Michigan Eliminated From Big Ten Tournament by No. 14 Illinois

May 1, 2010

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Site: Bloomington, Ind. (IU Tennis Center)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Semifinals)
Score: #14 Illinois 4, #25 Michigan 0
Records: Illinois (19-9), Michigan (13-10)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sun., May 14-16 -- at NCAA Regionals (Site TBA)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In the second Big Ten Tournament semifinal, the No. 25-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team lost to No. 14 Illinois, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon (May 1) at the IU Tennis Center.

Illinois grabbed an early 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3. Michigan's No. 1 doubles team and the No. 32-nationally ranked team of junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) were the only victors in doubles, defeating the No. 60-ranked team of Marek Czerwinski and Abe Souza (Illinois), 8-4.

Facing a 1-0 deficit heading into singles play, Michigan needed to rebound quickly, but Illinois was too much. Senior Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep) fell to Souza, the No. 87-ranked singles player, at No. 3, 6-1, 6-1, to give Illinois a 2-0 lead. At No. 4, fellow senior George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) could not overcome Johnny Hamui (Illinois), as Hamui won 6-4, 6-2, pushing the Wolverines to brink of elimination at 3-0.

Junior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) and freshman Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) both won the first sets in their matches by the same score, 6-1. Madden had a chance to put Michigan on the board at No. 5 against Bruno Abdelnour (Illinois) after leading 5-4 in the second set, but Abdelnour rallied to take the next three games and send the match to a third set. They did not get to finish the match, however, as Connor Roth (Illinois) rallied against Cha to clinch the win for Illinois, defeating the U-M freshman, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4.

With the regular season and Big Ten Conference play behind them, the Wolverines turn their attention to the NCAA Championships in two weeks, beginning Friday, May 14. As a top 25 team, Michigan looks to return to the tournament for the fifth straight season under head coach Bruce Berque. The NCAA will announce the pairings this Tuesday (May 4) on ESPNEWS at 5 p.m.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 42 Dennis Nevolo (Illinois) v. No. 36 Jason Jung (U-M), 6-1, 5-6 (Abandoned)
No. 2 -- No. 73 Marek Czerwinski (Illinois) v. No. 119 Evan King (U-M), 6-4, 5-3 (Abandoned)
No. 3 -- No. 87 Abe Souza (Illinois) d. Mike Sroczynski (U-M), 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 -- Johnny Hamui (Illinois) d. George Navas (U-M), 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 -- Chris Madden (U-M) v. Bruno Abdelnour (Illinois), 6-1, 5-7, 2-0 (Abandoned)
No. 6 -- Connor Roth (Illinois) d. Chris Cha (U-M), 1-6, 6-1, 6-4

No. 1 -- No. 32 Jung/King (U-M) d. No. 60 Czerwinski/Souza (Illinois), 8-4
No. 2 -- No. 83 Hamui/Nevolo (Illinois) d. No. 90 Navas/Sroczynski (U-M), 8-4
No. 3 -- Roth/Hoh (Illinois) d. Cha/Madden (U-M), 8-6

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

• Previous Results: Quarterfinal


• Matches in progress when the dual match is clinched are abandoned in postseason play. The first team to four points wins the dual match.

• Michigan advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals for the sixth straight season but failed to reach the championship match each time.

• With the loss, Michigan drops to 13-10 on the season.

• Saturday's match between Michigan and Illinois was the 94th in the all-time series. The Wolverines drop to 62-30-2 against the Fighting Illini. Illinois won the regular-season matchup eight days ago (April 23) in Champaign, Ill., by a 5-2 margin.

• Michigan lost the doubles point for the eighth time this season. The Wolverines are 11-4 when they win the doubles point and 2-6 when it does not.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423