Maize & Blue Overwhelms Purdue in Road Tilt

March 25, 2011

Notes & Quotes

Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Schwartz Tennis Center)
Score: #18 Michigan 6, Purdue 1
Records: Michigan (9-5, 2-0 Big Ten), Purdue (9-7 overall, 0-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 27 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 1 p.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team began its weekend road trip through the state of Indiana with a victory on Friday (March 25), defeating Purdue, 6-1, at the Schwartz Tennis Center.

The Wolverines snared the doubles point for the second straight match and fourth time in their last five outings to take an early 1-0 lead on the Boilermakers. Michigan's No. 3 team of Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) and Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') were the first off the court, defeating Aaron Dujovne and Mark Kovacs, 8-3. Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) followed suit with a win by the same score at No. 1, beating Szymon Tatarczyk and Pawel Poziomski to clinch the point.

Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) and Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) capped off doubles play with a come-from-behind victory at No. 2, winning 8-5 over Eric Ramos and Krisztian Krocsko. King and Buzzi were down 5-2 but overpowered the Purdue pair by taking the next six games to win the match.

Both Jung and King won their singles matches in straight sets to put Michigan ahead, 3-0. Jung defeated Krocsko, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 2, and was followed shortly after by King, who won his 11th singles match in a row by taking down Tatarczyk, 6-3, 6-2. Franks then clinched the match point with a three-set victory over Ramos at No. 4, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4.

Despite dropping the first set in his match at No. 3, Bernstein rallied to defeat Kovacs, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, to increase Michigan's lead to 5-0. The last two matches went to a supertiebreaker in the third set due to the match point already being clinched. Purdue got on the board at No. 5, as Dujovne defeated Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep), 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-1), but Michigan closed out the match on a high note, as Madden earned his first singles victory of the season at No. 6, beating Poziomski, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 1-0 (14-12).

Michigan looks to cap off its four-match road trip with another victory, as it faces Indiana on Sunday (March 27) in Bloomington, Ind. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the IU Tennis Center.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- #20 Evan King (U-M) d. Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue), 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 -- #60 Jason Jung (U-M) d. Krisztian Krocsko (Purdue), 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. Mark Kovacs (Purdue), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Eric Ramos (Purdue), 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
No. 5 -- Aaron Dujovne (Purdue) d. Justin Rossi (U-M), 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-1)
No. 6 -- Chris Madden (U-M) d. Pawel Poziomski (Purdue), 7-6 (3), 3-6, 1-0 (14-12)

No. 1 -- Jason Jung/Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. Szymon Tatarczyk/Pawel Poziomski (Purdue), 8-3
No. 2 -- Evan King/Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Eric Ramos/Krisztian Krocsko (Purdue), 8-5
No. 3 -- Chris Madden/Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Aaron Dujovne/Mark Kovacs (Purdue), 8-3

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


• It was the 76th all-time meeting between Michigan and Purdue. The Wolverines are now 66-10 all-time against the Boilermakers, and have won seven straight in the series.

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

• Friday's match marked the first time Michigan won all three doubles matches in a dual match this season.

• Michigan improved to 6-2 in matches away from Ann Arbor (5-2 in away matches, 1-0 at neutral site).

• It was King's 11th straight singles win. He has not lost a singles match since Jan. 28. He leads the team with 20 overall singles wins and is now 18-3 all-time at the No. 1 spot of the singles lineup. Additionally, nine of his 13 wins in dual matches have been in straight sets.

• Jung improved to 10-4 in dual matches with his victory on Friday. He has won three straight singles matches, and is two wins away from joining King at the 20-win barrier in singles (now 18-9 overall).

• Michigan went with nearly the same lineup for the second straight match, with the only change coming at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, flipping Madden and Rossi.

• Prior to Friday's match, Madden had been 0-4 in singles this season, all coming in dual matches. He missed the entire fall season and the first five dual matches of the season after recovering from injury.

• The match was played indoors.

• King also celebrated his 19th birthday on Friday.


Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the team's play throughout the match ... "Overall, I felt we gave a great effort. This was a good one to win on the road. I thought Evan and Jason did a good job of staying focused. They were the only ones in straight sets that won. They're the strength of our lineup, and to win decisively like they did, that was one of the goals we had. We've got to have a similar focus on Sunday at Indiana, because we expect that to be a battle. It always is when we go down there."

On Chris Madden ... "It was good to see Chris Madden come through and win in singles. He was down in the breaker, but came back and won. He's a big part of our team as one of our seniors and one of our leaders. He showed a lot of determination in that supertiebreaker, which was excellent to see."

On team's aggressive play ... "I'd say so. We made improvements in that respect. It's still not quite where we want it to be. I've sensed a good commitment in trying to do this and playing consistent with an aggressive presence. We made some progress in this one, but we still have more improvement with that. We were never far off, but when we lost a couple matches, we got slightly off course, but the last two matches have got us moving in the right direction for sure."

On doubles ... "I think we've been executing better over the last month. This was our first sweep all season, so it was good to get that. Some teams in our conference are better at singles than doubles, or vice versa, but anytime you can head into singles with an advantage is good and I think we're really starting to click in that aspect of our game."

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