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Michigan Men Advance to Sweet Sixteen with 4-2 Win Over Texas Tech
by Colette Lewis
, 15 May 2008
The yin and yang of Michigan's springtime weather was on full display last weekend in Ann Arbor, where the 16th ranked Wolverines hosted Western Michigan, Harvard and Texas Tech for the first two rounds of NCAA Division I team championship competition. The home team took found the silver lining in the rain clouds however, defeating Texas Tech 4-2 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1988.
Saturday's perfect conditions - clear skies, light breezes and temperatures in the mid-60s - saw Michigan advancing to the regional final with a 4-1 victory over MAC champion Western Michigan, while Texas Tech, ranked 17th in the country, battled past Ivy League champion Harvard 4-2 to reach the second round.
Sunday dawned cold and wet, and stayed that way, assuring the afternoon's action would take place indoors at Michigan's Varsity Tennis Center. The Wolverines, who play the majority of their dual matches indoors, had an even greater home court advantage than usual under those circumstances, and in the doubles, immediately put it to use.
The crowd of 500 provided thunderous support from the opening points, with the No. 2 doubles team of Mike Sroczynski and Jason Jung giving them plenty to cheer about. In very short order, the sophomore from New Jersey and the freshman from California finished off Tech's Milos Kustudija and Sinisa Markovic 8-1. Michigan was also up a break at No. 1 doubles, but it was their No. 3 team of George Navas and Chris Madden, another sophomore/freshman combination, who succeeded in ending the doubles competition with a one-break, 8-5 win over Lenoir Ramos and Ilya Babinciuc of Texas Tech.
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