Wolverines Lose First Match of the Day to No. 24 Columbia
Justin Rossi

March 15, 2014

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: #24 Columbia 6, Michigan 1
Records: Michigan (7-5), Columbia (11-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 15 -- vs. Detroit (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team dropped the doubles point and five of six singles matches in a 6-1 loss to No. 24 Columbia on Saturday (March 15) at the Varsity Tennis Center.

Redshirt junior Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) earned U-M's lone win of the dual, notching a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 decision over Bert Vancura at the No. 4 singles position for his fifth consecutive singles victory.

The Wolverines began the match by dropping a tightly-contested doubles point that lasted nearly 90 minutes. The Columbia tandem of Winston Lin and Mike Vermeer defeated juniors Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National), 8-3, at the No. 3 position in the first match off the court, but U-M responded with an 8-6 come-from-behind victory by the 52nd-ranked duo of senior Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and freshman Kevin Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesa) over the pairing of Vancura and Richard Pham at the No. 2 spot. Trailing 6-4, Bernstein and Wong won the final four games of the match by holding serve on two occasions and earning back-to-back breaks.

After the teams split the first two doubles matches, Columbia earned the first point of the match with a narrow 8-7(3) victory by 12th-ranked Max Schnur and Ashok Narayana over the Wolverine 22nd-ranked tandem of Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) and senior Barrett Franks (Christchuch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys' School) at the No. 1 position.

The Lions won the first three singles matches in straight sets to claim four points and secure the dual-match victory. Columbia went up 2-0 after Vermeer defeated Franks, 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 6 spot. Shortly thereafter, Schnur knocked off Buzzi, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 5 position to put the Lions ahead 3-0.

Columbia clinched the match soon after at the No. 3 singles position, as Dragos Ignat defeated Bernstein, 7-6 (5), 6-2, to give the Lions their fourth point of the dual. Lin, ranked 14th in the latest ITA Men's Singles Rankings, followed with a 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 win over junior Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) at the top of the lineup. After Rossi picked up the singles victory at No. 4 singles, Narayana downed Petrone, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 1-0 (7) at the No. 2 spot in the final match on the court.

The Wolverines return to action tonight, completing the day-night doubleheader by taking on Detroit at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center. Admission to the match is free.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 14 Winston Lin (Columbia) def. Vlad Stefan (U-M), 6-0, 2-6, 6-2
No. 2 -- Ashok Narayana (Columbia) def. No. 112 Alex Petrone (U-M), 6-7 (3), 6-2, 1-0 (7)
No. 3 -- Dragos Ignat (Columbia) d. Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 7-6 (5), 6-2
No. 4 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) def. Bert Vancura (Columbia), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 -- Max Schnur (Columbia) def. Alex Buzzi (U-M), 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 -- Mike Vermeer (Columbia) def. Barrett Franks (U-M), 6-3, 6-4

No. 1 -- No. 12 Max Schnur/Ashok Narayana (Columbia) def. No. 22 Alex Buzzi/Barrett Franks (U-M), 8-7(3)
No. 2 -- No. 52 Shaun Bernstein/Kevin Wong (U-M) def. Richard Pham/Bert Vancura (Columbia), 8-6
No. 3 -- Winston Lin/Mike Vermeer (Columbia) def. Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M), 8-3

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