March 23, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Result: Michigan 7, Youngstown State 0
Records: U-M (9-7), YSU (3-10)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 29 -- vs. Iowa (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Playing its second match of the day, the University of Michigan men's tennis team cruised to a 7-0 victory over Youngstown State on Sunday night (March 23) at the Varsity Tennis Center.
U-M began the dual by earning the doubles point for the 11th time in 16 matches, claiming victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Freshman Tyler Gardiner (Novi, Mich./Northville) and junior Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) finished first, defeating Youngstown State's Zeeshan Ismail and Sharvil Nawghare, 8-3, at the No. 3 spot. Michigan's No. 2 tandem of freshman Kevin Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesa) and senior/junior Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Northville) followed with an 8-3 victory over Max Schmerin and Rodrigo Campos to secure the initial point.
Transitioning to singles, Michigan won all six matches, including five in straight sets. Senior Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) made quick work of Dawoud Kabil at the No. 3 position (6-1, 6-2) as the first Wolverine off the court. Moments later, junior Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) followed by surrendering only two games in a 6-1, 6-1 win over Ismail at the No. 4 position. Shortly thereafter, Wong clinched the match for the Maize and Blue, notching a 6-0, 6-3 decision over Campos at the No. 5 singles spot.
Stefan, Rossi and Gardiner rounded out U-M's singles wins at the No. 1, 2 and 6 positions, respectively. Rossi notched his seventh victory in eight matches, posting a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Schmerin at No. 2, while Gardiner earned a 6-1, 6-4 win over Nawghare at No. 6 to secure his second dual-match victory of the season. In the final match on the court, Stefan claimed a 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (6) decision over Sebastian Hagn at the top of the singles lineup.
Michigan will wrap up its non-conference schedule on Wednesday (March 26), traveling to Louisville, Ky., to take on Louisville at 4 p.m. The Wolverines will then return home to the Varsity Tennis Center next weekend, hosting Iowa on Saturday (March 29) and Nebraska on Sunday (March 30). Both matches are slated to start at noon.
The following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- Vlad Stefan (U-M) def. Sebastian Hagn (YSU), 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (6)
No. 2 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) def. Max Schmerin (YSU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) def. Dawoud Kabil (YSU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 -- Michael Zhu (U-M) def. Zeeshan Ismail (YSU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 -- Kevin Wong (U-M) def. Rodrigo Campos (YSU), 6-0, 6-3
No. 6 -- Tyler Gardiner (U-M) def. Sharvil Nawghare (YSU), 6-1, 6-4
No. 1 -- No. 22 Alex Buzzi/Barrett Franks (U-M) vs. Sebastian Hagn/Dawoud Kabil (YSU), 3-5 DNF
No. 2 -- Justin Rossi/Kevin Wong (U-M) def. Max Schmerin/Rodrigo Campos (YSU), 8-3
No. 3 -- Tyler Gardiner/Vlad Stefan (U-M) def. Zeeshan Ismail/Sharvil Nawghare (YSU), 8-3
Order of Completion: Doubles 3-2, Singles 3-4-5-2-6-1
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