Weekly #18: Michigan to Start NCAA Season on Friday against Maryland
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MGOBLUE Chris Madden
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Chris Madden
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May 9, 2011

THIS WEEK
NCAA Championships - Regionals (Durham, N.C., Ambler Tennis Stadium)
Friday, May 13 -- vs. Maryland - First Round, 10 a.m.
Live Scoring | Live Video | Live Blog | NCAA Bracket
Saturday, May 14 -- vs. No. 11 Duke/George Washington - Second Round, 3 p.m.
Live Scoring | Live Video | NCAA Bracket

The University of Michigan men's tennis team (13-10) continues its postseason run this week at the Duke Regional in Durham, N.C. The Wolverines will play Maryland (12-12) on Friday (May 13) in the first round at Ambler Tennis Stadium, with the match beginning at 10 a.m. If Michigan wins, it will play either No. 11 Duke (20-9) or George Washington (15-8) in the second round on Saturday (May 14) at 3 p.m.

Live Blog
Can't make it to Durham? MGoBlue.com has you covered. There will be a live blog during the match on Friday against Maryland, with coverage starting around 9:45 a.m. at Ambler Tennis Stadium.

Michigan at the NCAA Championships

  • Michigan is in the NCAA Championships for the sixth straight year under head coach Bruce Berque.
  • The Wolverines are making their 22nd appearance in the last 34 years since the NCAA Championships first went to a tournament format in 1977.
  • Michigan has an all-time record of 10-21 (.322) in NCAA Championships matches but is 5-5 under Berque.
  • Michigan has won its first round match each of the last four years, and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008.
  • Michigan is one of two Big Ten teams to win a national championship, accomplishing the feat in 1957. Illinois is the other (2003).
  • The Wolverines were at the Ohio State regional each of the last two years. Michigan hosted a regional in 2008 when it qualified for the Sweet 16, and was at Illinois in 2007.

[ Michigan Makes NCAA Championships For Sixth Straight Year (May 3) | Big Ten Release ]

Players' Records at NCAA Championships
The Wolverines' four freshmen are participating in their first NCAA Team Championships, but Michigan has four players that have previous experience in the postseason:

Jason Jung
Singles: 1-3
Doubles: 3-3

Chris Madden
Singles: 2-3
Doubles: 3-3

Evan King
Singles: 1-0
Doubles: 2-0

Chris Cha
Singles: 1-1
Doubles: 0-1

Jung, King Earn Bids to NCAA Individual Championships
For the second year in a row, senior Jason Jung and sophomore Evan King have qualified for the NCAA Individual Championships, to be held May 25-30 in Palo Alto, Calif. Each player received one of the 48 possible at-large bids in the singles draw, and will team up to play in the doubles draw.

Both players are ranked in the ITA singles poll (King - No. 21, Jung - No. 55), and are ranked as a doubles team (No. 29), despite not playing together since April 10.

The official draws will be released at a later time.

[ Jung, King Qualify For NCAA Individual Championships - May 4 | Big Ten Release ]

... And Honored
Jung and King were also named unanimous All-Big Ten first team selections during the Big Ten Tournament on April 28. Both earned the honor for the second time in their careers. Additionally, they are the first pair of teammates to score All-Big Ten honors in back-to-back seasons since John Costanzo and Peter Pusztai in 1995 and 1996.

Third Time's a Charm?
This will be Michigan's third trip to Durham this season, having faced Duke twice during the regular season. If Michigan and Duke each win, it will be the third meeting, with each team earning a victory. Duke won the first meeting, 7-0, during the opening round of ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Jan. 28, but Michigan exacted revenge on the Blue Devils one month later on its spring break trip, winning 4-3.

Last Time Out
The Wolverines finished fifth in the Big Ten with a 6-4 conference record, and played Illinois in the 4/5 match at the Big Ten Tournament on April 29 in Madison, Wis. Michigan snapped its cold streak in doubles by winning the point, and saw tremendous comebacks in singles from Evan King and Shaun Bernstein, but Illinois advanced in the end, winning 4-3.

[ MGoBlue Recap: Big Ten Tournament ]

Dual-Match Format
This weekend's matches 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.

In all postseason dual matches, the first team that reaches four points wins. All other matches in progress when the match point is clinched will be abandoned.

The Lineup
Here is Michigan's projected lineup, based on the last match vs. Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament:

Singles
No. 1 -- #21 Evan King (27-8 overall, 20-3 in duals)
No. 2 -- #55 Jason Jung (25-11 overall, 17-6 in duals)
No. 3 -- Shaun Bernstein (21-17 overall, 12-11 in duals)
No. 4 -- Barrett Franks (17-17 overall, 12-10 in duals)
No. 5 -- Justin Rossi (15-17, 8-11 in duals)
No. 6 -- Chris Madden (4-7 overall, 4-7 in duals)

Doubles
No. 1 -- Jason Jung/Shaun Bernstein (5-3 overall, 5-3 in duals)
No. 2 -- Evan King/Barrett Franks (2-1 overall, 2-1 in duals)
No. 3 -- Chris Madden/Alex Buzzi (0-2 overall, 0-2 in duals)

[ Statistics | Match-By-Match ]

Strength at the Top
This season in dual matches, Michigan is a combined 37-9 at the top two spots of the singles lineup (Evan King, Jason Jung) and 43-48 at the other four spots (Shaun Bernstein, Justin Rossi, Chris Cha, Barrett Franks, and Chris Madden).

King's Court
Evan King has had a spectacular sophomore season, going 27-8 in singles this season, with a record of 20-3 in dual matches (all at No. 1). He is also 11-5 against ranked opponents.

King joins some elite company, as only three men in program history since 1970 have had as many wins at the top spot in dual matches -- Ed Nagel (45-9 in 1987), Michael Leach (24-7 in 1982; won NCAA singles championship), and Victor Amaya (20-2 in 1973).

King was recently profiled in the Michigan Daily with a full-length feature story by Matt Rudnitsky. [ The Pro You Don't Know: Evan King ]

Jung Reaches Milestones
After beating the nation's third-ranked player on April 10 at Ohio State, Jason Jung has at least 80 career wins in both singles and doubles. He currently has a 25-11 singles record, the best single-season wins total in his four-year career (he won 18, 19 and 21 singles matches in each of the past three years, respectively).

Jung is also fourth on Michigan's all-time list for career doubles wins, two away from tying the record (90).

Career Doubles Wins at Michigan:

T1. Brian Hung (2004-07)       90
    Matko Maravic (2005-08)
    Mike Sroczynski (2007-10)
 4. Jason Jung (2008-Present)  88
T5. Eric Friedler (1973-76)    84
    George Navas (2007-10)
 7. Andrew Mazlin (2006-09)    83
 

Struggles In Doubles
Michigan won the doubles point in its last match against Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament but is still just 7-16 in winning the doubles point this season. Despite its struggles, the Wolverines are 5-2 when they win the point and 8-8 when they lose the point.

The Wolverines have used 19 different doubles teams this season.

Scouting The Competition
Maryland -- Maryland (12-12, 3-8 ACC) enters the NCAA Championships having lost 10 of its last 13 matches but is listed No. 44 thanks to success during a challenging non-conference schedule. The Terrapins have three transfers on their roster -- Maros Horny (Baylor), Andy Magee (UCLA) and David Nguyen (Virginia).

Horny is the only ranked player for Maryland (No. 105), and has played the majority of the season at No. 1 but is only 4-16 in dual matches (16-20 overall). Here is Maryland's lineup, based on its last match against Virginia in the ACC Tournament (April 22):

Singles
No. 1 -- #105 Maros Horny (16-20 overall, 5-16 in duals)
No. 2 -- John Collins (22-15 overall, 13-10 in duals)
No. 3 -- Sergio Wyss (18-21 overall, 7-15 in duals)
No. 4 -- Tommy Laine (21-14 overall, 15-9 in duals)
No. 5 -- Jesse Kiuru (19-12 overall, 14-7 in duals)
No. 6 -- Andy Magee (6-16 overall, 6-16 in duals)

Doubles
No. 1 -- John Collins/Maros Horny (6-2 overall, 3-1 in duals)
No. 2 -- Andy Magee/Jesse Kiuru (5-5 overall, 5-5 in duals)
No. 3 -- Tommy Laine/Matthias Sarazin (0-3 overall, 0-3 in duals)

Michigan is 1-1 all-time against Maryland. The two teams last met in 1985, a 6-2 win by the Terrapins.

[ On the web: Home Page | Statistics ]

TEAM NOTES

U-M in the National Rankings
The Wolverines are listed No. 29 in the most-recent ITA poll, released on May 3.

Evan King continues to be ranked at No. 21 in singles, while Jason Jung fell to No. 55. The two are ranked No. 29 in doubles, despite not playing together since April 10 at Ohio State.

[ Rankings: Team | Singles | Doubles ]

Challenging Schedule
The Wolverines have only played three teams all season that were unranked at the time of the match, and have faced 11 top-25 teams this season, going 5-6 in those contests.

Wins Losses
No. 25 Virginia Tech (1/29) No. 5 Texas (1/22)
No. 22 Wake Forest (2/5) No. 14 Duke (1/29)
No. 23 Washington (2/11) No. 24 Minnesota (4/3)
No. 23 Notre Dame (2/19) No. 3 Ohio State (4/10)
No. 6 Duke (2/26) No. 17 Illinois (4/16)
  No. 17 Illinois (4/29)

The Captain
Senior Jason Jung was voted as team captain for the 2010-11 season by his teammates. Jung enjoyed a fantastic season last year as a junior, including being named an All-Big Ten selection and qualifying for the NCAA Championships in both singles and doubles (with Evan King). Off the court, Jung was recognized as the national and Midwest regional winner of the ITA Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship and was the Big Ten Conference's male nominee for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award.

For his career, Jung owns an 83-63 record in singles and an 88-58 record in doubles, playing atop the lineup for most of his career. His 24 doubles wins last season were tied for seventh most all-time at Michigan, and he is fourth all-time in school history in career doubles wins.

Future Wolverines
Michigan inked two top prep players -- Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Eli Brown (Toronto, Ontario/City Academy) -- to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period this fall. Petrone is rated as a blue-chip recruit and No. 15 nationally by the service www.tennisrecruiting.net., while Brown won the Cuba ITF singles title and Dominican Republic ITF doubles title last year as a junior.

The Wolverines added another standout in mid-April, signing Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) to the class. He was ranked as a blue-chip recruit by www.tennisrecruiting.net and was ranked as high as No. 15 by the service.

[ Michigan Inks Petrone, Brown For 2011-12 (Nov. 12) | Michigan Adds Zhu To Class (April 15) ]

Leader Of The Wolverines
Bruce Berque is in his seventh season as the head coach of the University of Michigan men's tennis team. He has taken the Wolverines to six straight NCAA Championships appearances, including the Sweet 16 in 2008. Berque owns a career dual-meet record of 109-72, including a 48-22 mark in Big Ten play. In addition, the Wolverines have finished in the top half of the Big Ten in each of Berque's years at the helm, including a fifth place finish this season.

He is assisted by associate head coach Sean Maymi, who is in his fifth season.

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[ 2010-11 Men's Tennis Yearbook ] [ Record Book ]

UP NEXT
Thu-Tue., May 19-24 -- at NCAA Championships (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Wed-Mon., May 25-30 -- at NCAA Individual Championships (Palo Alto, Calif.)

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