Oct. 28, 2011
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex)
Event: Big Ten Indoor Tennis Championships
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 29 -- at Big Ten Indoor Tennis Championships - Day 2 (Iowa City, Iowa), 9 a.m. CDT
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Sophomores Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys' School) and Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) of the University of Michigan men's tennis team captured the doubles title on the first day of competition at the Big Ten Indoor Tennis Championships on Friday (Oct. 28) at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center.
The Wolverine duo posted a perfect 4-0 record in the doubles tournament, capping its effort with an 8-4 decision against Austin Brooks and Aaron Pfister of Michigan State in the championship match. Franks and Buzzi also earned victories over pairings from Purdue, Iowa and Wisconsin en route to the final. They survived three match points against the Hawkeyes' Marc Bruche and Will Vasos in the quarterfinal round, rallying to a 9-8 tiebreaker victory. It is the second consecutive Big Ten doubles title for Franks, who teamed with sophomore Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) to claim the 2010 crown.
Freshmen Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National HS) posted a 2-1 record in the doubles 'B' draw. The U-M tandem rebounded from a quarterfinal loss with two consolation wins, including an 8-5 decision against Michigan State's Will Davis and Ronnie Hulewicz in their final match.
Singles play at the Big Ten Indoor Championships starts tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 29) at 9 a.m. CDT at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center.
'A' Draw Doubles
Barrett Franks/Alex Buzzi
First Round -- d. Evan Hawkins/Thomas Kroczek (Purdue), 8-4
Quarterfinals -- d. Marc Bruche/Will Vasos (Iowa), 9-8
Semifinals -- d. Roy Kopinski/Stephen Hoh (Illinois), 8-5
Final -- d. Austin Brooks/Aaron Pfister (Michigan State), 8-4
'B' Draw Doubles
Alex Petrone/Michael Zhu
First Round -- Bye
Quarterfinals -- l. Denis Bogatov/Harry Jadun (Michigan State), 8-5
Consolation -- d. Spector/Jayashankar (Northwestern), 8-5
Consolation -- d. Will Davis/Ronnie Hulewicz (Michigan State), 8-5
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