Singles Play Sends U-M Past Purdue
Kate Fahey

March 26, 2017

» Michigan dropped the doubles point before rallying for the victory, the third win for U-M this season without the match's first point.
» Mira Ruder-Hook clinched the win for Michigan with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win at No. 4.
» Kate Fahey, Brienne Minor and Chiara Lommer each picked up straight-set wins in singles action as well, while Alex Najarian won a three-set match at No. 3 to complete the scoring.

Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Basham Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center)
Score: #10 Michigan 5, Purdue 2
Records: U-M (11-3, 3-0 Big Ten), PUR (5-10, 0-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 31 -- vs. Wisconsin (Varsity Tennis Center), 3 p.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team dropped the doubles point but won five of six singles matches to knock off Purdue, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon (March 26) at the Basham Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center.

Purdue took the early lead, winning the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3. U-M's No. 2 duo of sophomore Brienne Minor and junior Mira Ruder-Hook broke a 3-3 tie by winning the final three games in a 6-3 win as the first team off court.

The Boilers took the next two matches off court, winning 7-5 at both No. 1 and No. 3 for the first point.

Sophomore Kate Fahey evened the score with a quick 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 2.

The tie was short-lived as Purdue answered with a straight-set win at No. 6 for a 2-1 lead.

The Wolverines answered with two straight wins by freshman Chiara Lommer at No. 5 and Minor at No. 1. Lommer raced out to an early lead in the first set before taking advantage of a late break in the second for a 6-2, 6-4 win.

Minor breezed to a 6-1 win in the first set and jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second before hanging on for a 7-5 second-set win for U-M's third point.

Ruder-Hook put Michigan's fourth point on the board, taking a 7-6, 6-3 win at No. 4. The junior recovered from an early break in the first set to tie it at 5-5 before winning in a breaker. Ruder-Hook opened with a 4-2 lead in the second set and won two of the final three games to clinch the match for the Maize and Blue.

With the team match in hand, junior Alex Najarian came through with a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 win at No. 3 to provide the final 5-2 margin. Najarian was down 5-4 in the first set but ripped off three straight games to take the set. After dropping the second, Najarian pulled out another 7-5 decision in the final set to take the win.

Michigan is back in home action next weekend, first hosting Wisconsin on Friday (March 31) at 3 p.m.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 31 Brienne Minor (U-M) d. Alex Sabe (PU), 6-1, 7-5
No. 2 -- No. 18 Kate Fahey (U-M) d. Andjela Djokovic (PU), 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 -- Alex Najarian (U-M) d. Rafaella Baquerizo (PU), 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
No. 4 -- Mira Ruder-Hook (U-M) d. Deborah Suarez (PU), 7-6 (4), 6-4
No. 5 -- No. 106 Chiara Lommer (U-M) d. Marta Ruedas (PU), 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 -- Caitlin Calkins (PU) d. Annie Wierda (U-M), 6-4, 6-0

No. 1 -- Rafaella Baquerizo/Andjela Djokovic (PU) d. No. 2 Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (U-M), 7-5
No. 2 -- No. 43 Mira Ruder-Hook/Brienne Minor (U-M) d. Marta Ruedas/Deborah Suarez (PU), 6-3
No. 3 -- Caitlin Calkins/Alex Sabe (PU) d. Kara Hall/Chiara Lommer (U-M), 7-5

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

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