Michigan gained the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, while the match at No. 1 was suspended. Senior co-captain John Long (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) and freshman Zach Held (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central HS) posted an 8-2 victory over Daniel Wajnberg and Pablo Perez-Gras at the No. 2 spot to get things started for the Wolverines. Sophomore Danny McCain (Largo, Fla./Canterbury School) and senior co-captain Brad McFarlane (Kingston, Ontario/Bayridge Secondary HS) followed with an 8-3 win over Fernando Damus and Carl Lumsden at No. 3 to collect the doubles point.
In singles action, the Wolverines made quick work of things with three straight-set wins to secure advancement in the tournament. Michigan received a 6-4, 6-3 win by Long over Nick Brochu at No. 2, McCain posted an identical 6-4, 6-3 victory over Frank Huot at No. 4 and sophomore Ben Cox (Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake HS) tallied a 6-2, 6-0 win over Damus at No. 5. Georgia State gained its only point in the match as Lumsden posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Held at No. 6. The matches at No. 1 and No. 3 were suspended after Michigan clinched the victory.
Following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- Matt Wright (U-M) vs. Daniel Wajnberg -- suspended
No. 2 -- John Long (U-M) d. Nick Brochu, 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 -- Henry Beam (U-M) vs. Pablo Perez-Gras -- suspended
No. 4 -- Danny McCain (U-M) d. Frank Huot, 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 -- Ben Cox (U-M) d. Fernando Damus, 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 -- Carl Lumsden (GSU) d. Zach Held, 6-2, 6-1
No. 1 -- Wright/Beam (U-M) vs. Brochu/Perez-Gras -- suspended
No. 2 -- Long/Held (U-M) d. Wajnberg/Huot, 8-2
No. 3 -- McCain/Brad McFarlane (U-M) d. Damus/Lumsden, 8-3
N O T E S
John Long and Ben Cox both collected their 20th singles wins of the season during today's match. Long (20-15 record) reached the 20-win plateau for the third consecutive year, while Cox (20-12) has posted 20 wins each of his first two years. Long enters tomorrow's match needing looking to collect his 80th career singles victory (79-40 record).
Michigan won its first match in NCAA regional action since the 1995 championship. The Wolverines went winless in their last three regional championships (1996, 1998, 1999) since posting a 4-2 first-round victory against Northwestern in 1995 (lost 4-1 to Mississippi in the second round).
Texas Christian beat Hofstra 4-0 in the other first-round match played today at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. The Horned Frogs (20-4) entered the NCAA Championship as the No. 9 seed after winning the Western Athletic Conference title.
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