March 29, 2013
Site: West Lafayette, Ind.
Score: Michigan 5, Purdue 2
Records: U-M (8-7, 3-1 Big Ten), Purdue (14-5, 1-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 31 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) set a new program record for most combined career singles and doubles wins as the University of Michigan men's tennis team defeated Purdue, 5-2, on Friday afternoon (March 29) at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
After registering two victories against the Boilermakers, King upped his career total to 182 wins (105 singles, 77 doubles), surpassing Peter Pusztai's mark of 180 career triumphs (115 singles, 65 doubles) for the most combined victories in school history.
"I'm really excited about setting this record," King said. "Michigan tennis has a rich history of professional Grand Slam winners and Grand Slam finalists, so to set the record here means a lot. Reaching the most combined singles and doubles wins shows a level of consistency over my time here, and I'm glad I was able to achieve that mark."
Michigan won its ninth doubles point of the season by virtue of wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. U-M's 12th-ranked tandem of King and junior Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) knocked off Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne, 8-2, at the top spot, before sophomores Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) secured the point with an 8-5 victory over Pawel Poziomski and Mark Kovacs at the third position.
The Wolverines quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Purdue with back-to-back wins at the No. 1 and No. 5 singles positions. King was the first off the court for the Maize and Blue, picking up his 105th career singles victory with a 6-3, 6-2, decision over Szymon Tatarczyk at the top of the lineup. King, who is ranked No. 15 in the latest ITA rankings, is 14-1 in dual competition and 20-4 overall this season. Moments after King's win, junior Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) followed with a three-set triumph at the No. 5 position, posting a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Krisztian Krocsko.
After Purdue grabbed its first point of the dual with a win at No. 3, junior Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') won his sixth consecutive match, earning a come-from-behind 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, victory over Acosta at the third singles position to secure the dual in Michigan's favor. It marked Franks' fourth dual-clinching victory of the season.
With the fate of the match already decided, U-M split the final two matches on the court. Purdue earned a three-set win at No. 2 singles, before redshirt sophomore Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) defeated Mateus Silva, 5-7, 7-6, 1-0, at the No. 6 position. For Rossi, who redshirted last season due to an ankle injury, the victory marked his first win since September of 2011.
"I told myself that no matter what I wasn't going to lose that match," Rossi said. "Getting this win makes me feel like the weight of last season's injury is off my shoulders and that I am finally back on my game."
The Wolverines will wrap up their Big Ten road swing on Sunday (March 31), heading to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Hoosiers at 1 p.m. at the Indiana University Tennis Center.
Following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- No. 15 Evan King (U-M) d. Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue), 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 -- Mark Kovacs (Purdue) d. Alex Petrone (U-M), 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
No. 3 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Diego Acosta (Purdue), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 -- Aaron Dujovne (Purdue) d. Michael Zhu (U-M), 6-1, 6-3
No. 5 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Krisztian Krocsko (Purdue), 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) d. Mateus Silva (Purdue), 5-7, 7-6 (6), 1-0 (11-9)
No. 1 -- No. 12 Evan King/Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. Diego Acosta/Aaron Dujovne (Purdue), 8-2
No. 2 -- Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi (U-M) vs. Krisztian Krocsko/Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue), 7-5
No. 3 -- Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M) d. Pawel Poziomski/Mark Kovacs (Purdue), 8-5
Order of Completion: Doubles 1-3, Singles 1-5-4-3-2-6
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