May 22, 2013
Site: Urbana, Ill. (Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex)
Event: NCAA Singles/Doubles Championships (Singles First Round)
Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Thursday, May 22 -- at NCAA Individual Championships - Day 2 (Urbana, Ill.), TBA
URBANA, Ill. -- Senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan Prep) of the University of Michigan men's tennis team picked up his 30th singles victory of the season this morning (Wednesday, May 22), cruising past Georgia's 47th-ranked Nathan Pasha, 6-2, 6-2, in the first round of the singles draw at the NCAA Individual Championships, held at the University of Illinois' Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Ill.
With the win, King, the tournament's No. 11 seed, will face No. 67 Cameron Silverman (Elon) in the second round on Thursday (May 23). Match time will be released on Wednesday evening.
King was in control from the opening serve against Pasha, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first set thanks to two early breaks. Pasha took two of the next three games to draw closer, but King refused to let his opponent gain any momentum, closing out the set on his serve.
King and Pasha exchanged games early in the second set before another early break put King ahead, 3-1. The Wolverine senior, who is ranked 13th in the latest ITA singles poll, won three of the next four games to close out the opening round match in one hour and 16 minutes.
King, the reigning Big Ten Athlete of the Year, has won 13-straight matches and has claimed 27 of his last 28 matches dating back to Jan. 6. He owns the U-M program record for most combined career singles and doubles wins with 193 (114 singles, 79 doubles) victories during his career at Michigan.
N O T E S
Senior Evan King carries a 13-match win streak heading into the second round of the 2013 NCAA Individual Championships.
With the victory, King improved to 30-4 on the season. The Wolverine senior went 23-1 during the dual-match portion of Michigan's schedule.
King is representing U-M at the NCAA Individual Championships for the third year in a row. He improved to 3-2 all-time in the singles field with today's win.
King earned one of the possible 45 at-large selections to the 64-player NCAA singles field.
Each match at the NCAA Individual Championships will be to the best of three sets. Scoring is the same as in dual matches, but a 12-point tiebreaker will be used.
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