Jan. 6, 2010
Fri-Sun., Jan. 8-10 -- at Key Biscayne Individuals (Key Biscayne, Fla.)
The No. 33-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team kicks off the dual-match season with a trip to the Key Biscayne Individuals this weekend (Fri-Sun., Jan. 8-10), held at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park, home of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. The Wolverines will face Texas, LSU and Denver over the three-day stretch. There will be no team scoring over the course of the event, and each player will be competing individually.
Schedule of Events
Friday, Jan. 8
vs. Denver (singles) -- 10 a.m.
vs. LSU (doubles) -- 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 9
vs. Texas (singles) -- 10 a.m.
vs. Denver (doubles) -- 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 10
vs. LSU (singles) -- 9 a.m.
vs. Texas (doubles) -- 10:30 a.m.
Scouting The Competition
Texas -- The Longhorns come off a 23-7 dual-match record in 2009 and an appearance in the national semifinals. They tied for first in the Big 12 Conference last season and finished at No. 9 nationally last season. Texas returns seven letterwinners and adds four newcomers. They are coached by Michael Center, who has amassed a 341-133 record in 18 years as a college coach, his last 10 in Austin.
LSU -- The Tigers finished last season with an 11-12 dual-match record and were bounced in the second round of the NCAA Championships by Ole Miss. LSU has seven players on its roster from other countries and is coached by Jeff Brown, who owns a 192-90 mark in his 12 seasons in Baton Rouge.
Denver -- The Pioneers finished last season with a 10-11 dual-match record and did not qualify for the NCAA Championships. Denver is coached by Danny Westerman, a two-time Men's Tennis Coach of the Year in the Sunbelt Conference. He is in his fourth season at Denver and has a 41-25 record during that stretch.
Wolverine To Watch
Junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) went 8-5 in both singles and doubles competition. He reached the singles quarterfinals at the D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., going 3-1, including wins over No. 10 Saketh Myneni (Alabama) and No. 89 David Simson (Denver). Jung was also selected to compete at the ITA National Indoor Championships at Yale University, reaching the field of 16. In doubles, Jung reached the finals at the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championships for the third straight year and for the first time with senior George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory).
Coming into the season, Jung was ranked No. 41 in the ITA's Preseason Poll but now sits at No. 50.
Fall Season Recap
The Wolverines competed in five events during the fall season:
(Sept. 18-20: Napa Valley Invitational) Freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Laurel Springs Prep) kicked off his collegiate career with a runner-up finish at the event, losing to Jonathan Dahan (Cal) in the finals. Fellow freshman Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) also had a memorable beginning to his time as a Wolverine, as he won his first match after getting blanked in the first set 6-0, finishing at 2-1 on the weekend in singles. Senior Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep) won all three of his doubles matches.
(Oct. 5-11: ITA All-American Qualifying/Main Draw) Out of the 64 participants in the main draw, Jung reached the quarterfinals at the event, knocking off two ranked opponents along the way. King also was in the main draw qualifying round and won his first match before falling in the second round.
(Oct. 15-19: Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional) Jung reached the doubles final with George Navas and advanced to the semifinals in the singles draw. Junior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) reached the Round of 16 in the doubles draw with Sroczynski. King reached the quarterfinals in singles.
(Oct. 30-Nov. 2: Big Ten Indoors) Madden reached the final in singles after defeating five opponents from Big Ten schools and finished runner-up. It was also the Michigan debut for sophomore Duncan Muil (Lake Jackson, Texas/The Kings School), who scored two victories in doubles.
(Nov. 5-6: ITA National Indoors) Jung was chosen as one of 32 players nationally to participate in the main draw. He defeated No. 67 Patricio Alvarado (Southern Miss) before losing in the second round to No. 6 Dimitar Kutrovsky (Texas).
U-M in the ITA National Rankings
Michigan came in at No. 33 in the first ITA poll of the season, released on Jan. 5. It also finished last season at the No. 33 spot.
In singles, Jung was ranked No. 50, while King made his first appearance at No. 73. Michigan was not represented in the doubles rankings.
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King and Cha had successful beginnings to their collegiate careers at Michigan this fall. King went 6-3 in singles, including a 3-1 run at the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championships as the No. 7 seed while going an even 2-2 in doubles. Cha went 4-5 in singles and 4-4 in doubles during the fall campaign.
Navas Elected Captain
Navas was chosen as the team's captian for the 2009-10 season by his teammates. During the fall season, Navas went 2-3 in singles action and reached the doubles final at the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championships with Jung. An exceptional student, Navas was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete for the 2008-09 season and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He is one of two seniors on this year's roster, along with Sroczynski.
Several Wolverines are nearing milestones in their respective careers. Jung needs only four more singles victories to reach the 50-50 club (at least 50 victories in both singles and doubles), while Navas looks to join the 50-75 club this season.
Career records for Michigan's four upperclassmen are shown below:
Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) have signed National Letters of Intent to play tennis at Michigan beginning in the 2010-11 academic year. Both Bernstein and Rossi are rated as blue-chip recruits by tennisrecruiting.net.
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Leader of the Wolverines
Bruce Berque enters his sixth season as the head coach of the University of Michigan men's tennis team. He has taken the Wolverines to four-straight NCAA Championships, including the Sweet 16 in 2008. Berque owns a career dual-meet record of 82-51, including a 34-16 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 fourth season, and volunteer assistant Scott Oudsema, who is in his first.
Looking Back On 2009...
Heading into the 2010 season, Michigan will look to build on its strong finish to last season. The Maize and Blue win eight of its final 11 matches, including a 4-3 upset of then-No. 11 Illinois, which helped propel the Wolverines to the second round of the NCAA Championship, where they fell in a very competitive match to eventual runner-up Ohio State. Earlier in the year, Michigan claimed convincing victories over No. 25 California and Virginia Commonwealth to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship for the first time since 1989. The fall campaign was highlighted by Jason Jung and Mike Sroczynski's doubles title at the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championships, which was a first for the U-M program.
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2009-10 Record Book and Yearbook!
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, the University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they are used to, only now it's available online. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need and it was just added to MGoBlue.com. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook. [ Check out the 2010 Yearbook and Record Book ]
The Wolverines are back in action in two weeks, as they travel to Raleigh, N.C., to take on Vanderbilt (Jan. 23) and North Carolina State (Jan. 24). Match times are slated for 1 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively.