Wolverines Defeat Wisconsin for Home Victory

April 2, 2011

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: #22 Michigan 5, Wisconsin 2
Records: U-M (10-6, 3-1 Big Ten), Wisconsin (7-9, 1-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 3 -- vs. Minnesota (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team got contributions from the bottom of the lineup and underclassmen en route to a 5-2 victory on Saturday (April 2) over Wisconsin inside the Varsity Tennis Center.

The Wolverines took the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead on the Badgers. The No. 3 team of Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y/Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and sophomore Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) were the first off the court, dispatching Fredrik Ask and Rod Carey, 8-3. Michigan won the doubles point with a win on the No. 1 court, as the No. 19-ranked team of Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) battled back from an early deficit to defeat No. 78 Marek Michalicka and Billy Bertha, 8-6. With the match tied at 6-6 and the Badgers' pair serving, Jung and King earned a break and subsequently served for the point in the next game to give Michigan the point heading into singles.

Cha increased Michigan's lead to 2-0 to begin singles play, defeating Ask, 6-4, 6-0 at No. 6. The Badgers got a point back a few minutes later at No. 4 to bring the score to 2-1. Freshman Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) then moved back to .500 in singles and snapped a two-match losing streak with a dominant, 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 5 over Carey to make the score 3-1, before Jung, the captain, rallied in the second set to defeat Bertha, 6-1, 6-4, and clinch the win for Michigan.

Despite the point being clinched, two matches were still ongoing. At No. 3, Bernstein was down 5-0 in the first set but was dominant thereafter, winning 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4) over Ricardo Martin to make the score 5-1 in favor of Michigan. Wisconsin took the match's final point with a back-and-forth battle at No. 1, as Michalicka ended King's 12-match win streak, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 1-0 (10-8). King was up 8-3 in the supertiebreaker, but Michalicka, ranked No. 70 in the nation, won the next seven points to win the match.

Michigan returns to the Varsity Tennis Center tomorrow (Sunday, April 3), when it hosts No. 24 Minnesota at noon for possession of the Little Brown Jug.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- #70 Marek Michalicka (UW) d. #21 Evan King (U-M), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 1-0 (10-8)
No. 2 -- #57 Jason Jung (U-M) d. Billy Bertha (UW), 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. Ricardo Martin (UW), 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4)
No. 4 -- Petr Satral (UW) d. Barrett Franks (U-M), 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) d. Rod Carey (UW), 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 -- Chris Cha (U-M) d. Fredrik Ask (UW), 6-4, 6-0

No. 1 -- #19 Jason Jung/Evan King (U-M) d. #78 Marek Michalicka/Billy Bertha (UW), 8-6
No. 2 -- Petr Satral/Ricardo Martin (UW) d. Chris Madden/Barrett Franks (U-M), 9-7
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein/Chris Cha (U-M) d. Fredrik Ask/Rod Carey (UW), 8-3

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


• Michigan improves to 71-8-1 all-time against Wisconsin. The two teams also met last season in Ann Arbor, a 4-3 Michigan victory (April 4, 2010).

• With his doubles win, Jung moves into a tie for fourth place at Michigan for career doubles wins (84). He is tied with former Wolverines George Navas (2007-10) and Eric Friedler (1973-76). The school record is 90, held by three men -- Brian Hung (2004-07), Matko Maravic (2005-08) and Mike Sroczynski (2007-10).

• With his win in singles, Jung has now won five straight and joins King at the 20-win plateau (20-9 overall).

• King had his 12-match win streak snapped with a loss to Marek Michalicka (Wisconsin).

• Michigan improved to 6-10 in winning the doubles point this season. It has won the point in five of its last seven matches. The Wolverines are 5-1 when winning the doubles point and 5-5 when losing it.

• It was Michigan's first home match since March 11 (Tulsa).

• The match was played indoors.


Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the match ... "I thought we played pretty well. There were a lot of positives to take away from this, but there are also things we need to work on, specifically in doubles. Hopefully this gives us some momentum heading into tomorrow's match with Minnesota."

On Evan King ... "I thought he did a real good job in doubles. He was focused and executed on his shots. In singles, he wasn't quite as aggressive, especially down the stretch. He got a little bit comfortable after taking a lead in that supertiebreaker, and the other guy, Michalicka, really stepped up. He's a very good player. Evan needed to press more, and I'm sure he didn't do that to his satisfaction. He was put on his heels and Michalicka attacked. Evan probably feels this is one that got away."

On the play from the bottom of the lineup ... "Chris got off the court pretty quick, and he's played his last two matches at an extremely high level. It was good to see both Shaun and Justin come up with wins. Shaun really battled to come back and win that match after getting put in a hole early, and Justin played a fantastic match."

On the rivalry with Minnesota ... "Minnesota is usually a team that we play more than once in a season, for whatever reason. It's always close, and it's always a battle. They are well coached and they compete extremely hard. We're expecting a fight and another close match."

U-M Sophomore Chris Cha
On his match ... "I got off to a little bit of a rocky start. I got broken in that very first game to go down early, and from there, I just buckled down. I felt I made my opponent hit some very tough shots, and it looked like he lost a little bit of steam as the match went on. I was pretty happy with my play once I got that momentum. I thought I competed well and played a pretty good match out there today."

On the bottom of the lineup coming through with two wins ... "We've had a bit of a rough stretch over the past couple of weeks, but we felt that if we continued to work hard in practice, the results would start showing up in the matches again. We'll take wins wherever we can get them, whether that's at the top or the bottom."

On the level of his tennis ... "I think I'm playing pretty well right now and playing some of the best tennis of the season. It feels good. I'm starting to put it together and put myself into situations where I can be successful."

U-M Freshman Justin Rossi
On his match ... "My backhand was really working today. I was working off that, but I was able to step up and attack with my forehand when I needed to. I lost my two matches last weekend, but I just kept plugging away."

On the bottom of the lineup coming through with two wins ... "It's good for this team. Like Chris said, we'll take wins wherever we can get them. Evan and Jason are the two best players we have on this team, and they are pretty consistent. This win today will give not just Chris and I a lot of confidence, but this entire team. We just want to build on this into tomorrow's match and hopefully come out with the same result. We know it'll be a battle."

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