April 20, 2012
N O T E S
With today's win, Michigan improved to 20-5 in the all-time series against Penn State. U-M has claimed the last six meetings against the Nittany Lions.
Michigan wrapped up the home portion of its 2012 schedule with a 9-2 record.
U-M has won each of its last seven matches and 12 of its last 13. The Wolverines' current win streak is the program's longest since winning 10 straight in 2007.
With its 9-1 record in Big Ten play, Michigan has already matched its most conference wins since also tallying nine in 1999.
The Wolverines have won the doubles point in seven straight matches and 14 of 20 duals this season, combining for a 37-21 record in dual competition.
Junior Evan King has won 18 of his last 19 singles matches.
King improved to 31-6 on the season, registering a new career high for season wins. With his 31-6 record, King also moved up to the eighth position among Michigan's all-time single-season win leaders, where he is tied with Jon Morris (1988) and Peter Pusztai (1994). He needs three more to reach the seventh spot, currently held by Dan Goldberg (34, 1988).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the doubles point ... "It was great. I didn't think we were playing our best at the beginning, because they were a little nervous and a little tight. This was a big match for us, there's been a lot going on with final exams, so I think they were feeling some of that. We were down breaks, down match points, but I think all three teams, including the No. 1 team, responded very well. We fought really well on all three courts. I had no idea which matches we were going to win, if any, but they stepped up. Michael (Zhu) and Alex (Petrone) have particularly stepped up to clinch doubles points all season. In this one, they were down 2-3 match points, so I was very proud of the way they came through for us. That was big."
On finishing strong in singles ... "Our guys did a good job winning some tough first sets in singles before picking it up and really putting the pedal to the metal to finish those matches. I think we played better in the second and third sets than we did in the first on every court. In each case, after getting through that first set, they really stepped up and played great. It was really nice to see the way they finished the doubles point and the way they finished the singles matches."
On facing Ohio State for a share of the Big Ten title ... "I think they've got a lot to be proud of with a 9-1 record in the Big Ten. Now they get the opportunity to play one match for a share of the championship. Obviously, we know we're the heavy underdog going into the match, but the guys know they have nothing to lose. I'm sure they're going to go after it, hopefully enjoy it and see if they can pull a big upset. I want them to have that experience, and I challenged them to see if the goals that they set for themselves as a team are really something they're going to go after. I'm expecting and really hoping that they will step up and try to take it."
U-M Junior Evan King
On the Wolverines' recent winning streak ... "It's definitely good to be playing your best tennis at the end of the year. So, going into Sunday and going into the postseason, we've got a lot of confidence. We haven't lost for a little while, but we can still play better -- every one of us. We haven't reached our potential as a team yet. We just need to keep fighting."
On whether he expected U-M to be in the Big Ten title hunt ... "I don't really know what we were expecting. We have such a young team. We just wanted to fight hard in practice, try to get better and let the wins come. We had an unfortunate injury this fall with Justin Rossi, but everyone has picked up the slack and is playing extremely well from top to bottom. We figured out pretty early, after losing 4-3 to a top-10 team in Duke, that we could be successful this season. Everyone has just continued to work hard. It's paying off now, and hopefully we can keep it going."