Weekly Release #17: at NCAA Championships
Mike Sroczynski

May 11, 2010


NCAA RegionalsLive Results | Tournament Central | NCAA Bracket
Saturday, May 15 -- vs. Denver (Columbus, Ohio), 10 a.m.
Sunday, May 16 (if U-M wins) -- vs. No. 4 Ohio State or Western Michigan (Columbus, Ohio), Noon

Big Ten Release

The postseason continues this weekend for the University of Michigan men's tennis team (13-10, 8-2 Big Ten), as it faces Denver (19-4) on Saturday (May 15) in the first round of the NCAA Championships at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus, Ohio. The match will begin at 10 a.m. If the Wolverines are victorious, they will face either No. 4 seed and Ohio State or Western Michigan on Sunday (May 16) at noon.

Dual Match Format
Each dual match at the 2010 Big Ten Conference Tournament 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. The overall dual match will be decided when one team secures four total points. Matches in progress when the dual match is clinched will be abandoned.

Michigan in the NCAA Tournament
This marks Michigan's fifth straight appearance at the NCAA Championships under head coach Bruce Berque and 20th overall since 1977. The Wolverines won its only team championship in 1957 but made the Sweet 16 just two years ago in 2008.

Seniors George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) and Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep) and juniors Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) all have prior experience in the NCAA Championships. Below is a list of the NCAA Championship matches they have played in (since 2007):


Mike Sroczynski (Singles: 2-1; Doubles: 4-3)
Defeated Bokang Setshogo (Drake) - 6-3, 6-1
Played G.D. Jones (Illinois) - 7-6 (5), 5-7, 1-4 (Abandoned)

Played Kazuya Komada (Western Michigan) - 4-6, 6-4, 1-1 (Abandoned)
Defeated Ilya Babinciuc (Texas Tech) - 6-2, 7-5
Played Sanam Singh (Virginia) - 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (Abandoned)

Played Casey Watt (Notre Dame) - 7-6 (2), 5-7, 2-2 (Abandoned)
Lost to Justin Kronauge (Ohio State) - 6-2, 6-4

George Navas (Singles: 3-1; Doubles: 3-3)
Defeated Ivan Mendoza (Drake) - 7-6 (4), 6-3
Lost to Brandon Davis (Illinois) - 6-3, 6-0

Defeated Michael Calderone (Western Michigan) - 7-6 (3), 6-3
Defeated Milos Kustudija (Texas Tech) - 6-4, 6-4
Played Ted Angelinos (Virginia) - 2-6, 4-5 (Abandoned)

Played David Anderson (Notre Dame) - 0-6, 7-5, 3-1 (Abandoned)
Played Balazs Novak (Ohio State) - 6-3, 2-6 (Abandoned)

Jason Jung (Singles: 1-3; Doubles: 1-3)
Played Alex Birchmeier (Western Michigan) - 6-7 (1), 4-3 (Abandoned)
Lost to Sinisa Markovic (Texas Tech) - 7-6 (5), 6-4
Lost to Treat Huey (Virginia) - 6-4, 6-2

Lost to Brett Helgeson (Notre Dame) - 6-3, 7-6 (5)
Defeated Bryan Koniecko (Ohio State) - 6-2, 6-3

Chris Madden (Singles: 2-2; Doubles: 2-2)
Defeated Bryan Norville (Western Michigan) - 6-2, 6-4
Lost to Christian Rojmar (Texas Tech) - 6-3, 6-4
Lost to Michael Shabaz (Virginia) - 6-3, 6-0

Defeated Daniel Stahl (Notre Dame) - 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
Played Matt Allare (Ohio State) - 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (Abandoned)


Sroczynski/Navas defeated Gilherme Marsiglia/Bokang Setshogo (Drake) - 8-6
Sroczynski/Navas defeated G.D. Jones/Marc Spicijaric (Illinois) - 8-3

Casey Cullen/Kevin Hayward (Western Michigan) defeated Jung/Sroczynski - 8-6
Michael Calderone/Kazuya Komada (Western Michigan) defeated Madden/Navas - 9-8 (3)
Jung/Sroczynski defeated Sinisa Markovic/Milos Kustudija (Texas Tech) - 8-1
Madden/Navas defeated Ilya Babinciuc/Lenoir Ramos (Texas Tech) - 8-5
Dominic Inglot/Michael Shabaz (Virginia) defeated Jung/Sroczynski - 8-4
Houston Barrick/Sanam Singh (Virginia) defeated Madden/Navas - 8-3

Jung/Navas played Tyler Davis/Brett Helgeson (Notre Dame) - 7-6 (Abandoned)
Madden/Andrew Mazlin defeated Stephen Havens/Casey Watt (Notre Dame) - 8-4
Sroczynski/Peter Aarts defeated David Anderson/Daniel Stahl (Notre Dame) - 8-3
Matt Allare/Justin Kronauge (Ohio State) defeated Jung/Navas - 8-3
Chase Buchanan/Steven Moneke (Ohio State) played Madden/Mazlin - 5-7 (Abandoned)
Bryan Koniecko/Shuhei Uzawa (Ohio State) defeated Sroczynski/Aarts - 8-6

Jung, King Qualify for NCAA Individuals...
Jung and freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) have both qualified for the NCAA Individual Championships on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Jung received one of 48 at-large selections in the singles bracket, and will team with King in the doubles bracket. Jung and King are the No. 31-ranked doubles team in the country.

Jung and King are the first pair of Michigan teammates to qualify for the event since Matko Maravic and Brian Hung in 2007. The event begins on Wednesday, May 26, and runs through Monday, May 31.

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...And Take Home Big Ten Honors
Both Jung and King won conference honors for their play this season. They were both named All-Big Ten selections for the first time in their careers, and King was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Jung is the first U-M player to receive All-Big Ten honors since Matko Maravic in 2008. King becomes the third U-M player to receive the conference's rookie honor, joining former Wolverine greats MaliVai Washington (won in 1988) and Dan Brakus (won in 1991).

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Scouting the Regional
Denver (19-4) -- This is Denver's second NCAA Championships appearance (other in 2008), though it has never got out of the first round. The Pioneers were ranked as high as No. 25 this season in the ITA rankings and finished second in the Sun Belt Conference. Denver is no stranger to facing top competition, as it has beaten eight ranked teams this season. Junior Andrew Landwerlen and freshman Enej Bonin were named to the All-SBC singles team, while freshman Jens Vorkefeld and sophomore Yannick Weihs were named to the All-SBC doubles squad. Landwerlen is 21-0 in singles, while Bonin is 21-3. The Pioneers are coached by Danny Westerman.

Ohio State (32-1) -- This is Ohio State's 10th NCAA Championships appearance. The Buckeyes were the national runner-up last season, the Big Ten champion for the fifth straight year and are the No. 4 seed in this season's tournament. They enter the tournament winners of 21 straight and have won 108 consecutive matches at the Stickney Tennis Center. The Buckeyes are 26-0 in matches when they win the doubles point and in dual matches; they are a combined 142-27 (.840) in singles and 71-16 (.816) in doubles. Ohio State is coached by Ty Tucker, the Big Ten Coach of the Year, and led by sophomore Chase Buchanan, the Big Ten Athlete of the Year.

Western Michigan (21-10) -- This is Western Michigan's eighth NCAA Championship appearance. Like Denver, the Broncos have never escaped the first round (0-7 all-time in first round matches). This season, they won their fifth straight Mid-American Conference championship. Western Michigan is coached by Dave Morin.

On The Web: [ Denver ] [ Ohio State ] [ Western Michigan ]

Records vs. Opponents
This Saturday's first-round meeting between Michigan and Denver will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. In looking ahead to potential second-round opponents, Michigan is 51-8 all-time against Western Michigan and 72-27-2 against Ohio State. Michigan has lost its last 14 dual matches against Ohio State, having won previously on April 8, 2001, in Ann Arbor (4-3).

Hello, Again
While Michigan and Denver have never met in a dual match, the two teams previously met this season in individual action at the Key Biscayne Individuals on Jan. 8. The Wolverines won four of the singles matches and all three doubles matches.

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Madden Valuable Again
On Monday (May 10), Madden was named the team's Most Valuable Player for the second straight season. He was the first Wolverine this season to reach the 20-win mark in singles, holding a 22-10 record (15-6 in dual matches, 7-4 in tournaments; 9-1 in Big Ten), giving him three years of at least 20 wins in singles. He is accustomed to having the pressure on him this season, as he has clinched five of Michigan's 13 wins this season.

Madden played his 100th career match at Michigan on April 23 at Illinois, defeating Stephen Hoh in three sets. For his three-year career, Madden is 66-35 in singles and holds a 26-3 record in Big Ten Conference play.

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Award Winners
In addition to Madden's win as MVP, the Wolverines handed out two awards at the team's banquet on April 17. Navas received the Leadership Award and Jung was named the team's Most Improved Player.

Four men's tennis players received the University of Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement award. Navas and Jung each received the award for the third time in their respective careers. Sophomore Duncan Muil (Lake Jackson, Texas) and King were first-time honorees.

Last Time Out
The Wolverines were last in action at the 2010 Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington, Ind., from April 30-May 1. After securing a first-round bye by virtue of its third-place finish during the regular season, the Wolverines defeated host Indiana in the quarterfinals on April 30 but fell to Illinois in the semifinals on May 1. Both matches were decided by a 4-0 score.

[ Big Ten Tournament - vs. Illinois ] [ Big Ten Tournament - vs. Indiana ]

U-M in ITA Rankings
Michigan moved down one spot to No. 26 in the most-recent ITA poll, released May 3. Jung is the only singles player ranked (No. 38) but is ranked in doubles with King at No. 31. The last edition of the rankings will be released on Monday, June 7.

Tested Against the Best
Michigan once again faces one of the toughest schedules in the country. This year, the Wolverines have faced 19 opponents ranked in the ITA team rankings (the ITA ranks the top 75 teams) and hold a 11-10 record against those opponents (faced Minnesota twice). Michigan has faced only two unranked teams: Michigan State on March 20 and Purdue on April 18 (both wins).

A complete table of opponent rankings and date played is listed below.

NOTE: Team rankings are reflected on the most recent poll (May 3)

Michigan 26  
Vanderbilt 38 W, 4-3 (Jan. 23)
North Carolina State 58 L, 4-3 (Jan. 24)
Kentucky 11 L, 4-2 (Jan. 30)
Minnesota 35 W, 4-2 (Jan. 31)
W, 5-2 (March 27)
Pepperdine 21 L, 5-2 (Feb. 7)
Notre Dame 39 W, 4-3 (Feb. 13)
North Carolina 19 L, 6-1 (Feb. 20)
Wake Forest 22 L, 5-2 (Feb. 27)
California 17 W, 5-2 (March 4)
Texas 3 L, 6-1 (March 13)
Stanford 7 L, 5-2 (March 25)
Iowa 60 W, 6-1 (March 28)
Northwestern 61 W, 5-2 (April 3)
Wisconsin 27 W, 4-3 (April 4)
Penn State 68 W, 4-3 (April 9)
Ohio State 4 L, 6-1 (April 11)
Illinois 13 L, 5-2 (April 23)
Indiana 46 W, 5-2 (April 25)
Indiana 46 W, 4-0 (April 30)
Illinois 13 L, 4-0 (May 1)
Denver 36 May 15


Jung Joins 20/20 Club
After winning both of his singles matches at No. 1 during the last weekend of the regular season (April 23 at Indiana, April 25 at Illinois), Jung became the first Wolverine this season to reach the 20/20 club (at least 20 wins in singles and doubles). For the season, Jung is 20-15 in singles play (10-10 in dual matches; 6-3 in Big Ten) and 22-14 in doubles play (13-7 in dual matches; 7-2 in Big Ten).

Cha Snaps Skid
The freshman season for Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) has been a wild one, full of ups and downs. His win over Alex van Gils (Indiana) on April 25 snapped his seven-match losing skid in singles, making it his first singles win since March 27 over Brendan Ruddock (Minnesota).

New Addition for 2011
On April 20, Berque announced the signing of Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') to a national letter of intent for the 2010-11 season.

Franks has been ranked as high as No. 67 in the ITF Junior rankings and is a member of the New Zealand Junior Davis Cup team. He holds four ITF titles (two singles and two doubles) and was among the final 32 at the Australian Open Juniors in 2010. Franks holds a career record of 58-34 in singles and 45-33 in doubles. He also holds U-14 and U-16 national titles in New Zealand.

He joins Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) and Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) as the other signees in the class, which is ranked No. 3 in the country by tennisrecruiting.net. Both Bernstein and Rossi are rated as `blue chip' recruits.

Releases: [ April 20 - Barrett Franks ] [ Nov. 17 - Shaun Bernstein/Justin Rossi ]

Attendance Race
Through the month of March, Michigan is fifth in the nation in overall attendance, drawing 2,191 fans to the Varsity Tennis Center so far this season. In terms of average attendance, the Wolverines are ranked third nationally with 313 fans per home match. Both of those figures put Michigan atop the Big Ten.


Double Trouble
The Wolverines have been masterful in doubles, winning the point in 15 of their 23 dual matches. Michigan is 11-4 this season when it wins the doubles point and 2-6 when it does not.

Jung, Navas and Sroczynski each have 22 doubles wins on the season. As a team, the Wolverines own a 58-48 doubles record.

Frosh Phenom
King is proving his mettle against some of the nation's top players. On the season, King is tied with Jung for second in overall singles wins with 20 (20-13 overall; 13-9 in dual matches; 7-3 in Big Ten) and has alternated between No. 1 and No. 2 singles. King has been partnered with Jung in doubles, and the two have alternated between the top two spots, going 9-6 at No. 1 and 4-1 at No. 2.

Home Dominance
Michigan went 7-3 at the Varsity Tennis Center this season, with six of the seven wins coming against Big Ten opponents. Michigan has outscored Big Ten opponents 31-11 at home this season. U-M is 110-33 (.769) overall in 14 years at the complex.

Navas Elected Captain
Navas was chosen as the team's captain for the 2009-10 season by his teammates. During the fall season, Navas went 2-3 in singles action and reached the doubles final at the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championships with Jung. An exceptional student, Navas was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete for the 2008-09 season and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He is one of two seniors on this year's roster, along with Sroczynski.

Leader of the Wolverines
Bruce Berque is in his sixth season as the head coach of the University of Michigan men's tennis team. He has taken the Wolverines to five straight NCAA Championships appearances, including the Sweet 16 in 2008. Berque owns a career dual-meet record of 95-60, including a 42-18 mark in Big Ten play. In addition, the Wolverines have finished in the top half of the Big Ten in each of Berque's first five years at the helm, finishing no lower than fourth place.

He is assisted by associate head coach Sean Maymi, who is in his fourth season, and volunteer assistant Scott Oudsema, who is in his first.

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2009-10 Record Book and Yearbook!
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, the University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need and it was just added to MGoBlue.com. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook.

Up Next...
If Michigan defeats Denver on Saturday (May 15), it will move on to the second round of the NCAA Championships and face either No. 4-seed Ohio State or Western Michigan at noon on Sunday (May 16). While the team's season will be over with a loss, Jung and King will prepare for the NCAA Individual Championships, beginning Wednesday, May 26, in Athens, Ga.