May 10, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team, on the eve of the NCAA Championships, handed out its annual team awards, head coach Bruce Berque announced Thursday (May 10). The three awards are determined by a vote of the Wolverine team members.
Junior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan Prep) claimed team MVP honors for the second consecutive season. The 2012 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, King boasts a career-best 32-6 record, including a 20-2 dual mark from the No. 1 position, and carries a 15-match winning streak in this weekend's NCAA Regional play. He earned the No. 6 seed for the NCAA Singles Championships to guarantee himself ITA All-America honors for the second year in a row.
Freshman Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) garnered the Most Improved Player Award after earning All-Big Ten second team honors in his rookie campaign. Petrone is 22-11 on the season, including a 15-7 dual-match record, and has gone 5-2 since moving to the No. 2 singles position. He already ranks eighth among Michigan's all-time winningest freshman players. In doubles play, Petrone owns a 20-13 record and posted a 7-4 Big Ten mark from the No. 3 position.
Sophomore Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Old Bethpage JFK HS) rounded out the award winners with the Wolverines' Leadership Award. A team co-captain and Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner, Bernstein has battled through nagging injury to contribute at U-M's No. 2 and No. 3 singles positions. He and King were selected as an alternate team for the NCAA Doubles Championship. The Wolverine duo is currently ranked No. 29 by the ITA with a 21-12 overall record and 13-9 dual record from the No. 1 position.
The Wolverines earned their seventh consecutive berth to the NCAA Team Championship and will travel to Oxford, Miss., for NCAA Regional play Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13. U-M will square off against Middle Tennessee State in first-round action at 9 a.m. CDT on Saturday at Ole Miss' Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. Should they win, the Wolverines will face the winner of No. 13 Mississippi and No. 46 Binghamton on Sunday at noon CDT.
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