May 22, 2012
For the second consecutive year, University of Michigan junior Evan King will represent the Wolverine men's tennis team in the NCAA Singles Championships, to be held Wednesday through Monday (May 23-28) at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. Additionally, King and sophomore Shaun Bernstein are listed as the No. 5 alternate for the doubles tournament.
Draw is Out! -- No. 6-seeded Evan King will take on Virginia's Alex Domijan, ranked No. 39 in the latest ITA poll, in the first round of the singles draw on Wednesday (May 23) at 6 p.m. The two have not met before in collegiate competition.
King Earns Big Ten Automatic Berth -- After going 11-0 at the top spot during Big Ten action en route to Big Ten Athlete of the Year accolades, junior Evan King earned the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Singles Championships. King is ranked No. 6 by the ITA and is the highest ranked Big Ten player. He enters the tournament as the No. 6 seed and carries a 34-6 mark. He will participate in the singles tournament for the second consecutive season.
All-America Qualifications -- 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). In doubles, a team must either be ranked in the top 10, enter the individual championships as a seeded team, or win their first two matches of the draw (reaching the quarterfinals). The final national rankings will be released on June 6. By these standards, Evan King will earn All-America honors for the second consecutive season.
Match Scoring -- Each match at the NCAA Individual Championships -- both singles and doubles -- will be to the best of three sets. Scoring is the same as in dual matches, but a 12-point tiebreaker will be used.
Michigan at the NCAA Individual Championships
U-M boasts two NCAA singles champions -- Barry MacKay (1957) and Michael Leach (1982) -- and has garnered 22 ITA All-America citations in program history, including three under head coach Bruce Berque. Last year, junior Evan King became the first Michigan player since 1992 to reach the Round of 16 in the singles draw.
We're Going Streaking -- Junior Evan King picked up a pair of weekend singles victories to extend his win streak to 17 matches in a row. King has won 21 of his last 22 matches, dating back to Jan. 28, and boasts a team-best 22-2 dual record. The Wolverine junior is no stranger to long winning streaks. Last season, he boasted a 14-match run early in the dual season.
King of the Court -- Junior Evan King, the nation's No. 6-ranked singles player, owns a solid 14-6 record against ranked opposition this season, most recently cruising past Mississippi's No. 14 Nik Scholtz, 6-4, 6-3, in the NCAA second round. King defeated a pair of top-six opponents last month in the final stretch of the Big Ten season, knocking off Ohio State's No. 6 Blaz Rola, 6-3, 6-3, on April 22 -- his second win over the Buckeye this season -- and rallying past Illinois' No. 4-ranked Dennis Nevolo, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3, to clinch U-M's win at Illinois in the final match on April 6. Among King's six total losses this season, five came against top-15 players, including two against Duke's Henrique Cunha and two against Washington's Kyle McMorrow.
Climbing the Charts -- With his wins in the NCAA first and second rounds, junior Evan King improved to 34-6 on the season and climbed to seventh among Michigan's all-time single-season wins leaders, where he is tied with Dan Goldberg (1988). With his 85-28 career record, King is also nearing Michigan's top-10 all-time leaders in the category. He needs just two more wins to reach the 10th spot, currently held by Jon Morris (87, 1985-88).
Big Time in the Big Ten -- Junior Evan King was named the 2012 Big Ten Athlete of the Year after posting a perfect 11-0 conference dual record from the No. 1 singles position. He is the seventh Wolverine to garner the Big Ten Athlete of the Year award and the first since Peter Pusztai in 1996. King also earned All-Big Ten first team honors for the third straight season, garnering a unanimous selection for the second year in a row.
Michigan's Season Comes to an End -- The Wolverines fell in the NCAA Championships second round, dropping a 4-2 decision to No. 13 seed Mississippi on Sunday, May 13. Ole Miss won the doubles point by virtue of wins at No. 1 and No. 2, including a narrow 9-7 comeback to clinch at the latter. After a quick Rebels decision, U-M evened the score with singles at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions from junior Evan King and freshman Alex Petrone, who upset 20th-ranked Marcel Thiemann, 6-4, 6-4. Ole Miss won the next two matches on court, however, to seal its 4-2 victory. The Wolverines finished the 2012 season with an 18-8 record.
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