Weekly #3: Wolverines to Compete at ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Barrett Franks

Jan. 22, 2013

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ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Friday., Jan. 25 -- vs. No. 35 Santa Clara (Berkeley, Calif.), 1 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26 -- vs. No. 14 California or No. 38 Boise State - ITA Kick-Off Weekend (Berkeley, Calif.), 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.

The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team (1-0) returns to the court for two matches at the Berkeley, Calif., regional of ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Wolverines will face No. 35 Santa Clara on Friday (Jan. 25) at 1 p.m. and then either No. 14 California or No. 38 Boise State on Saturday (Jan. 26) at either 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.

ITA Kick-Off Weekend
The Berkeley, Calif., regional will serve as a four-team tournament. Each team in the pod is ranked 1-4, with California garnering the No. 1 seed due to hosting. Below is the playing schedule:

Friday, Jan. 25
Match A: No. 1 seed California vs. No. 4 seed Boise State, 10 a.m.
Match B: No. 2 seed Michigan vs. No. 3 seed Santa Clara, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 26
Loser Match A vs. Loser Match B - Consolation, 10 a.m.
Winner Match A vs. Winner Match B - Championship, 1 p.m.*

*Winner advances to ITA National Team Indoors Championship, to be held Feb. 15-18 in Seattle, Wash.

About the ITA Kick-Off
Fifteen schools will host a regional ITA Kick-Off Weekend event, based on the order of their year-end 2012 team ranking. The host school will meet the No. 4 seed, and the No. 2 seed will play the No. 3 seed. The winners and losers will play the next day. The 15 schools that win both their matches at these events will be invited to play in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, Feb. 15-18, which will be hosted by the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash.

Last Year at the Kick-Off
U-M split a pair of matches at last year's ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Austin, Texas, falling to Texas Tech, 4-3, on Friday before blanking Maryland, 4-0, in the third-place match on Saturday. After securing the doubles point against the Terrapins, U-M notched three straight-set singles victories to win the dual.

Dual-Match Format
Each of this weekend's dual matches 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. Once the doubles point has been clinched, the remaining doubles match shall not be completed. No-add scoring will be implemented during doubles play only and a tie-breaker will occur if a doubles match is tied at seven-all. 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. Singles matches in progress when the dual match is clinched will be played to completion.


King of the Court -- Senior Evan King picked up his 58th career dual win with his 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 decision against TCU's Nick Chappell in U-M's dual debut (Jan. 19). King is 4-0 in the month of January and 7-3 overall this season. He has faced ranked opponents in five of those 10 matches. On Jan. 9, King secured his seventh career Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Week accolade after winning the individual title at the Key Biscayne Individuals, held Jan. 6-8.

King Helps Team USA Capture International Crown -- Senior Evan King was recently a member of the American National Team that won the 2012 Master'U BNP Paribas Championship with a 5-2 victory against Germany on Sunday, Dec. 9. King was one of only six student-athletes selected to lead the United States in the competition. The U.S. won three matches over a five-day span to capture the title in the eight-team international competition. King finished last season with a career-best 34-7 record. He was named the 2012 Big Ten Athlete of the Year after posting a perfect 11-0 conference dual record from the No. 1 singles position.

Strong Start -- With last Saturday's win over TCU, Michigan claimed its 10th consecutive victory in season openers. The Wolverines improved to 9-0 in season openers under head coach Bruce Berque.

Last Time Out -- The Wolverines opened the dual season with a narrow 4-3 victory over TCU in front of 503 people last Saturday (Jan. 19) at the Varsity Tennis Center. U-M claimed the doubles point and three singles matches against the Horned Frogs. The Wolverines jumped at to a 2-0 advantage, but TCU ripped off three consecutive singles victories -- at the No. 2, 3 and 6 positions -- to take a 3-2 lead with two matches still on the court. At No. 5, junior Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys' School) rallied past Orlando Superlano, 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (3), to tie the dual. Franks was down a break to start the final set but managed to dig himself out of 5-4 and 6-5 deficits to force a tiebreaker, in which he prevailed, 7-3. Minutes later, Michigan secured the victory as senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan Prep) won a three-set match at No. 1, beating Nick Chappell (6-4, 3-6, 6-3).

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Friday, Feb. 1 -- vs. Princeton (Varsity Tennis Center), 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 3 -- vs. Wake Forest (Varsity Tennis Center), 11 a.m.

Contact: Zach Eisendrath (734) 763-4423