Knight's Heroics Clinch Victory over Northwestern

April 16, 2017

» The doubles pairing of Alex Knight and Runhao Hua improve to 12-3 on the year.
» Michigan is 16-1 when claiming the doubles point this year.
» The Wolverines improve to 70-28-1 against Northwestern.

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Site: Ann Arbor Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: #14 Michigan 4, #21 Northwestern 3
Records: U-M (18-5), NU (18-8)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 21 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 4 p.m. CDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 14-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team claimed a 4-3 victory over No. 21 Northwestern on Sunday afternoon (April 16) at the Varsity Tennis Center. With the match tied a three-all, Alex Knight clinched the Wolverine victory with a three-set win at No. 2 singles (4-6, 6-3, 6-0).

With victories on courts one and two, Michigan claimed its 17th doubles point of the season. The duo of Knight and Runhao Hua made quick work at No. 2, taking the first doubles match, 6-2. The Wolverines hung on for a 7-5 triumph on court one with the 17th-ranked duo of Jathan Malik and Connor Johnston to claim the doubles point and improve to 16-1 when taking the matches first point.

Michigan picked up the second point of the match with a 6-1, 6-4 win by Carter Lin at No 5 singles, improving to 14-3 in singles dual-match play. Wins on courts six and one by Northwestern evened the score at two apiece, before Myles Schalet captured a victory at No. 3 (7-5, 6-4).

Northwestern evened the score at three all after a triumph on court four, leaving the deciding match point at No. 2 singles. After dropping the first set, Knight was victorious in the final two sets to claim his team-leading 17th dual-match victory while clinching U-M's 18th win of the season.

Michigan will travel to Iowa (Friday, April 21) and Nebraska (Sunday, April 23) next weekend to conclude the regular-season schedule.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- #39 Strong Kircheimer (NU) def. #69 Jathan Malik (U-M), 6-2, 7-6
No. 2 -- Alex Knight (U-M) def. #54 Konrad Zieba (NU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
No. 3 -- #92 Myles Schalet (U-M) def. Sam Shropshire (NU), 7-5, 6-4
No. 4 -- Dominik Stary (NU) def. Runhao Hua (U-M), 6-2, 7-5
No. 5 -- Carter Lin (U-M) def. Ben Vandixhorn (NU), 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 -- Jason Seidman (NU) def. Connor Johnston (U-M), 6-2, 6-2

No. 1 -- #17 Jathan Malik/Connor Johnston (U-M) def. # Konrad Zieba/Sam Shropshire (NU), 7-5
No. 2 -- Runhao Hua/Alex Knight (U-M) def. Dominik Stary/Strong Kircheimer (NU), 6-2
No. 3 -- Chris Ephron/Michael Lorenzini (NU) def. Myles Schalet/Kevin Wong (U-M), 6-3

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

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