May 23, 2011
The 2010-11 season wraps up this week, as senior Jason Jung and sophomore Evan King of the University of Michigan men's tennis team are slated to compete in the NCAA Individual Championships in both singles and doubles, beginning on Wednesday (May 25) and running through Monday (May 30) at Taube South Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif.
Matchups were announced on Tuesday (May 24). King faces No. 12 Tim Puetz (Auburn) at 11 a.m., while Jung will face defending NCAA singles champion Bradley Klahn of Stanford at noon. Both times are local (PDT).
Jung and King will play Jaak Poldma and JT Sundling (USC) in the first round of the doubles draw, which begins on Thursday. Times will be announced later.
How Did They Get There?
Jung and King each received one of the 48 possible at-large bids for the 64-person singles draw. Sixteen individuals made the draw by virtue of winning their conference's automatic bid. The top 16 players in the ITA singles poll are seeded.
Jung and King received one of the 19 possible at-large bids for the 32-team doubles draw. Thirteen teams received automatic berths, and like singles, the top eight tandems from the last ITA doubles poll are seeded.
Where Are They Ranked?
King is ranked No. 21 in singles, while Jung is ranked No. 55. Together, they are ranked No. 29 in doubles, even though they have not played together in a match since April 10 at Ohio State.
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 8.
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's History at the NCAA Individual Championships
Michigan has two NCAA singles champions: Barry MacKay (1957) and Michael Leach (1982). It has not had doubles team win an NCAA title.
The Wolverines have had 21 ITA All-Americans in its history (last: Matko Maravic and Brian Hung in 2007).
Prior to this season, Michigan had not had two players in the NCAA singles draw since 2007 (Matko Maravic and Brian Hung).
Additionally, both Jung and King are making their second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Individual Championships. Jung played singles last season, losing his only match to 11th-seeded Michael Shabaz (Virginia), 6-3, 6-2. The two also teamed in doubles, reaching the round of 16 before losing to Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thatcher (Stanford) in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Jung, King Win ITA, Big Ten Awards
Jung and King each received ITA regional awards on May 12. King was chosen as the Midwest Regional Player to Watch, while Jung was one of four regional recipients of the Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award. Both are eligible for national awards.
They were also named unanimous first team All-Big Ten selections during the Big Ten Tournament on April 28. Both earned the honor for the second time in their careers. Additionally, they are the first U-M pair to score All-Big Ten honors in back-to-back seasons since John Costanzo and Peter Pusztai in 1995 and 1996.
The team's season ended on May 13, as the Wolverines lost in the first round of the NCAA Championships to Maryland, 4-2, in Durham, N.C. Evan King and Shaun Bernstein won their singles matches at Nos. 1 and 3, respectively, but the Wolverines lost the doubles point and on courts 4-6 in singles. It was the first time since 2006 that Michigan did not win its first-round match.
Evan King has gone 28-8 in singles this season, with a record of 21-3 in dual matches (all at No. 1). He is also 12-5 against ranked opponents.
King joins some elite company, as only two men in program history since 1970 have had as many wins at the top spot in dual matches -- Ed Nagel (45-9 in 1987) and Michael Leach (24-7 in 1982; won NCAA singles championship).
Jung Reaches Milestones
Jason Jung is second on the team in singles wins (25 -- best total in any of his four seasons) and tied with King for doubles wins (19).
Jung is currently fourth on the all-time list for career doubles wins (88). He needs two doubles wins to tie the record of 90, currently held by former players Brian Hung (2004-07), Matko Maravic (2005-08) and Mike Sroczynski (2007-10).
Career Doubles Wins at Michigan:
T1. Brian Hung (2004-07) 90
Matko Maravic (2005-08)
Mike Sroczynski (2007-10)
4. Jason Jung (2008-Present) 88
T5. Eric Friedler (1973-76) 84
George Navas (2007-10)
7. Andrew Mazlin (2006-09) 83
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