King, Jung Pick Up Big Ten Conference Awards

April 29, 2010

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan men's tennis rookie Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) joined King on the All-Big Ten team, the conference office announced on Thursday (April 29).

"It's an honor," King said. "When looking at the past winners of the award, they've all become very successful players both in the Big Ten and nationally. I was surprised, to be honest. There were some other players in this conference who could have won it, but I am really excited that my hard work has paid off."

King becomes one of three Michigan players to receive the Freshman of the Year award since it was created by the Big Ten in 1988, joining Michigan tennis great MaliVai Washington (1988) and Dan Brakus (1991). As one of the top freshmen in the country, King has alternated between No. 1 and No. 2 singles all season, finishing the regular season with a 19-13 record in singles, including a 7-3 mark in Big Ten play. He is 12-9 in dual matches, going 5-2 at No. 1 and 7-7 at No. 2. King clinched perhaps Michigan's neutral-site victory over No. 10 California on March 4 in La Jolla, Calif., with an upset of nationally ranked Christoffer Konigsfeldt, 6-4, 7-5.

"It's a terrific honor for Evan," head coach Bruce Berque said. "It's nice to see him be recognized for his play at the top of our lineup this season. I know he is very honored to receive this award, considering there are some very strong candidates across the conference. We are all very happy for Evan and hope this is just the beginning for him."

Evan King

Jung was one of seven Big Ten players to be unanimous selections for the All-Big Ten team. Like King, Jung has alternated between No. 1 and No. 2 singles, going 5-9 at No. 1 and 5-1 at No. 2 for a 10-10 dual-match record and a 20-15 record in singles. Jung was excellent in fall tournament play, having reached the Round of 32 at the ITA National Indoor Championships, the quarterfinals of the D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships and the semifinals of the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championships. He also clinched Michigan's win over Wisconsin on April 4 with a come-from-behind, three-set win over Marek Michalicka, who was previously unbeaten at 14-0. On April 18, he was named the team's Most Improved Player and was Michigan's nominee for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

"Jason has done a terrific job this year," Berque said. "He has been one of our leaders. He plays at an extremely high level. His work ethic, sportsmanship and athletic ability make him a tremendous and important part of our team. I'm very happy for him because he has really had to earn it. He came in as a freshman with a lot of pressure, playing at No. 1 and No. 2 in our lineup, and took his lumps. But he kept his head up and kept working hard. He's done a fantastic job for us this season and it's a well-deserved honor for him."

King and Jung have formed the No. 32-ranked doubles tandem in the country, going 13-8 on the season and 7-2 in Big Ten action. Jung is tied with seniors George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) and Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep) for the team lead in total doubles wins (21), while King has 16.

Former Wolverine Matko Maravic (2005-08) was the last Michigan player to be named All-Big Ten (2008), as Michigan did not have a representative on last year's All-Big Ten squad. Jung and King are the first pair of Michigan teammates to earn All-Big Ten in the same season since 2007 (Maravic and Brian Hung (2004-07)).

Michigan is the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will face No. 6 seed Indiana at 3:30 p.m. on Friday (April 30) at the IU Tennis Center in Bloomington, Ind. The two teams played just a few days ago (Sunday, April 25), with Michigan winning 5-2 in the regular-season finale.

All-Big Ten Team
Marek Czerwinski, ILL*
Dennis Nevolo, ILL*
Lachlan Ferguson, IND
Jason Jung, MICH*
Evan King, MICH
Sebastian Gallego, MINN
Chase Buchanan, OSU*
Justin Kronauge, OSU*
Dino Marcan, OSU
Eddie Bourchier, PSU
Moritz Baumann, WIS*
Marek Michalicka, WIS*

Athlete of the Year
Chase Buchanan, OSU

Freshman of the Year
Evan King, MICH

Coach of the Year
Ty Tucker, OSU

Sportsmanship Honorees
Marek Czerwinski, ILL
Isade Juneau, IND
Will Vasos, IOWA
Jason Jung, MICH
Ron Hulewicz, MSU
Tobias Wernet, MINN
Alex Sanborn, NU
Mike O'Connell, OSU
Ryan Gormley, PSU
P.J. Rose, PUR
Michael Dierberger, WIS

* unanimous selection

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