Week #6: U-M Renews Rivalry with Notre Dame in Road Matchup Saturday
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Feb. 15, 2011

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THIS WEEK
Saturday, Feb. 19 -- at No. 23 Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.), 1 p.m.
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The University of Michigan men's tennis team (4-3) looks to get back in the win column this Saturday (Feb. 19), as it travels to South Bend, Ind., for a rivalry match with No. 23 Notre Dame (6-3). The match will begin at 1 p.m. at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.

Last Time Out
The Wolverines earned a split at the Varsity Tennis Center last weekend over a pair of ranked opponents, defeating then-No. 23 Washington on Friday (Feb. 11) but falling to then-No. 44 Vanderbilt on Sunday (Feb. 13).

Trailing Washington 3-2, Michigan battled back to take the match thanks to wins at No. 4 by freshman Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and at No. 6 by sophomore Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.). Bernstein was down 2-0 in the third set to Daniel Schmidt but rallied to win six straight games to tie the team score, 3-3. Two courts over, Cha had six match points in the second set of his match against Marton Bots but could not close him out. The two went to a third set, which Cha won, winning the match 7-6 (4), 6-7 (9), 6-2, giving the win to Michigan.

Fans can catch the airing of the Vanderbilt match on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. on the Big Ten Network.

[ Recaps: Washington (MGoBlue) | Vanderbilt (MGoBlue) | Michigan Daily | Notebook (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
Here is Michigan's projected lineup, based on the last match against Vanderbilt:

Singles
No. 1 -- #48 Evan King (13-6 overall, 6-1 in duals)
No. 2 -- #53 Jason Jung (13-7 overall, 4-1 in duals)
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (13-9 overall, 4-3 in duals)
No. 4 -- Justin Rossi (9-10 overall, 2-4 in duals)
No. 5 -- Barrett Franks (10-9 overall, 5-2 in duals)
No. 6 -- Chris Cha (9-10 overall, 3-4 in duals)

Doubles
No. 1 -- #39 Jason Jung/Evan King (8-6 overall, 4-3 in duals)
No. 2 -- Chris Madden/Justin Rossi (0-2 overall, 0-2 in duals)
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein/Chris Cha (8-8 overall, 2-3 in duals)

[ Statistics | Match-By-Match ]

Packing The House
More than 2,000 fans have come out to the Varsity Tennis Center so far this season to watch Michigan men's tennis, 687 of which came out to watch the match against then-No. 5 Texas on Jan. 22, a new facility record. Wolverine fans put Michigan in the top 10 nationally last season for men's tennis attendance, and will likely be there again when the ITA releases its national attendance figures for the months of January and February in the coming weeks.

MVP Return
Senior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) made his season debut against Washington last Friday, playing at No. 2 doubles with freshman Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep). Madden, named the Team MVP each of the past two seasons, did not play during the fall season and missed the first five dual matches of the season after recovering from an injury. He has yet to play in a singles match this season.

Shining in Singles
With two more wins last weekend, sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) moved to 6-1 on the season in singles, all at No. 1. He has defeated three ranked opponents in a row, and also holds a win over Ed Corrie, the No. 1 player for Texas, the nation's fifth-best team. In addition, senior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and freshman Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') are both 5-2 in dual matches.

Bernstein, Jung, and King are all tied for the team lead in overall singles wins (13).

[ Video: Evan King Feature ] (MGoBlue.com)

Milestone for Berque
Head coach Bruce Berque recorded his 100th victory as the man in charge of the Michigan men's tennis program

[ Audio: Bruce Berque on WTKA ] (From Feb. 11)

So Long to Home
Michigan is on the road for much of the next two months, playing one just home match until April 2, hosting Tulsa on Friday, March 11.

[ Schedule ]

Scouting The Competition
Notre Dame -- The Fighting Irish are 6-3 on the season, and are coming off a perfect 2-0 weekend. Notre Dame is 2-1 in contests against Big Ten opponents (all on the road), beating Wisconsin and Michigan State but losing to Illinois. Michigan will be the fourth Big Ten team the Fighting Irish will have played this season, as they also have remaining contests against Illinois, Northwestern and Ohio State later in the season.

Michigan holds a 43-28 all-time record against Notre Dame, and won the head-to-head matchup last season in Ann Arbor (Feb. 13, 2010). Chris Madden beat No. 74 Blas Moros (Notre Dame) at No. 5 in singles to clinch the match for Michigan.

Ranked Players
Singles
No. 77, Casey Watt

Doubles
No. 28, Stephen Havens/Tyler Davis
No. 51, Spencer Talmadge/Niall Fitzgerald

TEAM NOTES

U-M in the National Rankings
Despite the split over the weekend, the Wolverines fell five spots to No. 27 in the most-recent ITA poll, released Feb. 14. Success at No. 1 propelled Evan King into the top 50, coming in at No. 48, with Jason Jung at No. 53. In doubles, the pair is now ranked No. 39.

[ Rankings: Team | Singles | Doubles ]

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 56-16 (.777) since the 2005 season and is 116-36 (.763) overall at the complex.

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 71-59 record in singles and a 79-52 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 ]

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 100-65, 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
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[ 2010-11 Men's Tennis Yearbook ] [ Record Book ]

Up Next
A rematch is up next for the Wolverines, as they head back to Durham, N.C., for a match with Duke on Saturday, Feb. 26. The match will begin at 1 p.m. The two teams previously met in the opening round of ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Durham Regional on Jan. 28, with Duke winning, 7-0.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423