U-M Capitalizes on Doubles, Early Singles to Claim Win at Wisconsin
Kevin Wong

April 13, 2014

Site: Madison, Wis. (Nielsen Tennis Center)
Score: Michigan 4, Wisconsin 3
Records: U-M (12-11 overall, 4-5 Big Ten), UW (9-13 overall, 1-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 18 -- vs. Indiana (Varsity Tennis Center), 4 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team won the doubles point and three of the first four singles matches off the court to earn a 4-3 victory at Wisconsin on Sunday (April 13) at the Nielsen Tennis Center.

Michigan got off to a quick start in doubles thanks to an efficient 8-0 win at the No. 3 position by junior Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) and freshman Kevin Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesa). The No. 2 duo of junior Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and junior Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) followed up with an 8-5 victory to secure the doubles point for Michigan.

Transitioning to singles, U-M won consecutive matches at the No. 1 and No. 6 positions to earn a 3-0 advantage. Petrone was first off the court, earning a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Petr Satral at the No. 1 position. Shortly thereafter, Wong picked up his fifth consecutive victory, notching a 6-4, 6-1 decision over Frederik Strabo at No. 6.

After the Badgers earned their first point of the dual with a victory at the No. 5 position, senior Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) clinched the win for the Maize and Blue with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Elliott Sprecher at the No. 4 position in the lineup.

After the Wolverines built a 4-1 lead, Wisconsin won the final two matches off the court -- at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions -- to post their second and third points of the match.

U-M will close out the regular season next weekend with a pair of Big Ten matches at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Wolverines will square off with Indiana on Friday (April 18) at 4 p.m. before wrapping up the final weekend of the regular season with a noon encounter with Purdue on Sunday (April 20).

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 115 Alex Petrone (U-M) def. Petr Satral (Wisconsin), 6-4, 6-1
No. 2 -- Alexander Kokorev (Wisconsin) def. Vlad Stefan (U-M), 6-3, 7-5
No. 3 -- Jakhongir Jalalov (Wisconsin) def. Justin Rossi (U-M), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 1-0(8)
No. 4 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) def. Elliott Sprecher (Wisconsin), 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 -- Michael Sinha (Wisconsin) def. Michael Zhu (U-M), 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 -- Kevin Wong (U-M) def. Frederik Strabo (Wisconsin), 6-4, 6-1

No. 1 -- Alex Buzzi/Barrett Franks (U-M) vs. Alexander Kokorev/Petr Satral (Wisconsin), 6-6 DNF
No. 2 -- Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M) def. Jakhongir Jalalov/John Zordani (Wisconsin), 8-5
No. 3 -- Vlad Stefan/Kevin Wong (U-M) def. Michael Sinha/Frederik Strabo (Wisconsin), 8-0

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

Media Contact: Zach Eisendrath (zeisen@umich.edu)