By Alex Steinhoff, Daily Sports Writer
Published April 22, 2012
3 singles to Russell Bader in straight sets, allowing Penn State to tie the dual at one. But the Wolverines didn’t let the Nittany Lions get anything else, as Michigan claimed each of the bottom three singles matches in straight sets to clinch the dual.
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King and Petrone also won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, for the Wolverines to push the match score to 6-1. Petrone dropped the first set, but rallied to win 12 of next 13 games to win the match. King defeated Jason Lee, 6-4, 6-2, to extend his match win streak to 14.
“Our goal for most of the year was to get the opportunity to play for a championship,” Berque said. “After beating Penn State (Friday), we changed our goal to win the Big Ten championship (Sunday), but we knew it was going to be tough. Now our goal is to get healthy and to play a little better if possible before we play the Big Ten tournament next week.”
With the 1-1 weekend, Michigan will cruise into the Big Ten Tournament this weekend with a chance to avenge its loss to Ohio State.
“I’m expecting to see our best tennis of the year this postseason,” Berque said. “The only thing stopping us is our health, but I’m really hoping that will happen soon.
“I think everyone can get to full strength, and if we do that with everything we’ve learned and the way we’ve improved, I think we can have a great and special postseason.”