Notes & Quotes: #21 Michigan 4, Middle Tennessee State 0
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May 12, 2012

Recap

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."