Weekly Release #9: U-M Set to Battle Hawaii in Midweek Road Match

March 1, 2011

Big Ten Release

Thursday, March 3 -- at Hawaii (Honolulu, Hawai'i), 3 p.m. HST

Fresh off a 4-3 win at No. 6 Duke, the spring break trip concludes for the eighth-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team (6-3) on Thursday (March 3), with a meeting against Hawaii (1-5) at the Hawaii Tennis Complex in Honolulu. The match will begin at 3 p.m. HST (8 p.m. EST).

Last Time Out
The Wolverines scored their biggest win in recent memory last Saturday (Feb. 26), defeating No. 6 Duke, 4-3, in Durham, N.C. It was the second time the two teams faced each other this season, as they both previously met in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend back on Jan. 28, with Duke winning, 7-0.

After losing the doubles point, Michigan got wins in singles from sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan), senior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance), freshman Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') and freshman Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) to win the match.

[ Recaps: MGoBlue | 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 vs. Duke:

No. 1 -- #27 Evan King (15-6 overall, 8-1 in duals)
No. 2 -- #45 Jason Jung (15-7 overall, 7-2 in duals)
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (14-10 overall, 5-4 in duals)
No. 4 -- Chris Madden (0-1 overall, 0-1 in duals)
No. 5 -- Barrett Franks (12-9 overall, 7-2 in duals)
No. 6 -- Justin Rossi (10-11 overall, 3-5 in duals)

No. 1 -- Jason Jung/Shaun Bernstein (0-1 overall, 0-1 in duals)
No. 2 -- Evan King/Barrett Franks (1-0 overall, 1-0 in duals)
No. 3 -- Chris Cha/Chris Madden (0-1 overall, 0-1 in duals)

[ Statistics | Match-By-Match ]

Successful Spring Breaks
Michigan has defeated top-10 opponents on its last two spring break trips. Last season, the Wolverines defeated then-No. 10 California, 5-2, in San Diego, Calif., and knocked off No. 6 Duke, 4-3, last weekend.

This season, the Wolverines started 1-2 but have won five of their last six dual matches since, all coming against ranked opponents.

Double Change
The Wolverines altered its doubles lineup against Duke, splitting their top team of Evan King and Jason Jung. King paired with Barrett Franks at No. 2 to give Michigan its only win of the afternoon, an 8-3 triumph over the pair of Fred Saba and Torsten Wietoska. Jung was partnered up with freshman Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) at No. 1, losing to the nation's ninth-ranked team of Henrique Cunha and Reid Carleton, 9-8 (3). Sophomore Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) and senior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) reformed as a tandem but lost to Chris Mengel and David Holland, 8-4. Cha and Madden spent most of the 2010 dual-match season partnered up at No. 3.

The Wolverines are 1-8 in winning the doubles point this season, not having won it since the season opener on Jan. 15 against Western Michigan. Despite their struggles, the Wolverines are 5-3 in dual matches when they lose the point.

MVP Return
Senior Chris Madden made his season debut against Washington on Feb. 11 and has played doubles in Michigan's last four 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 made his season debut in singles against Duke last Saturday, playing at No. 4.

Top Dog
Last season's Big Ten Freshman of the Year, sophomore Evan King is 8-1 this season in dual matches, all at No. 1, and has defeated five ranked opponents. King has been at his best at No. 1 throughout his short career, going 13-3 at the top spot in the lineup.

He has been named Big Ten Athlete of the Week twice this season, most recently earning the award on March 1, after leading Michigan to its upset victory over Duke.

King, Jung and Franks are all tied for the team lead in total singles wins (15).

[ Video: Evan King Feature (MGoBlue) ]

Jason Sees Double
With a doubles win against Notre Dame on Feb.19, senior Jason Jung is now tied with former U-M great Michael Leach (1979-82) for seventh all-time in career doubles victories (80). His next doubles win moves him into sole possession of seventh place on Michigan's all-time list:

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)
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.

Scouting the Competition
Hawaii --The Rainbow Warriors have struggled in the early part of the season, going 1-5 in its first six dual matches. They are recently coming off a 1-2 trip through Southern California, beating San Diego State (5-2) but losing matches to San Diego (7-0) and UC-Santa Barbara (5-2).

Hawaii has a match against Loyola Marymount on Wednesday (March 2), its first home match of the season. It is ranked No. 74 by the ITA, and does not have any ranked singles players or doubles teams.


U-M in The National Rankings
Michigan made a huge jump in the rankings this week, moving up 15 spots all the way to No. 8, thanks to its road win over sixth-ranked Duke last week. Michigan has two singles players ranked -- Evan King (No. 27) and Jason Jung (No. 45). King and Jung are also the No. 11-ranked doubles team, despite not playing together in Michigan's last match.

The University of Michigan has both its men's and women's tennis teams ranked in the top 10 for the first time in school history. The women are ranked No. 5, while the men are No. 8. Only three other schools in the nation have both their men's and women's teams ranked in the top 10 (Duke, Stanford, Virginia).

[ Rankings: Team | Singles | Doubles ]

Challenging Schedule
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:

Wins Losses
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)  
No. 6 Duke (2/26)  

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.

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.

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 73-59 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.

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. 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.

[ 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 102-65, 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
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.

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

Up Next
Michigan returns to Ann Arbor next Friday (March 11) for a match against Tulsa. The match begins at 6 p.m.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423