No. 24 Michigan downs Wake Forest
Wolverines close out non-conference schedule with victory
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- No. 24 Michigan claimed the doubles point and three of the first four singles matches en route to a 4-3 victory against Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon at the Wake Forest Tennis Center. The decision marked the third consecutive road victory for the Wolverines, who closed out the non-conference portion of their season.
Michigan took the doubles point for the seventh time this year with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. U-M's top pairing of Evan King and Shaun Bernstein, ranked 14th in the latest ITA poll, won handily against the Demon Deacons' Amogh Prabhakar and Sam Wells 8-3 to improve to a team-best 7-2 in dual competition.
The Wolverines' duo of Alex Petrone and Michael Zhu clinched the doubles point from the No. 3 court, earning a 9-8 (5) win against Danny Kreyman and Alex Tsai.
King, Bernstein and Petrone also represented Michigan's singles victories at the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively.
King -- ranked 10th nationally in singles -- claimed his fourth consecutive win in decisive fashion, cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 victory against David Hopkins. King improved to 9-2 in dual-match play; he has won eight of his last nine contests.
After Wake Forest narrowed the gap with a win at the No. 4 spot, Petrone and Bernstein earned back-to-back wins in straight sets to seal the Wolverine victory. Petrone defeated Prabhakar, 6-4, 6-1, while Bernstein claimed a 7-5, 6-2 decision against Kreyman. It was Bernstein's first dual-clinching effort of the season.