May 23, 2012
Site: Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Event: NCAA Singles/Doubles Championships (Singles First Round)
Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Match: Season Complete
ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Michigan men's tennis junior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan Prep) saw his season come to an end, falling to Virginia's Alex Domijan, 6-3, 6-2, in the first round of the singles draw at the NCAA Individual Championships on Wednesday evening (May 23) at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Domijan, ranked 39th nationally, took an early advantage in the first set, breaking King in the fourth game to build a 4-1 lead. The Wolverine captain responded quickly, battling to hold in the sixth before reeling off four straight points to get back on serve. But Domijan broke again in the eighth game, rallying from a 30-love deficit and serving out the set with four consecutive points.
Domijan, a 2011 All-American and ITA National Freshman of the Year, took advantage of another early break to cruise in the second set. He broke King, the tournament's No. 6 seed, in the first game and jumped to a 4-1 lead before serving out the match.
King finished the season with a career-best 34-7 singles record. He earned ITA All-America honors for the second straight season.
N O T E S
Today's loss snapped King's 17-match win streak.
With his 34-7 record, King finished seventh among Michigan's all-time single-season wins leaders, where he is tied with Dan Goldberg (1988). With his 85-29 career record, King is also nearing Michigan's top-10 all-time leaders in the category. He needs just two more wins to reach the 10th spot, currently held by Jon Morris (87, 1985-88).
To become an ITA All-American in singles, a player needs to end the season ranked in the top 20 of the ITA singles poll, enter the individual championships as a seeded player or win their first two matches of the draw (therein reaching the round of 16). King was the No. 6 seed.
King becomes the ninth Wolverine in Michigan history to earn multiple All-America honors. He is the first to accomplish the feat since Matt Horwitch in 1980 and 1981.
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