Notes & Quotes: Michigan 6, Wisconsin 1

March 23, 2013



• With today's win over Wisconsin's Billy Bertha, senior Evan King moved into sole possession of third place on U-M's all-time singles wins list with 103 career victories. King, Michigan's lone senior, is 12-1 in dual competition and 18-4 overall this season.

• Junior Barrett Franks has won each of his last four matches -- including two in a row from the No. 4 spot -- and boasts a 10-2 dual record.

• Junior Alex Buzzi picked up his first dual-clinching victory of the season, earning a 6-3, 7-6 (3) decision over Wisconsin's Alexander Kokorev at the No. 6 position.

• The 37th-ranked doubles tandem of senior Evan King and junior Alex Buzzi improved to 3-0 in dual-match play.


Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On winning all six singles matches after dropping the doubles point ... "I think we recognized that we were in trouble after the doubles point. Our guys really felt like our backs were against the wall, because we knew that Wisconsin was a competitive team with a lot of good players. We had a great start on just about all the courts in singles and we stayed on it throughout the match."

On Michael Zhu's come-from-behind victory ... "Michael has really matured as a competitor over the last two years. Slowly but surely he is using his mind to turn matches around when he is down. It is becoming a strength of his."

On Barrett Franks' play at No. 4 singles ... "He was locked in. We have a lot of respect for (Oskar Wikberg) -- he beat (Alex) Petrone in the fall. But Barrett came out so determined, so aggressive and moving his feet great. I think Barrett really set the tone on his side of the court. He was really good today."