Weekly Release #16: at Big Ten Tournament

April 27, 2010


Big Ten Tournament (Bloomington, Ind.)
Friday, April 30 -- vs. No. 6 seed Indiana, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 1 -- Semifinals, 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 2 -- Championship Match, Noon
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The No. 25-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team (12-9, 8-2 Big Ten) heads back to the IU Tennis Center in Bloomington, Ind., for the 2010 Big Ten Tournament, beginning on Thursday (April 29). As the No. 3-seed in the tournament, Michigan gets a first-round bye and will face No. 6-seed Indiana at 3:30 p.m.

The championship match of the tournament will be televised to a national audience on the Big Ten Network. It will be shown on tape-delay on Sunday, May 9, at 7 p.m., following the women's championship at 5 p.m.

Dual Match Format
Each dual match at the 2010 Big Ten Conference Tournament 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 abandoned.

Last Time Out
The Wolverines ended the regular season with a road split last weekend, defeating No. 39 Indiana on Sunday (April 25) after losing to No. 14 Illinois on Friday (April 23). Both decisions were 5-2.

Junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) won both of their singles matches this weekend. Michigan surrendered the doubles point to Indiana to get in an early 1-0 hole but won five of six singles matches, including a three-set, come-from-behind thriller from freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan), who knocked out Jeremy Langer (Indiana) to clinch the win against the Hoosiers. King trailed 6-2 in the third-set tiebreaker to Langer but rallied to take the next four points, eventually winning the breaker, 9-7.

Recaps: [ Illinois - MGoBlue.com ] [ Indiana - MGoBlue.com ] [ Michigan Daily ]

Michigan at the 2009 Big Ten Tournament
Michigan hosted the 2009 Big Ten Tournament in Ann Arbor and made it to the second round as the No. 4 seed before falling to top-seed Ohio State. The Wolverines beat Northwestern in the first round.

Michigan Players' All-Time Results at Big Ten Tournament
The Wolverines have advanced to the semifinals the last five seasons, losing to Ohio State four times (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009) and Illinois (2007). Michigan could potentially meet Illinois in the semifinals this season but would not see Ohio State until the championship match.

Michigan has prior postseason experience with its opponent. The Wolverines last met Indiana in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Big Ten Tournament, winning 4-1 (April 27, 2007).

Four Wolverines have prior Big Ten Tournament experience. Below is a list of all the Big Ten Tournament singles matches that they have played in their respective careers:

Jason Jung (1-1; two matches unfinished)
vs. Adam Slatger (Penn State), 7-5, 4-6, 2-4 (Unfinished)
Lost to Justin Kronauge (Ohio State), 6-3, 6-0

Defeated Marc Dwyer (Northwestern), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
vs. Bryan Koniecko (Ohio State), 2-6, 7-5, 1-4 (Unfinished)

Chris Madden (2-2)
Defeated James Dwyer (Penn State), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Lost to Balazs Novak (Ohio State), 6-1, 6-3

Defeated Joshua Graves (Northwestern), 6-1, 6-4
Lost to Matt Allare (Ohio State), 6-3, 1-6, 6-2

George Navas (1-1; two matches unfinished)
vs. Mak Kendall (Indiana), 5-7, 6-4 (Unfinished)

vs. Drew Eberly (Ohio State), 6-2, 4-3 (Unfinished)

Lost to Alex Sanborn (Northwestern), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Defeated Balazs Novak (Ohio State), 6-2, 6-4

Mike Sroczynski (3-2; one match unfinished)
Defeated Peter Antons (Indiana), 6-3, 6-4
Lost to GD Jones (Illinois), 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3

Defeated Eddie Bourchier (Penn State), 7-6 (6), 6-4
Defeated Shuhei Uzawa (Ohio State), 7-6 (3), 6-1

vs. Tobias Reitz (Northwestern), 7-5, 6-7 (4), 4-5 (Unfinished)
Lost to Steven Moneke (Ohio State), 6-2, 6-3

Cha, King and sophomore Duncan Muil (Lake Jackson, Texas/The Kings School) will be in their first Big Ten Tournament.

Tested Against the Best
Michigan once again faces one of the toughest schedules in the country. This season, the Wolverines have faced 18 opponents ranked in the ITA team rankings (the ITA ranks the top 75 teams) and hold a 10-9 record against those opponents (faced Minnesota twice). Michigan has faced only two unranked teams: Michigan State on March 20 and Purdue on April 18 (both wins).

A complete table of opponent rankings and date played is listed below.

NOTE: Team rankings are reflected on the most-recent poll (April 27)

Michigan 25  
Vanderbilt 37 W, 4-3 (Jan. 23)
North Carolina State 56 L, 4-3 (Jan. 24)
Kentucky 11 L, 4-2 (Jan. 30)
Minnesota 32 W, 4-2 (Jan. 31)
W, 5-2 (March 27)
Pepperdine 22 L, 5-2 (Feb. 7)
Notre Dame 38 W, 4-3 (Feb. 13)
North Carolina 19 L, 6-1 (Feb. 20)
Wake Forest 21 L, 5-2 (Feb. 27)
California 17 W, 5-2 (March 4)
Texas 3 L, 6-1 (March 13)
Stanford 8 L, 5-2 (March 25)
Iowa 61 W, 6-1 (March 28)
Northwestern 63 W, 5-2 (April 3)
Wisconsin 27 W, 4-3 (April 4)
Penn State 59 W, 4-3 (April 9)
Ohio State 4 L, 6-1 (April 11)
Illinois 14 L, 5-2 (April 23)
Indiana 44 W, 5-2 (April 25)


Jung Joins 20/20 Club
After winning both of his singles matches at No. 1 last weekend, Jung became the first Wolverine this season to reach the 20/20 club (at least 20 wins in singles and doubles). For the season, Jung is 20-15 in singles play (10-10 in dual matches; 6-3 in Big Ten) and 21-14 in doubles play (12-7 in dual matches; 7-2 in Big Ten).

Madden Milestone
Madden played his 100th career match at Michigan last Friday (April 23) at Illinois, defeating Stephen Hoh in three sets. For his three-year career, Madden is 66-35 in singles and holds a 26-3 record in Big Ten Conference play.

Mr. Clutch (Or is it "Clinch"?)
Madden is accustomed to having the pressure on him this season, as he has clinched five of Michigan's 12 wins this season. He was the first Wolverine this season to reach the 20-win mark in singles, holding a 22-10 record (15-6 in dual matches, 7-4 in tournaments; 9-1 in Big Ten), giving him three years of at least 20 wins in singles.

U-M in ITA Rankings
Michigan moved up one spot to No. 25 in the most-recent ITA poll, released April 27. The Wolverines have two singles players ranked -- Jung at No. 36 and King at No. 119. Jung and King are the No. 32-ranked doubles team, while the senior No. 2 tandem of Navas and Sroczynski are now No. 90.

New rankings will be released on May 3.

Award Winners
The Wolverines handed out two awards at the team's banquet on April 17. Senior George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) received the Leadership Award and Jung was named the team's Most Improved Player. The Most Valuable Player award will be given out at the conclusion of the season and will be voted on by the team.

Four men's tennis players received the University of Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement award. Navas and Jung each received the award for the third time in their respective careers. Muil and King were first-time honorees.

New Addition for 2011
On April 20, Berque announced the signing of Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') to a national letter of intent for the 2010-11 season.

Franks has been ranked as high as No. 67 in the ITF Junior rankings and is a member of the New Zealand Junior Davis Cup team. He holds four ITF titles (two singles and two doubles) and was among the final 32 at the Australian Open Juniors in 2010. Franks holds a career record of 58-34 in singles and 45-33 in doubles. He also holds U-14 and U-16 national titles in New Zealand.

He joins Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) as the other signees in the class, which is ranked No. 3 in the country by tennisrecruiting.net. Both Bernstein and Rossi are rated as 'blue chip' recruits.

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 21 dual matches. Michigan is 10-4 this season when it wins the doubles point and 2-5 when it does not.

Jung, Navas and Sroczynski each have 21 doubles wins on the season. As a team, the Wolverines own a 55-46 doubles record.

Frosh Phenom
King is proving his mettle against some of the nation's top players. On the season, King is third on the team with 19 singles wins (19-13 overall; 12-9 in dual matches; 7-3 in Big Ten) and has alternated between No. 1 and No. 2 singles. King has been partnered with Jung in doubles, and the two have alternated between the top two spots, going 8-6 at No. 1 and 4-1 at No. 2.

Home Dominance
Michigan went 7-3 at the Varsity Tennis Center this season, with all seven wins coming against Big Ten opponents. Michigan has outscored Big Ten opponents 31-11 at home this season. U-M is 110-33 (.769) overall in 14 years at the complex.

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 senior Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep).

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 94-59, including a 42-18 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 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...
Michigan will next wait for its seeding for the NCAA Championships. The NCAA Selection Show will be televised by ESPNEWS on Tuesday, May 4, at 5 p.m. The Wolverines will try to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the fifth straight season.