May 22, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's tennis head coach Bruce Berque announced today (Tuesday, May 22) that rising sophomore Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) has transferred to the Wolverine program. Stefan comes to U-M after completing his rookie campaign at the University of Maryland, which last fall announced its intention to eliminate its men's tennis program.
"We're very excited that Vlad will be joining us at Michigan," said Berque. "As a freshman, he gained valuable experience as one of Maryland's top players, and proved himself to be very competitive at the national level. Vlad will have a great impact on next season's lineup and contribute to an extremely competitive practice environment. He's going to make a great addition, and we're looking forward to having him."
A 2012 All-Atlantic Coast Conference team selection, Stefan led the Terrapin squad with a 20-11 singles record, including an 8-5 dual mark from the No. 2 position, and went 21-7 in doubles play. He is ranked No. 103 in the most-recent ITA singles poll and appeared as high as No. 88 in the April 17 rankings.
Stefan posted a 6-5 record against ranked opposition in his rookie campaign, including straight-set wins over Duke's then-No. 26 Chris Mengel (6-4, 6-1) and North Carolina's then-No. 38 Brennan Boyajian (6-3, 6-4). He defeated three seeded players en route to the singles title at the UVA Ranked +1 Invitational and advanced to the quarterfinals at the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional Championships.
A native of Bucharest, Romania, Stefan was ranked No. 2 in the European U14 rankings and a national runner-up at the U12 and U14 age groups. He was a national champion in U10 age group.
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