Weekly Release #4: Wolverines to Compete at ITA Kick-Off Weekend

Jan. 25, 2011

Friday, Jan. 28 -- at No. 14 Duke - ITA Kick-Off Weekend (Durham, N.C.), 10 a.m.
Live Scoring
Saturday, Jan. 29 -- vs. No. 21 Pepperdine or No. 25 Virginia Tech - ITA Kick-Off Weekend (Durham, N.C.), 2 p.m. or 6 p.m.
Live Scoring

The No. 24-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team (1-1) returns to the court for two matches at the Durham, N.C., regional of ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Wolverines will face Duke on Friday (Jan. 28) at 10 a.m. and then either Pepperdine or Virginia Tech on Saturday (Jan. 29) at either 2 p.m. or 6 p.m.

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

Friday, Jan. 28
Match A: No. 1 seed Duke vs. No. 4 seed Michigan, 10 a.m.
Match B: No. 2 seed Pepperdine vs. No. 3 seed Virginia Tech, 2 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 29
Loser Match A vs. Loser Match B - Consolation, 2 p.m.
Winner Match A vs. Winner Match B - Championship, 6 p.m.*

* Winner advances to ITA National Team Indoors Championship, held Feb. 18-21 in Seattle, Wash.

ITA Kick-Off Weekend Central

Last Time Out
The Wolverines took No. 5 Texas to the absolute brink last Saturday (Jan. 22) but fell, 4-3, in front of 687 people -- a new Varsity Tennis Center record. Freshman Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') won at No. 6 to put Michigan on the board. Down 3-1, the Wolverines got additional wins at Nos. 1 and 2 from sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) and senior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance), respectively. With the match tied at 3-3, the result came down to the third set at No. 5, but freshman Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) could not complete the comeback, losing 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 to No. 100 Ben Chen (Texas).

Recaps: MGoBlue | Michigan Daily

Dual-Match Format
This weekend's 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. 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.

Hall Call
Former U-M head coach Brian Eisner (1969-99) was inducted into the U-M Hall of Honor on 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) ]

See You Later
Michigan's match against Duke is the first of two meetings this season, both coming in Durham. The Wolverines will make a return trip on Feb. 26.

Lineup Forming
Michigan has gone with the same lineup through the first two dual matches:

No. 1 - Evan King
No. 2 - Jason Jung
No. 3 - Justin Rossi
No. 4 - Chris Cha
No. 5 - Shaun Bernstein
No. 6 - Barrett Franks

No. 1 - Jason Jung/Evan King
No. 2 - Shaun Bernstein/Chris Cha
No. 3 - Barrett Franks/Justin Rossi

NOTE: Senior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa), the Wolverines' Most Valuable Player each of the last two seasons, remains sidelined due to injury. He has not played in a match yet this season.

Scouting the Competition
Duke -- The Blue Devils are 3-0 on the early season, sweeping Hawai'i, Elon and North Carolina Central by identical 7-0 scores. They were runners-up to the ACC Championship last season and made it to the NCAA Sweet 16, losing to Virginia both times.

Pepperdine -- The Waves are 2-0 this season, having defeated UC-Santa Barbara (7-0) and UC-Irvine (5-2). They won their 20th straight West Coast Conference team championship last season and made it to the second round of the NCAA Championships before losing to Stanford. Pepperdine and Michigan met last season in Ann Arbor, with the Waves winning, 5-2.

Virginia Tech --The Hokies are 2-0 this season, having defeated Eastern Kentucky and Longwood by identical 7-0 scores. They reached the second round of the NCAA Championships last season, losing to Louisville.

Ranked Players
No. 5 - Reid Carleton (Duke)
No. 9 - Henrique Cunha (Duke)
No. 14 - Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine)
No. 40 - Alex Llompart (Pepperdine)
No. 112 - Finn Tearney (Pepperdine)
No. 118 - Chris Mengel (Duke)

No. 12 - Reid Carleton/Henrique Cunha (Duke)
No. 35 - Hugh Clarke/Finn Tearney (Pepperdine)


U-M in The National Rankings
Michigan moved up one spot to No. 24 in the most recent ITA poll, released Jan. 25. Jason Jung is ranked No. 35 in singles. Jung and Evan King are ranked at No. 28 in doubles. New rankings for singles and doubles are released on February 17.

[ Complete Poll ]

The Captain
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 68-57 (.544) record in singles and a 76-50 (.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.

Future Wolverines
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.

[ Signing Day Release ]

Leader of The Wolverines
Bruce Berque is in 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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Yearbook & Record Book
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[ 2010-11 Men's Tennis Yearbook ] [ Record Book ]

Up Next
Michigan begins a three-match home stand at the Varsity Tennis Center on Saturday (Feb. 5) when it hosts Wake Forest at 5 p.m.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423