Feb. 9, 2010
Saturday, Feb. 13 -- vs. No. 34 Notre Dame (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.
The homestand continues for the University of Michigan men's tennis team (2-3) this Saturday (Feb. 13), as the Wolverines welcome No. 34 Notre Dame (3-3) to the Varsity Tennis Center. The match will begin at 6 p.m.
Saturday's match against Notre Dame features two special promotions. A one-year Varsity Tennis Center membership will be awarded to one lucky winner through a raffle. It will also be Family Day, as Family Club members will be invited to the match. All families in attendance will be entered in a drawing for a special family prize!
Students are also encouraged to come and support the Wolverines, as free pizza will be offered to all those who show up in time for the start of the match. Buses will pick students up from the Union and drop them off right at the Varsity Tennis Center. Come join the Maize Mob!
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Last Time Out
Michigan opened the Varsity Tennis Center for the first time since last October when it hosted No. 13 Pepperdine last Sunday (Feb. 7). Pepperdine won 5-2, winning five of six singles matches.
Freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Laurel Springs Prep) competed at No. 1 singles for the first time in his career, swapping spots with junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance), who played at No 2. Jung was Michigan's only singles winner, defeating Mousheg Hovhannisyan in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. King and Jung teamed at No. 1 doubles and clinched the point with their come-from-behind win, 9-8 (7-5).
The match between the two teams was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday (Feb. 6), but Pepperdine encountered rough travel conditions on its way to Ann Arbor and was forced to delay the match.
Scouting The Competition
Notre Dame (3-3) is ranked No. 34 in the latest ITA poll (Feb. 4). The new poll is slated to be released Thursday (Feb. 11), with updated team rankings.
Casey Watt is ranked No. 18 in singles, the second-highest rated player in the Midwest region behind Moritz Baumann (Wisconsin), who is No. 6. The Fighting Irish have three other players ranked inside the top 100, including Blas Moros (No. 74), Stephen Havens (No. 93), and Daniel Stahl (No. 95).
U-M vs. Notre Dame
Michigan holds a 42-28-0 record all-time against Notre Dame. The two teams' latest meeting came on May 8, 2009, in the opening round of the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Michigan won, 4-1, thanks to three wins in singles (including one from junior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa)) and the doubles point.
The two teams also met during the dual match slate last season on March 4, 2009, in South Bend, Ind., which Notre Dame won, 5-2. The Wolverines won all three doubles matches to secure the point but only grabbed one win in singles (from former Wolverine Drew Daniel at No. 6).
Home Court Advantage
The Wolverines are in the midst of a three-week stretch of home matches during the month of February. In addition to last Sunday against Pepperdine and Saturday against Notre Dame, Michigan will face North Carolina in Ann Arbor on Feb. 20 before rounding out the month on the road at Wake Forest on Feb. 27.
U-M in ITA Rankings
Michigan is ranked No. 36 in the latest ITA poll, released Feb. 4. The chart below details where Michigan falls in team rankings throughout the season:
In addition, Jung and King continue to be ranked in singles. Jung is No. 50, while King is No. 73. New rankings for singles and doubles will not be released until Feb. 18.
Here are the career numbers for Michigan's seven players (through Feb. 7, 2010):
|Chris Cha (Fr.)||Overall||Dual||Tourn.||Big Ten||#1||#2||#3||#4||#5||#6|
|Jason Jung (Jr.)||Overall||Dual||Tourn.||Big Ten||#1||#2||#3||#4||#5||#6|
|Evan King (Fr.)||Overall||Dual||Tourn.||Big Ten||#1||#2||#3||#4||#5||#6|
|Chris Madden (Jr.)||Overall||Dual||Tourn.||Big Ten||#1||#2||#3||#4||#5||#6|
|Duncan Muil (So.)||Overall||Dual||Tourn.||Big Ten||#1||#2||#3||#4||#5||#6|
|George Navas (Sr.)||Overall||Dual||Tourn.||Big Ten||#1||#2||#3||#4||#5||#6|
|Mike Sroczynski (Sr.)||Overall||Dual||Tourn.||Big Ten||#1||#2||#3||#4||#5||#6|
Navas Elected Captain
Senior George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) 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 Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep).
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 is in 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 84-54, 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 ]
The home stand concludes next Saturday (Feb. 20), as Michigan hosts North Carolina at 6 p.m.