April 11, 2010
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Stickney Tennis Center)
Score: #2 Ohio State 6, Michigan 1
Records: Michigan (10-8, 6-1 Big Ten), Ohio State (24-1, 6-0 Big Ten)
Next Event: Sunday, April 18 -- vs. Purdue (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Facing its highest-ranked opponent this season, the University of Michigan men's tennis team dropped its first Big Ten match of the campaign to archrival and No. 2-ranked Ohio State on Sunday (April 11), 6-1, at the Stickney Tennis Center. The loss snapped Michigan's five-match winning streak and moved the Wolverines to 10-8 on the season (6-1 in Big Ten).
Senior George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) was Michigan's only victor of the afternoon, upsetting No. 113 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU), 6-2, 6-4, at No. 4 singles.
Ohio State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point. The No. 2 team of junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) dispatched of Matt Allare and Uzawa (OSU), 8-3, to give Michigan an early push for the point. Ohio State quickly responded, winning at No. 3 over freshman Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) and junior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) by the same score (8-3) to even things up. In the final doubles bout, U-M's No. 1 team and No. 33-ranked senior duo of Navas and Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep) could not overcome No. 33 Chase Buchanon and Dino Marcan (OSU), losing 9-7 to give Ohio State the edge heading into singles play.
Michigan attempted to regroup and push momentum back to its side in singles, but Ohio State was too strong, winning at Nos. 2, 3, and 6, to begin the singles slate. Allare defeated Cha at No. 6 (6-2, 6-3), No. 36 Justin Kronauge (OSU) fended off a spirited effort from King (6-3, 6-3) and No. 88 Marcan beat Sroczynski (6-4, 6-2). With those three wins, Ohio State moved the score to 4-0 and clinched the match.
Despite the match result decided, Michigan had opportunities at the remaining three courts. Navas picked up his win over Uzawa at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-4, to put Michigan on the board. At No. 1, Jung attempted to go 2-0 on the season against Buchanon but lost in a second-set tiebreaker, 6-2, 7-6 (7). The final match played was at No. 5, where Balazs Novak (OSU) ended Madden's seven-match singles win streak, making the final tally 6-1.
Michigan returns to the Varsity Tennis Center for the final time this season next Sunday (April 18), when it hosts Purdue. The match is designated 'Senior Day' and will honor the four-year careers of Navas and Sroczynski. The match will begin at noon.
The following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- No. 12 Chase Buchanon (OSU) d. No. 41 Jason Jung (U-M), 6-2, 7-6 (7)
No. 2 -- No. 36 Justin Kronauge (OSU) d. No. 97 Evan King (U-M), 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 -- No. 88 Dino Marcan (OSU) d. Mike Sroczynski (U-M), 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 -- George Navas (U-M) d. No. 113 Shuhei Uzawa (OSU), 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 -- Balazs Novak (OSU) d. Chris Madden (U-M), 6-3, 7-5
No. 6 -- Matt Allare (OSU) d. Chris Cha (U-M), 6-2, 6-3
No. 1 -- No. 34 Buchanon/Marcan (OSU) d. No. 33 Navas/Sroczynski (U-M), 9-7
No. 2 -- No. 43 Jung/King (U-M) d. Allare/Uzawa (OSU), 8-3
No. 3 -- Kronauge/Novak (OSU) d. Cha/Madden (U-M), 8-3
Order of Completion: Doubles: 2-3-1, Singles: 6-2-3*-4-1-5
* Clinched match
It was Michigan's first conference loss of the season. Prior to Sunday, Michigan had won its first six conference matches.
Michigan falls to 72-27-2 all-time against Ohio State. The Buckeyes have won the series' last 14 meetings (last Michigan win on April 8, 2001).
Ohio State has now won 104 consecutive home matches and 58 straight Big Ten matches (including postseason).
At the ITA Midwest Regional in October, Jung defeated Buchanon, 6-1, 6-2.
Every singles match went straight sets.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On Sunday's match against Ohio State ... "I think the doubles point would have been very important for us. We weren't conceding after we lost it, but it would have helped. Our guys came out played hard on all three courts. We just needed to play a little better. We competed well. I think our guys came into the match really wanting to step onto that court this morning and fight for the win, and I think we did that. We had our best start and our best level of play, so I was pleased with that, but just being competitive isn't good enough. We need to find ways to win those matches."
On Ohio State ... "It's hard to argue with their record. They are relentless competitors. To beat Ohio State on the road, you need to be at your best and give them credit, they were tough. In the end, they were a little too consistent for us today. We've played a lot of good teams this season, and Ohio State ranks up there with the best of them. Our guys would love to have another chance to play a team like Ohio State again this season in tournament play. We need to play well to have that opportunity."
On the upcoming week's preparation ... "We'll take an advantage of that. I don't think we'll have any trouble bouncing back. We are feeling good about ourselves even though we lost. I think everyone is more confident now than we were at the beginning. We are 6-1 in the Big Ten right now and are motivated to have a strong finish. We feel like we are getting closer, but we have work to do."
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