May 24, 2013
Site: Urbana, Ill. (Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex)
Event: NCAA Individual Championships (Singles Round of 16)
Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 25 -- at NCAA Individual Championships - Quarterfinals (Urbana, Ill.), Noon CDT
URBANA, Ill. -- Senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan Prep) became the first University of Michigan men's tennis player since 1992 (David Kass) to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championships, accomplishing the feat with his 6-3, 6-4, victory over No. 30 Andre Dome of Cal Poly on Friday (May 24) at the University of Illinois' Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.
With the win, King, the tournament's No. 11 seed, will face No. 41 Japie De Klerk (Tulsa) in the quarterfinals on Saturday (May 25) at noon CDT.
In the first set, Dome broke King on his second service game to jump out to a 3-1 lead; but the Wolverine senior -- ranked 13th in the latest ITA singles poll -- won five consecutive games to close out the set, 6-3.
The two players stayed on serve through the first three games of the second set until Dome broke King to once again build a 3-1 advantage. Faced with a similar situation as the first set, King broke his opponent to pull within 3-2 and then breezed through his next service game in four points to tie the match, 3-3. He did not falter from there, breaking the Cal Poly senior again to go up 4-3, then holding serve in a long deuce game to make the score 5-3. Shortly thereafter, King served out the match for the 6-4 second-set win.
For King, it is career singles win No. 116, putting him alone in second place on the program's all-time singles wins list behind only Dan Goldberg (127, 1986-89). King, the reigning Big Ten Athlete of the Year, has won 15 straight matches and has claimed 29 of his last 30 matches dating back to Jan. 6.
No. 13 Evan King - Singles
Wednesday, May 22 (Round of 64) -- d. No. 57 Nathan Pasha (Georgia), 6-2, 6-2
Thursday, May 23 (Round of 32) - d. No. 67 Cameron Silverman (Elon), 6-2, 6-2
Friday, May 24 (Round of 16) - d. No. 30 Andre Dome (Cal Poly), 6-3, 6-4
Saturday, May 25 (Quarterfinals) -- vs. No. 41 Japie De Klerk (Tulsa) or No. 62 Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine)
N O T E S
Senior Evan King carries a 15-match win streak heading into the quarterfinals at the 2013 NCAA Individual Championships.
With the victory, King improved to 32-4 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 improves to 5-2 all-time in the singles field with today's win.
King owns the U-M program record for most combined career singles and doubles wins with 195 (116 singles, 79 doubles) victories during his collegiate career.
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.
King and Dome met earlier this season in fall tournament play at the ITA All-American Championships, with Dome winning that encounter in straight sets (6-0, 6-2).
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