May 10, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) of the University of Michigan men's tennis team was named Most Valuable Player for the second straight season on Monday (May 10).
"If the match was on the line and our guys had to pick one person from our team to go out and represent Michigan, they would choose Chris Madden," said head coach Bruce Berque. "We have been able to count on him for three seasons in a row now, both mentally and physically. More often than not, he comes up on the right side of the win column and really has a knack for pulling out matches when it's all on the line. He's played some incredible tennis this year, and receiving this award is probably the biggest complement he can get."
Madden leads the team in singles wins (22) and was nearly flawless in Big Ten action (9-1). He has also earned the clinching point in five matches this season and posted a 17-16 doubles record, with close to all of the matches being played alongside freshman Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) at No. 3.
Madden has won at least 20 singles matches in each of his three seasons at Michigan, holding a career singles record of 66-35 (49-20 in dual matches) and a 26-3 record in Big Ten dual-match play. He is also 66-38 in doubles play, including 48-26 in dual matches.
Madden joins junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and senior George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) as the other team award winners for the 2009-10 season. Jung was named the team's Most Improved Player, while Navas, the team captain for this season, was given the Leadership Award.
Michigan heads to Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday (May 15) for the first round of the NCAA Championships, where it will face No. 37 Denver at 10 a.m.
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