Wolverines Rally for Road Win at Penn State

April 8, 2011

Site: University Park, Pa. (Penn State Indoor Tennis Center)
Score: #23 Michigan 6, Penn State 1
Records: U-M (11-7, 4-2 Big Ten), Penn State (10-12, 0-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 10 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), Noon

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- After falling behind in a 1-0 hole after doubles, the No. 23-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team rebounded with a dominant effort in singles play, crushing Penn State, 6-1, on Friday (April 8) at the Penn State Indoor Tennis Center. With the win, Michigan improves to 11-7 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten.

Penn State lead out of the gate with an early 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point from Michigan. The Wolverines kept their top team of Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) intact at No. 1, but the Maize and Blue duo lost to Eddie Bourchier and Russell Bader, 8-5. The Nittany Lions won the point by virtue of a win at No. 3, as Bryan Welnetz and Chris Hasyn defeated the Michigan team of Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) and Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa), 8-5. Despite losing the point, Michigan went into singles with a positive, as the No. 2 team of Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') beat Chris Young and Jason Lee, 8-5.

Michigan erased the deficit quickly, jumping out to a 2-1 lead on the Nittany Lions. Bernstein continued his hot streak, winning for the fifth time in the last six matches with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 victory over Bader at No. 3, followed shortly by a straight-set win at No. 1 from King over Bourchier, 6-3, 6-3.

Jung moved the Wolverines to within one point of clinching the match with a three-set, come-from-behind victory at No. 2, beating Jason Lee, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, to make the match 3-1 in favor of the Wolverines. Michigan won the match a few moments later, as Franks also completed a three-set rally against Bryan Welnetz, winning 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4.

Due to inclement weather, the match was played indoors on the four courts at the PSU Indoor Tennis Center. After the first two matches concluded, matches at Nos. 5 and 6 commenced, both going to the Wolverines. Cha defeated Hasyn, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 1-0 (10-4), and Madden closed out the night with a win against Young, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6).

Michigan finishes up its two-match road trip on Sunday (April 10) when it faces No. 3 Ohio State at noon in Columbus.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- #21 Evan King (U-M) d. Eddie Bourchier (PSU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 -- #57 Jason Jung (U-M) d. Jason Lee (PSU), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. Russell Bader (PSU), 7-6 (5), 6-1
No. 4 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Bryan Welnetz (PSU), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 -- Chris Cha (U-M) d. Chris Hasyn (PSU), 7-6 (5), 2-6, 1-0 (10-4)
No. 6 -- Chris Madden (U-M) d. Chris Young (PSU), 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)

No. 1 -- Eddie Bourchier/Russell Bader (PSU) d. #19 Jason Jung/Evan King (U-M), 8-5
No. 2 -- Barrett Franks/Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. Chris Young/Jason Lee (PSU), 8-5
No. 3 -- Bryan Welnetz/Chris Hasyn (PSU) d. Chris Cha/Chris Madden (U-M), 8-5

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


• The Wolverines are 19-5 all-time against Penn State and have won six straight against the Nittany Lions.

• Michigan won all six singles matches for the second time in Big Ten play, also accomplishing the feat against Purdue on March 25.

• Michigan lost the doubles point for the 12th time this season. Its record in winning the doubles point is now 6-12. The Wolverines are 5-1 when they win the point and 6-6 when they lose it.

• King improves to 23-7 in singles on the season, and 16-2 in dual matches. Only three of his seven losses have occurred after Jan. 1.

• Jung is now one singles win away from reaching 80 wins in both singles and doubles at Michigan. He now has 21 wins on the season, which ties his career high for a season -- he also won 21 matches last season as a junior.

• After losing four singles matches from Feb. 26 to March 17, Bernstein has won five of six, and is now just one win away from joining Jung and King at the 20-win plateau this season. Bernstein is 19-14 in singles.

• Franks' win at No. 4 snapped a three-match losing skid. He moves back to .500 in singles play this season (15-15).

• After spending the last few matches at No. 6, Cha moved up to No. 5. Madden replaced Justin Rossi in the singles lineup, playing at No. 6.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423