Lin Sends U-M Past No. 15 Kentucky

Feb. 18, 2017

What You Need to Know
» Carter Lin clinched the match for Michigan, rallying from a first-set loss for a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4) win at No. 6 to put U-M's fourth point on the board. Lin took a 3-2 lead in the breaker and never looked back.
» U-M won the doubles point behind victories at No. 1 from Jathan Malik and Connor Johnston and at No. 3 from Myles Schalet and Kevin Wong.
» Michigan has won 18 straight matches at the Varsity Tennis Center.

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: #18 Michigan 4, #15 Kentucky 3
Records: U-M (6-1), UK (8-4)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 26 -- at Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), 1:30 p.m. PST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Carter Lin came away with a 7-4 in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 6 to clinch the No. 18-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team's 4-3 win over No. 15-ranked Kentucky on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 18) at the Varsity Tennis Center.

Michigan took the doubles point with convincing wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Senior Jathan Malik and freshman Connor Johnston went up a break at 4-2 and increased their lead to 5-2 on a service hold from Johnston. In the next game, UK double faulted on a deuce point to give U-M a 6-2 win.

Moments later, U-M wrapped up the first point behind a 6-2 win at No. 3 from senior Kevin Wong and sophomore Myles Schalet. The pair went up a break a 2-1 and never looked back, clinching the doubles point for the Maize and Blue.

Kentucky won the first two singles matches off court, taking a 2-1 lead.

Schalet quickly changed that, winning 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 to tie the team match at 2-2. Schalet recovered from an early break in the first set to take control of his match, knocking off No. 17-ranked Ryotaro Matsumura.

Attention shifted to courts No. 1 and No. 5, where Malik was in a third set at the top spot and junior Alex Knight was mounting a second-set comeback at No. 5.

Knight put the third Wolverine point on the board, winning 6-3, 7-5 at No. 5. Knight was down a break at 5-3 in the second before ripping off four straight games for the win.

Malik and William Bushamuka exchanged breaks in the third set but Bushamuka broke late and served out the match in the ensuing game to knot the team score at 3-3.

Lin had just started a third set at No. 6 and fell in an early 3-1 hole in the only match left on court. The Wolverine junior broke back and tied the match at 3-3. From there, both players stayed on serve to send the final set to a tiebreaker. Lin broke a 2-2 tie and never looked back, clinching the match for the Wolverines with a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4) win.

The Wolverines are at Cal Poly next Sunday (Feb. 26) to start their annual spring break trip. The match is slated for 1:30 p.m. PST.

Following are match-by-match results

No. 1 -- No. 33 William Bushamuka (UK) d. Jathan Malik (U-M), 6-0, 3-6, 7-5
No. 2 -- Myles Schalet (U-M) d. No. 17 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK), 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 -- Beck Pennington (UK) d. No. 83 Kevin Wong (U-M), 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 -- Nils Ellefsen (UK) d. Runhao Hua (U-M), 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 -- Alex Knight (U-M) d. Trey Yates (UK), 6-3, 7-5
No. 6 -- Carter Lin (U-M) d. Enzo Wallart (UK), 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4)

No. 1 -- Jathan Malik/Connor Johnston (U-M) d. Beck Pennington/Enzo Wallart (UK), 6-2
No. 2 -- Alex Knight/Runhao Hua (U-M) vs. William Bushamuka/Nils Ellefsen (UK), 4-4 abandoned
No. 3 -- Myles Schalet/Kevin Wong (U-M) d. Trey Yates/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK), 6-2

Order of Completion: Doubles 1-3, Singles 3-4-2-5-1-6

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