Weekly #8: vs. California

March 2, 2010


Thursday, March 4 -- vs. California (San Diego, Calif.), 1 p.m. PST

The No. 34-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team (3-5) looks to snap a two-match losing skid on Thursday (March 4), when it faces No. 10 California on a neutral site in San Diego, Calif. The match will start at 1 p.m. PST.

Hello Again
The Wolverines has already seen Cal once this season. The two teams met at the Napa Valley Invitational (Sept. 18-20) in Saint Helena, Calif., in a non-team scoring tournament.

Both teams are familiar with the other. Freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) made it to the tournament final but lost to Jonathan Dahan (Cal) in a three-set thriller, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (7). Here are the other matches:

Sept. 18
Jonathan Dahan (Cal) def. Jason Jung (U-M) -- 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
Evan King (U-M) def. Christoffer Konigsfeldt (Cal) -- 6-4, 6-4
Riki McLachlan (Cal) def. Chris Madden (U-M) -- 7-5, 6-2
Nick Andrews (Cal) def. Mike Sroczynski (U-M) -- 6-4, 7-6 (4)
George Navas (U-M) def. Bijan Hejazi (Cal) -- 6-4, 6-4
Chris Cha (U-M) def. Zach Gilbert (Cal) -- 0-6, 6-3, 6-4

Jason Jung/George Navas (U-M) def. Nick Andrews/Riki McLachlan (Cal) -- 8-6
Evan King/Chris Madden (U-M) def. Bozhiad Katsarov/Christoffer Konigsfeldt (Cal) -- 8-6
Chris Cha/Mike Sroczynski (U-M) def. Sky Lovill/Jonathan Dahan (Cal) -- 8-6

Sept. 19
Chris Cha (U-M) def. Bijan Hejazi (Cal) -- 6-2, 7-6 (4)

Chris Cha/Mike Sroczynski (U-M) def. Zach Gilbert/Bijan Hejazi (Cal) -- 8-2

Sept. 20
Jonathan Dahan (Cal) def. Evan King (U-M) -- 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (7)
Chris Madden (U-M) def. Zach Gilbert (Cal) -- 6-7 (2), 6-4, 1-0 (9)
Christoffer Konigsfeldt (Cal) def. George Navas (U-M) -- 7-6 (5), 6-4

Sky Lovill/Nick Andrews (Cal) def. Chris Cha/Chris Madden (U-M) -- 8-2

Last Time Out
Michigan lost to No. 20 Wake Forest, 5-2, last Saturday (Feb. 27) in Winston-Salem, N.C. Junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and King knocked off the nation's 12th-ranked doubles team to help give Michigan the doubles point. Junior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) was Michigan's only victor in singles, winning at No. 5 over Danny Kreyman (Wake Forest), 6-3, 6-7 (14-12), 10-6 (super tiebreaker).

California Boys
Michigan has two players on its roster from the state of California: Jung (Torrance) and Madden (Lotus). Torrance is a suburb just south of Los Angeles. Lotus is located in northern California (northeast of Sacramento).

Double Trouble
The Wolverines have been masterful in doubles, winning the point in seven of eight dual matches. The No. 2 team of George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) and Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep) has 15 doubles wins this season, most on the team (6-1 in dual matches).

Both are distinguished doubles players. Navas holds a 76-51 (.598) career record in doubles, while Sroczynski earned career doubles win No. 80 against Notre Dame on Feb. 13. He is 82-44 (.650).

For his career, Navas has played in 127 doubles matches. Sroczynski has played in 126.

Under Pressure
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 against Vanderbilt (Jan. 23) and defeated No. 73 Blas Moros of Notre Dame, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 on Feb. 13. Michigan won 4-3 both times.

Frosh Phenom
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 Jung. He's 11-8 on the season in singles (4-3 in dual matches) and 8-6 in doubles (5-2 in dual matches).

Scouting the Competition
Cal sits at 7-2 for the dual-match season following a 4-3 loss to UCLA last Saturday (Feb. 27). The Golden Bears have three players ranked in singles, including Pedro Zerbini (No. 42), Christoffer Konigsfeldt (No. 59), and Jonathan Dahan (No. 73). They also have two ranked doubles tandems: Konigsfeldt and Nick Andrews (No. 20) and Dahan and Zerbini (No. 30).

U-M vs. Cal
Michigan holds a 2-2 all-time record against Cal. The two teams met last season at ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Chapel Hill, N.C., with Michigan winning 5-2. The Wolverines won the doubles point and four matches in singles, including wins from Jung (at No. 1) and Madden (at No. 5).

Road Warriors
After spending nearly the entire month of February in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines are in the middle of a three-week road trip: at Wake Forest (L, 5-2, Feb. 27), at Cal (March 4), at Texas (March 13). Michigan returns to the Varsity Tennis Center on March 20, opening conference play against in-state rival Michigan State.

U-M in ITA Rankings
Michigan is ranked No. 36 in the latest ITA poll, released March 2. Jung is ranked No. 46 in singles, while he and King hold down No. 35 in doubles. 

Tested Against the Best
Michigan once again faces one of the toughest schedules in the country. This year, the Wolverines will face 18 opponents ranked in the ITA team rankings (the ITA ranks the top 75 teams). A complete table of opponent rankings and date played is listed below:

NOTE: Team rankings are reflected on the most recent poll (March 2)

Michigan 34  
Vanderbilt 30 W, 4-3 (Jan. 23)
North Carolina State 44 L, 4-3 (Jan. 24)
Kentucky 8 L, 4-2 (Jan. 30)
Minnesota 46 W, 4-2 (Jan. 31)
AND March 27 (ANN ARBOR)
Pepperdine 27 L, 5-2 (Feb. 7)
Notre Dame 38 W, 4-3 (Feb. 13)
North Carolina 26 L, 6-1 (Feb. 20)
Wake Forest 20 L, 5-2 (Feb. 27)
California 10 March 4 (San Diego, Calif.)
Texas 4 March 13 (Austin, Texas)
Stanford 9 March 25 (ANN ARBOR)
Iowa 49 March 28 (ANN ARBOR)
Northwestern 34 April 3 (ANN ARBOR)
Wisconsin 37 April 4 (ANN ARBOR)
Penn State 42 April 9 (State College, Pa.)
Ohio State 3 April 11 (Columbus, Ohio)
Purdue 65 April 18 (ANN ARBOR)
Illinois 12 April 23 (Champaign, Ill.)
Indiana 43 April 25 (Bloomington, Ind.)


Navas Elected Captain
Navas 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.

Future Wolverines
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 85-55, 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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Up Next...
The Wolverines will get a little bit more of rest before their next match, coming on March 13 against Texas in Austin. Match time is scheduled for 4 p.m. CST.