March 29, 2011
The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team (9-6, 2-1 Big Ten) returns to the Varsity Tennis Center this weekend for a pair of Big Ten Conference matches. The Wolverines host Wisconsin on Saturday (April 2) and will battle to retain the Little Brown Jug against No. 24 Minnesota on Sunday (April 3). Both matches will start at noon.
Last Time Out
The Wolverines wrapped up a four-match road trip last weekend, earning a split, beating Purdue (6-1) but losing to Indiana (4-3). Evan King and Jason Jung each went 2-0 in singles, adding to their win streaks.
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. Indiana:
No. 1 -- #21 Evan King (21-6 overall, 14-1 in duals)
No. 2 -- #57 Jason Jung (19-9 overall, 11-4 in duals)
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (16-14 overall, 7-8 in duals)
No. 4 -- Barrett Franks (14-13 overall, 9-6 in duals)
No. 5 -- Justin Rossi (13-14 overall, 6-8 in duals)
No. 6 -- Chris Cha (11-11 overall, 5-5 in duals)
No. 1 -- #19 Jason Jung/Evan King (10-8 overall, 6-5 in duals)
No. 2 -- Shaun Bernstein/Chris Cha (9-10 overall, 3-5 in duals)
No. 3 -- Chris Madden/Barrett Franks (2-4 overall, 2-4 in duals)
Chris Madden played at No. 6 vs. Purdue, defeating Pawel Poziomski, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 1-0 (14-12) for his first singles win of the season.
Michigan won all three doubles matches against Purdue -- its first sweep in doubles this season -- but turned around and lost all three to Indiana.
Madden and Barrett Franks played both of last weekend's matches at No. 3. Against Purdue, Jason Jung and Shaun Bernstein played at No. 1, with Evan King and Alex Buzzi playing at No. 2.
King and Jung each have win streaks in singles. King has won 12 straight, while Jung has won four straight.
Among the Best in Attendance
Michigan fans rank among the best in college tennis. Currently, Michigan ranks fourth nationally in total attendance (2,081 fans for six home matches), second in average attendance (416 fans per home match) and has the second-highest attended match in the nation (687 -- Jan. 22 against Texas).
Michigan will play matches at home on back-to-back days for the first time this season this weekend. The Wolverines are 3-3 at home this season.
Strength At The Top
This season, Michigan is a combined 25-5 at the top two spots of the singles lineup (Evan King, Jason Jung) and 28-31 at the other four spots (Shaun Bernstein, Justin Rossi, Chris Cha, Barrett Franks, and Chris Madden).
Last season's Big Ten Freshman of the Year, sophomore Evan King is 14-1 this season in dual matches, all at No. 1, and has won 12 straight matches (seven coming against ranked opponents). King has been at his best at No. 1 throughout his short career, going 19-3 at the top spot in the lineup. He has won 12 of his 15 matches in dual-match play in straight sets.
With his win against Jeremy Langer (Indiana) last Sunday, King has tied his win total from last season (21).
Struggles In Doubles
Michigan is 5-10 in winning the doubles point this season, having won it in four of its last six matches. Despite its struggles, the Wolverines are 4-1 when they win the point and 5-5 when they lose the point.
In doubles, the Wolverines hold an 8-7 record at No.1 and 9-19 combined record at the No. 2 and 3 spots.
Into the Fire
Freshmen 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 43-41. Freshman Alex Buzzi has yet to play singles in a dual match, but including his record from tournaments, he puts the freshman class record at 52-48.
Jason Sees Double
With his win at No. 1 doubles against Purdue, senior Jason Jung moved into a tie for sixth all-time at Michigan for career doubles wins. He currently has 83, tying 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. Jason Jung (2008-Present) 83 Andrew Mazlin (2006-09)
Tough Road Behind
Michigan wrapped up the second leg of its nearly six-week road trip last weekend at Indiana. Seven of the team's last eight matches took place away from Ann Arbor, and Michigan went 5-3 over that stretch, dating back to Feb. 19, when the road trip started at Notre Dame. Similarly, the only home match during that stretch came on March 11, a 5-2 loss to Tulsa.
The Wolverines have seven dual matches remaining -- all against Big Ten Conference opponents -- and four of them will be at home, starting this weekend with Wisconsin and Minnesota. Michigan also gets Illinois on April 16 and Iowa on April 17 at the Varsity Tennis Center, with road trips at Penn State on April 8, Ohio State on April 10 and Northwestern on April 23.
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Scouting The Competition
Wisconsin -- The Badgers (7-8, 1-1 Big Ten) are coming off their first conference victory of the season, a 4-3 win over Northwestern last Sunday in Madison. Wisconsin, a Sweet 16 team from last season, was ranked No. 29 to start the season, and had lost three straight until its victory over Northwestern. They are not ranked in the most-recent ITA poll.
Michigan has dominated the all-time series against Wisconsin, holding a 70-8-1 record, including a 4-3 victory last season in Ann Arbor. In last season's matchup, Michigan won the doubles point but lost the first set of every singles match before rallying. Jason Jung and Chris Madden won the final two matches to give Michigan the win. [ Recap ]
Minnesota -- The Golden Gophers (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten) are winners of three straight, having defeated Northwestern and Denver last weekend in Minneapolis. They are ranked No. 24 in the most-recent ITA poll.
Like on the football field, Minnesota and Michigan play for possession of the Little Brown Jug, which has been contested for since 2007. The Wolverines have won it three times in the last five meetings, including a 5-2 win last season in Ann Arbor. It is currently on display at the Varsity Tennis Center.
Michigan is 51-27-2 all-time against Minnesota. In addition to Michigan's win over Minnesota during conference play, the two teams also met in the consolation round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend last season in Lexington, Ky., with Michigan winning 4-2. That match did not count towards the Big Ten Conference standings.
Marek Michalicka, Wisconsin -- No. 70 (Singles)
Sebastian Gallego/Phillip Arndt, Minnesota -- No. 77 (Doubles)
Marek Michalicka/Billy Bertha, Wisconsin -- No. 78 (Doubles)
U-M in the National Rankings
Michigan fell four spots to No. 22 in the most-recent ITA poll, released on March 29. The Wolverines were ranked No. 8 after its road win against then-No. 6 Duke on Feb. 26 but have slid since, being ranked at No. 12, No. 16, No. 18 and now No. 22.
Despite his streak, King fell one spot in the singles poll to No. 21, while Jung moved up three spots to No. 57. Together, they are ranked No. 19 in doubles, down one spot from the last rankings.
The Wolverines have already faced seven top-25 teams -- scoring wins in five of those matchups -- in 2011, and will have one more opportunity this weekend when No. 24 Minnesota comes to Ann Arbor:
|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 77-61 record in singles and an 83-55 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 sixth 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 105-68, including a 44-19 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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Friday, April 8 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 10 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), Noon
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