Sept. 11, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) of the University of Michigan men's tennis team will enter his final season as the No. 4-ranked singles player in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). It marks a career-high national ranking for King, whose previous career-best national ranking was No. 6 on Jan. 3, 2012, and April 30, 2012. He is the lone Wolverine to crack into the top 5 during head coach Bruce Berque's nine-year tenure at Michigan.
Joining King in the year's first national singles poll are junior Spencer Newman (Miami, Fla./Kaplan College Preparatory), sophomore Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and sophomore Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania).
King, who finished last season with a career-best 34-7 record, 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 enters the season as the highest-ranked player in the Big Ten Conference.
Newman, a transfer from the University of Florida, is ranked 31st in the initial ITA rankings after compiling a 32-9 mark during his sophomore campaign with the Gators, including a 16-5 record in dual competition.
Petrone comes in at No. 51 in the first ITA rankings, while Stefan, a transfer from the University of Maryland, begins the year at No. 62. Petrone finished his freshman campaign with a 24-11 overall record and a 17-7 mark in dual matches. Stefan posted a 20-11 record last year for the Terps, including a 10-9 mark during the spring season.
Three U-M doubles teams represent the Wolverines in the ITA's preseason doubles rankings, including U-M's top tandem of King and junior Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK), who enter the season at No. 3 in the country. King and Bernstein went 22-13 in 2011-12, including a 14-10 mark at the No. 1 position during dual action. The newly formed tandem of Newman and Stefan enter the season ranked No. 46, while the first-year doubles pairing of Newman and Petrone rank tied for No. 55 in the nation entering the 2012-13 campaign.
U-M kicks off its fall campaign next Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21-23, when the Wolverines travel to Charlottesville, Va., to participate in the UVA Ranked +1 Invitational. The three-day event will be played at Virginia's Sheridan Snyder Tennis Center.
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