Weekly Release #14: vs. Purdue (Senior Day)

April 13, 2010


Sunday, April 18 -- vs. Purdue (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon
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The No. 25-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team (10-8, 6-1 Big Ten) returns to the Varsity Tennis Center for the final time this season on Sunday (April 18), as it hosts Purdue. Doubles play will begin at noon.

Senior Flashback on "Senior Day"
The match is designated Senior Day and will honor seniors George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) and Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep), the only two seniors on the seven-player roster.

As the only two seniors, the four-year playing careers of Navas and Sroczynski have mirrored each other. Through last weekend's action, Sroczynski has won 149 matches (88 in doubles, 61 in singles), while Navas has won 147 (82 in doubles, 65 in singles). Both were also a part of the Wolverines' 2008 NCAA Sweet 16 squad.

Both student-athletes have also been highly successful in the classroom. Sroczynski, a psychology major, was a recipient of the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement award in 2009. Navas, an economics major, will likely be a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection after the conclusion of the spring season, in addition to being an ITA Scholar-Athlete in 2009 and a three-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement award recipient in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Navas and Sroczynski will both be honored at the team's banquet on Saturday. Team awards will also be given out.

Scouting the Competition
Purdue -- Purdue is 11-10 on the season and 1-5 in Big Ten play, defeating Northwestern last weekend to earn its first conference win. Prior to the win over Northwestern, Purdue has lost their previous five matches by a combined score of 29-6. P.J. Rose leads Purdue with 20 singles wins. Only Eric Ramos and Paul Foley have positive win-loss records in dual matches, both at 12-8.

The Boilermakers will face Michigan State on Saturday before making the short drive to Ann Arbor to take on the Wolverines on Sunday.

Purdue is only the second unranked team Michigan has played this season; the other is Michigan State. The Boilermakers do not have any singles players or doubles teams ranked.

U-M vs. Purdue
Sunday's match marks the 75th meeting between Michigan and Purdue. The Wolverines hold a dominant 64-10 record all-time against the Boilermakers, including a 6-1 win last season in West Lafayette, Ind. Michigan has won five straight against Purdue and has not lost a dual match to the Boilermakers since the 2004 season.

Last Time Out
The Wolverines earned a road split last weekend, holding off Penn State, 4-3, before falling to No. 2 Ohio State, 6-1. Against Penn State, Michigan jumped out to a 3-0 lead but quickly found itself tied with the Nittany Lions with only junior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderonsa) left on the court at No. 5. After splitting the first two sets, Guillaume St-Maurice (Penn State) went up 3-1 on Madden and Penn State seemed on the verge of a win. Madden fought back and did not drop a game the remainder of the match, clinching the win for Michigan with a thrilling three-set victory. Navas was Michigan's only victor in the 6-1 loss to Ohio State on Sunday (April 11).

It was Michigan's first road trip since March 13, when it went to Texas.

• Complete recaps [ Penn State ] [ Ohio State ] [ Michigan Daily ]

Big Ten Outlook
Michigan was handed its first conference setback on Sunday (April 11) against Ohio State but still sits in third place with a 6-1 conference record. The Wolverines have three matches left to play: vs. Purdue (April 18), at Illinois (April 23) and at Indiana (April 25). The Big Ten Championships will begin on Thursday, April 29, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

[ Big Ten Standings ]

U-M in ITA Rankings
Michigan moved up to No. 25 in the most recent ITA poll, released on April 13. Jung moved up five spots in singles to No. 36, while King dropped to No. 113. Jung and King are the No. 37 doubles team, while Navas and Sroczynski are No. 38.

New rankings will be released on April 20.

Tested Against the Best
Michigan once again faces one of the toughest schedules in the country. This year, the Wolverines will face 18 opponents ranked in the ITA team rankings (the ITA ranks the top 75 teams). A complete table of opponent rankings and date played is listed below:

NOTE: Team rankings are reflected on the most recent poll (April 13)

Michigan 25  
Vanderbilt 31 W, 4-3 (Jan. 23)
North Carolina State 50 L, 4-3 (Jan. 24)
Kentucky 8 L, 4-2 (Jan. 30)
Minnesota 37 W, 4-2 (Jan. 31)
W, 5-2 (March 27)
Pepperdine 22 L, 5-2 (Feb. 7)
Notre Dame 36 W, 4-3 (Feb. 13)
North Carolina 19 L, 6-1 (Feb. 20)
Wake Forest 23 L, 5-2 (Feb. 27)
California 13 W, 5-2 (March 4)
Texas 3 L, 6-1 (March 13)
Stanford 7 L, 5-2 (March 25)
Iowa 72 W, 6-1 (March 28)
Northwestern 53 W, 5-2 (April 3)
Wisconsin 32 W, 4-3 (April 4)
Penn State 61 W, 4-3 (April 9)
Ohio State 5 L, 6-1 (April 11)
Illinois 17 April 23 (Champaign, Ill.)
Indiana 41 April 25 (Bloomington, Ind.)

Four men's tennis players received the University of Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement award. Navas and junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) each received the award for the third time in their respective careers. Sophomore Duncan Muil (Lake Jackson, Texas/The Kings School) and freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) were first-time honorees.

Mr. Clutch (Or is it "Clinch"?)
Five of Michigan's 10 wins this season have been clinched by Madden. In addition to his heroics last Friday against Penn State, he completed the Wolverines' comeback on April 11 against No. 30 Wisconsin, winning in three sets over Billy Bertha at No. 4. Madden also defeated Tobias Reitz of Northwestern on April 9 at No. 5.

The other two wins came earlier this season and both came against ranked opponents. Madden defeated No. 53 Charlie Jones (Vanderbilt), 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, in Michigan's season-opening dual match on Jan. 23 and defeated No. 73 Blas Moros (Notre Dame) on Feb. 13. Michigan won 4-3 both times.

Attendance Race
Through the month of March, Michigan is fifth in the nation in overall attendance, drawing 2,191 fans to the Varsity Tennis Center so far this season. In terms of average attendance, the Wolverines are ranked third nationally with 313 fans per home match. Both of those figures put Michigan atop the Big Ten.


Double Trouble

The Wolverines have been masterful in doubles, winning the point in 14 of their 18 dual matches. The senior tandem of Sroczynski and Navas each have 21 doubles wins this season, most on the team (12-5 in dual matches). The two have alternated between the top two doubles spots this season (3-2 at No. 1; 9-3 at No. 2).

Both earned career doubles win No. 80 earlier this season (Navas against Iowa on March 28; Sroczynski against Notre Dame on Feb. 13). Navas owns a career record of 82-56 (.594) in doubles, while Sroczynski is 88-49 (.642).

Frosh Phenom
King is proving his mettle against some of the nation's top players. On the season, King is tied with Jung for second-most singles wins (17-12, 10-8 in dual matches) and has played at No. 1 singles in four of Michigan's first five conference matches. King has been partnered with Jung in doubles, and the two have alternated between the top two spots, going 7-5 at No. 1 and 3-1 at No. 2.

[ Evan King Q&A ]

Navas Elected Captain
Navas was chosen as the team's captain for the 2009-10 season by his teammates. During the fall season, Navas went 2-3 in singles action and reached the doubles final at the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championships with Jung. An exceptional student, Navas was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete for the 2008-09 season and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He is one of two seniors on this year's roster, along with Sroczynski.

Future Wolverines
Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) have signed National Letters of Intent to play tennis at Michigan beginning in the 2010-11 academic year. Both Bernstein and Rossi are rated as blue-chip recruits by tennisrecruiting.net.

Rossi is now ranked No. 7 nationally by tennisrecruiting.net, while Bernstein checks in at No. 16. Michigan's class was ranked third best in the country by the website for its winter recruiting rankings.

In December, Bernstein was unseeded at the Coffee Bowl (Copa Cafe -- Costa Rica Junior ITF Tournament) but managed to reach the U-18 singles semifinal. He was the last player from the U.S. standing. Meanwhile, Rossi won the Midwest Winter Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

Leader of the Wolverines
Bruce Berque is in his sixth season as the head coach of the University of Michigan men's tennis team. He has taken the Wolverines to four straight NCAA Championships, including the Sweet 16 in 2008. Berque owns a career dual-meet record of 92-58, including a 40-17 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 fourth season, and volunteer assistant Scott Oudsema, who is in his first.

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2009-10 Record Book and Yearbook!
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, the University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need and it was just added to MGoBlue.com. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook.

Up Next...
The Wolverines hit the road for the final time before the Big Ten Championships next weekend, facing Illinois at 3 p.m. CDT on April 23 (Friday) and Indiana at 1 p.m. on April 25 (Sunday).