Oct. 19, 2009
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Event: Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Scoring: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Match: Fri-Sat., Oct. 30-31 -- at Big Ten Individuals (East Lansing, Mich.)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) of the University of Michigan men's tennis team made a run to the singles semifinals and the doubles final with senior George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) at the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional this week (Oct. 15-19), held at the Varsity Tennis Center.
Jung and Navas, the 27th-ranked team by the ITA and the fourth seed in the doubles draw, were ousted in the doubles final by the Illinois team of Marek Czerwinski and Dennis Nevolo, 8-5, on Monday afternoon (Oct. 19). Moritz Baumann (Wisconsin) was crowned singles champion after defeating Jung in the semis and Casey Watt (Notre Dame) in the finals.
One day after playing four matches, Jung dueled Baumann in the singles semifinals at 9 a.m. Monday morning. Jung fought hard, but Baumann proved to be too much and ended Jung's tournament run in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Despite the loss, Jung is 7-4 in singles competition this fall.
Freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Laurel Springs Prep) joined Jung in the round of eight this weekend but ran into Nevolo in the quarterfinals. In a nearly two-and-half-hour marathon match, King came up on the wrong end of a couple tiebreakers and fell, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4). Still, the freshman, who was seeded seventh, secured three wins on the weekend.
On the other side of the doubles bracket, senior Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep) teamed with junior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) and reached the quarterfinals before falling to the sixth-ranked team of Moritz Baumann and Marek Michalicka of Wisconsin. King and fellow freshman Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri High School) teamed to form Michigan's other doubles tandem but were bounced in the second round.
The Wolverines are next in action Oct. 30-31 in East Lansing, Mich., for the Big Ten Individuals.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On his team's overall play this week ... "The results were pretty good and we were encouraged by the level of play. We have definitely made some improvements in the last month. Sean (Maymi) and I feel that the guys are competing at a higher level in terms of composure and maturity. We are making progress, not only with our tennis, but with our competitive presence also."
On the Wolverines' play against Big Ten opponents ... "I feel like we held our own. Sometimes there are matches that give you confidence even though you don't win, but I feel like result-wise, it was about perfect. We obviously could have done better, but I think we did well enough to build confidence in our guys that we can be a real good team. We fell short on success and that should make any of our guys hungry. I like the effort and attitude and we showed progress, but it was the right balance of results and desire to improve."
On what to work on for the rest of the fall season ... "Just getting a little better each day, and to be more disciplined with doubles. We've got to work on our serving and returning, but also to just be more consistent with our play. The fall is about individual improvement and it's different for everybody. But from everything I've seen so far, we're definitely headed in the right path."
U-M Junior Jason Jung
On his improving play ... "I definitely think that my game is improving. It's a step up from last year. When I go out there, I'm just trying to take points away from my opponents and play sound, fundamental tennis."
On the momentum of the last two weeks ... "Yesterday (Sunday) was probably one of the best days of tennis I have played so far here at Michigan. I think I'm taking my game to new levels and hopefully it continues to improve from here. After last week and this week, my ranking will definitely go up. I think people will start to recognize that I'm there. I was hoping I would get there my first two years, but better now than never."
On grading his performance for this week ... "I'm usually a tough critic about myself, but I'd give myself an 'A'. It's pretty tough when you play a lot of matches and you have to get your body ready on short notice. I think I definitely put in the effort this week."
On having fatigue for Monday's matches ... "It didn't play that much. I was a little sore in the hips but once I got down and missed a couple shots, I let down a little bit. The Wisconsin guy was a smart player and he knew I was down and give him credit, he stepped up. "
U-M Senior George Navas
On his doubles performance with Jung ... We played a lot better than last week. It was promising to see some improvement from one weekend to the next. We're obviously disappointed with our performance last week, so it was nice to come out and get some wins this week. We simply got beat by a team that was better than us today."
On what he can improve the rest of the fall season ... "Just the basics. Try to play every point the right way and not give away free points to your opponents. I don't think we did too much of that, but that can be a problem for us sometimes. We need to make opponents earn those points rather than giving it to them."
N O T E S
It was Jung's third straight finals appearance in doubles, the last two appearances with Sroczynski. They won the regional doubles title last year after reaching the finals in 2007.
Prior to his loss to Baumann, Jung had not yielded a set in his first four matches (all wins).
To prevent Jung from potentially playing four matches Monday, the first doubles semifinal was played ahead of schedule Sunday afternoon. Jung and Navas took out Justin Kronauge and Chase Buchanan of Ohio State, 9-7. Jung ended up playing four matches Sunday anyway (three doubles, one singles).
Michigan had its share of success against Ohio State this weekend. The Wolverines were 3-1 in singles against their conference rival and were a perfect 2-0 in doubles action. For the tournament, Michigan players went 3-2 in doubles and 4-6 in singles against teams from Big Ten schools.
All three of Michigan's doubles teams earned first-round byes.
l. Luke Rossow-Kantor (Wisconsin) -- 6-7(1), 6-4, 7-5 (Friday)
l. Tyler Davis* (Notre Dame) -- 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (4) (Saturday)
* = Consolation Match
(4) Jason Jung
d. Bastian Harbo (UIC) -- 6-2, 7-5 (Friday)
d. Chris Freeman (Wisconsin) -- 6-4, 6-2 (Saturday)
d. Devin McCarthy (Ohio State) -- 6-2, 6-4 (Saturday)
d. (No. 108) Chase Buchanan (Ohio State) -- 6-1, 6-2 (Sunday)
l. (No. 19) Moritz Baumann (Wisconsin) -- 6-2, 6-2 (Monday)
(7) Evan King
d. Tyler Davis (Notre Dame) -- 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 (Friday)
d. Phil Orno (Cleveland State) -- 6-0, 6-1 (Saturday)
d. (No. 60) Shuhei Uzawa (Ohio State) -- 6-2, 6-4 (Saturday)
l. (No. 24) Dennis Nevolo (Illinois) -- 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) (Sunday)
d. Casey Cullen (Western Michigan) -- 0-6, 7-5, 6-4 (Friday)
l. (No. 13) Justin Kronauge (Ohio State) -- 6-3, 6-1 (Saturday)
d. Skip Span (Illinois State) -- 6-4, 6-2 (Friday)
l. Marek Michalicka (Wisconsin) -- 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6) (Saturday)
d. Ryan Hamning (Cleveland State) -- 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-3 (Friday)
l. (No. 97) Marek Czerwinski (Illinois) -- 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 (Saturday)
Chris Cha/Evan King
l. John Haley/Robert Fox (Cleveland State) -- 8-4 (Saturday)
Chris Madden/Mike Sroczynski
d. Casey Cullen/Zayed Montasser (Western Michigan) -- 8-2 (Saturday)
d. Balasz Novak/Steven Williams (Ohio State) -- 8-5 (Saturday)
l. (No. 6) Moritz Baumann/Marek Michalicka (Wisconsin) -- 8-3 (Sunday)
(27) Jason Jung/George Navas
d. Micah LeMoine/Xavier Riart-Ferrer (Illinois State) -- 8-3 (Saturday)
d. Michael Calderone/Kazuya Komada (Western Michigan) -- 8-4 (Sunday)
d. Tobias Reitz/Alex Sanborn (Northwestern) -- 8-6 (Sunday)
d. (No. 26) Justin Kronauge/Chase Buchanan (Ohio State) -- 9-7 (Sunday)
l. Marek Czerwinski/Dennis Nevolo (Illinois) -- 8-5 (Monday)
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