Weekly Release #10: U-M to Return Home to Face Tulsa Friday

March 8, 2011

Big Ten Weekly Release

Friday, March 11 -- vs. Tulsa (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.
Live Scoring/Live Video

The No. 12-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team (7-3) returns to Ann Arbor this Friday (March 8) for a 6 p.m. matchup against Tulsa (10-4) inside the Varsity Tennis Center.

Friday is Michigan Student Fan Group Appreciation Day as all members of the Maize Mob, Maize Rage, Zone, Ultras and the Children of Yost are invited to attend the match.

Last Time Out
Michigan capped its spring break trip off with a 4-3 victory at Hawaii last Thursday (March 3) in Honolulu. Due to weather concerns, singles was played first, as each team recorded three wins; Michigan got wins at No.1 from Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan), No. 5 from Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) and No. 6 from Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.). The match came down to doubles -- which is normally played first -- and Michigan prevailed at Nos. 1 and 3.

[ 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. Hawaii:

No. 1 -- #27 Evan King (16-6 overall, 9-1 in duals)
No. 2 -- #45 Jason Jung (15-8 overall, 7-3 in duals)
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (14-11 overall, 5-5 in duals)
No. 4 -- Barrett Franks (12-10 overall, 7-3 in duals)
No. 5 -- Chris Cha (10-11 overall, 4-5 in duals)
No. 6 -- Justin Rossi (11-11 overall, 4-5 in duals)

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

[ Statistics | Match-By-Match ]

On Fire
Since starting the season 1-2, the Wolverines have won six of their last seven matches and three straight on the road. In addition, they have six wins against ranked opponents this season (the ITA ranks the top 75 nationally).

Michigan has also been very good under pressure, winning its last four matches by the same score (4-3).

Strength at The Top
Through the Hawaii match, Michigan is a combined 16-4 at the top two spots of the singles lineup (Evan King, Jason Jung) and 20-19 at the other four spots (Shaun Bernstein, Justin Rossi, Chris Cha, Barrett Franks, and Chris Madden).

In doubles, the Wolverines hold a 6-4 record at No.1 and 4-15 combined record at the No. 2 and 3 spots.

Double Change
The Wolverines are 2-8 in winning the doubles point this season. They won it in their opening match of the season against Western Michigan and lost it eight straight times prior to the match last Thursday against Hawaii. Despite its struggles, the Wolverines are 2-0 when they win the point and 5-3 when they lose the point.

Michigan radically changed its doubles lineup against Duke, and kept the changes against Hawaii, splitting Evan King and Jason Jung.

Top Dog
Last season's Big Ten Freshman of the Year, sophomore Evan King, is 9-1 this season in dual matches, all at No. 1, and has won six straight matches (five coming against ranked opponents). King has been at his best at No. 1 throughout his short career, going 14-3 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 also leads the team in singles wins (16).

[ Video: Evan King Feature (MGoBlue) ]

Jason Sees Double
With a win against Hawaii, senior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) moved into sole possession of seventh place on the school's all-time list for career doubles wins (81), passing Michael Leach (1979-82):

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
 7. Jason Jung (2008-Present)  81

A Reprieve
This Friday's match against Tulsa is Michigan's first home match in nearly a month, having last competed at the Varsity Tennis Center on Feb. 13 against Vanderbilt. The Wolverines go back on the road for the remainder of March for four more dual matches before returning home on April 2 for a match with Wisconsin.

[ Schedule ]

Scouting The Competition
Tulsa --Tulsa is 10-4 on the season and ranked No. 44 in the most-recent ITA poll, released on March 8. It played three matches last week, earning wins over Wichita State (6-1) and Southern Methodist (4-3) but losing at Texas Tech (5-2).

The Golden Hurricane have four ranked singles players: Marcelo Arevalo (#53), Clifford Marsland (#97), Ashley Watling and Japie De Klerk (both at #117). Marsling and Watling are ranked No. 22 in doubles and Arevalo and De Klerk are ranked No. 39.


U-M in the National Rankings
Despite its win against Hawaii, Michigan dropped four spots to No. 12 in the most-recent ITA poll, released on March 8. The ITA switched to computer rankings beginning on March 1, and Michigan's strength of schedule was a big reason it was bumped into the top 10.

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 two matches.

Challenging Schedule
The Wolverines have already faced eight top-25 teams, scoring wins in five 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 73-60 record in singles and an 81-52 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 103-65, 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
Michigan returns to the road for a pair of dual matches next weekend. First up is an outdoor contest on Thursday, March 17, at LSU at 1 p.m. CDT, before U-M opens conference play at Michigan State on Sunday, March 20 at noon.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423