Singles Wins by King, Jung Not Enough as Michigan Falls to Illinois

April 16, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: #17 Illinois 5, #27 Michigan 2
Records: U-M (11-9, 4-4 Big Ten), Illinois (13-8, 5-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 17 -- vs. Iowa (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Despite wins at the top two spots of the singles lineup, the University of Michigan men's tennis team could not repel No. 17 Illinois on Saturday (April 16), losing, 5-2, inside the Varsity Tennis Center. The Wolverines were up 2-1 on Illinois after wins at the top two singles spots, but Illinois won on the other four courts.

Michigan made some changes to its doubles lineup, looking for a spark against Illinois. The Fighting Illini, though, held the early advantage, winning at No. 3, 8-4. The Wolverines responded at No. 2, as Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) defeated KU Singh and Stephen Hoh, 8-6, to eliminate the advantage. Illinois clinched the point minutes later with an 8-6 win at No. 1 to head into singles up 1-0.

The Wolverines came out on fire in singles, starting at the top of the lineup. King got the ball rolling with a dominant 6-2, 6-1 victory over Dennis Nevolo, ranked No. 11 in the nation. Despite being down 3-1 in the second set, Jung followed suit minutes later with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Roy Kalmanovich at No. 2 for his seventh win in the last eight matches.

It was all Illinois from that point. No. 78 Abe Souza beat Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri HS), 6-2, 7-6 (6) at No. 5 to tie the match, and Johnny Hamui made it 3-2 with a win over Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys), 7-6 (4), 6-4 at No. 4. The Fighting Illini clinched the match with a come-from-behind win by Singh at No. 3 over Bernstein, 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4. After dominating Singh in the first set, Bernstein had an opportunity to win the match in the second set, leading 6-5, but Singh forced a tiebreaker and eventually won the match.

Senior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) was the final player on the court, battling Hoh at No. 6, and the two were in the third set when the match was clinched. Madden had two match points up 5-4 and receiving serve, but Hoh countered each time and went on to win in the tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (3), to make the score 5-2.

Michigan will host Iowa tomorrow (Sunday, April 17) for Senior Day, the final home match of the 2011 regular season. The match will start at noon.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- #24 Evan King (U-M) d. #11 Dennis Nevolo (ILL), 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 -- #51 Jason Jung (U-M) d. Roy Kalmanovich (ILL), 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 -- KU Singh (ILL) d. Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4
No. 4 -- #119 Johnny Hamui (ILL) d. Barrett Franks (U-M), 7-6 (4), 6-4
No. 5 -- #72 Abe Souza (ILL) d. Chris Cha (U-M), 6-2, 7-6 (6)
No. 6 -- Stephen Hoh (ILL) d. Chris Madden (U-M), 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (3)

No. 1 -- #75 Abe Souza/Johnny Hamui (ILL) d. Evan King/Chris Cha (U-M), 8-6
No. 2 -- Jason Jung/Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. KU Singh/Stephen Hoh (ILL), 8-6
No. 3 -- Dennis Nevolo/Brian Alden (ILL) d. Alex Buzzi/Chris Madden (U-M), 8-4

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


• Michigan falls to 62-31-2 all-time vs. Illinois. The Wolverines have lost 18 of the last 20 meetings between the two schools.

• The Wolverines are 4-5 at the Varsity Tennis Center this season.

• Michigan's doubles teams at No. 1 (Evan King and Chris Cha) and No. 3 (Alex Buzzi and Chris Madden) played together for the first time this season.

Jason Jung is now four doubles wins away from tying the program's all-time record for career wins (90). The record is held collectively held by Brian Hung (2004-07), Matko Maravic (2005-08) and Mike Sroczynski (2007-10).

• It was the first time Chris Cha played at No. 1 doubles in his career.

• Michigan falls to 6-14 in its quest to win the doubles point this season. The Wolverines are 5-1 when they win the point and 6-8 when they lose the point.

Evan King's win in singles was his 10th over a ranked opponent this season. His last win over a ranked opponent was March 17 when he beat then-No. 92 Neal Skupski of LSU, 6-3, 6-3. King is now 24-8 this season in singles, including 17-3 in dual matches.

• The match was played indoors.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423