March 27, 2011
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (IU Tennis Center)
Score: Indiana 4, #18 Michigan 3
Records: U-M (9-6, 2-1 Big Ten), Indiana (15-4, 3-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 2 -- vs. Wisconsin (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team suffered its first conference loss of the season on Sunday (March 27), losing at Indiana, 4-3, at the IU Tennis Center.
Sunday's match capped a four-match road trip for Michigan. The Wolverines spent the last six weeks playing the majority of its matches away from Ann Arbor, with the only home match during that stretch coming on March 11 against Tulsa, a 5-2 loss. Michigan went 5-3 during that span, despite the loss on Sunday.
Michigan fell behind early, as Indiana took a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point. Senior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) reunited at No. 1 doubles but were the first off the court, as the tandem fell to Jeremy Langer and Santiago Gruter, 8-5. The next two doubles matches went to the Hoosiers, as Indiana won 9-7 at No. 2 and 8-7 (2) at No. 3.
Indiana made the score 2-0 with a win at No. 5, as Isade Juneau beat freshman Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. The Wolverines got on the board with an answer, as sophomore Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) defeated Stephen Vogl at No. 6 by the same score (6-3, 6-3) to cut the deficit to 2-1. Indiana then came within one point of winning the match, as Claes Goransson defeated U-M freshman Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys'), 6-4, 6-3, to make the score 3-1.
With the Wolverines needing to win the final three matches, freshman Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) lost the first set to Josh MacTaggart and was up 5-4 in the second, but MacTaggart won the next three games to take it, 6-1, 7-5, and give the win to the Hoosiers.
The top two singles matches had yet to be concluded, despite the match point being clinched. Michigan ended the match on a positive note, as King defeated Langer in straight sets at No. 1, 7-6 (3), 6-2, and Jung came back in three sets to defeat Gruter, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The Wolverines return to the Varsity Tennis Center next weekend for a pair of Big Ten matches. Michigan faces Wisconsin on Saturday (April 2) and battles to retain the Little Brown Jug against Minnesota on Sunday (April 3). Both matches will start at noon.
The following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- #20 Evan King (U-M) d. Jeremy Langer (Indiana), 7-6 (3), 6-2
No. 2 -- #60 Jason Jung (U-M) d. Santiago Gruter (Indiana), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 -- Josh MacTaggart (Indiana) d. Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 6-1, 7-5
No. 4 -- Claes Goransson (Indiana) d. Barrett Franks (U-M), 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 -- Isade Juneau (Indiana) d. Justin Rossi (U-M), 6-3, 6-3
No. 6 -- Chris Cha (U-M) d. Stephen Vogl (Indiana), 6-3, 6-3
No. 1 -- Jeremy Langer/Santiago Gruter (Indiana) d. #18 Jason Jung/Evan King (U-M), 8-5
No. 2 -- Josh MacTaggart/Stephen Vogl (Indiana) d. Shaun Bernstein/Chris Cha (U-M), 9-7
No. 3 -- Isade Juneau/Will Kendall (Indiana) d. Barrett Franks/Chris Madden (U-M), 8-7 (2)
Order of Completion: Doubles 1-2-3, Singles 5-6-4-3*-1-2
* Clinched match
N O T E S
Sunday's match was the 76th all-time meeting between the two schools. Michigan now holds a 60-15-1 record. Coming into the match, Michigan had won seven of its last eight against Indiana.
Michigan is 4-1 when it wins the doubles point and 5-5 when it loses it.
Michigan fell to 6-3 in matches away from Ann Arbor (5-3 in away matches, 1-0 at neutral site).
It was King's 12th straight singles win. He has not lost a singles match since Jan. 28. He leads the team with 21 overall singles wins, tying his total from all of last season (with seven more matches to play this season, plus postseason) and is now 19-3 all-time at the No. 1 spot of the singles lineup. Additionally, 10 of his 13 wins in dual matches have been in straight sets.
Jung improved to 11-4 in dual matches with his victory. He has won four straight singles matches, and is now one win away from joining King at the 20-win barrier in singles (now 19-9 overall).
It was Chris Cha's first action since LSU on March 17. He did not play in either of the team's last two matches.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the match ... "We're disappointed. We knew Indiana was a good team and knew that they are their toughest at home. I thought their guys did a great job and played well. The doubles point, obviously, was pretty pivotal today. They played very well at No. 1 doubles and really earned that win. We were up a break at two and three but couldn't hold, so that was certainly disappointing. To beat a good team like Indiana, on the road at their place, we need to play better than we did today. There are plenty of matches left, including two very good teams coming to our place next week."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423