Since Michigan's glorious 7-0 rout of the false god whose name I would prefer not to mention, Michigan Men's Tennis has won three out of their past four Big Ten matches, including two road games. On March 23, 2012, Michigan at Wisconsin lost the doubles point, but won 5 out of 6 singles matches to win, 5-2. It was a truly glorious day for Michigan singles that day. Three out of five victories were decided in straight sets for King, Bernstein, and Zhu (1,2,4 courts). Only 6 court Alex Buzzi lost his match in gritty manball grrrrrrrrrrr fashion, 6-0, 3-6, 7-5.
Sadly, Michigan will not keep the Little Brown Jug in Ann Arbor this year, as Michigan's March 25, 2012 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Golden Gophers forced Michigan to give up this prized rivalry trophy. Once again the doubles point was lost, and Petrone and Zhu lost in straight sets. Still, to get 3 points in the second road match in 3 days shows composure and mental focus on the part of Michigan to perform as well as they did.
Back at VTC on March 31, 2012, Michigan beat the Boilermakers 5-2. Michigan's Bernstein, battling a shoulder injury, participated as King's doubles partner on 1 court but did not compete in singles. Bernstein served all underhanded in doubles, causing the ball to die in the opponent's service box multiple times. With Bernstein out of the singles lineup, all Wolverines below King moved up a court. Petrone performed admirably on 2 court for Michigan, winning 6-2, 7-5. Zhu also won in straight sets on 3 court, 7-5, 6-3. Backup Brown lost on 6 court, committing frequent unforced errors and giving off a DOOM aura in the general vicinity. He is not ready to start, but Buzzi was needed on 5 court. One more injury and Michigan will lose its edge in singles competition.
Barrett Franks lost in three sets on 4 court. On the one hand, everyone played up a court and he made it to three sets. Regardless, Franks needs to move his feet better and get set to the look of the ball as it approaches him. In tennis, the movement of the feet and the ease of the stroke by which the player contacts the ball with the sweet spot is paramount. Without nimble footwork it is difficult if not impossible to get good shots on the ball without straining.
Today, April 1, 2012, Michigan defeated Indiana at the VTC. Full recap from MGoBlue is not yet available yet, but results are up. Chart? Chart:
|Player and Court||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3|
|Evan King 1||6—1||6—1|
|Shaun Bernstein 2||1—6||1—6|
|Alex Petrone 3||6—2||6—0|
|Michael Zhu 4||6—2||4—6||1—0 (8)|
|Barrett Franks 5||1—6||1—4|
|Alex Buzzi 6||6—2||7—5|
At present, Men's 1 court King is rated #10 in the country. Women's 1 court Emina Betkas is rated #10 in the country as well. Congratulations to Michigan's fine 1 courts!