Feb. 15, 2010
Saturday, Feb. 20 -- vs. No. 22 North Carolina (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.
Live Results/Live Video
The three-match home stand concludes on Saturday (Feb. 20) when the University of Michigan men's tennis team (3-3) hosts No. 22 North Carolina at the Varsity Tennis Center. The match will begin at 6 p.m.
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As always, Michigan will provide live video coverage on all six courts. [ Follow the Wolverines on the court! ]
Last Time Out
An upset win by junior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) at No. 5 lifted Michigan past Notre Dame last Saturday (Feb. 13), 4-3, at the Varsity Tennis Center. With the match tied at 3-3, Madden defeated No. 74 Blas Moros in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, to clinch the win for Michigan. Freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) and senior George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) also won their singles matches as Nos. 2 and 4, respectively.
The Wolverines also won the doubles point, beating Notre Dame on all three courts.
Madden is no stranger to pressure-packed situations. He has clinched a Michigan win on two separate occasions this season by virtue of his victories at the No. 5 position (singles). Both of those wins have come against ranked opponents. Madden defeated No. 53 Charlie Jones (Vanderbilt), 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, in Michigan's season-opening dual match (Jan. 23) and defeated No. 73 Blas Moros (Notre Dame), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 last Saturday (Feb. 13). Michigan won 4-3 both times.
The Wolverines have won the doubles point in five of their six matches this season. The No. 2 team of Navas and senior Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep) each have 13 doubles wins this season, most on the team (4-1 in dual matches).
Both are distinguished doubles players. Navas holds a 74-51 (.592) career record in doubles, while Sroczynski earned career doubles win No. 80 last Saturday. He is 80-44 (.645).
King is proving why he was one of the highest-rated recruits in the country heading into the season. For a freshman, he's been playing consistently at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles with junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance). He's 11-6 on the season in singles (4-1 in dual matches) and 6-6 in doubles (3-2 in dual matches).
Scouting the Competition
No. 22 North Carolina is 5-2 on the season, most recently losing to No. 3 Ohio State, 6-1, in Columbus, Ohio. The Tar Heels have three players ranked in singles, including Clay Donato (No. 36), Ryan Noble (No. 92), and Brennan Boyajian (No. 99).
U-M vs. North Carolina
Michigan is 0-9 all-time against North Carolina. The Wolverines lost 4-3 last season in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Home Court Advantage
This Saturday's match with North Carolina is Michigan's third in a row, but the last at the Varsity Tennis Center for close to a month. The Wolverines are 1-1 at home this season, with a loss to Pepperdine (Feb. 7) in addition to the win against Notre Dame last weekend.
The Wolverines' next home match will be approximately one month from Saturday, when they open conference play against in-state rival Michigan State on March 20.
U-M in ITA Rankings
Michigan is ranked No. 36 in the latest ITA poll, released Feb. 12. In addition, King and junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) continue to be ranked in singles. Jung is No. 50, while King is No. 73.
New rankings for team, singles and doubles will be released on Thursday (Feb. 18).
Here are the career numbers for Michigan's seven players (through Feb. 13, 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 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. 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.
The Wolverines square off with Wake Forest next Saturday (Feb. 27) in Winston-Salem, N.C. The match is scheduled to start at noon.