U-M Loses to No. 24 Minnesota in Battle for Little Brown Jug

April 3, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: #24 Minnesota 5, #22 Michigan 2
Records: U-M (10-7, 3-2 Big Ten), Minnesota (13-2, 4-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 8 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 3 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team ended a two-match home stand on a sour note, falling to No. 24 Minnesota, 5-2, on Sunday (April 3) at the Varsity Tennis Center, sending the Little Brown Jug back to Minneapolis after a one-year stay in Ann Arbor.

Minnesota grabbed the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead in the match, winning at Nos. 2 and 3. At No. 3, the Michigan tandem of Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) held the advantage early on in the match, going up a break, but the Minnesota pair eventually roared back to even the odds at 5-5. Bernstein and Cha served to go up 6-5, but it was all Minnesota after that, winning three straight games to win the match, 8-6, and giving Minnesota a lead heading into singles.

Despite losing the point, Michigan's top tandem of Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) put on a clinic at No. 1, defeating the nation's No. 77-ranked pair of Sebastian Gallego and Phillip Arndt, 8-3. Jung and King trailed early in the match, down 40-0 in the very first game but eventually came back to win the game and cruised thereafter.

Michigan got a point back in singles to tie the match at 1-1, as Bernstein quickly dispatched of Gallego, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3. However, Minnesota retook the lead just seconds later, as Brendan Ruddock defeated Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep), 6-2, 6-3, at No. 5, to put the Golden Gophers back ahead, 2-1.

King tied the match at 2-2 with a straight-set win at No. 1 over Rok Bonin, 6-4, 6-2. The match came down to the results at courts two, four and six, but Michigan dropped the first set in each of those contests.

Minnesota went up 3-2 after Arndt defeated Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys) at No. 4, 7-6 (6), 6-3. The Golden Gophers clinched the match soon after at No. 6, as Julian Dehn defeated Cha, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, to claim possession of the jug. Minnesota added one final point at No. 2, as Tobias Wernet defeated Jung in three sets.

The Wolverines head back out on the road next weekend, beginning on Friday (April 8), as they take on Penn State at noon in State College, Pa.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- #21 Evan King (U-M) d. Rok Bonin (Minn), 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 -- Tobias Wernet (Minn) d. #57 Jason Jung (U-M), 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. Sebastian Gallego (Minn), 6-2, 6-0
No. 4 -- Phillip Arndt (Minn) d. Barrett Franks (U-M), 7-6 (7), 6-3
No. 5 -- Brendan Ruddock (Minn) d. Justin Rossi (U-M), 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 -- Julian Dehn (Minn) d. Chris Cha (U-M), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

No. 1 -- #19 Jason Jung/Evan King (U-M) d. #78 Sebastian Gallego/Phillip Arndt (Minn), 8-3
No. 2 -- Tobias Wernet/Rok Bonin (Minn) d. Barrett Franks/Chris Madden (U-M), 8-4
No. 3 -- Brendan Ruddock/Julian Dehn (Minn) d. Shaun Bernstein/Chris Cha (U-M), 8-6

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


• Michigan falls to 51-28-2 all-time against Minnesota. The Wolverines won both the contests last season.

• The Little Brown Jug has been contested since 2006. Each team now has won it three times.

• With his doubles win, Jung moves into sole possession of fourth place at Michigan for career doubles wins (85). The school record is 90, held by three men -- Brian Hung (2004-07), Matko Maravic (2005-08) and Mike Sroczynski (2007-10).

• Michigan fell to 6-11 in winning the doubles point this season. The Wolverines are 5-1 when winning the doubles point and 5-6 when losing it.

• Bernstein is now 4-1 in Big Ten play. He is now 18-14 overall this season in singles, and 9-8 in dual matches.

• Jung had his five-match win streak snapped.

• This weekend's slate marked the first time Michigan played back-to-back home matches at home all season.

• The match was played indoors.


Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the match ... "There were some real positives today. I was very proud with the way we fought in this match, but it wasn't enough. Give Minnesota a ton of credit. They played a very solid match. I felt that doubles point was a big momentum shifter. We were in control on two of the courts, and let it slip away on one of them, similar to what happened last week at Indiana. They deserve credit today. They capitalized and were better than us."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423