Michigan Edges Penn State for Big Ten Road Victory

April 9, 2010

Site: State College, Pa. (Sarni Tennis Center)
Score: #26 Michigan 4, #63 Penn State 3
Records: U-M (10-7, 6-0 Big Ten), PSU (12-7, 1-4 Big Ten)
Next Event: Sunday, April 11 -- at #2 Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), Noon

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- After running out to a 3-0 lead, the No. 26-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team held off a late surge from No. 63 Penn State on Friday (April 9), winning 4-3 at Sarni Tennis Center. Junior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) got the match-clinching win at No. 5 over Guillaume St-Maurice in three sets, joining freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) and senior Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep) as U-M's singles winners. Michigan improves to 10-7 (6-0 Big Ten) and has won five straight.

Michigan won the doubles point for the 14th time in 17 dual matches with wins at Nos. 1 and 2. After Madden and freshman Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri HS) lost at No. 3, snapping their three-match winning streak, the No. 2 team of King and junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) won its match to even things up. Playing in the No. 1 position, seniors George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) and Sroczynski earned their 12th dual match doubles win, clinching the team point for Michigan and giving it an early 1-0 advantage in the match.

King added the team's second point with a win over Ryan Gormley at No. 2, and Sroczynski snapped his two-match losing skid with a win over Jason Lee at No. 3, pushing the U-M advantage to 3-0. However, Penn State began to corral momentum to its side, beginning with the match at No. 4. Navas was the tough-luck loser, dropping tiebreakers in both sets in a loss to Warren Hardie. A few minutes later, PSU's Eddie Bourchier upset Jung at No. 1 to bring Penn State within one point at 3-2. The Nittany Lions evened the match up at 3-3 when Bryan Welnetz knocked off Cha in straight sets, setting the stage for Madden's heroics.

After falling behind 3-1 in the third set of his match with St-Maurice, Madden won five straight games to take the match and clinch the victory for Michigan. He has now clinched the last three Michigan victories (five on the season) and has won his last seven singles matches.

Michigan returns to action this Sunday (April 11) against No. 2 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. The match will begin at noon.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- Eddie Bourchier (PSU) d. No. 41 Jason Jung (U-M), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3
No. 2 -- No. 97 Evan King (U-M) d. Ryan Gormley (PSU), 7-6 (4), 6-3 (1)
No. 3 -- Mike Sroczynski (U-M) d. Jason Lee (PSU), 6-4, 7-6 (0)
No. 4 -- Warren Hardie (PSU) d. George Navas (U-M), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4)
No. 5 -- Chris Madden (U-M) d. Guillaume St-Maurice (PSU), 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
No. 6 -- Bryan Welnetz (PSU) d. Chris Cha (U-M), 6-3, 6-1

No. 1 -- No. 33 Navas/Sroczynski (U-M) d. Lee/Hardie (PSU), 8-6
No. 2 -- No. 43 Jung/King (U-M) d. Bourchier/St-Maurice (PSU) -- 8-4
No. 3 -- Gormley/Taylor Cohen (PSU) d. Cha/Madden (U-M), 8-4

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


• Michigan improves to 18-5 all-time against Penn State in dual matches.

• Michigan has won five straight against Penn State.

• Singles win streaks for both Jason Jung and George Navas were broken during Friday's match. Jung previously had a three-match win streak and Navas had a four-match win streak.

• Inclement weather in the State College area forced the match to be played indoors, where only four matches could be played at a time.


Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On Friday's win at Penn State ... "Even thought we got up 3-0, none of those matches came easy. We were playing well and Penn State was playing hard. I thought we did a good job in doubles. Everything else was close. Sometimes it looks like we had a great start and they came back. The most important thing, especially in a hostile environment like this, is keeping your composure. It looked pretty bleak there for a little bit, but I thought our guys raised the level of play to overcome it. They certainly didn't make it easy for us."

On Chris Madden's clinching victory ... "He has done it before, not just this year but in previous years. It's not easy being the last one out there. Everything rides on you. You've got to find balance between keeping your composure and keeping your emotions in check. I think Chris has learned from experience. He hasn't panicked when things have gone against him. It's almost a natural strength of his and it's something he has learned and honed over his last couple of years here."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423