March 5, 2013
Wednesday, March 6 -- at No. 12 Pepperdine (Malibu, Calif.), 1 p.m. PST
Saturday, March 9 -- at No. 21 Texas (Austin, Texas), 1 p.m. CST
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The University of Michigan men's tennis team (4-4) will spend its Spring Break in Malibu, Calif., and Austin, Texas, where the Wolverines will play a pair of non-conference road matches during their week-long trip. U-M is scheduled for a match against 12th-ranked Pepperdine (9-2) on Wednesday (March 6) before a meeting at 21st-ranked Texas (7-4) on Saturday (March 9). Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. local time.
This week's dual matches will be 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.
• Senior Evan King extended his winning streak to 11 matches with his 6-4, 6-2 win over Tulsa's 84th-ranked Cliff Marsland on Feb. 27. King, Michigan's No. 1 singles player, is 8-0 in dual competition and is 14-3 overall this season. He has faced ranked opponents in 11 of those 17 matches.
• Senior Evan King is tied with Michael Leach (1979-82) for fifth place on U-M's all-time singles win list with 99 wins. With one more win, King will become only the fifth Wolverine in program history to post 100 career singles victories.
• On Feb. 6, senior Evan King collected his second Big Ten Athlete of the Week accolade of the season after putting together a 4-0 weekend, which included a straight-sets upset win over Princeton's No. 2-ranked Matija Pecotic. The victory over Pecotic gave King a win over the highest-ranked opponent of his collegiate career, eclipsing his three-set win against Illinois' No. 4-ranked Dennis Nevolo last April. On Jan. 9, King secured his first Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Week accolade of the season after winning the individual title at the Key Biscayne Individuals Jan. 6-8.
• This week's match will mark the ninth meeting between Michigan and Pepperdine, with the Waves holding a 7-1 series advantage through eight previous encounters. U-M's lone victory over Pepperdine came in 2008, when the Wolverines secured a 4-3 decision at the Varsity Tennis Center.
• The Waves enter Wednesday's dual on a three-match win streak after stringing together consecutive victories last week over Florida State (5-2), TCU (5-2) and San Diego State (4-0). Pepperdine's top singles player, Sebastian Fanselow, is currently ranked No. 7 in the latest ITA singles rankings, while Alex Sarkissian (No. 73), Finn Tearney (No. 83) and Francis Alcantara (No. 87) are also ranked. The Pepperdine pairing of Tearney and Alcantara is ranked 27th in the latest doubles rankings.
• Saturday's match marks the 18th meeting between Michigan and Texas, with the Longhorns holding a 14-3 lead in the all-time series. The two teams last met in a dual match on Jan. 22, 2011, with Texas winning, 4-3.
• The Longhorns, winners of three of their last four matches, are 7-4 overall, including a 2-3 mark against ITA Top 25 opponents. Soren Hess-Olesen is the highest-ranked singles players for Texas at No. 50, while Daniel Whitehead comes in at No 80. The Longhorns' top doubles tandem of Chris Camillone and David Holiner is ranked 11th in the latest doubles rankings, while the duo of Sudanwa Sitaram and Daniel Whitehead is positioned at No. 60.
• Pepperdine and Texas will represent Michigan's seventh and eighth ranked opponents this season.
• Michigan is listed as the No. 30-ranked team in the latest ITA national rankings, released last Tuesday (Feb. 26). Winner of 11 consecutive matches, King is listed at No. 16 in the third edition of the 2013 ranking, while sophomore Vlad Stefan is 67th in the latest ITA singles rankings. U-M's top doubles tandem of King and junior Shaun Bernstein is No. 14 in the country, while the pairing of King and junior Alex Buzzi is ranked 30th.
• The Wolverines have claimed the doubles point in five of eight dual matches this season, combining for an 11-9 doubles record. Senior Evan King and junior Shaun Bernstein own a 5-1 mark at the No. 1 position, including an 8-4 decision over Princeton's 11th-ranked tandem of Zack McCourt and Matija Pecotic on Feb. 1. U-M is 4-1 when winning the doubles point this season and 0-3 when dropping the initial point.
• Michigan is off to a 3-1 start at the Varsity Tennis Center this season. The Wolverines have been tough to beat at the VTC since the facility opened in 1997. Michigan is 70-22 (.761) since the 2005 season and is 130-42 (.756) overall at the complex.
In the Spotlight
On something most people do not already know about him ... "I am a huge music fanatic. I started playing the drums the same day I started playing tennis, which was the first day of the first grade. Since then, music has played a huge role in my life as I developed, experimented, and learned about myself."
On if he has ever played in a band ... "I have played in a few different bands, performing mostly at school talent shows, local fairs and charity events either at restaurants or bars. We played mostly old-school rock, some funk, and some jam-band type stuff."
On why he enjoys playing the drums ... "Music is something that I will always be able to turn to as a calming mechanism, or just as a way to have a blast with a few guys."
On his favorite type of music ... "I currently love playing and listening to bands like Radiohead, Phish, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and the Grateful Dead. I try to get introduced to more modern stuff, but it doesn't have the same effect."
On the best advice he has ever received from a coach ... "The harder you work, the luckier you get."
On his advice to future Wolverines ... "Treat your time here like gold. Meet as many people as possible, learn and develop as much as you can, and have an absolute blast."
Thursday, March 14 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 6 p.m.