Bernstein Rallies Wolverines to Triumph at Indiana
Shaun Bernstein

March 31, 2013

Site: Bloomington, Ind. (IU Tennis Center)
Score: Michigan 4, Indiana 3
Records: U-M (9-7, 4-1 Big Ten), Indiana (10-10, 2-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 6 -- vs. Illinois (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- After dropping the doubles point, the University of Michigan men's tennis team won four of six singles matches en route to a 4-3 victory at Indiana on Sunday (March 31) at the IU Tennis Center.

With the match tied, 3-3, junior Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) clinched the winning point for the Wolverines with a come-from-behind win at the No. 6 singles position. Bernstein trailed Chris Essick 5-1 in the third set before catching fire from that point forward, winning the next six games to secure the match for Michigan with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 decision.

The Wolverines also earned singles wins from senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) and juniors Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') and Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep). King, listed at No. 15 in the latest rankings, rebounded after dropping the first set to Josh MacTaggart, claiming a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory at the No. 1 position to improve to 15-1 in dual competition this season. King used a late break to gain the advantage in the third set and ended the match by winning the final three games.

Franks posted his seventh consecutive victory with a 6-3, 7-5 decision over Isade Juneau at the No. 3 spot, while Buzzi improved to 4-1 in Big Ten play with a 7-5, 6-2 triumph over Daniel Bednarczyk at No. 5.

Michigan dropped a tightly contested doubles point, splitting at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, before Indiana wrapped up the point with a win at the top of the lineup. After falling at No. 2, the Wolverines' No. 3 duo of Franks and Buzzi earned an 8-6 triumph to set up the No. 1 match as the decider. U-M's 12th-ranked tandem of King and Bernstein battled neck and neck with Indiana's top duo of Juneau and Sam Monette before falling in a tiebreaker, 9-8.

The Wolverines will return home next weekend to host a pair of Big Ten duals at the Varsity Tennis Center. U-M will face Illinois at noon on Saturday (April 6) before finishing the homestand with a noon matchup against Northwestern on Sunday (April 7).

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 15 Evan King (U-M) vs. Josh MacTaggart (Indiana), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 -- Sam Monette (Indiana) d. No. 98 Vlad Stefan (U-M), 6-3, 7-5
No. 3 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Isade Juneau (Indiana), 6-3, 7-5
No. 4 -- Dimitrije Tasic (Indiana) d. Michael Zhu (U-M), 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Daniel Bednarczyk (Indiana), 7-5, 6-2
No. 6 -- Shaun Bernstein (U-M) vs. Chris Essick (Indiana), 3-6, 6-4, 7-5

No. 1 -- Isade Juneau/Sam Monette (Indiana) d. No. 12 Evan King/Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 9-8
No. 2 -- Josh MacTaggart/Daniel Bednarczyk d. Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M), 8-4
No. 3 -- Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Dimitrije Tasic/Chris Essick (Indiana), 8-5

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

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