After having great individual success last week in the Tom Fallon Invitational, the Wolverines fell flat this past weekend at the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
No. 21 Senior Matko Maravic bowed out early in the second round of singles following a 6-5, 7-6(4) win against No. 117 Dmytro Petrov of Oklahoma State on Thursday morning. The Croatia native could not carry the momentum into his next match against Somdev Devvarman of Virginia.
After a tight first set, in which Maravic tested Devvarman, the No. 1 player in the nation found his groove and coasted to a straight-sets win. It was his third career victory over Maravic.
Yet Michigan assistant coach Sean Maymi felt Maravic played better than what the score indicated.
“Matko was doing a good job dictating play and controlling the points a bit,” Maymi said through the Athletic Department. “(Devvarman) was able to squeeze out that first set, and then he just relaxed and raised his game up a little.”
Looking to bounce back later that day, Maravic teamed with freshman Jason Jung, Michigan’s top recruit, in the 32-team doubles draw.
That didn’t go as planned either.
Following a memorable run to the finals last year with graduated senior Brian Hung, the All-American was hoping to have a repeat performance with Jung. But the duo suffered an 8-6 decision in the first round to Florida State’s Jean-Yves Aubone and Clint Bowles. With the score tied at 6-6, Michigan lost its serve and then the match after Florida State held serve to close out the match.
But the pair wasted no time in bouncing back.
On Friday, Maravic and Jung won their first round consolation match against No. 30 Clancy and Luke Shields of Boise State. They ended up losing in the consolation semi-finals and finished up with a combined record of 2-2 in doubles play.
Although it was their first tournament playing together, it was a very disappointing and discouraging effort for the much anticipated team of Maravic and Jung.