Michigan Surges Past Michigan State in Conference Opener

March 20, 2011

Site: East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
Score: #16 Michigan 6, Michigan State 1
Records: U-M (8-5, 1-0 Big Ten), MSU (13-2, 0-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 25 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 3 p.m.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team cruised in its Big Ten Conference opener Sunday (March 20), blasting in-state rival Michigan State, 6-1, at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility and snapping a two-match losing skid.

The Wolverines started the match off on the right foot by winning the doubles point for the fourth time this season. The lineup was altered once again, as the team's top tandem of senior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) was split, while freshman Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) also was inserted. Buzzi and King were the first off the court, winning at No. 2 over Austin Brooks and Aaron Pfister, 8-6. The Spartans evened up things with a win at No. 1, but Michigan's No. 3 tandem of freshman Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') and senior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) defeated Clark Richardson and Mat Nelson, 9-8 (4), to give the Wolverines a 1-0 advantage.

Michigan State evened the score at 1-1 with a win at No. 5, but from then on it was all Michigan. King made quick work of Denis Bogatov at No. 1, winning 6-2, 6-1. All three of Michigan's freshmen got back in the win column as well. Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) defeated Drew Lied at No. 6, 6-3, 6-4, before Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) clinched the match at No. 3 with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Austin Brooks. Franks followed with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over John Stratton at No. 4, and Jung closed the match out with a victory over Ronnie Hulewicz in a super-tiebreaker, 1-6, 7-6 (6), 1-0 (10-5).

The road trip continues next week as Michigan swings through the Hoosier State. The Wolverines will face Purdue on Friday (March 25) at 3 p.m. in West Lafayette, Ind., followed by a match with Indiana on Sunday (March 27) at 1 p.m. in Bloomington.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- #20 Evan King (U-M) d. Denis Bogatov (MSU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 -- #60 Jason Jung (U-M) d. Ronnie Hulewicz (MSU), 1-6, 7-6 (6), 1-0 (10-5)
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. Austin Brooks (MSU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. John Stratton (MSU), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
No. 5 -- Aaron Pfister (MSU) d. Chris Madden (U-M), 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) d. Drew Lied (MSU), 6-3, 6-4

No. 1 -- Jason Norville/John Stratton (MSU) d. Jason Jung/Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 8-6
No. 2 -- Evan King/Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Austin Brooks/Aaron Pfister (MSU), 8-6
No. 3 -- Barrett Franks/Chris Madden (U-M) d. Clark Richardson/Mat Nelson (MSU), 9-8 (4)

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


• Michigan improves to 92-19 all-time against Michigan State. The Wolverines have won seven in a row against the Spartans.

• The Wolverines won the doubles point for the fourth time this season. They are 3-1 when they win the doubles point and 5-4 when they lose it.

• It was Evan King's 10th straight singles win. He has not lost a singles match since Jan. 28. He leads the team with 19 overall singles wins and is now 17-3 all-time at the No. 1 spot of the singles lineup. Additionally, eight of his 12 wins in dual matches have been in straight sets.

• Michigan improved to 5-2 in matches away from Ann Arbor (4-2 in away matches, 1-0 at neutral site).

• It was Michigan's largest margin of victory since Feb. 11 against Wake Forest (also won 6-1).

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423