Notes & Quotes: Michigan 5, Illinois 2

April 6, 2013

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• Senior Evan King picked up his 107th career singles victory with his 6-3, 6-2 decision over Jared Hiltzik. King, who ranks third on U-M's all-time singles wins list, is 16-1 in dual competition and 22-4 overall this season.

• Junior Barrett Franks has won each of his last eight matches -- including three in a row from the No. 3 spot -- and boasts a 14-2 dual record.

• Junior Alex Buzzi picked up his second dual-clinching victory of the season, earning a 6-3, 6-4 win over Alex Jesse at the No. 6 position.

• With the win, the Wolverines improved to 5-2 at the Varsity Tennis Center.


Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On winning five of singles matches after dropping the doubles point ... "That is one thing about this team -- they really don't panic and they have pretty good resiliency. I have seen that throughout the year. I have never seen a situation this year in a dual match where the guys have panicked or lost their composure."

On Alex Buzzi clinching the match at No. 6 singles ... "He is playing really well. Sometimes he doesn't always have the best starts, but he is someone we can count on under pressure. The tighter the situation, the more it seems like he rises to the occasion."

On Barrett Franks recording his eighth straight singles win ... "Barrett has been terrific. He played No. 6 to start the year, then No. 5, then No. 4 and now he has won three matches at No. 3. He is a captain and he takes a ton of pride in playing for Michigan. I am really happy for him and it has been a really big lift for the team that he is playing so well."