Feb. 23, 2011
The No. 23-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team (5-3) begins its annual spring break road trip this weekend, heading first to Durham, N.C., for a rematch with No. 6 Duke (9-3) on Saturday (Feb. 26). The match will begin at 1 p.m. inside the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
Last Time Out
The Wolverines earned a critical road win last Saturday (Feb. 19), knocking off No. 23 Notre Dame, 4-3, in South Bend, Ind. Freshman Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) clinched the match for Michigan with a win at No. 3 over Daniel Stahl, 7-6 (8), 6-4. Sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan), senior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and freshman Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Christchurch) were the Wolverines' other winners, getting points at Nos. 1, 2 and 5, respectively.
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.
Here is Michigan's projected lineup, based on the last match against Notre Dame:
No. 1 -- #48 Evan King (14-6 overall, 7-1 in duals)
No. 2 -- #53 Jason Jung (14-7 overall, 6-2 in duals)
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (14-9 overall, 5-3 in duals)
No. 4 -- Justin Rossi (9-11 overall, 2-5 in duals)
No. 5 -- Barrett Franks (11-9 overall, 6-2 in duals)
No. 6 -- Chris Cha (9-11 overall, 3-5 in duals)
No. 1 -- #39 Jason Jung/Evan King (9-6 overall, 5-3 in duals)
No. 2 -- Chris Madden/Barrett Franks (0-1 overall, 0-1 in duals)
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein/Chris Cha (8-9 overall, 2-4 in duals)
Earning Those Miles
Michigan's visit to Duke is the first leg of a week-long spring break road trip. After the match on Saturday, the Wolverines will fly across the country all the way out to Honolulu, Hawaii, where they will spend the week practicing for a match against the University of Hawaii next Thursday (March 3). That match begins at 3 p.m. Hawaiian Time (or 8 p.m. Eastern).
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 early March.
Senior Chris Madden(Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) made his season debut against Washington on Feb. 11 and has played doubles in Michigan's last three matches. Madden, 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. He was scheduled to play at No. 5 singles against Notre Dame last weekend but was scratched.
Sophomore Evan King is on a roll. Last season's Big Ten Freshman of the Year is 7-1 this season in dual matches, all at No. 1, and has defeated four ranked opponents in a row. King has been at his best at No. 1 throughout his short career, going 12-3 at the top spot in the lineup.
King, Jung and Franks are all tied for the team lead in total singles wins (14).
[ Video: Evan King Feature (MGoBlue) ]
Jason Sees Double
With a doubles win last Saturday against Notre Dame, senior Jason Jung is now tied with former U-M great Michael Leach (1979-82) for seventh all-time in career doubles victories (80).
Career Doubles Wins at Michigan:
T1. Brian Hung (2004-07) 90 Matko Maravic (2005-08) Mike Sroczynski (2007-10) T4. Eric Friedler (1973-76) 84 George Navas (2007-10) 6. Andrew Mazlin (2006-09) 83 T7. Michael Leach (1979-82) 80 Jason Jung (2008-Present)
So Long To Home
Michigan is on the road for much of the next seven weeks, playing one just home match until April 2, hosting Tulsa on Friday, March 11.
[ Schedule ]
Scouting The Competition
Duke -- After a successful run at the ITA National Team Indoors Championships, the Blue Devils moved up 11 spots in the rankings to No. 6. Last weekend at the tournament in Seattle, they defeated No. 2 USC and No. 11 Florida before falling to No. 3 Tennessee in the semifinals. Duke is 9-3 on the season.
Michigan and Duke have already met once this season, with Duke winning, 7-0, in the opening round of ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Jan. 28, also in Durham. To read the recap from the match, click here.
The Wolverines are 2-7 all-time against the Blue Devils in dual matches.
No. 6 -- Reid Carleton
No. 10 -- Henrique Cunha
No. 9 -- Reid Carleton/Henrique Cunha
U-M in The National Rankings
With its road win against Notre Dame, Michigan jumped four spots to No. 23 in the most-recent ITA poll, released on Feb. 22. Recent 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.
Michigan once again has one of the most difficult schedules of any team in the nation. The Wolverines have already faced seven top-25 teams, scoring wins in four of those matchups:
|No. 25 Virginia Tech (1/29)||No. 5 Texas (1/22)|
|No. 22 Wake Forest (2/5)||No. 14 Duke (1/29)|
|No. 23 Washington (2/11)||No. 44 Vanderbilt (2/13)|
|No. 23 Notre Dame (2/19)|
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.
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 72-59 record in singles and a 80-52 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 tied for seventh 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. 15 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.
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 101-65, 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.
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The spring break trip continues next week, as Michigan travels across the country for a match with Hawaii next Thursday (March 3) in Honolulu. The match will begin at 3 p.m. HT.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423