Weekly Release #5: U-M to Open Three-Match Home Stand, Welcomes Wake Forest

Jan. 31, 2011

Saturday, Feb. 5 -- vs. No. 22 Wake Forest (Varsity Tennis Center), 5 p.m.
Live Scoring/Live Video

The No. 24-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team (2-2) returns to the Varsity Tennis Center this weekend for the start of a three-match homestand, beginning with No. 22 Wake Forest on Saturday (Feb. 5) at 5 p.m.

Last Time Out
Michigan split a pair of matches against Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) foes last weekend at the Durham, N.C., Regional of ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Wolverines lost to No. 14 Duke, 7-0, on Friday (Jan. 28) but rallied to defeat No. 25 Virginia Tech, 4-2, in the third-place match on Saturday (Jan. 29).

Recaps: Duke (MGoBlue) | Virginia Tech (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.

The Lineup
The Wolverines' lineup was the same through the first three dual matches but made two minor switches over the weekend. Against Virginia Tech, Michigan's lineup looked like this:

No. 1 -- Evan King (10-6 overall, 3-1 in duals)
No. 2 -- No. 35 Jason Jung (11-6 overall, 3-1 in duals)
No. 3 -- Justin Rossi (8-8 overall, 1-2 in duals)
No. 4 -- Shaun Bernstein (11-8 overall, 2-2 in duals)
No. 5 -- Chris Cha (7-9 overall, 1-3 in duals)
No. 6 -- Barrett Franks (8-8 overall, 3-1 in duals)

No. 1 -- No. 28 Jason Jung/Evan King (6-5 overall, 2-2 in duals)
No. 2 -- Shaun Bernstein/Chris Cha (7-7 overall, 1-2 in duals)
No. 3 -- Justin Rossi/Alex Buzzi (0-2 overall, 0-1 in duals)

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.

Berque Nearing Milestone
Michigan head coach Bruce Berque is nearing a milestone. With a career coaching record of 98-64, Berque is two wins shy of 100 for his career, all with Michigan. He is third all-time at Michigan in career coaching victories, behind former coaches Brian Eisner (449) and William Murphy (199).

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 54-15 (.782) since the 2005 season and is 114-35 (.765) overall at the complex.

Scouting The Competition
Wake Forest -- The Demon Deacons are ranked No. 22 in the nation by the ITA and are 1-1 on the early season, splitting a pair of matches at the Lexington, Ky., Regional of ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Wake Forest beat Wisconsin, 4-0, last Saturday (Jan. 29) but lost to No. 12 Kentucky, 4-0, in the championship on Sunday (Jan. 30).

Michigan is 2-3 all-time against Wake Forest in dual matches. The two teams met last season in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Wake Forest winning, 5-2. The Demon Deacons visited Ann Arbor two years ago and left victorious, winning, 6-1.

Ranked Players
Jonathan Wolff (No. 45)
Tripper Carleton (No. 87)
Danny Kreyman (No. 100)
Iain Atkinson (No. 109)

Set Your Sets!
Michigan's match on Feb. 13 against nationally ranked Vanderbilt will be televised by the Big Ten Network on tape-delay. The match will air two weeks later, on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m.

[ February Tennis Doubleheader To Air on Big Ten Network (Jan. 13) ]


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 Feb. 17.

[ Complete Rankings ]

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 69-58 record in singles and a 77-51 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 ]

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) ]

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 98-64, 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
For the second year in a row, 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.

[ 2010-11 Men's Tennis Yearbook ] [ Record Book ]

Up Next
The Wolverines welcome a pair of teams to the Varsity Tennis Center next weekend, hosting Washington on Friday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m. and Vanderbilt on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423