Site: Tulsa, Okla. (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
Event: D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships
Scoring: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Match: Thursday, Oct. 15 -- host ITA Midwest Regional (Varsity Tennis Center)
TULSA, Okla. -- University of Michigan junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) advanced to the quarterfinals at the D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday (Oct. 10), before being eliminated by third-seeded Robert Farah (Southern Cal), 7-5, 6-3.
Jung, ranked No. 41 in the ITA's preseason poll, won three matches this week before bowing out Saturday. He was tested in the first round Thursday (Oct. 8) by David Simson (Denver) but managed to prevail, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4). Later in the day, Jung had little problems with 10th-seeded Saketh Myneni (Alabama), winning 6-2, 6-1. To reach the round of eight, Jung downed Neal Skupski (LSU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 on Friday (Oct. 9).
Earlier in the week, Jung teamed with Michigan senior George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) in doubles action. The tandem were ranked as the top seed in the doubles qualifying bracket and went 2-1, scoring two wins on Tuesday (Oct. 6). Despite their defeat in the doubles bracket, Jung and Navas were allowed entry into Thursday's doubles Main Draw due to a team dropping out ahead of them, but they were defeated by Eric Quigley/Brad Cox (Kentucky), 8-5. They moved into the consolation bracket, but couldn't find success, falling to Austen and Simon Childs (Louisville), 8-3.
The Wolverines return to action this week for their only home event of the fall, as Michigan hosts the ITA Midwest Regional from the Varsity Tennis Center from Thursday, Oct. 15 to Monday, Oct. 19.
MAIN DRAW RESULTS
Jason Jung/George Navas
l. Eric Quigley/Brad Cox (Kentucky), 8-5
l. Austen Childs/Simon Childs (Louisville), 8-3 (Consolation)
d. No. 89 David Simson (Denver), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4)
d. No. 10 Saketh Myneni (Alabama), 6-2, 6-1
d. Neal Skupski (LSU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
l. No. 3 Robert Farah (USC), 7-5, 6-3
d. David Bendheim (Nebraska), 7-5, 6-4
l. Matt Kecki (USC), 6-3, 6-1
N O T E S
Michigan freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Laurel Springs Prep) was the only other Wolverine in action this week in Tulsa. He defeated David Bendheim (Nebraska) in the first round of qualifying, 7-5, 6-4, before losing in the second round to Matt Kecki (USC), 6-3, 6-1.
Q U O T E S
Associate Head Coach Sean Maymi
On Jung's performance ... "I thought he did a really good job in competing and keeping his composure. He was focused on the next point every time and played real complete matches. Whether he played good tennis or not, he always competed."
On Jung's upset victory over No. 10 Saketh Myneni Thursday ... "I think Jason came out and played well. The first four to five games of that match, Jason made some impressions despite some less-than-ideal playing conditions. After a while, you could tell the other guy had some wind taken out of his sails after he realized the way Jason was playing."
On what Jung and Navas can take away from the week ... "Well, this tournament is the first big one and everyone wants to do well right away. Jason and George certainly would have liked to have better results. Being around some of the best teams in the country, they took some things they can get better on. I think they now know what it's now going to take to be one of the best teams in the country. They've got to have consistency with serves, volleys and especially returns."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423