Feb. 7, 2011
The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team (3-2) closes out a three-match home stand this weekend at the Varsity Tennis Center, hosting No. 23 Washington on Friday (Feb. 11, 5 p.m.) and Vanderbilt on Sunday (Feb. 13, 2 p.m.).
Last Time Out
Michigan improved its record to 3-2 on the season with a 6-1 triumph over No. 21 Wake Forest last Saturday (Feb. 5). The Wolverines dropped the doubles point but won on all six singles courts.
Sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) improved his singles record in dual matches to 4-1 with a come-from-behind win over No. 45 Jonathan Wolff (Wake Forest), 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.
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 Wolverines made some lineup changes in both singles and doubles in last week's match against Wake Forest. Here's how it looked:
No. 1 -- Evan King (11-6 overall, 4-1 in duals)
No. 2 -- No. 35 Jason Jung (12-6 overall, 4-1 in duals)
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (12-8 overall, 3-2 in duals)
No. 4 -- Justin Rossi (9-8 overall, 2-2 in duals)
No. 5 -- Barrett Franks (9-8 overall, 4-1 in duals)
No. 6 -- Chris Cha (8-9 overall, 2-3 in duals)
No. 1 -- No. 28 Jason Jung/Evan King (7-5 overall, 3-2 in duals)
No. 2 -- Justin Rossi/Chris Cha (0-1 overall, 0-1 in duals)
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein/Alex Buzzi (0-1 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 but could play this weekend in some capacity.
Shining in Singles
Barrett Franks, Jason Jung and Evan King are each 4-1 dual matches so far in 2011, with each also holding a two-match win streak. Captain Jung leads the squad, winning two-thirds of his matches (12-6) throughout fall and regular-season play, with King just behind him at 11-6.
Race For 100
Michigan head coach Bruce Berque is nearing a milestone. With a career coaching record of 99-64, Berque is one win 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).
Friday-Sunday Race but Successful
The Wolverines are playing matches on a Friday and Sunday for just the third time in three seasons, splitting the games twice last season. U-M has picked up at least one win in each of the last 13 Friday-Sunday weekends (since the 2004-05 season), including five two-win efforts.
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 55-15 (.785) since the 2005 season and is 115-35 (.766) overall at the complex.
Scouting the Competition
Washington -- The Huskies enter Friday's contest with Michigan with a perfect 6-0 record and a No. 23 ranking in the most-recent ITA poll, released Feb. 8. Washington won a pair of matches last weekend, beating Denver, 6-1, and Nebraska, 4-3, both in Seattle. Friday's match will be Washington's first road match of the season.
Michigan is 1-1 all-time against Washington. The Huskies won 4-2 on Feb. 27, 2009, in Malibu, Calif.
Vanderbilt -- The Commodores are 4-1 on the season and hold a No. 44 ranking in the ITA. They beat Memphis, 7-0, last Friday in Nashville, Tenn.
Michigan holds a 5-2 lead in the series, including wins in the last two meetings. The Wolverines beat Vanderbilt, 4-3, on Jan. 23, 2010, in Raleigh, N.C.
NOTE: Washington and Vanderbilt will play a dual match on Saturday (Feb. 12) at 2:30 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center.
Ranked Opponent Players
No. 43, Ryan Lipman (Vanderbilt)
No. 81, Kyle McMorrow (Washington)
No. 83, Martin Kildahl (Washington)
No. 92, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (Washington)
No. 30, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan/Kyle McMorrow (Washington)
No. 33, Tobi Obenaus/Martin Kildahl (Washington)
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)
So Long To Home
After the weekend's pair of matches, Michigan plays just one home match until April 2, hosting Tulsa on Friday, March 11.
U-M in the National Rankings
Michigan moved up one spot to No. 22 in the most-recent ITA poll, released Feb. 8. 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.
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 70-58 record in singles and a 78-51 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.
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.
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.
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 99-64, 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.
KEEP UP WITH MICHIGAN MEN'S TENNIS
Twitter: Simply log-on and search for "michigan_tennis" and follow us today.
Facebook: Search "Michigan Men's Tennis" and click the "Like" button to instantly get connected with fellow fans, student-athletes and alumni.
Foursquare: Check in on Foursquare (smartphones only). For home events, fans can check in at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Wolverine fans can "check-in" to any U-M sports venue and become eligible for giveaways, unlock exclusive offers and learn exciting trivia while connecting with fellow fans.
1. On your smartphone, go to Foursquare.com to find the Foursquare application for your iPhone, Android or Blackberry.
2. Install the program and create a user account to get started.
3. To find special tips and offers for Michigan athletics, add "MichiganGoBlue" as a friend.
To add friends, go to the Me tab, then click "Friends" and select "Add Friends."
4. Start checking-in to Michigan athletic venues and join the fun!
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.
Michigan hits the road next weekend, heading to South Bend, Ind., on Saturday, Feb. 19, for a dual match with Notre Dame. The match will begin at 1 p.m.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423