Michigan Rallies Past Wisconsin to Stay Perfect in Big Ten Play

April 4, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: Michigan 4, Wisconsin 3
Records: Michigan (9-7, 5-0 Big Ten), Wisconsin (13-6, 2-2 Big Ten)
Next Event: Friday, April 9 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 3 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team rallied past Wisconsin on Sunday (April 4), winning 4-3 outside at the Varsity Tennis Center. Michigan dropped the first set in every singles match after winning the doubles point, but juniors Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) won at Nos. 1 and 4, respectively, in three-set thrillers to give U-M the come-from-behind win and keep the Wolverines perfect in Big Ten play (5-0).

After a loss at No. 2 doubles yesterday (Saturday, April 3), the senior duo of George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) and Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep) kicked doubles off by overwhelming No. 79 Luke Rossow-Kantor and Mike Dierberger (Wisconsin), 8-3, to give Michigan an early advantage for the doubles point. The No. 3 team of freshman Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) and Madden clinched the point with a come-from-behind victory over Patrick Pohlmann and Ricardo Martin (Wisconsin), 8-5, to give Michigan an early 1-0 lead in the match.

Wisconsin quickly took control of singles, grabbing the first set on each of the six courts. The Badgers tied up the match at No. 2, after No. 17 Moritz Baumann knocked off freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) in straight sets. They added another point when Wisconsin's Chris Freeman defeated Cha at No. 6 in three sets.

Michigan got a point back to even things up at 2-2 when Navas won at No. 5, pushing his record in Big Ten matches to 5-0. Wisconsin once again took the lead in the match when Patrick Pohlmann (Wisconsin) sent back Sroczynski in three sets.

In the third set at No. 1, Jung was down 5-4 to No. 21 Marek Michalicka and serving for a tie. The game was tied at 30-30 when Michalicka received a time violation warning from the chair umpire. Jung won the next point to go up 40-30 when Michalicka received a second violation, giving Jung the point and the game win, tying the third set at 5-5. The junior went on to win the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and corral momentum back to Michigan with Madden the only remaining player on the courts.

Madden, who had clinched team wins three previous times this season, most recently yesterday against Northwestern, came through again at No. 5, this time over Billy Bertha (Wisconsin) in three sets, giving Michigan the 4-3 victory and setting off a celebration at the Varsity Tennis Center. He also clinched Michigan's wins against Vanderbilt (Jan. 23) and Notre Dame (Feb. 13).

Next Friday (April 9), Michigan hits the road for the first time this season in conference play, facing Penn State in State College, Pa. The match is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 41 Jason Jung (U-M) d. No. 21 Marek Michalicka (WISC), 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
No. 2 -- No. 17 Moritz Baumann (WISC) d. No. 97 Evan King (U-M), 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 -- Patrick Pohlmann (WISC) d. Mike Sroczynski (U-M), 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-2
No. 4 -- Chris Madden (U-M) d. Billy Bertha (WISC), 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
No. 5 -- George Navas (U-M) d. Ricardo Martin (WISC), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 6 -- Chris Freeman (WISC) d. Chris Cha (U-M), 6-3, 2-6, 6-4

No. 1 -- No. 15 Marek Michalicka/Moritz Baumann (WISC) d. No. 43 Jason Jung/Evan King (U-M), 8-7 (4)
No. 2 -- No. 33 George Navas/Mike Sroczynski (U-M) d. No. 79 Luke Rossow-Kantor/Mike Dierberger (WISC), 8-3
No. 3 -- Chris Cha/Chris Madden (U-M) d. Patrick Pohlmann/Ricardo Martin (WISC), 8-5

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


• With the win, Michigan improves its record to 9-7 overall (5-0 in Big Ten).

• Michigan has now won four straight and six of its last eight.

• Michigan is now 71-9-1 (.876) all-time against Wisconsin in dual matches. Wisconsin beat Michigan last season in Madison, 4-3.

• The entire match was played outdoors at the William Clay Ford Outdoor Courts. Part of doubles against Northwestern on Saturday (April 3) was played outdoors before inclement weather forced the remainder of the match to move indoors.

• Madden has now won six straight singles matches and nine of his last 11. He leads the team with 18 singles wins (11-5 in dual matches).

• Four of Michigan's remaining five dual matches will be on the road. The Wolverines have only one home match left, Sunday, April 18, against Purdue, which will also be Senior Day. They are 6-3 at home (5-1 on the six-match home stand).

• Michigan won the doubles point for the 13th time in 16 dual matches.

• Each of U-M's three doubles teams (Jung/King, Navas/Sroczynski, Cha/Madden) are 4-1 in Big Ten play.

• Five of the six singles matches on Sunday went three sets.


Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the match against Wisconsin ... "It's a relief. I've been doing this for over 20 years and I can't remember winning a match after losing each first set in singles. It was an unbelievable team effort. I'm so proud of our whole team. Wisconsin is a very good team and this was a great win for us, but there are a lot of things that we need to improve upon."

On how his team changed its mindset after losing the first set in all six singles matches ... "When the scoreboard looks bleak as it did today, you either cave in or step up and our guys stepped up. They became much more aggressive in their play. Jason and Chris really stepped up today and showed great resilience in their matches. And George, our captain, looked impressive in his win. He's taking a lot of pride in being our leader out there."

On shifting focus to road matches ... "The tennis stays the same. When you are away, nobody is really helping us but ourselves. It's all about the team, and that's what I preached to our guys this whole week. Starting with your first five conference matches at home is nice, but now we go out on the road, and we just have to be on the same page."

U-M Junior Chris Madden
On his mindset during the last match ... "Tough match, real tough match. I knew I had to come through. I actually didn't know what was going on the other side with JJ (Jason Jung), but I just concentrated on holding and did my best to come out with a win. It definitely feels good. It's a huge win, unbelievable win, but we can get better and we have higher goals."

On pressure situations ... "When I am the last one out there, I'm completely zoned in. Quiet. If I am the first one off, I'll do my best to cheer on my teammates and push them."

U-M Junior Jason Jung
On his win at No. 1 ... "I don't even know what to say. The coaches helped pull me through today. I was able to buckle down and get through it. The conditions were better today, too."

On the halfway point in the Big Ten season ... "This win helps us in so many ways. It gives our confidence a huge boost. We know now that, home or away, we can come out and play with anybody. We're playing pretty well right now and hopefully that leads to better things down the road."

U-M Senior George Navas
On his win at No. 5 ... "It wasn't pretty, but even after I lost the first set, I thought I could make a few adjustments. I felt pretty confident I could get through it even though I wasn't happy with the quality of my tennis or like where I was at mentally. In that second set, I saw a few people starting to make some charges and knew we would be alright if we just stuck with it."

On the importance of this win ... "It's really big, especially since we came back in three matches after losing the first set on six of them. It's something I have never been a part of. Wisconsin is one of the better teams in the Big Ten and now with this win, we can focus on playing Penn State and Ohio State next weekend and moving forward."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423