a freshman to do that is pretty special. I'm really proud of him and happy for him. He works as hard as anyone."

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