Wolverines Push Aside Iowa to Extend Win Streak to Six
Michael Zhu

April 15, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: #22 Michigan 6, Iowa 1
Records: U-M (15-5, 8-1 Big Ten), Iowa (1-19, 0-9 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 20 -- vs. Penn State (Varsity Tennis Center), 4 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team dominated singles play, claiming five-of-six matches, to complete a 6-1 win over Iowa on Sunday afternoon (April 15) at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Wolverines, who extended their win streak to six straight matches, improved to 8-1 in Big Ten Conference competition.

Michigan won in straight sets on four singles courts, including similar 6-2, 6-2 decisions from sophomore Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) and junior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan Prep), to clinch the dual match quickly.

Off court first, Buzzi defeated Tom Mroziewicz at the No. 5 position, taking advantage of early breaks in both sets, including a 3-0 start in the first. King followed soon after, extending his singles win streak to 13 straight with a victory over the Hawkeyes' Matt Hagan. King broke immediately in each set and built a 5-1 advantage in the second before serving out the match. The win was the 30th of the season for King, matching his career-high single-season tally.

Michigan's three freshmen -- Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep), Eli Brown (Toronto, Ontario/City Academy) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National HS) -- all rebounded from losses in yesterday's dual to round out the Wolverines' singles winners.

Petrone defeated Will Vasos, 6-1, 6-4, in his fourth season appearance at the No. 2 position. The U-M rookie surged to a 4-0 lead in the first set and after getting broke to 4-1 late, responded in kind to claim the set's final two games. He traded breaks early in the second before retaking the lead late and serving out the match.

Brown rallied from an early second-set deficit to wrap up his 6-4, 6-3 decision against Mitch Beckert at No. 6, and after failing to serve out the match, broke again in the final game to collect his third dual win of the season. Zhu defeated Jonas Dierckx, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 1-0 (6), in the final match of the afternoon. He took the final four games of the match tiebreaker, ending the contest with an unplayable forehand shot to the baseline.

The Wolverines claimed doubles wins on the No. 2 and No. 3 courts to claim the initial point for the sixth straight dual. Petrone and Zhu clinched the point with an 8-3 decision against Vasos and Hagan at the latter position.

Michigan (15-5, 8-1 Big Ten) will conclude Big Ten dual play next weekend, hosting Penn State at 4 p.m. on Friday (April 20) before traveling to Columbus, Ohio, to face Ohio State at noon on Sunday (April 22).

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 8 Evan King (U-M) d. Matt Hagan (Iowa), 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 -- Alex Petrone (U-M) d. Will Vasos (Iowa), 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 -- Michael Zhu (U-M) d. Jonas Dierckx (Iowa), 6-3, 6-7 (7), 1-0 (6)
No. 4 -- Garret Dunn (Iowa) d. Barrett Franks (U-M), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (5)
No. 5 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Tom Mroziewicz (Iowa), 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 -- Eli Brown (U-M) d. Mitch Beckert (Iowa), 6-4, 6-3

No. 1 -- Garret Dunn/Michael Swank (Iowa) d. No. 13 Evan King/Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 8-7 (2)
No. 2 -- Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Jonas Dierckx/Matt Hagan (Iowa), 8-2
No. 3 -- Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M) d. Will Vasos/Tom Mroziewicz (Iowa), 8-3

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

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