March 22, 2011
The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team (8-5, 1-0 Big Ten) concludes its four-match road trip this weekend, facing Purdue on Friday (March 25, 3 p.m.) at the Schwartz Tennis Center in West Lafayette, Ind., and Indiana on Sunday (March 27, 1 p.m.) at the IU Tennis Center in Bloomington.
Last Time Out
The Wolverines earned a split last week, falling to LSU last Thursday (March 17) before defeating in-state rival Michigan State on Sunday (March 20) to open conference play. Sophomore Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) and senior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) each won their singles matches in both contests.
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 vs. Michigan State:
No. 1 -- #20 Evan King (19-6 overall, 12-1 in duals)
No. 2 -- #60 Jason Jung (17-9 overall, 9-4 in duals)
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (15-13 overall, 6-7 in duals)
No. 4 -- Barrett Franks (13-12 overall, 8-5 in duals)
No. 5 -- Justin Rossi (13-12 overall, 6-6 in duals)
No. 6 -- Chris Madden (0-4 overall, 0-4 in duals)
No. 1 -- Jason Jung/Shaun Bernstein (1-2 overall, 1-2 in duals)
No. 2 -- Evan King/Alex Buzzi (2-0 overall, 1-0 in duals)
No. 3 -- Chris Madden/Barrett Franks (1-3 overall, 1-3 in duals)
Strength at the Top
This season, Michigan is a combined 21-5 at the top two spots of the singles lineup (Evan King, Jason Jung) and 24-27 at the other four spots (Shaun Bernstein, Justin Rossi, Chris Cha, Barrett Franks, and Chris Madden).
King, last season's Big Ten Freshman of the Year, is 12-1 this season in dual matches, all at No. 1, and has won 10 straight matches (seven coming against ranked opponents). King has been at his best at No. 1 throughout his short career, going 17-3 at the top spot in the lineup. Additionally, eight of his 12 wins in dual matches have been in straight sets.
King also leads the team in singles wins (19).
Michigan is 4-9 in winning the doubles point this season, having won it in three of its last four matches. Despite its struggles, the Wolverines are 3-1 when they win the point and 5-4 when they lose the point.
In doubles, the Wolverines hold a 7-6 record at No.1 and 7-17 combined record at the No. 2 and 3 spots.
Into the Fire
Michigan's four-member freshman class is getting a trial by fire this season, each playing important roles in the lineup. Shaun Bernstein, Barrett Franks and Justin Rossi have each found a home in Michigan's singles lineup, and each hold winning singles records. Together, the three have combined to go 41-37. Alex Buzzi has yet to play singles in a dual match, but including his record from tournaments, puts the freshman class record at 50-44.
Jason Sees Double
Senior Jason Jung is one win away from moving into a tie for sixth all-time at Michigan for career doubles wins. He currently has 82, one behind former Wolverine Andrew Mazlin (2006-09).
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) 82
End of the Road
The Wolverines conclude the second leg of its road trip this weekend with a swing through the Hoosier State. After Sunday, seven of the team's last eight dual matches will have been away from Ann Arbor, with the only home match during that stretch coming on March 11 against Tulsa (a 5-2 loss). Michigan is 5-2 in matches away from Ann Arbor (4-2 in away matches, 1-0 at neutral site).
Four of the Wolverines' final seven conference matches after this weekend will be played at the Varsity Tennis Center.
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Scouting The Competition
Purdue -- The Boilermakers are 9-6 on the season, and are coming off a loss to San Diego in the championship of the San Diego Invitational last Saturday. They are listed No. 67 in the most-recent ITA poll. It will be Purdue's first home match since Feb. 26.
Friday's match marks the 76th meeting between Michigan and Purdue. The Wolverines hold a dominant 65-10 (.866) record all-time against the Boilermakers, including a 5-2 win last season in Ann Arbor. Michigan has won six straight against Purdue and has not lost a dual match to the Boilermakers since the 2004 season.
Indiana -- The Hoosiers are 13-4 on the season, and have won four matches in a row by a combined score of 24-4. They are listed No. 32 in the most-recent ITA poll.
Sunday's match with Indiana will be the 76th all-time meeting between the two schools, with Michigan holding a 60-14-1 (.800) record. Michigan has won seven of its last eight against Indiana, winning both the regular-season contest and the matchup in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
Neither team has a ranked singles player or doubles team.
U-M in the National Rankings
Michigan fell two spots to No. 18 in the most-recent ITA poll, released on March 22.
New singles and doubles rankings will be released next week.
The Wolverines have already faced seven top-25 teams, scoring wins in five 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. 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 56-17 (.767) since the 2005 season and is 116-37 (.758) 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 75-61 record in singles and an 82-54 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 104-67, including a 43-18 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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Saturday, April 2 -- vs. Wisconsin (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon
Sunday, April 3 -- vs. Minnesota (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon
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