Wolverines Knock Off Boilermakers on Senior Day

April 20, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: Michigan 5, Purdue 2
Records: U-M (14-11 overall, 6-5 Big Ten), PUR (15-6 overall, 7-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sun., April 24-27 -- at Big Ten Tournament (East Lansing, Mich.)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team closed out the regular season with a 5-2 upset victory over No. 28 Purdue on Sunday (April 20) at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Wolverines won the doubles point and the first three singles matches off the court to secure their 14th win of the season.

U-M began the match by earning the doubles point for the 17th time this season, posting victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. The duo of senior Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Old Bethpage JFK HS) and freshman Kevin Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesa) struck first, notching a quick 8-3 decision over the 85th-ranked tandem of Aaron Dujovne and Diego Acosta. Playing his final home match for the Maize and Blue, Bernstein picked up his 75 career doubles wins, which rank 10th all-time in program history.

Minutes later, Michigan's 31st-ranked pairing of seniors Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') and Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) clinched the point from the top spot, posting an 8-4 win over the 70th-ranked pairing of Szymon Tatarczyk and Ricky Medinilla.

Senior/junior Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) put the Wolverines ahead 2-0 after defeating Mark Kovacs, 6-3, 6-4, in the first singles match off the court at No. 3. Rossi has won 12 of his last 17 singles matches. He owns 16 singles victories this season, including a career-high 13 dual-match wins.

Shortly thereafter, Franks gave U-M a 3-0 lead, moving past Acosta in three sets (3-6, 6-0, 6-3) at the No. 6 position. Minutes later, junior Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) clinched the dual-match victory from the No. 1 position, cruising past Tatarczyk, 6-3, 6-4, for his 16th singles victory of the season.

After the fate of the match was already decided, Buzzi gave U-M its fifth point of the dual, moving past Mateus Silva (6-4, 7-6 (5)) at the No. 6 position. Buzzi has won four consecutive singles matches and owns 12 dual-match victories this season.

The Boilermakers won the final two singles matches off the court, posting victories at the No. 2 and No. 4 positions, respectively.

U-M will travel to East Lansing, Mich., for the 2014 Big Ten Championships, which run Thursday through Sunday (April 24-27). With the No. 6 seed, the Wolverines will open play against 11th-seeded Wisconsin on Thursday (April 24) at the MSU Outdoor Courts. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. EDT. 

The following are match-by-match results:

Singles
No. 1 -- No. 103 Alex Petrone (U-M) def. Szymon Tatarczyk (Purdue), 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 -- Ricky Medinilla (Purdue) def. Shaun Bernstein (U-M), 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (9)
No. 3 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) def. Mark Kovacs (Purdue), 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 -- Aaron Dujovne (Purdue) def. Vlad Stefan (U-M), 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (7)
No. 5 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) def. Diego Acosta (Purdue), 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
No. 6 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) def. Mateus Silva (Purdue), 6-4, 7-6 (5)

Doubles
No. 1 -- No. 31 Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi (U-M) def. No. 70 Szymon Tatarczyk/Ricky Medinilla (Purdue), 8-4
No. 2 -- Shaun Bernstein/Kevin Wong (U-M) def. No. 85 Aaron Dujovne/Diego Acosta (Purdue), 8-3
No. 3 -- Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu (U-M) vs. Mark Kovacs/Mateus Silva (Purdue), 5-5 DNF

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

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