May 7, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan Prep) was named Most Valuable Player to highlight three awards given out as the University of Michigan men's tennis team held its annual banquet on Tuesday evening (May 7) at the Junge Family Champions Center. The three award winners were determined by a vote of the Wolverine team members.
King garnered MVP accolades for the third season in a row after putting together a stellar senior campaign. The 2013 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, King is 28-4 overall this season, including a 22-1 dual mark from the No. 1 position, and he carries a 10-match win streak into this week's NCAA Regional play. King earned the No. 11 seed for the NCAA Singles Championship to guarantee himself ITA All-America honors for the third year in a row.
Junior Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') claimed the Most Improved Player award after earning All-Big Ten second team honors this season. Franks, a team co-captain, owns a career-best 17-6 dual-match record, including a 9-1 mark in conference singles action. The junior has won 11 of his last 15 matches, including one match from the No. 2 position and five from the No. 3 spot. In doubles competition, Franks holds a 14-19 overall record and a 3-4 mark in Big Ten play.
Junior Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Old Bethpage JFK HS) earned the Wolverines' Leadership Award for the second year in a row. A team co-captain, Bernstein has battled through injuries to contribute to Michigan's success this season. Bernstein went 2-0 in Big Ten singles action, and he and King are currently ranked No. 40 by the ITA with an 11-8 overall record and an 8-6 dual mark from the No .1 position.
Michigan, ranked No. 22 in the latest ITA poll, is making its eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships under head coach Bruce Berque. U-M will travel to Lexington, Ky., for NCAA Regional play Friday and Saturday (May 10-11). The Wolverines will square off against No. 41 Virginia Tech in first-round action at noon on Friday at Kentucky's Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Complex. With a win, Michigan would play the winner of Kentucky, the tournament's No. 8 seed, and Western Michigan at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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