April 12, 2011
The University of Michigan men's tennis team (11-8, 4-3 Big Ten) returns to the Varsity Tennis Center this weekend for the final home stand of the 2010-11 season, hosting No. 17 Illinois on Saturday (April 16) and Iowa on Sunday (April 17) for Senior Day. Both matches will start at noon.
This Sunday's match against Iowa marks the final home match for Michigan's three seniors -- Jason Jung, Chris Madden and Duncan Muil. There will be a brief pre-match ceremony on the court before doubles to honor the three seniors.
End Of The Line
After this weekend, Michigan has one more Big Ten match left -- a road contest on Saturday, April 23, at Northwestern -- before gearing up for the postseason. The 2011 Big Ten Championships run from Thursday, April 28, to Sunday, May 1, in Madison, Wis., and the NCAA Regional Championships (first and second rounds) begin two weeks later on either Friday, May 13, or Saturday, May 14.
Michigan has alternated wins and losses each of the past three weekends. It has lost the last three matches on Sundays.
Last Time Out
The Wolverines earned a road split last weekend, defeating Penn State and losing to No. 3 Ohio State by identical 6-1 scores. Michigan lost the doubles point against Penn State before winning every singles match but was only able to gain one victory against the Buckeyes, a win at No. 2 from Jason Jung.
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. Ohio State:
No. 1 -- #24 Evan King (23-8 overall, 16-3 in duals)
No. 2 -- #51 Jason Jung (22-10 overall, 14-5 in duals)
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (19-15 overall, 10-9 in duals)
No. 4 -- Chris Cha (13-13 overall, 7-7 in duals)
No. 5 -- Chris Madden (2-5 overall, 2-5 in duals)
No. 6 -- Justin Rossi (14-16 overall, 7-10 in duals)
No. 1 -- #23 Jason Jung/Evan King (12-10 overall, 8-7 in duals)
No. 2 -- Shaun Bernstein/Barrett Franks (1-1 overall, 1-1 in duals)
No. 3 -- Chris Cha/Chris Madden (1-3 overall, 1-3 in duals)
Barrett Franks played doubles against Ohio State but did not play in singles. He snapped a three-match singles losing streak with a win at No. 4 last Friday against Penn State.
Jason Jung beat No. 3 Blaz Rola (Ohio State) for his 80th career singles win at Michigan.
Shaun Bernstein is one singles win away from joining Evan King and Jason Jung at the 20-win plateau. He has won five of his last seven matches.
Strength at the Top
This season in dual matches, Michigan is a combined 30-8 at the top two spots of the singles lineup (Evan King, Jason Jung) and 36-39 at the other four spots (Shaun Bernstein, Justin Rossi, Chris Cha, Barrett Franks, and Chris Madden).
Evan King has had a spectacular sophomore season, going 23-8 in singles this season, with a 16-3 mark in dual matches and a 9-5 mark against ranked opponents.
King was recently profiled in the Michigan Daily with a full-length feature story by Matt Rudnitsky. [ The Pro You Don't Know: Evan King ]
Jung Reaches Milestones
With his win over the nation's third-ranked player last Sunday at Ohio State, Jason Jung now has at least 80 career wins in both singles and doubles. He has also won 22 singles matches, the most of his career in a single season. He won 18, 19 and 21 singles matches in each of the past three years, respectively.
Jung is also fourth on Michigan's all-time list for career doubles wins, five away from tying the record (90).
Career Doubles Wins at Michigan
T1. Brian Hung (2004-07) 90 Matko Maravic (2005-08) Mike Sroczynski (2007-10) 4. Jason Jung (2008-Present) 85 T5. Eric Friedler (1973-76) 84 George Navas (2007-10) 7. Andrew Mazlin (2006-09) 83
Struggles In Doubles
Michigan is 6-13 in winning the doubles point this season. Despite its struggles, the Wolverines are 5-1 when they win the point and 6-7 when they lose the point.
In doubles, the Wolverines hold a 10-9 record at No.1 and 11-25 combined record at the No. 2 and 3 spots.
Scouting The Competition
Illinois -- The Fighting Illini are 12-8 on the season and hold a 4-2 mark in Big Ten Conference play, recently beating Northwestern, 4-2, last weekend. Dennis Nevolo is the top player for Illinois, leading the team with a 23-9 record in singles.
Saturday's match with Illinois is the 95th all-time meeting between the two schools, with Michigan holding a 62-30-2 (.659) record. Michigan has beaten Illinois in only two of the last 19 meetings, dating back to the 1997 season.
Iowa -- The Hawkeyes are 8-8 on the season and hold a 2-4 mark in Big Ten Conference play. They are led by Will Vasos, who is 11-5 in singles dual matches this season.
The Wolverines have dominated Iowa in dual-match play, going 45-8 (.849) all-time against the Hawkeyes. Michigan has won six of the last seven meetings between the two schools.
Dennis Nevolo, Illinois - No. 11
Abe Souza, Illinois - No. 72
Johnny Hamui, Illinois - No. 119
Dennis Nevolo/Abe Souza - No. 48
Johnny Hamui/Abe Souza - No. 75
NOTE: Iowa does not have any ranked singles players or doubles teams.
U-M in the National Rankings
Michigan is listed at No. 27 in the most-recent ITA poll, released on April 12, four spots down from last week.
The Wolverines have already faced nine 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. 24 Minnesota (4/3)|
|No. 23 Notre Dame (2/19)||No. 3 Ohio State (4/10)|
|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 57-18 (.760) since the 2005 season and is 117-38 (.754) 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 80-62 record in singles and an 85-57 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 107-70, including a 46-21 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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