Wolverines Blank Titans in Doubleheader Nightcap
Tyler Gardiner

March 15, 2014

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: Michigan 7, Detroit 0
Records: Michigan (8-5), Detroit (3-9)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 21 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 6 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Playing its second match of the day, the University of Michigan men's tennis team dominated singles and doubles play en route to a 7-0 victory over Detroit on Saturday night (March 15) at the Varsity Tennis Center.

U-M began the dual by earning the doubles point for the 10th time in 13 matches, claiming victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Freshmen Kevin Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesa) and Tyler Gardiner (Novi, Mich./Northville) finished first, defeating Detroit's Bobby Cawood and Patryk Koscielski,, 8-4, at the No. 3 spot. Michigan's No. 2 tandem of juniors Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) followed with an 8-2 victory over Jay Joshi and Ismail Kadyrov to secure the initial point.

Transitioning to singles, Michigan won all six singles matches in straight sets. Petrone made quick work of Joshi at the No. 2 position (6-4, 6-2) as the first Wolverine off the court. Junior Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) followed by surrendering only six games in a 6-2, 6-4 win over Cawood at the top of the lineup. Moments later, senior Barrett Franks (Christchuch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys' School) clinched the match for the Wolverines, notching a 6-2, 6-3 decision over Rafael Orantes Cuscattan at the No. 4 position.

Zhu, Wong and Gardiner rounded out U-M's singles wins at the No. 3, 5 and 6 positions, respectively. Making his collegiate dual-match debut, Gardiner cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Chance Conley at the No. 6 spot, while Zhu quickly moved past Koscielski, 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 3 position. In the final match on the court, Wong posted a 7-5, 6-2 decision over Kadyrov at the No. 5 singles spot.

U-M resumes Big Ten action next week, traveling to Columbus, Ohio, to take on rival Ohio State at 6 p.m. ET on Friday (March 21).

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- Vlad Stefan (U-M) def. Bobby Cawood (Detroit), 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 -- No. 112 Alex Petrone (U-M) def. Jay Joshi (Detroit), 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 -- Michael Zhu (U-M) def. Patryk Koscielski (Detroit), 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) def. Rafael Orantes Cuscattan (Detroit), 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 -- Kevin Wong (U-M) def. Ismail Kadyrov (Detroit), 7-5, 6-2
No. 6 -- Tyler Gardiner (U-M) def. Chance Conley (Detroit), 6-3, 6-3

No. 1 -- No. 22 Alex Buzzi/Barrett Franks (U-M) vs. Chance Conley/Rafael Orantes Cuscattan (Detroit), 7-3 DNF
No. 2 -- Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M) def. Jay Joshi/Ismail Kadyrov (Detroit), 8-2
No. 3 -- Kevin Wong/Tyler Gardiner (U-M) def. Bobby Cawood/Patryk Koscielski (Detroit), 8-4

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

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