Wolverines Fall to Nittany Lions in First of Two Sunday Matches
Michael Zhu

March 23, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Result: Penn State 5, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (8-7, 1-2 Big Ten), PSU (15-2, 1-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 23 -- vs. Youngstown State (Varsity Tennis Center), 5 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In a marathon match that lasted more than four hours, the University of Michigan men's tennis team fell to No. 27 Penn State, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon (March 23) at the Varsity Tennis Center.

The Nittany Lions posted the first team point of the match, earning victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles positions. After U-M's No. 3 tandem of juniors Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) earned a quick 8-2 win over David Kohan and Christian Lutschaunig, the Penn State pairing of Leonard Stakhovsky and Russell Bader responded with an 8-5 win over seniors Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) and Barrett Franks (Christchuch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys' School) at the top of the lineup.

Moments later, the PSU duo of Chris Young and Michael Reilly closed out an 8-5 victory over senior Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and freshman Kevin Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesa) at the No. 2 position to secure the initial point.

Penn State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the match after Roman Trkulja defeated Franks, 6-4, 6-2, in the first singles match off the court at the No. 5 position. Facing a 2-0 deficit, Michigan needed to win four of the remaining five singles matches.

Zhu started the Wolverines off on the right foot, notching a 7-6 (1), 6-3 decision over Kohan at the No. 6 position. Redshirt junior Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Northville) followed at No. 3, defeating Alex Fennell, 7-6 (4), 6-3, to tie the match at 2-2. With the win, Rossi picked up his sixth victory in seven matches.

Matt Barry put Penn State ahead 3-2 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Buzzi at No. 4. Shortly thereafter, Stakhovsky edged out Petrone at No. 1, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, to clinch the team victory for the Nittany Lions.

In the last match on the court, Bernstein was forced to retire due to injury, giving PSU its fifth point of the match.

The Wolverines will return to action tonight, wrapping up the day-night doubleheader by taking on Youngstown State at 5 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center. Admission to the match is free.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- Leonard Stakhovsky (PSU) def. No. 112 Alex Petrone (U-M), 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
No. 2 -- Russell Bader (PSU) def. Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 6-7 (4), 7-5, 3-2 (retired)
No. 3 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) def. Alex Fennell (PSU), 7-6 (4), 6-3
No. 4 -- Matt Barry (PSU) def. Alex Buzzi (U-M), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
No. 5 -- Roman Trkulja (PSU) def. Barrett Franks (U-M), 6-4, 6-2
No. 6 -- Michael Zhu (U-M) def. David Kohan (PSU), 7-6 (1), 6-3

No. 1 -- Leonard Stakhovsky/Russell Bader (PSU) def. No. 22 Alex Buzzi/Barrett Franks (U-M), 8-5
No. 2 -- Chris Young/Michael Reilly (PSU) def. No. 52 Shaun Bernstein/Kevin Wong (U-M), 8-5
No. 3 -- Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M) def. David Kohan/Christian Lutschauning (PSU), 8-2

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

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