May 8, 2009

Courtesy: mgoblue.com

The No. 35-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team earned a 4-1 victory over No. 29 Notre Dame on Friday (May 8) in the opening round of the 2009 NCAA Championship at the Ohio State University Indoor Tennis Center. The Wolverines claimed their 17th doubles point of the season and won three of the first four completed singles matches to avenge their 5-2 loss to the Fighting Irish earlier in the campaign on March 4 and secure their third straight trip to the second round of the national tournament. U-M has now been victorious in eight of its last 10 outings.

Senior Peter Aarts and junior Mike Sroczynski got the Maize and Blue off to a fast start with a dominating 8-3 triumph over David Anderson and Daniel Stahl, marking the U-M pair's sixth win in nine tries at the No. 3 spot. Senior Andrew Mazlin and sophomore Chris Madden gave Michigan a 1-0 lead moments later with an 8-4 victory over Stephen Havens and Casey Watt at No. 2. Mazlin and Madden have now won five straight and hold a team-best 14-3 record in dual-match play.

U-M's No. 53-ranked duo of junior George Navas and sophomore Jason Jung was serving for the match at 7-6 against Notre Dame's No. 30-ranked tandem of Tyler Davis and Brett Helgeson when the doubles point was decided.

Competing in his first career NCAA match, sophomore/freshman Drew Daniel gave the Wolverines a 2-0 advantage with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Davis at No. 6 singles. Daniel carries a 27-14 overall record, including a team-best 19-7 mark in dual-match action.

The Irish got on the team scoreboard with a straight-set victory at No. 1, but Madden countered with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 triumph at No. 4 to bring Michigan within one win of advancing. With the three remaining matches all in third sets, Mazlin stepped up and completed a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 comeback victory over Havens at No. 2 to send Michigan to the round of 32.

Navas was on his way to completing a monster comeback win at No. 5 when the overall match was clinched. He fell behind 6-0, 5-2 but withstood two match points and eventually won the second set, 7-5, before jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the third set.

The Wolverines will meet No. 3-ranked Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA Championship tomorrow (Saturday, May 9) at noon at the Stickney Tennis Center. The host Buckeyes claimed a 4-0 win over Xavier in first-round action this afternoon.