Wolverines Take No. 21 Texas to Brink in Road Loss
Barrett Franks

March 9, 2013

Site: Austin, Texas (Edgar O. and Melanie A. Weller Tennis Center)
Score: #21 Texas 4, No. 30 Michigan 3
Records: U-M (4-6), Texas (9-3)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, March 14 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 6 p.m. \

AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team went down to a final-match tiebreaker at No. 21 Texas on Saturday evening (March 9) before dropping a 4-3 decision inside the Edgar O. and Melanie A. Weller Tennis Center. The Wolverines won the doubles point and two of the first four singles matches to take a 3-2 lead, but the Longhorns claimed both of the remaining matches to clinch the victory.

Michigan earned the doubles point for the seventh time this season, jumping out to an early 1-0 advantage with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Juniors Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Old Bethpage JFK HS) and Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') earned an 8-3 victory over Jacoby Lewis and Nick Naumann, before sophomores Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) clinched the point for the Maize and Blue, winning the final three games of the match to secure an 8-6 decision over Ben Chen and Daniel Whitehead.

Texas evened the dual at 1-1 with a win at No. 4 singles, but senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan HS) came through with a win over 50th-ranked Soren Hess-Olesen to put the Wolverines back in front, 2-1. King -- listed at No. 16 in the latest ITA National Singles Rankings -- won nine of the final 10 games to extend his winning streak to 13 matches and improve to 10-0 in dual competition.

The Longhorns tied the match at 2-2 with a victory at No. 6, but Franks shifted the advantage back in the Wolverines' favor with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Naumann at No. 5. Moments later, Texas' Lloyd Glasspool kept Texas in contention by knocking off Petrone, 7-5, 6-3.

In the last match on the court, 80th-ranked Daniel Whitehead edged out sophomore 67th-ranked Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) in three sets at No. 3, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3). Stefan jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the final set, but Whitehead fought back to send the set to a tiebreaker. Whitehead won the breaker, 7-3, to clinch the team victory for the Longhorns.

Due to rain, the match was delayed one hour and moved indoors to the Edgar O. and Melanie A. Weller Tennis Center. The dual marked the first match Texas has ever played at the new Weller Tennis Center, located on the grounds of the UT Golf Club in West Austin.

Michigan is back in action on Thursday (March 14), traveling to East Lansing to take on Michigan State in the team's Big Ten opener inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 16 Evan King (U-M) d. No. 50 Soren Hess-Olesen (Texas), 6-4, 6-1
No. 2 -- Lloyd Glasspool (Texas) d. Alex Petrone (U-M), 7-5, 6-3
No. 3 -- No. 80 Daniel Whitehead (Texas) d. No. 67 Vlad Stefan (U-M), 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(3)
No. 4 -- Sudanwa Sitaram (Texas) d. Michael Zhu (U-M), 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Nick Naumann (Texas), 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
No. 6 -- David Holiner (Texas) d. Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 6-4, 6-4

No. 1 -- No. 30 Evan King/Alex Buzzi (U-M) vs. No. 11 David Holiner/Chris Camillone (Texas), 7-5 DNF
No. 2 -- Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M) d. Ben Chen/Daniel Whitehead (Texas), 8-6
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein/Barrett Franks d. Jacoby Lewis/Nick Naumann (Texas), 8-3

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

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