Jan. 4, 2011
Fri-Sun., Jan. 7-9 -- at Key Biscayne Individuals (Key Biscayne, Fla.), 10 a.m.
The No. 25-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team opens up the second half of the season this weekend at the Key Biscayne Individuals, beginning Friday (Jan. 7) and running through Sunday (Jan. 9) outside Miami, Fla. Joining Michigan at the event will be No. 5 Texas, No. 45 LSU and No. 40 Denver.
There will be no team scoring at the event. Both singles and doubles matches will be played. Players and doubles teams from each team will face each other over the three-day event but will be competing individually.
Schedule Of Events
Friday, Jan. 7
10 a.m. -- vs. Denver (singles)
12:30 p.m. - vs. LSU (doubles)
Saturday, Jan. 8
10 a.m. -- vs. Texas (singles)
12:30 p.m. -- vs. Denver (doubles)
Sunday, Jan. 9
10 a.m. -- vs. Texas (doubles)
11 a.m. -- vs. LSU (singles)
Scouting the Competition
Texas -- Texas finished the 2010 season with a 27-3 record and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16, where it lost to fellow Big 12 opponent Oklahoma. The Longhorns won the Big 12 championship last season, and now-departed star Dimitar Kutrovsky reached the NCAA singles quarterfinals. Texas is ranked No. 5 in the first ITA poll of the season. The Longhorns have three ranked players -- Kellen Damico (No. 76), Vasko Mladenov (No. 78) and Ben Chen (No. 100) -- and three ranked doubles teams -- Ed Corrie/Jean Anderson (No. 5), Ben Chen/Daniel Whitehead (No. 15)and Kellen Damico/David Hollner (No. 25). During the fall season, Corrie and Anderson won doubles title at the ITA Texas Regional and advanced to the semifinals at the ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships.
LSU -- LSU went 8-15 last season in dual match play, failing to qualify for the NCAA Championships and reaching the second round of the SEC Championships. The Tigers are ranked No. 45 in the first ITA poll of the season and have one ranked player on their squad, No. 102 Mark Bowtell. Additionally, the doubles team of Sebastian Carlsson and Neal Skupski is ranked No. 27 in the country.
Denver -- Denver finished the 2009-10 season with a 19-5 record, losing to Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Championships. The Pioneers are ranked No. 40 in the first ITA poll of the season and were the runners-up to the Sun Belt Conference team title last season. They have only one player ranked, No. 25 Enej Bonin.
Michigan plays both Texas and LSU in dual matches later in the season. The Wolverines host Texas on Jan. 22 and travel to Baton Rouge, La., to face the Tigers on March 17.
Last Year at Key Biscayne
All four teams met at the same event last season. Michigan was able to play Denver and Texas in both singles and doubles but was only able to play LSU in doubles. Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) won both his singles matches at last season's event.
The Key Biscayne Individuals will serve as a homecoming of sorts for freshman and Miami, Fla., native Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep). Buzzi was the final member of Michigan's four-man recruiting class for this season and went 8-5 in singles play during the fall slate.
Looking Back On 2010
Michigan went 14-11 last season, reaching the second round of the NCAA Championships in its fifth straight NCAA appearance. The Wolverines went 8-2 in conference play, finishing third in the Big Ten, and reached the semifinals of the Big Ten Championship in Bloomington, Ind. Jason Jung and Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) were both All-Big Ten selections, while King also received the Big Ten Freshmen of the Year award, joining former U-M tennis greats MaliVai Washington (1988) and Dan Brakus (1991) as the only other players in program history to receive the honor since it was created in 1988.
Fall Season Recap
Sept. 24-26 -- at Cliffs' NCAA Tennis Classic (Travelers Rest, S.C.) -- Jason Jung was named Most Outstanding Player at the Cliffs' NCAA Tennis Classic. In addition, all four freshmen earned their first collegiate singles wins.
Oct. 4-5, 7-8 -- at ITA All-American Championships, Qualifying & Main Draw (Tulsa, Okla.) -- Jason Jung and Evan King reached the quarterfinals of the doubles main draw, knocking off two teams ranked in the preseason Top 20, including the nation's No. 5 team. In singles, Jung went 1-2 in the main draw, while King went 1-1 in qualifying.
Oct. 21-25 -- at USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships (South Bend, Ind.) -- Evan King reached the singles semifinals, helping Michigan players complete the event with a 13-9 combined record in singles play.
Oct. 29-Nov. 1 -- at Big Ten Indoors Championships (East Lansing, Mich.) -- Freshmen Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Christchurch) and Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) won the flight 'A' doubles title, winning four straight matches. Another freshman, Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK), reached the singles semifinals of the event.
Nov. 4-5 -- at USTA/ITA National Indoors Championships (Flushing, N.Y.) -- Evan King represented the Wolverines as a wildcard selection in the 32-man singles main draw but lost both of his matches to ranked opponents, No. 20 Ryan Lipman (Vanderbilt) and No. 33 Ionut Beleleu (Oklahoma).
U-M in the National Rankings
Michigan is ranked No. 25 in the first Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings of the season, released on Jan. 4. Jason Jung is ranked No. 35 in the singles poll, while Jung and Evan King are ranked No. 28 in the doubles poll.
Michigan's four freshmen got a very good taste of collegiate competition this fall. One of the highlights of the fall season was Barrett Franksand Justin Rossi winning the doubles title at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in late October. The freshmen combined for a 26-18 record in singles competition during the fall slate, including eight wins each by Alex Buzzi and Shaun Bernstein.
Senior Jason Jung was voted as team captain for the 2010-11 season by his teammates. Jung enjoyed a fantastic season last year as a junior, including being named an All-Big Ten selection and qualifying for the NCAA Championships in both singles and doubles (with Evan King). Off the court, Jung was recognized as the national and Midwest regional winner of the ITA Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship and was the Big Ten Conference's male nominee for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award.
For his career, Jung owns a 65-55 (.541) record in singles and a 73-48 (.603) record in doubles, playing atop the lineup for most of his career. His 24 doubles wins last season were tied for seventh most all-time at Michigan, and he is currently eighth all-time in school history in career doubles wins.
Michigan inked two top prep players -- Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Eli Brown (Toronto, Ontario/City Academy) -- to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period this fall. Petrone is rated as a blue-chip recruit and No. 16 nationally by the service www.tennisrecruiting.net., while Brown won the Cuba ITF singles title and Dominican Republic ITF doubles title last year as a junior.
Leader of the Wolverines
Bruce Berque enters his seventh season as the head coach of the University of Michigan men's tennis team. He has taken the Wolverines to five straight NCAA Championships appearances, including the Sweet 16 in 2008. Berque owns a career dual-meet record of 96-61, including a 42-18 mark in Big Ten play. In addition, the Wolverines have finished in the top half of the Big Ten in each of Berque's first five years at the helm, finishing no lower than fourth place.
He is assisted by associate head coach Sean Maymi, who is in his fifth season, and volunteer assistant Scott Oudsema, who is in his second.
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Michigan opens up the dual-match portion of the season next week, when it hosts state foe Western Michigan on Saturday (Jan. 15) at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423