Michigan's Three-Match Win Streak Ended by Tulsa

March 11, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: Tulsa 4, #12 Michigan 3
Records: Michigan (7-4), Tulsa (11-4)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, March 17 -- at LSU (Baton Rouge, La.), 1 p.m. CDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 12-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team returned home for the first time in one month but had its three-match win streak end, falling to Tulsa, 4-3, on Friday (March 11) at the Varsity Tennis Center.

Michigan won the doubles point for the second straight match -- and third time this season -- to start off the contest. Freshman Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and sophomore Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) beat Grant Ive and Alastair Barnes (Tulsa), 8-5, before Tulsa picked up a win at No. 2, bringing the point down to the No. 1 match. Sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) and senior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) reunited after playing the last two matches apart to defeat No. 22 Ashley Watling and Clifford Marsland (Tulsa), 8-5. King and Jung, the nation's No. 11 doubles team, grabbed the momentum after breaking the Tulsa pair to go up, 5-4, a lead they did not rescind.

Tulsa quickly seized momentum in singles, winning at Nos. 3 and 4 to take a 2-1 lead. King then tied the match up with another win at No. 1 -- his eighth in a row and sixth over a ranked opponent in that stretch -- beating No. 53 Marcelo Arevalo (Tulsa), 7-5, 6-4, after being down 4-2 in the second set.

After the tie, Tulsa won the next two matches at Nos. 2 and 6 to take the match. Jung lost to No. 117 Ashley Watling (Tulsa), 7-6 (5), 6-2, at No. 2 despite battling leg cramps throughout most of the second set, while Madden could not complete the comeback against Tristan Jackson (Tulsa), who was inserted at the last second to the Golden Hurricane lineup. Madden was down 5-2 in the third set and was battling an injury of his own, withstanding three match points to force another game, but was broken in the final game, sealing the win for Tulsa.

Despite the match being over, Michigan ended on a bright note, as freshman Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) won his third singles match in a row, downing Grant Ive (Tulsa) at No. 5, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (2).

After the brief stay at home, Michigan goes back on the road for a four-match road trip, beginning next Thursday (March 17) at LSU in Baton Rouge, La. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. CDT.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- #27 Evan King (U-M) d. #53 Marcelo Arevalo (Tulsa), 7-5, 6-4
No. 2 -- #117 Ashley Watling (Tulsa) d. #45 Jason Jung (U-M), 7-6 (5), 6-2
No. 3 -- #97 Clifford Marsland (Tulsa) d. Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 6-2, 7-6 (2)
No. 4 -- #117 Japie De Klerk (Tulsa) d. Barrett Franks (U-M), 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) d. Grant Ive (Tulsa), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (2)
No. 6 -- Tristan Jackson (Tulsa) d. Chris Madden (U-M), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3

No. 1 -- #11 Jason Jung/Evan King (U-M) d. #22 Clifford Marsland/Ashley Watling (Tulsa), 8-5
No. 2 -- #39 Marcelo Arevalo/Japie De Klerk (Tulsa) d. Chris Madden/Barrett Franks (U-M), 8-4
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein/Chris Cha (U-M) d. Grant Ive/Alastair Barnes (Tulsa), 8-5

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


• Michigan falls to 6-1 all-time against Tulsa.

• It was Michigan's first home match in one month. Its previous home match came on Feb. 13 against Vanderbilt (lost, 5-2).

• U-M's last four matches have ended 4-3. Michigan had won the previous three.

• It was the second straight match that Michigan won the doubles point, and third time this season. It previously had lost the doubles point in eight consecutive contests. Michigan is 2-1 when it wins the doubles point and 5-3 when it loses it.

• The doubles teams of Jung and King (at No. 1) and Bernstein and Cha (at No. 3) played together for the first time since Feb. 19 at Notre Dame.

• King has won eight singles matches in a row.


Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the loss to Tulsa ... "We are playing a lot of awfully good teams this season, and Tulsa is certainly right up there. Their ranking doesn't really do them justice. They are a very good team. It's a disappointing loss, especially after we played well in doubles and won that point. We've had a lot of 4-3 matches this year and have been on the winning side of them more than the losing side, but we'll take a lot from this and get better."

On doubles ... "We're playing better, and that's really a function of how we are practicing. I think the addition of Chris Madden back has been big for us. It's allowing us to go with some different options and we are starting to execute on a more consistent basis. We've got a disciplined group. Our guys are buying in."

On Evan King ... "He's really practiced better over the last month. He was always going to do well on the college level, but he's starting to take more ownership in his play and his maturity. The key for him this season is that he's been able to improve his play at a quicker rate. He's playing phenomenally right now, no question."

On Justin Rossi ... "He's just a fighter. One of the best I've ever had. He's got high standards for his play every time he steps out onto the court, whether for a match or for practice, and he's always like that. Even though the match was over, he showed a tremendous amount of heart out there to win that match the way he did."

U-M Sophomore Evan King
On his singles play ... "I think I'm playing pretty well. I've been practicing hard Monday through Thursday and putting work in there, and I think that's starting to show up in my results. My confidence is high, and I just have to keep playing at a high level for this team."

On what Michigan takes away from the loss ... "I don't think we got cocky. Whether we were ranked eighth, 12th, whatever, we know we are going to get every team's best shot. We knew Tulsa was going to compete. We need to come into every match focused and with a chip on our shoulder. This was a good lesson."

On doubles ... "We've been practicing doubles quite a bit recently, and I think we've really improved there. Everybody is working hard, even the guys that aren't in the lineup. Every player on this team has the skill to play, I have no doubt about that. Whether Jason and I are together or split, we know we can be successful, and it's starting to show."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423