April 17, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: Michigan 5, Iowa 2
Records: Michigan (12-9, 5-4 Big Ten), Iowa (8-10, 2-6 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 23 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 4 p.m. CDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team sent its senior class out with a win, as the Wolverines triumphed over Iowa, 5-2, on Sunday (April 17) inside the Varsity Tennis Center. Seniors Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance), Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./West Torrance),and Duncan Muil (Lake Jackson, Texas/The Kings School) were each honored prior to doubles in what was the final home match of their careers.
Michigan fell into an early hole after Iowa won the doubles point by virtue of wins at Nos. 1 and 3. The Wolverines did get a victory from sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) and freshman Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) at No. 2, as the pair defeated Austen Kauss and Jonas Dierckx, 8-4.
U-M moved onto singles, where King wasted little time in tying the match at 1-1, dispatching of Marc Bruche at No. 1 in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, in a match that lasted a little more than an hour. Michigan jumped out to a 3-1 lead in a matter of minutes, as Jung, the team's senior captain, took down Will Vasos, 6-3, 6-2, and Madden defeated Mitch Beckert, 6-2, 6-2. The match was clinched at No. 4 when freshman Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') knocked off Garret Dunn, 6-4, 6-4.
Despite the match being clinched, two matches were still ongoing. Freshman Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) lost to Kauss at No. 3 in a supertiebreaker, falling 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7). Freshman Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) closed the match on a high note, with a 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory over Dierckx at No. 6
Michigan closes out the regular season on the road next Saturday (April 23), facing Northwestern at 4 p.m. CDT in Evanston, Ill.
The following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- #24 Evan King (U-M) d. Marc Bruche (Iowa), 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 -- #51 Jason Jung (U-M) d. Will Vasos (Iowa), 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 -- Austen Kauss (Iowa) d. Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7)
No. 4 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Garret Dunn (Iowa), 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 -- Chris Madden (U-M) d. Mitch Beckert (Iowa), 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) d. Jonas Dierckx (Iowa), 6-4, 7-6 (2)
No. 1 -- Marc Bruche/Will Vasos (Iowa) d. Shaun Bernstein/Jason Jung (U-M), 8-6
No. 2 -- Evan King/Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Austen Kauss/Jonas Dierckx (Iowa), 8-4
No. 3 -- Tom Mroziecwicz/Garret Dunn (Iowa) d. Chris Cha/Chris Madden (U-M), 8-5
Order of Completion: Doubles 3-1-2, Singles 1-2-5-4*-3-6
* Clinched match
N O T E S
Michigan improves to 46-8 all-time against Iowa. The Wolverines have won seven of the last eight meetings between the two schools.
The win against Iowa assures Michigan of finishing no lower than .500 in Big Ten play. The Wolverines are 5-4 in Big Ten play with one match remaining (Northwestern).
The Wolverines end the 2011 home slate with a 5-5 record at the Varsity Tennis Center.
The match was played indoors. Michigan went the entire home slate without playing an outdoor match on its home court.
Michigan falls to 6-15 in its quest to win the doubles point this season. The Wolverines are 5-1 when they win the point and 7-8 when they lose the point.
King improves to 25-8 on the season and 18-3 in dual matches.
It was Madden's first win at home this season, and it came in the final home match.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the senior class ... "All three of them have made a contribution in a different way. They've helped us elevate the program for what they've done, and I really believe we'll be in good shape even after they leave. They've given us an identity for what we want our program to be and they've been an absolute joy to coach the last four years.
On Evan King ... "The biggest thing for Evan has been his maturity during the week. He's taken ownership of his improvement and is playing with a lot of purpose. His mind is better trained to handle certain situations, and that just comes with experience. He's really locked in right now."
On Jason Jung ... "He's been fun to watch these last two matches because he's using all the skills that he has - his speed, his quickness and his experience. When you combine all of that with the level of confidence that Jason is playing at, it's a good mixture. He's done so much for this program, and not just on the court, but with the kind of leader he is. He's a fantastic ambassador for our program and the University of Michigan. He's worked extremely hard and is very unselfish. We're going to miss him."
U-M Senior Jason Jung
On emotions of Senior Day ... "There was definitely a lot going through my mind. It's been a long time coming. It's been a great four years, and I'm going to miss it, but at the same time, it's time to move on. We've still got plenty of tennis to play, though."
On his strategy in singles ... "I wasn't trying to do too much. I wanted to use my speed and quickness a little more today, and the biggest thing was just not getting frustrated. I think I kept a pretty level head today and it worked."
U-M Sophomore Evan King
On the senior class ... "All three of these guys are huge parts of our team. Chris [Madden] has been a big role model for me. He showed me how to compete the right way. Duncan [Muil] is just an unbelievable teammate and a great guy. He's got so much heart. And Jason [Jung] has basically been my mentor. He plays tennis with so much passion and he's got a great attitude... it's something that rubs off on all the other guys, especially since he's our captain. They will be missed."
U-M Senior Chris Madden
On winning his final match at home ... "It was real nice. I've had a rough season with the injury and all, but to win this match, my final home match, was really special. I hadn't one a home match this season, so it was good to get that."
On his time at Michigan ... "Tennis has been a huge part of my life the last four years. When you play a varsity sport, especially at a place like Michigan, it takes up a lot of your time, and that's not a bad thing. I won't be pursuing tennis after this, and that really hasn't set in yet. This place has been great to me for the last four years."
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