U-M Uses Doubles Rally, Strong Singles to Defeat Purdue
Michael Zhu

March 31, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: Michigan 5, Purdue 2
Records: U-M (10-5, 3-1 Big Ten), Purdue (7-8, 1-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 1 -- vs. Indiana (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team rallied to claim the doubles point before taking the first four singles match off court to earn a 5-2 victory over Purdue on Saturday afternoon (March 31) at the Varsity Tennis Center.

The Wolverines dropped the first completed doubles match quickly but rebounded with back-to-back wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions to secure the dual's first point. After giving up two early breaks, Michigan's top pairing of junior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan Prep) and sophomore Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Old Bethpage JFK HS) rallied from a four-game deficit to defeat Aaron Dujovne and Diego Acosta, 8-5. The U-M duo won the match's final seven games, earning breaks in the eighth, 10th and 12th and finishing the contest on a Bernstein volley winner.

With the doubles score knotted a one point apiece, freshmen Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National HS) wrapped up an 8-5 decision over Pawel Poziomski and Mark Kovacs moments later on the No. 3 court. After the Boilermaker pairing broke to pull the match back on serve, Petrone and Zhu immediately broke back to 7-5 and with Zhu serving, closed out the contest when Purdue was overruled after mistakenly calling a serve long.

With Bernstein out of the singles lineup and the Wolverine lineup shifted up a position, Michigan took four-of-six first sets in the singles competition and claimed all four in straight sets to quickly clinch the dual victory.

King, ranked 10th in the latest ITA poll, finished first for the fourth time in five dual matches, cruising to a 6-3, 6-0 decision over Szymon Tatarczyk at the No. 1 position after early breaks in both sets. King extended his win streak to eight straight matches; he has won 12 of his last 13 dual appearances.

Petrone, in his career debut at the No. 2 position, claimed a 6-2, 7-5 win over the Boilermakers' Mark Kovacs. The Wolverine rookie cruised in the first set before using a 12th-game break to lock up the second. He improved to 9-5 in dual-match action.

Sophomore Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) clinched the dual from the No. 5 spot, earning a 6-2, 6-3 decision over Aaron Dujovne for his fifth dual win of the season. On serve through 3-3 in the second set, Buzzi claimed each of the final three games to close out the match.

Zhu rounded out Michigan's singles victories with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Diego Acosta at No. 3. The Wolverine newcomer was broken late in the first, falling to 4-5, before surging with three straight games to take the opening set. He finished in the second in similar style, breaking in the seventh game and claiming the final three games. Zhu improved to 8-6 in dual competition.

With the dual already decided, Purdue narrowed the final score with wins at the No. 4 and No. 6 spots.

Michigan will wrap up the Big Ten home weekend tomorrow (Sunday, April 1), hosting Indiana at noon at the Varsity Tennis Center.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 10 Evan King (U-M) d. Szymon Tatarczyk (PU), 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 -- Alex Petrone (U-M) d. Mark Kovacs (PU), 6-2, 7-5
No. 3 -- Michael Zhu (U-M) d. Diego Acosta (PU), 7-5, 6-3
No. 4 -- Krisztian Krocsko (PU) d. Barrett Franks (U-M), 7-6 (3), 4-6, 1-0 (4)
No. 5 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Aaron Dujovne (PU), 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 -- Evan Hawkins (PU) d. Eli Brown (U-M), 7-6, 6-4

No. 1 -- No. 11 Evan King/Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. Aaron Dujovne/Diego Acosta (PU), 8-5
No. 2 -- Krisztian Krocsko/Szymon Tatarczyk (PU) d. Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi (U-M), 8-3
No. 3 -- Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M) d. Pawel Poziomski/Mark Kovacs (PU), 8-5

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

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