Site: Ann Arbor Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: Illinois 4, #14 Michigan 2
Records: U-M (17-5, 6-2 B1G), ILL (13-9, 6-2 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 16 -- vs. Northwestern (Varsity Tennis Center), 2:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 14-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team took the doubles point but was unable to claim singles play in a 4-2 loss to Illinois on Saturday afternoon (March 15) at the Varsity Tennis Center.
The Wolverines picked up their 16th doubles point of the season, claiming victories on courts one and two. The 17th-ranked duo of Jathan Malik and Connor Johnston took down the No. 30-ranked combination of Aron Hiltzek and Aleks Vukic at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, earning the first doubles win of the match. Alex Knight and Runhao Hua clinched the doubles point on court two with a 6-2 triumph while pushing their season record to 11-3.
In singles play, Illinois got on the board to even the score with a 6-2, 6-2 victory on court one. Carter Lin regained a short-lived lead for the Maize and Blue with a 6-2, 6-3 win on court six, however, a win for the visitors at No. 5 evened the score at two apiece.
With victories on courts four and two, Illinois handed Michigan just its fifth loss of the season and second at the Varsity Tennis Center.
The Maize and Blue will conclude the home schedule tomorrow (April 16), hosting Northwestern at 2:30 p.m. The three seniors will be honored prior to the match.
Following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- #6 Aleks Vukic (ILL) def. #69 Jathan Malik (U-M), 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 -- Alex Knight (U-M) vs. #31 Aron Hiltzik (ILL), 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
No. 3 -- #92 Myles Schalet (U-M) vs. Gui Gomes (ILL), 7-6 (6), 3-6, 5-5 (abandoned)
No. 4 -- Aleks Kovacevic (ILL) def. Runhao Hua (U-M), 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3
No. 5 -- Noe Khlif (ILL) def. Kevin Wong U-M), 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 -- Carter Lin (U-M) def. Zeke Clark (ILL), 6-2, 6-3
No. 1 -- #17 Jathan Malik/Connor Johnston (U-M) def. #30 Aron Hiltzek/Aleks Vukic (ILL), 6-1
No. 2 -- Runhao Hua/Alex Knight (U-M) def. Aleks Kovacevic/Alex Jesse (ILL), 6-2
No. 3 -- Myles Schalet/Kevin Wong (U-M) def. Gui Gomes/Zeke Clark (ILL), 5-3 (abandoned)
Order of Completion: Doubles 1-2, Singles 1-6-5-4-2
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