April 25, 2010
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (IU Varsity Tennis Courts)
Score: Michigan 5, Indiana 2
Records: U-M (12-9, 8-2 Big Ten), Indiana (14-9, 5-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 30 -- Indiana or Michigan State - Big Ten Tournament (Bloomington, Ind.), 3:30 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In the regular-season finale, the No. 26-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team defeated Indiana, 5-2, at the IU Varsity Tennis Courts, clinching the No. 3 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines won five of six singles matches, despite losing the doubles point.
Michigan failed to secure the doubles point for the third straight match, as Indiana jumped out to an early 1-0 courtesy of wins at Nos. 2 and 3. The No. 40 tandem of junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) defeated IU's pairing of Lachlan Ferguson and Josh MacTaggart at No. 1, 8-5, to give Michigan its only win in doubles play.
The Wolverines would quickly bounce back in singles. Junior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) won at No. 5 over Isade Juneau (IU), 6-2, 6-3, to put tie the match at 1-1. His doubles partner, freshman Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.), halted his seven-match losing skid with a win over Alexander van Gils (IU), 7-6 (5), 6-1, to put Michigan temporarily ahead at 2-1. The Hoosiers knotted things up once again at No. 3, as Josh MacTaggart (IU) defeated U-M senior Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep), 6-4, 7-5.
With the score at 2-2, Jung and King were getting tough tests from their respective opponents, but both buckled down and pulled out wins. Jung, the No. 33-ranked singles player in the nation, defeated Ferguson, 6-4, 7-6 (2), while King clinched the match with his three-set win over Jeremy Langer (IU), 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7). The turning point in the match came with King down 6-2 in the third-set tiebreaker, as the talented freshman rallied by saving four straight match points to eventually win 9-7, corralling all the momentum to the Wolverines. Senior George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) closed out the day with a three-set win over Santiago Gruter (IU), 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5, making the final score 5-2.
Michigan returns to Bloomington, Ind., next weekend as the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines get a first-round bye and will await the winner of the Indiana/Michigan State matchup, with U-M's quarterfinal match to be played at 3:30 p.m. Friday (April 30).
The following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 - No. 33 Jason Jung (U-M) d. Lachlan Ferguson (IU), 6-4, 7-6 (2)
No. 2 - No. 123 Evan King (U-M) d. Jeremy Langer (IU), 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7)
No. 3 - Josh MacTaggart (IU) d. Mike Sroczynski (U-M), 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 - George Navas (U-M) d. Santiago Gruter (IU), 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5
No. 5 - Chris Madden (U-M) d. Isade Juneau (IU), 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 - Chris Cha (U-M) d. Alexander van Gils (IU), 7-6 (5), 6-1
No. 1 - No. 40 Jung/King (U-M) d. No. 34. Ferguson/MacTaggart (IU), 8-5
No. 2 - Gruter/Langer (IU) d. No. 58 Navas/Sroczynski (U-M), 8-6
No. 3 - van Gils/Juneau (IU) d. Cha/Madden (U-M), 8-5
Order of Completion: Doubles 3-2-1, Singles 5-6-3-1-2*-4
* Clinched match
N O T E S
Michigan closes out the regular season with a 12-9 record (8-2 in Big Ten).
Sunday's match between Michigan and Indiana was the 74th in the all-time series. Michigan owns a 59-14-1 record all-time against the Hoosiers.
Michigan has won seven of its last eight dual matches against Indiana.
The Wolverines lost the doubles point for the third straight match and for only the seventh time this season. They are 10-4 when it wins the doubles point and 2-5 when it does not.
It was Cha's first singles win since March 27 against Minnesota, when he defeated Brendan Ruddock, 6-2, 6-4.
With his win at No. 5, Madden finishes the Big Ten slate with a 9-1 singles record. His only loss was to Balazs Novak (Ohio State) on April 11. Madden leads the team with 22 singles wins.
Four tiebreakers were played across all singles matches. Michigan won all four: Jung (second set), King (third set), Navas (first set) and Cha (first set).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On his team's effort in Sunday's win over Indiana ... "I thought our effort today was very good, especially our competitiveness and toughness. I'm very pleased with the way our guys responded, especially after Friday. I saw it yesterday, too, when we got here for practice. We did a good job of working on the areas where we fell short on Friday. Indiana is good team, a very dangerous team, especially at their place. We beat a very good team today."
On preparation for Big Ten Tournament ... "This weekend's matches were good preparation. We had to battle in both and I think our team will learn from this. We will keep stressing on what we think are the most important things to our success as a team. We have to focus a little bit more on our returns in doubles and just cutting down our errors. And obviously to compete as best as you can for Michigan."
On what changed from doubles to singles ... "It's a different game, so not much changed, to be honest. Mentally, I didn't think we were flat. We did get down quickly, but we kept fighting on all three courts. Once we got behind a break on courts two and three, we couldn't execute in our returns and They were very good in doubles. They were aggressive and put the pressure on when they were ahead. I thought we got off to a good start in singles, and that was key. We did a much better job today of continuing to keep pressure on, and keep our focus throughout the whole match."
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