May 12, 2012
N O T E S
Michigan improved to 2-1 in the all-time series against Middle Tennessee State.
Junior Evan King carries a career-best 16-match win streak and has won 20 of his last 21 singles matches. Today marked his first completed singles match in three weeks.
The Wolverines have claimed the doubles point in nine of their last 11 dual matches and in 17 of 24 duals on the year, combining for a solid 41-26 combined doubles record.
Matches in postseason play are abandoned once the match is clinched.
Freshman Alex Petrone improved his overall record to 23-11 on the season, claiming sole possession of the eighth position on Michigan's list of most wins by a freshman. Petrone needs just one more win to reach the sixth spot, currently held by William Farah (24, 1996) and Michael Leach (24, 1979).
Sophomore Barrett Franks improved to 18-18 on the season, surpassing his singles win total from last season (17). He is the third different Wolverine player to match or surpass his previous best singles win total.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the dual victory ... "I felt pretty comfortable in doubles, because we won pretty quickly at No. 1 and No. 3, but singles actually felt a lot closer than the final score reflected. I was with Mike [Zhu] and Shaun [Bernstein], who were playing three-set matches, and Evan [King] really had to work for his straight-set win, so I knew we were battling on a few courts. I realized when looking at all the singles scores afterward that it was a little more one sided. Collectively, I think we had to work for this one, but I definitely think it was a good win over a good team."
On getting through the first NCAA match ... "It was a new experience for half our team. A lot of the guys were doing this for the first time, while a couple others were doing it for just the second time. It was definitely good to get through that first one, and hopefully they'll feel more relaxed and better tomorrow. I think they'll really go after it tomorrow. I like to see them try to enjoy it and attack it. They deserve to feel really good about their season, and I know they want to finish on a high note. Any match we play could be the last one, and they need to play like that -- go after it and leave nothing out there."