March 23, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: Michigan 6, Wisconsin 1
Records: U-M (7-6, 2-0 Big Ten), Wisconsin (10-3, 1-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 24 -- vs. Minnesota (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After falling behind in a 1-0 hole after doubles, the University of Michigan men's tennis team rebounded with a dominant effort in singles play, cruising past Wisconsin, 6-1, on Saturday (March 23) at the Varsity Tennis Center. With the win, the Wolverines improve to 7-6 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten.
The Badgers posted the first score of the match, earning the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. After juniors Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') and Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) lost the first match off the court at No. 3, the tandem of senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) and junior Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) rallied to knock off Billy Bertha and Alexander Kostanov. Trailing 4-2, King and Buzzi won six of the next eight games to earn an 8-6 decision at the top of the lineup. Minutes later, the Wisconsin duo of Petr Satral and Alexander Kokorev downed the sophomore pairing of Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National), 8-6, at the No. 2 position to clinch the doubles point in the Badgers' favor.
The Wolverines quickly erased the deficit, jumping out to a 2-1 lead on Wisconsin. King was first off the court for the Maize and Blue, picking up his 103rd career singles victory with a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Bertha at the top of the lineup. King, who is ranked No. 15 in the latest ITA rankings, is 12-1 in dual competition and 18-4 overall this season. Shortly after King's win, Petrone followed with a straight-set triumph at the No. 3 position, posting a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Kostanov.
Franks moved Michigan to within one point of clinching the match with a straight sets victory at No. 4, beating Oskar Wikberg, 6-0, 7-5, to give the U-M a 3-1 advantage. Franks has won four consecutive matches -- including two in a row from the No. 4 spot -- and is 10-2 in dual-match competition this season.
Buzzi clinched the match from the No. 6 singles position, securing his third dual-match victory of the season with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) decision over Kokorev. With the fate of the match already decided, Michigan won the final two matches on the court. After trailing 5-2 in the first set, Zhu won 11 of the next 14 games to come away with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Jakhongir Jalalov. Minutes later, sophomore Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) posted his second consecutive win, notching a 6-2, 7-6 (5) decision over Satral at the No. 2 position.
Michigan will wrap up its Big Ten home weekend tomorrow (Sunday, March 24), hosting Minnesota at noon at the Varsity Tennis Center.
Following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- No. 15 Evan King (U-M) d. Billy Bertha (Wisconsin), 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 -- No. 76 Vlad Stefan (U-M) d. Petr Satral (Wisconsin), 6-2, 7-6 (5)
No. 3 -- Alex Petrone (U-M) d. Alexander Kostanov (Wisconsin), 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Oskar Wikberg (Wisconsin), 6-0, 7-5
No. 5 -- Michael Zhu (U-M) d. Jakhongir Jalalov (Wisconsin), 7-5, 6-3
No. 6 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Alexander Kokorev (Wisconsin), 6-3, 7-6 (3)
No. 1 -- No. 37 Evan King/Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Billy Bertha/Alexander Kostanov (Wisconsin), 8-6
No. 2 -- Petr Satral/Alexander Kokorev (Wisconsin) d. Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M), 8-6
No. 3 -- Jakhongir Jalalov/Oskar Wikberg (Wisconsin) d. Barrett Franks/Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 8-6
Order of Completion: Doubles 3-1-2, Singles 1-3-4-6-5-2Media Contact: Zach Eisendrath (734) 763-4423