Jason Jung (left) and Evan King
May 25, 2010
Junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) of the University of Michigan men's track and field team have qualified for the NCAA Individual Championships, beginning on Wednesday (May 26) at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex 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.
In singles, Jung will take on No. 11 Michael Shabaz (Virginia) in the first round at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday (May 26). In doubles, Jung and King face Raony Carvalho and Rafael Garcia of Texas Tech. Times for all doubles matches have not been announced.
The No. 26-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team wrapped up its season on May 16 in the second round of the NCAA Championships, losing to No. 4 Ohio State, 4-1, in the Columbus, Ohio. Michigan defeated No. 36 Denver a day earlier (Saturday, May 15), 4-0, to advance to the second round. It was Michigan's fifth straight NCAA Championships appearance under head coach Bruce Berque. The Wolverines finished the season with a 14-11 record and a third-place finish in the Big Ten Conference (8-2 in conference dual matches).
U-M History at NCAA Individual Championships
Jung and King are the first pair of Michigan teammates to qualify for the national event since Matko Maravic and Brian Hung in 2007. In the 117 years of Michigan men's tennis, 21 have been named ITA All-Americans (last: Hung and Maravic in 2007) and two NCAA singles champions -- Barry Mackay in 1957 and Michael Leach in 1982. The Wolverines have never claimed an NCAA doubles crown.
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), Jason 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 21-15 in singles play (11-10 in dual matches; 6-3 in Big Ten) and 23-14 in doubles play (14-7 in dual matches; 7-2 in Big Ten).
Evan King is tied with Jung for second in overall singles wins with 21 (21-13 overall; 14-9 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 10-6 at No. 1 and 4-1 at No. 2.
The Wolverines were masterful in doubles this season, winning the point at a clip of .667 (16-of-24) in dual matches. Michigan was 12-4 this season when it won the doubles point and 2-7 when it did not. Jung joins seniors George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) and Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep) with 23 doubles wins each on the season. As a team, the Wolverines were 60-51 (.540) in doubles play.
Junior Jason Jung (West Torrance, Calif./West Torrance)
Midwest Region winner of the ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Leadership & Sportsmanship Award (2010)
2010 All-Big Ten
National Semifinalist for the ITA Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award (2010)
Two-time nominee Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2009-10)
Two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2009-10)
Three-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient (2008-10)
2008 Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional doubles champion (with Mike Sroczynski)
2007 Big Ten singles champion
Big Ten Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week (Jan. 12, 2010)
Voted team's Most Improved Player
Freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan)
2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
2010 ITA/Midwest Region Rookie of the Year
U-M Athletic Academic Achievement
Played in numerous international junior tournaments prior to coming to Michigan
Highest-rated recruit to ever come to the University of Michigan
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Michael Shabaz (No. 11, University of Virginia) -- Junior Michael Shabaz has played at No. 1 singles for the nation's top-ranked team in all but four matches and enters the NCAA Championships ranked No. 11 in the nation in singles. He is 31-9 on the season in singles play. It is his second appearance at the NCAA Championships, though the first time he is a seeded player. Shabaz was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection for the second straight year.
Raony Carvalho/Rafael Garcia (Texas Tech) -- Carvalho and Garcia are the 17th-ranked duo in the country with a 16-10 overall record and a 12-9 mark in duals this year. They have played at No. 1 doubles in all but one match, though they are 4-6 in their last 10 matches.
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 ]
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 96-61, 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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