Weekly Release #16: U-M to Close Regular Season at Northwestern
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Shaun Bernstein
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April 19, 2011

Big Ten Release

THIS WEEK
Saturday, April 23 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), 4 p.m. CDT
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The University of Michigan men's tennis team (12-9, 5-4 Big Ten) closes out the regular season this Saturday (April 23), as it faces Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. The match will begin at 4 p.m.

Down to the Wire
With the regular season winding down this weekend, Michigan will soon turn its sights toward the postseason. The Big Ten Championships begin next Thursday (April 28) and run through Sunday (May 1) on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

The NCAA Selection Show will take place on Tuesday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m. and can be seen live on NCAA.com. The top 16 teams in the nation will serve as host sites for the first and second rounds, which run from May 13-15. Each regional serves as a four-team mini tournament, with the winner going to the NCAA Team Championships, taking place from May 19-24 in Palo Alto, Calif. The NCAA Individual Championships, featuring 64 singles players and 64 doubles teams, run from May 25-30, also in Palo Alto.

Remaining Schedule/Important Dates:
April 28-May 1 -- at Big Ten Championships (Madison, Wis.)
May 3 -- NCAA Selection Show (Can be seen on NCAA.com at 5:30 p.m. EDT)
May 13-15 -- at NCAA Regionals, First and Second Rounds (Site TBD)
May 19-24 -- at NCAA Championships (Palo Alto, Calif.)
May 25-30 -- at NCAA Individual Championships, Singles and Doubles (Palo Alto, Calif.)

Last Time Out
Michigan closed out the home slate last weekend by splitting a pair of matches, losing to No. 17 Illinois and beating Iowa on Senior Day by identical 5-2 scores. Evan King and Jason Jung each won both their singles matches, highlighted by King knocking off the nation's No. 11-ranked player Dennis Nevolo (Illinois), 6-2, 6-1, on Saturday (April 16).

[ MGoBlue Recaps: Illinois | Iowa ] [ 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. Iowa:

Singles
No. 1 -- #21 Evan King (25-8 overall, 18-3 in duals)
No. 2 -- #50 Jason Jung (24-10 overall, 16-5 in duals)
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (19-17 overall, 10-11 in duals)
No. 4 -- Barrett Franks (16-16 overall, 11-9 in duals)
No. 5 -- Chris Madden (3-6 overall, 3-6 in duals)
No. 6 -- Justin Rossi (15-16 overall, 8-10 in duals)

Doubles
No. 1 -- Jason Jung/Shaun Bernstein (3-3, 3-3 in duals)
No. 2 -- Evan King/Alex Buzzi (4-0, 3-0 in duals)
No. 3 -- Chris Cha/Chris Madden (1-4 overall, 1-4 in duals)

[ Statistics | Match-By-Match ]

Awards Winners
Following the match last Sunday against Iowa, Michigan held its postseason banquet at the U-M Golf Course, and three awards were handed out. Jason Jung was the recipient of the Leadership Award, Evan King was named the team's Most Improved Player, and Duncan Muil was named the inaugural recipient of the Mike DePietro Award for Exemplary Character and Loyalty. The team will vote on the Most Valuable Player at the conclusion of the season.

Strength At The Top
This season in dual matches, Michigan is a combined 34-8 at the top two spots of the singles lineup (Evan King, Jason Jung) and 39-44 at the other four spots (Shaun Bernstein, Justin Rossi, Chris Cha, Barrett Franks, and Chris Madden).

King's Court
Evan King has had a spectacular sophomore season, going 25-8 in singles this season, with an 18-3 mark in dual matches and 10-5 record against ranked opponents.

King joins some elite company, as only four men in program history since 1970 have had as many wins at the top spot in dual matches -- Ed Nagel (45-9 in 1987), Michael Leach (24-7 in 1982; won NCAA singles championship), Jeff Etterbeek (19-6 in 1977, 18-5 in 1976) and Victor Amaya (20-2 in 1973).

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
After beating the nation's third-ranked player on April 10 at Ohio State, Jason Jung now has at least 80 career wins in both singles and doubles. He has also won 24 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, four 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)  86
T5. Eric Friedler (1973-76)    84
    George Navas (2007-10)
 7. Andrew Mazlin (2006-09)    83

The Michigan Daily spoke with Jung following his last home match against Iowa last Sunday. [ Read ]

Struggles In Doubles
Michigan is 6-15 in winning the doubles point this season. Despite its struggles, the Wolverines are 5-1 when they win the point and 7-8 when they lose the point.

The Wolverines have used 19 different doubles teams this season.

Scouting The Competition
Northwestern -- The Wildcats enter Saturday's match with an even 11-11 record, and a 2-6 mark in the Big Ten. They have lost three straight -- all on the road -- and have not had a home match since April 3 against Penn State. Additionally, Northwestern is listed No. 75 in the most-recent ITA poll, released on April 19, but do not have any ranked players or doubles teams.

Prior to facing Michigan, Northwestern will face Michigan State on Friday (April 22).

Michigan holds a 66-25-1 record all-time against Northwestern, and has won nine straight dual matches against the Wildcats.

TEAM NOTES

U-M in the National Rankings
Michigan stayed ranked at No. 27 in the most-recent ITA poll, released on April 19.

In singles, Evan King is ranked No. 21 (up three spots from No. 24), while Jason Jung moved up one spot to No. 51. As a doubles team, they are ranked No. 21, despite not playing together last weekend.

[ Rankings: Team | Singles | Doubles ]

Challenging Schedule
Michigan once again has one of the most difficult schedules of any team in the nation. The Wolverines have 10 top-25 teams this season, going an even 5-5 in those contests.

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. 24 Minnesota (4/3)
No. 23 Notre Dame (2/19) No. 3 Ohio State (4/10)
No. 6 Duke (2/26) No. 17 Illinois (4/16)

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 58-19 (.753) since the 2005 season and is 118-39 (.751) overall at the complex.

Michigan went 5-5 at the Varsity Tennis Center in 2011. Additionally, the Wolverines went the entire home slate without playing an outdoor match.

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 an 82-62 record in singles and an 86-58 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 fourth 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.

The Wolverines added another standout last week, signing Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) to the class. He was ranked as a blue-chip recruit by www.tennisrecruiting.net and was ranked as high as No. 15 by the service.

[ Michigan Inks Petrone, Brown For 2011-12 (Nov. 12) | Michigan Adds Zhu To Class (April 15) ]

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 108-71, including a 47-22 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.

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[ 2010-11 Men's Tennis Yearbook ] [ Record Book ]

UP NEXT
Thu-Sun., April 28-May 1 -- at Big Ten Championships (Madison, Wis.), TBA

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423