May 5, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) have been selected to represent the University of Michigan men's tennis team at the NCAA Individual Championships, to be held Wednesday through Monday, May 26-31, at Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Jung received one of the 48 at-large selections in singles and will team with King as one of the 21 at-large doubles selections. Jung and King are the first Michigan players to compete in the event since former Wolverines Brian Hung and Matko Maravic in 2007.
Jung is ranked No. 38 in the most recent ITA poll (released May 3) and has been ranked as high as No. 33 this season. Jung, who has played the majority of the season between No. 1 and No. 2 singles, enters postseason play with a 20-15 singles record, with eight of those wins coming against ranked opponents. Jung's notable win in dual match play came against then-No. 21 Marek Michalicka of Wisconsin on April 4, as Jung rallied in three sets to end Michalicka's 14-match unbeaten streak. Jung also holds a victory over Ohio State's Chase Buchanan, who is now ranked No. 8 in the country; Jung won 6-1, 6-2 in the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Quarterfinals.
As good as Jung was in dual match play, he excelled in the fall tournaments. He reached the quarterfinals of the D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships (Oct. 8-11), the semifinals of the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championships (Oct. 15-19), and the second round at the ITA National Indoor Championships (Nov. 5-6). Jung was voted Michigan's Most Improved Player by his teammates and is up for two ITA awards -- the Regional/National ITA Player to Watch Award and the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award.
King, the 2010 Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year, has been paired with Jung in all but one of Michigan's dual matches. Jung and King are 13-7 in dual matches and are the No. 31-ranked doubles team in the country. The duo went 7-2 in Big Ten play and are 14-8 overall in doubles play this season.
As a team, Michigan will face off against Denver in the first round of the NCAA Championships next Saturday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in Columbus, Ohio. The two teams are a part of the Ohio State regional, and the winner will face either No. 4 seed Ohio State or Western Michigan on Sunday (May 16) at noon.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423