April 3, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: Michigan 5, Northwestern 2
Records: Michigan (8-7, 4-0 Big Ten), Northwestern (8-8, 0-3 Big Ten)
Next Event: Sunday, April 4 -- vs. Wisconsin (Varsity Tennis Center), noon
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team moved to 4-0 in Big Ten Conference play after defeating Northwestern, 5-2, on Saturday (April 3) at the Varsity Tennis Center. It is Michigan's ninth straight win over the Wildcats, dating back to the 2002-03 season.
The first half of doubles competition was contested outside, despite strong winds and a chance of rain. Midway through all three doubles matches, however, rain began to fall and the decision was made to move the remainder of the match inside. The No. 1 team of junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) were the first off the court, winning 8-4 over Tobias Reitz and Andrew McCarthy (NU). The Wolverines clinched the doubles point for the 12th time in 15 dual matches this season when the No. 3 team of junior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) and freshman Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S) defeated Alex Sanborn and Eric Spector (NU), 8-5.
The Wolverines jumped out to early advantages on four of the six courts in singles. Like in doubles, Jung and King each won their singles matches in straight sets to give Michigan a 3-0 lead. Northwestern picked up a point with a win at No. 6 over Cha to make the score 3-1.
While seniors Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep) and George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) were in the middle of their third sets, Madden found himself in a familiar situation. Despite losing the first set, he battled back to take the next two sets to win the match and seal the team win for the Wolverines. It was Madden's fifth straight singles win and the third time this season that he has clinched the team win. He also did it against Vanderbilt on Jan. 23 and Notre Dame on Feb. 13. Navas won at No. 4 over Spencer Wolf (NU), though Sroczynski lost at No. 3 to Sidarth Balaji (NU), making the final tally 5-2 in favor of Michigan.
The six-match home stand concludes Sunday (April 4), as Michigan hosts Wisconsin at noon.
The following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- No. 97 Evan King (U-M) d. No. 84 Joshua Graves (NU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 -- No. 41 Jason Jung (U-M) d. Andrew McCarthy (NU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 -- Sidarth Balaji (NU) d. Mike Sroczynski (U-M), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 -- George Navas (U-M) d. Spencer Wolf (NU), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
No. 5 -- Chris Madden (U-M) d. Tobias Reitz (NU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 -- Alex Sanborn (NU) d. Chris Cha (U-M), 6-4, 7-6 (2)
No. 1 -- No. 43 Jason Jung/Evan King (U-M) d. Tobias Reitz/Andrew McCarthy (NU), 8-4
No. 2 -- Joshua Graves/Spencer Wolf (NU) d. No. 33 George Navas/Mike Sroczynski (U-M), 8-6
No. 3 -- Chris Cha/Chris Madden (U-M) d. Alex Sanborn/Eric Spector (NU), 8-5
Order of Completion: Doubles 1-3-2, Singles 2-1-6-5*
Michigan improves to 8-7 on the season (4-0 in Big Ten). It is also 5-3 at home (4-1 on current six-match home stand).
In its first four conference matches, Michigan has outscored Big Ten opponents 22-6 (two 6-1 wins, two 5-2 wins).
Michigan is now 66-25-1 (.728) all-time against Northwestern.
The No. 2 team of Sroczynski and Navas were handed just their fourth loss in doubles on the dual-match season. They are now 10-4 (2-1 at No. 1; 8-3 at No. 2) in dual matches.
With the win, Navas moves to .500 in dual matches (7-7).
King has played at No. 1 singles in each of Michigan's first four conference matches.
Navas' match at No. 4 was suspended midway through the third set after the lights went out at the Varsity Tennis Center. They came back on about 15 minutes later and the two finished out the match.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the match against Northwestern ... "I thought we gave great energy at the start. Our guys were ready to go from the beginning and I thought they did a great job in maintaining their focus. Northwestern is a good team, a young team, and we expected a war with them. It wasn't our best effort today, but we didn't beat ourselves."
On tomorrow's match with Wisconsin ... "Wisconsin is a very good team that has a lot of strength at the top of singles and in doubles. We need to play very well in order to win tomorrow."
On if the non-conference schedule helps when Big Ten play starts ... "I think so, as long as you don't let it break you. When you play a schedule like we have, it makes you battle-tested once conference play starts. There are a lot of strong teams out there, both in our conference and out. We are playing better."
U-M Junior Jason Jung
On the weather's effect ... "This has happened a few times since I have been here. I prefer to play outside and I'm actually comfortable in wind, so that didn't really bother me. Whether you are indoors or out, the focus is still the same."
On tomorrow's match with Wisconsin ... "We've just got to come in with the same kind of focus we had last week. We know what our goals are and we feel good about our plan. It comes down to execution."
On his mindset in back-and-forth matches ... "In the past, I've gotten down on myself. I won't think. It's something I have been fighting with my whole life (in tennis) and it's something I have been working on. I think I have gotten better about being more in the zone and being more consistent with my play."
U-M Junior Chris Madden
On his match-clinching wins ... "I think I've done a good job all year with my play. I've been fortunate to pull a few wins out. The key for me is to stay aggressive and put pressure on my opponent."
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