Wolverines Pull Off Sunday Upset of No. 18 Vanderbilt
Shaun Bernstein

Feb. 23, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: Michigan 5, #18 Vanderbilt 2
Records: Michigan (5-4), Vanderbilt (8-2)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 28 -- vs. Michigan State (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 33-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team earned a 5-2 upset victory over No. 18 Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 23) at the Varsity Tennis Center. After winning the doubles point, the Wolverines won four of six singles matches to secure the dual.

Senior Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) clinched the victory for the Maize and Blue, delivering a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over 82nd-ranked Rhys Johnson at the No. 3 singles position.

U-M began the day by winning the doubles point for the seventh time in nine dual matches, courtesy of wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. After the Commodores picked up an 8-4 win at the top of the lineup, the U-M tandem of Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) evened things up with an 8-4 victory over Jeffrey Offerdahl and Anton Kovrigin at the No. 3 position.

Shortly thereafter, the Wolverines' No. 2 duo of Bernstein and freshman Kevin Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesa) clinched the doubles point, notching an 8-6 come-from-behind win over Ryan Smith and Rhys Johnson. Down two breaks and trailing 5-3, Bernstein and Wong won five of the final six games to secure the match. Bernstein and Wong, ranked 55th in the latest ITA Men's Doubles Rankings, have won all six of their doubles matches to start the dual-match season and own a 9-1 overall record.

Transitioning to singles play, Michigan quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a 7-5, 6-3 win by Franks over Offerdahl at the No. 6 position. Minutes later, Vanderbilt posted a victory at the No. 2 spot, but Buzzi responded with a 7-6 (2), 6-4 decision over Kovrigin at the fifth singles spot to put U-M ahead, 3-1.

The Commodores cut Michigan's lead to 3-2 by registering their second point of the dual with a win at the top of the singles lineup, but the Wolverines won the final two matches on court to wrap up their second ranked victory of the weekend. After Bernstein clinched the match, junior Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) picked up his third dual victory of the season by knocking off Kris Yee (2-6, 6-3, 6-4) at the fourth singles position in the final match on the court.

The Wolverines are back in action on Friday (Feb. 28), hosting rival Michigan State at 6 p.m. in the team's Big Ten opener at the Varsity Tennis Center. Admission is free.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- Ryan Lipman (Vanderbilt) d. Alex Petrone (U-M), 5-7, 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 -- No. 10 Gonzales Austin (Vanderbilt) d. Vlad Stefan (U-M), 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. No. 82 Rhys Johnson (Vanderbilt), 7-6 (5), 6-4
No. 4 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) d. Kris Yee (Vanderbilt), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Anton Kovrigin (Vanderbilt), 7-6 (2), 6-4
No. 6 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Jeffrey Offerdahl (Vanderbilt), 7-5, 6-3

No. 1 -- No. 6 Ryan Lipman/Gonzales Austin (Vanderbilt) d. No. 13 Alex Buzzi/Barrett Franks (U-M), 8-4
No. 2 -- Shaun Bernstein/Kevin Wong (U-M) d. Ryan Smith/Rhys Johnson (Vanderbilt), 8-6
No. 3 -- Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M) d. Jeffrey Offerdahl/Anton Kovrigin (Vanderbilt), 8-4

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