Jan. 18, 2011
Saturday, Jan. 22 -- vs. No. 5 Texas (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.
The No. 25-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team (1-0) hits the court on Saturday (Jan. 22) at 6 p.m., as it welcomes No. 5 Texas (2-0) to the Varsity Tennis Center.
PACK THE HOUSE
Come out to the Varsity Tennis Center on Saturday to help cheer the Wolverines on to victory against Texas. Our goal is to set the attendance record for the VTC, currently at 551, set in Feb. 2009. Let's PACK THE HOUSE!
This Saturday's dual match will be a contest for the best-of-seven team points. The dual will begin with three doubles matches consisting of eight-game pro sets. The team that wins two of these three matches will enter the singles competition with one of seven points. After a brief intermission, six singles matches will be played. Each singles match will be the best of three tie-break sets and worth one point towards the team competition. The overall dual match will be decided when one team secures four total points. Matches in progress when the dual match is clinched will be played to completion.
Former U-M head coach Brian Eisner (1969-99) will be inducted into the U-M Hall of Honor on Saturday (Jan. 22). He led the Wolverines to 18 Big Ten Conference team championships in his 30 years at the helm, coaching Michigan to a 449-201 (.690) record in dual matches and six top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. He coaches 69 All-Big Ten selections, 12 Big Ten singles champions, 14 Big Ten doubles champions, six Big Ten Athletes of the Year and 16 ITA All-Americans, including former standout Michael Leach, who won the 1982 NCAA Singles Championship. Eisner earned his bachelor and master's degrees from Michigan State University, where he served as team captain for the tennis team in 1961 and 1962. Today, he owns the Liberty Sports Complex in Ann Arbor.
[ Six Inducted Into U-M Hall of Honor (Jan. 10) ]
Last Time Out
The Wolverines opened the dual-match season in perfect form, shutting out Western Michigan, 7-0, last Saturday (Jan. 15) at the Varsity Tennis Center. Michigan won all six singles matches and two of three doubles matches to win their eighth-straight against the Broncos.
Michigan and Texas have familiarity with each other, having both competed at the Key Biscayne Individuals back on Jan. 7-9. The Wolverines did not have the best luck, as Texas took every match in both singles and doubles.
Scouting The Competition
Texas --The Longhorns finished the 2010 season with a 27-3 record and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16, where they 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.
Texas started the 2011 dual-match season ranked No. 5 in the ITA poll and already has victories over California (5-2) and Tulsa (6-1).
Saturday's match marks the 17th meeting between Michigan and Texas, with the Longhorns holding a 13-3 lead in the all-time series. The two teams last met in a dual match on March 13, 2010, with Texas winning, 6-1.
Michigan at the Varsity Tennis Center
The Wolverines have been tough to beat at the Varsity Tennis Center since the facility opened in 1997. Michigan is 54-14 (.794) since the 2005 season and is 114-34 (.770) overall at the complex.
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 (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and Evan King 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.
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.
[ Complete 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 Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') and Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) 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 (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) and Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK).
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 66-57 (.536) record in singles and a 75-49 (.604) 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 97-61, 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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