Wolverines Cruise Past Big Ten Foe Northwestern
Barrett Franks

April 7, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: Michigan 6, Northwestern 1
Attendance: 260
U-M (11-7, 6-1 Big Ten), Northwestern (17-7, 3-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 12 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 4 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team claimed the doubles point and five singles matches en route to a 6-1 win over Northwestern on Sunday afternoon (April 7) at the Varsity Tennis Center.

Michigan won the doubles point for the 10th time this season, claiming victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Northwestern earned an 8-6 win at No. 1, before U-M's No. 3 pair of sophomores Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) evened the count with an 8-6 victory.

With the doubles score knotted at one point apiece, juniors Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') and Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) secured the point for the Maize and Blue with a 9-8 (3) decision over Mihir Kumar and Raleigh Smith at the No. 2 position. Franks and Buzzi held a 3-2 lead in the tiebreaker before winning four of the final five points to close out the match.

For the second day in a row, Franks was first off the court for the Wolverines, picking up his ninth consecutive victory with a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Sidarth Balaji at the No. 3 spot. Franks has won four straight from the third singles position and boasts a 15-2 dual record. Zhu gave the Wolverines their third point of the match, notching a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Alex Pasareanu at the No. 5 position.

Senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan Prep) clinched the match from the top of the lineup, posting his third dual-match clinching victory of the season with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) decision over Spencer Wolf. King, who ranks third on U-M's all-time singles wins list with 108 victories, is 17-1 in dual competition and 23-4 overall this season.

With the fate of the match already decided, Michigan won two of the final three matches on the court. Sophomore Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) rallied for a 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (9) win over Mihir Kumar at the No. 4 spot before Buzzi wrapped up the dual with a 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (5) triumph over Chris Jackman at the No. 6 position.

Michigan will return to the road next weekend for a pair of Big Ten duals. U-M will travel to Lincoln, Neb., to square off against Nebraska at 4 p.m. on Friday (April 12) before wrapping up the weekend Sunday (April 14) with an 11 a.m. match against Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 15 Evan King (U-M) d. Spencer Wolf (Northwestern), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
No. 2 -- Raleigh Smith (Northwestern) d. Alex Petrone (U-M), 4-6, 7-6 (6), 1-0 (4)
No. 3 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Sidarth Balaji (Northwestern), 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 -- No. 98 Vlad Stefan (U-M) d. Mihir Kumar (Northwestern), 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (9)
No. 5 -- Michael Zhu (U-M) d. Alex Pasareanu (Northwestern), 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Chris Jackman (Northwestern), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (5)

No. 1 -- Spencer Wolf/Alex Pasareanu (Northwestern) d. No. 12 Evan King/Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 8-6
No. 2 -- Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Mihir Kumar/Raleigh Smith (Northwestern), 9-8 (3)
No. 3 -- Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M) d. Chris Jackman/Sidarth Balaji (Northwestern), 8-6

Order of Completion: Doubles 1-3-2, Singles 3-5-1-4-2-1


• Senior Evan King picked up his 108th career singles victory with his 6-4, 7-6 (4) decision over Spencer Wolf. King, who ranks third on U-M's all-time singles wins list, is 17-1 in dual competition and 23-4 overall this season.

• Today's win marked King's third dual-clinching victory of the season.

• Junior Barrett Franks has won each of his last nine matches -- including four in a row from the No. 3 spot -- and boasts a 15-2 dual record.

• With the win, the Wolverines improved to 6-2 at the Varsity Tennis Center.

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