Wolverines Fall Short at No. 5 Ohio State
Kate Fahey

Feb. 17, 2017

What You Need to Know
» U-M dropped the doubles point for just the second time this season.
» Sophomore Kate Fahey provided Michigan's lone point on the afternoon, defeating No. 55 Anna Sanford (6-1, 6-4) at No. 2.
» The match counts as a non-conference match for the teams. U-M and OSU were not slated to play each other as part of the 11-match Big Ten season.

Site: Columbus, Ohio (OSU Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: #5 Ohio State 5, #10 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (6-2), OSU (8-1)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 19 -- vs. Baylor (Varsity Tennis Center), 11:30 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team dropped a tightly contested doubles point and the four of the first five singles matches off court, falling to No. 5-ranked Ohio State, 5-1, on Friday afternoon (Feb. 17) at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center.

Ohio State took the first doubles match off court, winning 6-1 at No. 3.

U-M's top pair of junior Alex Najarian and Kate Fahey pulled out a 6-3 win at No. 1 to even the doubles score. Tied at 3-3 and with Najarian back to serve, the Wolverine pair climbed out of a 40-0 hole and did not look back in ripping off three straight games for the win.

The No. 2 pair of sophomore Brienne Minor and junior Mira Ruder-Hook went up a break at 4-2 and held a 5-3 lead before Ohio State stormed back. The Buckeyes won three straight games en route to a 6-5 lead with the serve. Ruder-Hook and Minor fought off four match points and broke in the final game to send the match to a tiebreaker. It was all OSU in the breaker, as the Buckeyes won 7-2 to take the match's first point.

Ohio State expanded its lead to 3-0 with wins at no. 1 and No. 5.

Fahey got Michigan on the board with a 6-1, 6-4 win over No. 55 Anna Sanford at No. 2. Fahey broke on a deuce point for a 5-4 lead in the second and served out the match in the ensuing game.

Ohio State came back with wins at No. 3 and No. 6 within seconds of each other to clinch the 5-1 win.

Freshman Chiara Lommer was up a set and on serve at 3-2 in the second set of her match at No. 4 when it was abandoned.

U-M is back in action on Sunday (Feb. 19), hosting Baylor at the Varsity Tennis Center at 11:30 a.m.

Following are match-by-match results

No. 1 -- No. 1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) d. No. 27 Brienne Minor (U-M), 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 -- No. 26 Kate Fahey (U-M) d. No. 55 Anna Sanford (OSU), 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 -- No. 68 Gabriella DeSantis (OSU) d. No. 64 Alex Najarian (U-M), 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 -- Chiara Lommer (U-M) vs. Sandy Niehaus (OSU), 7-5, 3-2 abandoned
No. 5 -- No. 84 Miho Kowase (OSU) d. Mira Ruder-Hook (U-M), 6-0, 6-3
No. 6 -- Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) d. Valeria Patiuk (U-M), 6-3, 6-1

No. 1 -- No. 3 Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (U-M) d. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Anna Sanford (OSU), 6-3
No. 2 -- Gabriella De Santis/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) d. No. 40 Mira Ruder-Hook/Brienne Minor (U-M), 7-6 (2)
No. 3 -- Ferny Angeles Paz/Miho Kowase (OSU) d. Valeria Patiuk/Chiara Lommer (U-M), 6-1

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

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