May 21, 2013
For the third year in a row, University of Michigan senior Evan King will represent the Wolverine men's tennis team in the NCAA Individual Championships, to be held Wednesday through Monday (May 22-27) at the University of Illinois' Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Ill. King, the tournament's No. 11 seed, will take on Georgia's Nathan Pasha, ranked 47th in the latest ITA singles poll, in the first round of the singles draw on Wednesday (May 22) at 8 a.m. CDT.
Senior Evan King, the 2013 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, earned one of the possible 45 at-large selections to the 64-player NCAA singles field. The Wolverine senior boasts a 29-4 record, including a 23-1 dual-match record, and carries a 12-match winning streak into the NCAA Singles Championships.
To become an ITA All-American in singles, a player needs to end the season ranked in the top 20 of the ITA singles poll, enter the individual championships as a seeded player, or win their first two matches of the draw (therein reaching the round of 16). The final national rankings will be released on June 5. By these standards, Evan King will earn All-America honors for the third consecutive season.
Each match at the NCAA Individual Championships will be to the best of three sets. Scoring is the same as in dual matches, but a 12-point tiebreaker will be used.
U-M boasts two NCAA singles champions -- Barry MacKay (1957) and Michael Leach (1982) -- and has garnered 23 ITA All-America selections in program history, including four under head coach Bruce Berque. In 2011, Evan King became the first Michigan player since 1992 to reach the Round of 16 in the singles draw.
Senior Evan King owns the U-M program record for most combined career singles and doubles wins. After two more victories against Virginia Tech in the first round of the NCAA Championships, King upped his career total to 190 wins (113 singles, 79 doubles). Prior to this season, Peter Pusztai previously owned the school record for most combined victories with 180 career triumphs (115 singles, 65 doubles) from 1993-96.
King, who recently earned ITA Midwest Region Senior of the Year accolades, has won 26 of his last 27 matches dating back to Jan. 6.
For the second consecutive year, senior Evan King was named Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Year. King, ranked No. 13 in the latest ITA singles poll, is the first player in U-M history -- and only the fifth player in Big Ten annals -- to win the prestigious award on two occasions. He went a perfect 10-0 in Big Ten dual competition, earning a pair of wins over ranked opponents -- Illinois' 31st-ranked Jared Hiltzik and Minnesota's 49th-ranked Rok Bonin.
On March 6, senior Evan King became only the fifth Wolverine in program history to post 100 career singles victories, accomplishing the feat by defeating Pepperdine's seventh-ranked Sebastian Fanselow, 6-2, 6-4, at the No. 1 singles position.
On March 13, senior Evan King collected his third Big Ten Athlete of the Week accolade of the season after putting together a 3-0 road trip. King has garnered Big Ten Athlete of the Week on nine occasions during his Wolverine career.
The University of Michigan men's tennis team finished the team season with a 16-10 record, falling to Virginia Tech, 4-2, in the first round of the NCAA Championships on May 10 in Lexington, Kentucky.