Jan. 27, 2010
Saturday, Jan. 30 -- at #14 Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.), 2 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 31 -- vs. #16 Wake Forest OR #31 Minnesota (at Lexington, Ky.), TBA
Tournament Central: ITA National Team Indoor Championships Qualifier
This weekend, the No.41-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team (1-1) heads to Lexington, Ky., for ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex. The Wolverines will face host No. 14 Kentucky on Saturday (Jan. 30) at 2 p.m. and face either No. 16 Wake Forest or No. 31 Minnesota on Sunday (Jan. 31). The four teams will be competing to advance from the regional and earn a trip to the 16-team ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va. (Feb. 12-15).
PACK THE HOUSE! BREAK THE RECORD!
For Michigan's home opener against nationally ranked Pepperdine on Feb. 6 (6 p.m.), the Wolverines are asking for your support in helping to break the attendance record at the Varsity Tennis Center. The current record of 551 was set last year against Wake Forest, but the Wolverines want to shatter that against Pepperdine. Mark your calendars and come out to support Michigan!
Last Year at ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Last year, Michigan beat Cal-Berkeley (5-2) and VCU (5-1) in Chapel Hill, N.C., to advance to the National Indoors for the first time in 20 years. Against VCU in the deciding match, Michigan won every singles match after dropping the doubles point.
Scouting the Competition
Kentucky -- Kentucky is 2-0 after earning wins over Xavier and Morehead State on Jan. 23. It is ranked No. 14 in the most recent ITA poll, released on Jan. 26. The Wildcats will go on the road to face Virginia Tech on Wednesday (Jan. 27) before returning to Lexington for this weekend's competition.
Wake Forest -- Wake Forest is seeing its first competitive action since late October, having not played a dual match yet this season. It is ranked No. 16. Michigan lost 6-1 to Wake Forest last season in Ann Arbor.
Minnesota -- Minnesota opened the dual match portion of its schedule with a 4-3 road win at Nebraska. The Golden Gophers are ranked No. 31. If Michigan faces Minnesota, the match will not count toward each team's conference record. The two teams will meet March 27 in Ann Arbor.
Last Time Out
Michigan opened the second half of the season on the road in Raleigh, N.C., defeating No. 55 Vanderbilt on Saturday (Jan. 23), 4-3, but losing to No. 52 North Carolina State on Sunday (Jan. 24) by the same score. Junior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) clinched Michigan's win over Vanderbilt with his upset win at No. 5 over No. 53 Charlie Jones, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1. Junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Laurel Springs Prep), the Wolverines' two ranked singles players, both defeated higher-ranked players on Saturday, as Jung completely dominated No. 29 Ryan Lipman, 6-0, 6-2, and King upended No. 71 Vijay Paul, 7-5, 6-2.
Facing a 3-2 deficit, Madden was again victorious at No. 5 on Sunday, defeating Rafael Paez (N.C. State), 7-5, 6-2 to momentarily bring the match to a 3-3 tie. Freshman Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri High School) was defeated at No. 6 to give North Carolina State the win, 4-3.
Madden and King won both their singles matches last weekend. The senior tandem of George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) and Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep) also won both of their doubles matches at No. 2.
Several Wolverines are nearing milestones in their respective careers. Jung needs only one more singles win to reach 50 for his career, while Navas needs only three doubles wins to reach the 50-75 win barriers (singles-doubles). Madden reached the 50-win plateau for singles earlier this season.
Career records for Michigan's four upperclassmen are shown below:
U-M in the ITA National Rankings
Michigan is ranked No. 41 in the most recent ITA poll, released Jan. 26. It is eight spots down from No. 33, which it was ranked to start the season.
Navas Elected Captain
Navas was chosen as the team's captain 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.
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.
Rossi is now ranked No. 7 nationally by tennisrecruiting.net, while Bernstein checks in at No. 16. Michigan's class was ranked third-best in the country by the website for its winter recruiting rankings.
In December, Bernstein was unseeded at the Coffee Bowl (Copa Cafe -- Costa Rica Junior ITF Tournament), but managed to reach the U-18 singles semifinal. He was the last player from the U.S. standing. Rossi won the Midwest Winter Championships in Dayton, Ohio.
Fall Season Recap
The Wolverines competed in five events during the fall season:
(Sept. 18-20: Napa Valley Invitational) King kicked off his collegiate career with a runner-up finish at the event, losing to Jonathan Dahan (Cal) in the finals. Cha 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. Sroczynski 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 was in Main Draw Qualifying 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. Madden 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. 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).
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.
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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're 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 Yearbook and Record Book ]
Michigan opens the home slate for the spring season on Feb. 6 against nationally ranked Pepperdine. The match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center.