May 3, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team (13-10) received an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Championships on Tuesday (May 3), the program's sixth consecutive trip to the postseason tournament. The Wolverines were selected to compete at the Duke regional, to be held at the Ambler Tennis Stadium in Durham, N.C. Michigan will face Maryland (12-12) in the first round on Friday, May 13. Times have yet to be announced.
"It will be a new experience for our guys, since we've been at Ohio State the last couple of years," head coach Bruce Berque said. "This will be our third trip to Duke this year. Our guys are certainly familiar with the surroundings and the surface, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. We're excited to have a different opportunity.
"We have a lot of respect for Maryland and the team they've become over the last couple of years. They are a much-improved team and they are very good. We don't know a whole lot about their players, but we are aware of the progress they have made. We'll do what we can in the next couple of weeks to scout them and familiarize our team with them."
With a win, Michigan would play the winner of Duke (20-9), the tournament's No. 11 seed, and George Washington (15-8) on Saturday, May 14. Michigan has played Duke twice already this season, splitting the meetings, both of which came in Durham. Duke won the first contest, 7-0, in the opening round of ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Jan. 28, but Michigan exacted revenge with a 4-3 win almost one month later on Feb. 26.
Maryland received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, finishing the season with an even 12-12 record (3-8 in ACC). The Terrapins enter the tournament having dropped 10 of their last 13 matches. They have one ranked player in singles -- Maros Horny (No. 106) -- but he is just 5-16 in dual matches.
Michigan, ranked No. 29 in the most recent ITA poll, is making its sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships under Coach Berque and its 13th appearance since 1994. This season, the Wolverines finished fifth in the Big Ten Conference with a 13-10 dual-match record (6-4 in Big Ten play). Michigan continued to play one of the toughest schedules of any team in the nation, going 5-6 against top-25 teams.
The Wolverines are led by a pair of All-Big Ten selections in Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) and Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif.) atop the lineup. King (27-8 overall) has played the entire season at the No. 1 spot, amassing a 20-3 dual-match record and an 11-5 record against ranked opponents, with Jung (25-11 overall) playing the season at No. 2. Both players are also ranked in the most-recent ITA poll (May 3); King is ranked No. 21 in singles, with Jung No. 55. Together, they are ranked No. 29 in doubles.
Regional winners from across the country will advance to the 16-team NCAA Championships field, to be held May 19-24 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
Selections for the NCAA Individual Championships (singles and doubles) will be announced on Wednesday (May 4). The individual tournament will bring the top singles players and doubles teams from across the country to Palo Alto immediately following the conclusion of the NCAA Team Championships. The individual tournament, featuring 64 players (singles) or teams (doubles), will begin on Wednesday, May 25, and run through Monday, May 30.
NCAA FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS
(Ambler Tennis Stadium, Durham, N.C.)
Friday, May 13
No. 11 Duke (20-9) vs. George Washington (15-8)
Michigan (13-10) vs. Maryland (12-12)
Saturday, May 14
No. 11 Duke/George Washington winner vs. Michigan/Maryland winner
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423