Weekly Release #4: vs. Pepperdine

Feb. 2, 2010


Saturday, Feb. 6 -- vs. Pepperdine (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.

The University of Michigan men's tennis team (2-2) returns to Ann Arbor on Saturday (Feb. 6) to face No. 13 Pepperdine at 6 p.m. It is Michigan's first home dual match of the season and the first time the Wolverines have been in action at home since hosting the ITA Midwest Regional from Oct. 15-18.

For Saturday's home opener, 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.

2010 Men's Tennis Promotions

Michigan head coach Bruce Berque will be on 1050 WTKA (Ann Arbor) this Thursday (Feb. 4) at 8:40 a.m. to talk about the match against Pepperdine. Tune in!

Michigan earned a split last weekend at the University of Kentucky site for ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Wolverines lost to No. 14 Kentucky, 4-2, on Saturday (Jan. 30) but defeated No. 31 Minnesota on Sunday (Jan. 31) by the same score.

Junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance), freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Laurel Springs Prep) and senior George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) all won their singles matches to aid the Wolverines in the winning effort against Minnesota.

No. 13 Pepperdine is 2-1 on the dual-match season. The Waves earned a split at the UCLA Regional for ITA Kick-Off Weekend, defeating South Florida (4-0) and falling to No. 4 UCLA (4-0). Prior to facing the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Pepperdine will be at Ohio State on Friday (Feb. 5) to take on the Buckeyes.

The Waves won the NCAA championship in 2006 and have won 19 straight West Coast Conference titles (40 total). They have made the NCAA Tournament 34 times and have 72 All-America selections in their history.

The two teams will meet for the third straight season. Pepperdine won last season, 5-2, in Malibu, Calif., and Michigan won, 4-3, in Ann Arbor in 2008.

After beginning the season on the road during the month of January, the Wolverines will spend nearly the entire month of February in Ann Arbor. The match against Pepperdine begins a stretch of three straight weekends in a row in which Michigan will be at home, the others being against Notre Dame (Feb. 13) and North Carolina (Feb. 20). The Wolverines close February out in Winston-Salem, N.C., against Wake Forest (Feb. 27).

Jung reached win No. 50 (singles) for his Michigan career last Sunday when he defeated Tobias Wernet (Minnesota) in three sets. All of Michigan's four upperclassmen have at least 50 wins in singles and 50 wins in doubles.

Career win-loss statistics can be found below:

50-32 (singles)
55-39 (doubles)

53-30 (singles)
58-29 (doubles)

57-43 (singles)
73-50 (doubles)

54-44 (singles)
79-43 (doubles)

10-5 (singles)
4-6 (doubles)

5-9 (singles)
6-9 (doubles)

0-4 (singles)
2-5 (doubles)

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.

Future Wolverines
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. Meanwhile, Rossi won the Midwest Winter Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

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 84-53, 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.

He is assisted by associate head coach Sean Maymi, who is in his fourth season, and volunteer assistant Scott Oudsema, who is in his first.

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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 ]

Up Next
Michigan will continue to enjoy the confines of the Varsity Tennis Center next Saturday (Feb. 13), as it hosts regional foe Notre Dame at 6 p.m.