Doubles Win Clinches Victory at Hawaii

March 4, 2011

Notes & Quotes

Site: Honolulu, Hawaii (University of Hawaii Tennis Center)
Score: #8 Michigan 4, Hawaii 3
Records: U-M (7-3), Hawaii (2-6)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 11 -- vs. Tulsa (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The eighth-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team concluded its spring break trip with a 4-3 victory at Hawaii on Thursday (March 3) at the University of Hawaii Tennis Center. With the win, Michigan improves to 7-3 on the season and extends it win streak to three, with all three coming on the road.

Due to weather concerns, the singles matches were played first. The Wolverines jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead after a win by sophomore Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) over Dmytro Kovalyov, 6-1, 6-4. Hawaii evened up the score after a win at No. 3 but Michigan freshman Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) put the Wolverines back in front with a victory against Danilo Casanova (Hawaii), 6-4, 6-3.

Hawaii stormed back, however, winning two of the next three matches to take a 3-2 lead. Sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) was the last remaining singles player on the court, but lost the first set to Dennis Lajola, 7-5, and was down 2-0 early in the second set. King regrouped, winning the second and third sets to tie the match at 3-3 and improve to 9-1 in dual matches this season; King leads the team with 16 total singles wins.

The Wolverines went with the same doubles lineup as it did in last Saturday's match against Duke (Feb. 26). Cha and senior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) dominated Daniel Llarenas and David Schuster, 8-2, to inch Michigan one step closer to the team victory. The Wolverines then won the match minutes later, as senior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and freshman Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) took down Leo Rosenberg and Casanova at the No. 1 spot, 8-2. With the doubles win, Jung moves into sole possession of seventh place all-time at Michigan for career doubles victories (81).

Michigan returns to Ann Arbor next Friday (March 11) for a 6 p.m. dual match with Tulsa.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- #27 Evan King (U-M) d. Dennis Lajola (Hawaii), 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 -- Leo Rosenberg (Hawaii) d. #45 Jason Jung (U-M), 7-6 (4), 7-5
No. 3 -- Jeremy Tweedt (Hawaii) d. Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 -- Jonathan Brooklyn (Hawaii) d. Barrett Franks (U-M). 6-1, 7-6 (5)
No. 5 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) d. Danilo Casanova (Hawaii), 6-4, 6-3
No. 6 -- Chris Cha (U-M) d. Dmytro Kovalyov (Hawaii), 6­-1, 6-4

No. 1 -- Jason Jung/Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. Leo Rosenberg/Danilo Casanova (Hawaii), 8-2
No. 2 -- Dennis Lajola/Jonathan Brooklyn (Hawaii) d. Evan King/Barrett Franks (U-M), 8-4
No. 3 -- Chris Cha/Chris Madden (U-M) d. Daniel Llarenas/David Schuster (Hawaii), 8-2

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


• It was Michigan's second all-time meeting with Hawaii. The two teams previously met on March 1, 2007, in Waikoloa, with Michigan winning 4-3.

• It was Michigan's first outdoor dual match of the season.

• Since starting the season 1-2, Michigan has won six of its last seven dual matches.

• The Wolverines' last four wins have all been by the same score (4-3).

• Prior to the match against Hawaii, Michigan had lost the doubles point in eight consecutive contests. The only time the Wolverines won the doubles point was in their season opener with Western Michigan on Jan. 15. Michigan is 2-0 when it wins the doubles point and 5-3 when it loses it.

• Hawaii was ranked No. 74 in the most recent ITA poll, giving Michigan six wins this season against ranked opponents.

• Madden's victory in doubles was his first, in either singles or doubles, victory of the season.

• King has won seven singles matches in a row.

• Through Thursday's match with Hawaii, Michigan is a combined 16-4 at the top two spots of the singles lineup and 20-19 at the other four spots.

• U-M has won three straight matches, with each coming on the road.


Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the match ... "I'm proud of the team again for how they responded after being put in a pretty difficult position. This was our first outdoor match on the road. Hawaii was playing well. Most people probably expected us to win comfortably, but we knew it would be tough. We prepared well and nobody panicked, which I liked. We've had some good success this season because our guys, despite the youth, have shown maturity through preparation and intensity in the way they compete. That will be good for us in the long term. They realize that every match from now we're going to have a target on our backs."

On Evan King ... "I'm especially proud of Evan. He was down a set and a break, but he recognized that he needed to pick it up before we even got to doubles. He did a terrific job and beat a very good player today."

On doubles ... "Our guys did a great job in doubles. It was very unusual. I don't think any of our guys have started where we've had to play the singles matches first. After having lost the eight doubles points and to all of a sudden have to win it in order to win the match against a team that was hungry, we responded really well."

On the outdoor conditions ... "I thought we were pretty good in practice. I didn't see anybody that looked uncomfortable. There's no disputing that these conditions are what Hawaii is used to playing in. We've played in hot weather before. Nobody got tired. It's just a little different. Same dimensions, same rules, but it is different in the way the ball moves through the air and the style of play. This is going to make us a little more comfortable when we get back out there in a few weeks against LSU."

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