Jung Falls in ITA National Indoors

Nov. 6, 2009

Site: West Haven, Conn. (Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center)
Event: ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships (Day 2)
Scoring: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sun., Jan. 8-10 -- at Key Biscayne Individuals (Key Biscayne, Fla.)

WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- University of Michigan men's tennis junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) was eliminated in the second round of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships Friday afternoon (Nov. 6) by sixth-ranked Dimitar Kutrovsky (Texas), 6-2, 6-4, at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.

After dropping the first set, Jung was leading 3-2 in the second before Kutrovsky stormed back to take four of the next five games for the win. To advance to the second round, Jung defeated No. 67 Patricio Alvarado (Southern Mississippi), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, in the first round yesterday (Thursday, Nov. 5).

Jung ends the fall slate with a 4-4 record against ranked opponents and is likely to improve on his preseason ranking of No. 41 when the ITA polls are released in January. His match with Kutrovsky was his third match against a top-10 opponent this fall. He went 1-1 at the ITA All-American Championships last month, defeating No. 10 Saketh Myneni (Alabama) and losing to No. 3 Robert Farah (Southern Cal).

Jung's loss ends the fall slate for the Wolverines. U-M will be back in action after the new year at the Key Biscayne Individuals (Jan. 8-10).

Michigan Results

Jason Jung
d. No. 67 Patricio Alvarado (Southern Mississippi) -- 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
l. No. 6 Dimitar Kutrovsky (Texas) - 6-2, 6-4


U-M Junior Jason Jung
On his play this fall ... "It puts me in a good position ranking-wise for the season ahead, but it also gives me and my teammates confidence that we have a solid squad. As an individual, I think I'm playing well and it starts from practice. It's been showing in matches, but there's still a lot of room for improvement."

On his performance against ranked opponents ... "It's definitely tough to play those guys. If you give them an edge, they are going to take it and capitalize on it. They are tougher to play, without question, and you have stayed physically and mentally tough to beat them."

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