Michigan Shuts Out Nebraska to Complete Weekend Sweep
Justin Rossi

March 30, 2014

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Score: Michigan 7, Nebraska 0
Records: U-M (11-8 overall, 3-2 Big Ten), NEB (9-9 overall, 1-3 Big Ten)
Attendance: 224
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 4 -- at Northwestern (Varsity Tennis Center), 2:30 p.m. CDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team cruised to a 7-0 victory over Nebraska on Sunday afternoon (March 30) at the Varsity Tennis Center. The victory completed a perfect weekend homestand for the Wolverines, who improved to 3-2 in Big Ten Conference play.

U-M began the dual by earning the doubles point for the 13th time in 19 matches. Michigan's No. 2 pairing of senior Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and freshman Kevin Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesa) were first off the court, posting a quick 8-3 decision over Mac Herrmann and Beauregard Treyzposting. With the win, Bernstein and Wong improved to 11-2 during the dual-match season.

After dropping an 8-3 decision at the No. 1 position, Michigan's No. 3 tandem of junior Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and redshirt junior Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) clinched the point for the second time in as many days, earning an 8-5 decision against the Cornhuskers' Dusty Boyer and Scott Elsass. Leading 5-4, Petrone and Rossi earned two late breaks to secure the initial point.

Transitioning to singles, Michigan won all six matches, including four in straight sets. Petrone gave U-M a 2-0 lead by defeating Boyer, 6-3, 6-3, in the first singles match of the court at No. 1, and Wong followed shortly thereafter with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Brandon Videtich at No. 6 to give the Maize and Blue a 3-0 advantage. Petrone owns nine victories during the dual-match season, including two in a row from the top of the lineup. Wong has won four consecutive singles matches and owns a 6-1 record during dual-match play.

Junior Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) clinched the dual for the Maize and Blue with a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Herrmann at the No. 2 position.

Rossi and seniors Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) and Barrett Franks (Christchuch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') rounded out U-M's singles wins at the No. 3, 4 and 5 positions. Buzzi secured U-M's fifth point, surrendering only seven games in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Andrew Dzulynsky at the No. 4 position. Franks was next off the court, earned a 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (7) victory over Vasileios Stavropoulos at the No. 5 spot. In the final match on the court, Rossi rallied for a come-from-behind victory (4-6, 6-4, 7-5) over Tom Blackwell at the No. 3 position.

The Wolverines will return to the road next weekend for a pair of Big Ten duals. U-M will travel to Evanston, Ill., to face Northwestern at 2:30 p.m. CDT on Friday (April 4) before wrapping up the weekend Sunday (April 6) with a noon CDT dual against Illinois in Champaign, Ill.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- Alex Petrone (U-M) def. Dusty Boyer (Nebraska), 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 -- Vlad Stefan (U-M) def. Marc Herrmann (Nebraska), 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) def. Tom Blackwell (Nebraska), 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) def. Andrew Dzulynsky (Nebraska), 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) def. Vasileios Stavropoulos (Nebraska), 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (7)
No. 6 -- Kevin Wong (U-M) def. Brandon Videtich (Nebraska), 7-5, 6-2

No. 1 -- Brandon Videtich/Bradford Zitsch (Nebraska) def. No. 24 Alex Buzzi/Barrett Franks (U-M), 8-3
No. 2 -- Shaun Bernstein/Kevin Wong (U-M) def. Mac Herrmann/Beauregard Treyz (Nebraska), 8-3
No. 3 -- Alex Petrone/Justin Rossi (U-M) def. Dusty Boyer/Scott Elsass (Nebraska), 8-5

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

Media Contact: Zach Eisendrath (zeisen@umich.edu)