Wolverines Shut Out Nebraska

April 16, 2017

» Michigan picked up its first 7-0 shutout since Feb. 19, a 7-0 win over Baylor at the Varsity Tennis Center.
» With the win, U-M remained unbeaten at home (10-0) and in Big Ten play (9-0).
» Kate Fahey (7-0), Alex Najarian (5-0), Chiara Lommer (8-0) and Mira Ruder-Hook (7-0) each picked up singles wins to remain perfect in Big Ten action.

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: #9 Michigan 7, Nebraska 0
Records: U-M (17-4, 9-0 Big Ten), NEB (18-7, 5-6 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 21 -- vs. Northwestern (Varsity Tennis Center), 3 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 9-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team was perfect on the day, winning the doubles point and sweeping the singles matches in a 7-0 win over Nebraska on Sunday afternoon (April 16) at the Varsity Tennis Center.

The Maize and Blue took the doubles point with a pair of 6-3 wins at No. 2 and No. 1.

U-M's No. 2 pair of freshman Chiara Lommer and sophomore Brienne Minor was first off court, winning 6-3. The duo went up a break at 3-1, but Nebraska answered back with a break to put the match back on serve. Lommer and Minor took a 5-3 lead, coming through on a deuce point to break Nebraska. Minor went back to serve and recovered from a 30-0 hole to win the deciding game.

It was much of the same at No. 1 as junior Alex Najarian and sophomore Kate Fahey went up an early break, but the match saw four consecutive breaks before settling on a 3-3 tie. The U-M pair went up a break again at 5-3, allowing Fahey to serve out the match in next game to seal the doubles point.

Michigan took control early in singles as each Wolverine was up a break after three games on all six courts.

Fahey was the first off court for the Wolverines, winning 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 to remain perfect in Big Ten action this season.

Lommer quickly followed, dropping just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 4. Lommer won the first 10 games of the match before dropping one. She held serve in the next game and won on a double fault on deuce point in the final game.

Najarian provided the clinching point, easing to a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 3. Najarian took early breaks in each set en route to the win. In the final game, Najarian aced all four points to put U-M's fourth point up.

Junior Mira Ruder-Hook was the fifth point on the day, winning 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5. Ruder-Hook jumped out to the early lead in the first set, before her opponent tied it at 3-3. The Wolverine lost just one game the rest of the way in the straight-set win.

Minor bounced back from a loss yesterday (Saturday, April 15) to put up a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win at No. 2. Minor came through with an ace to go up 4-2 in the second-set tiebreaker and never looked back to take the match in two.

Freshman Valeria Patiuk kept Nebraska off the board with a 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (5) win at the No. 6 position. Patiuk won the first three points of the 10-point tiebreaker and never looked back, winning 10-5.

The Wolverines conclude the home portion of their regular season on Friday (April 21), hosting Northwestern at 3 p.m. Senior Annie Wierda will be honored prior to the match as part of senior day.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 28 Kate Fahey (U-M) d. Claire Reifeis (Neb), 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 -- No. 24 Brienne Minor (U-M) d. Mary Hanna (Neb), 6-2, 7-6 (4)
No. 3 -- Alex Najarian (U-M) d. Lisa Andersson (Neb), 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 -- Chiara Lommer (U-M) d. Jeannie Lozowski (Neb), 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 -- Mira Ruder-Hook (U-M) d. M'Balia Bangoura (Neb), 6-3, 6-1
No. 6 --. Valeria Patiuk (U-M) d. Hayle Haakenstad (Neb), 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (5)

No. 1 -- No. 7 Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (U-M) d. Mary Hanna/Paula Del Cueto Castillo (Neb), 6-3
No. 2 -- Chiara Lommer/Brienne Minor (U-M) d. Claire Reifeis/Hayley Haakenstad (Neb), 6-4
No. 3 --. Annie Wierda/Mira Ruder-Hook (U-M) vs. Vasanti Shinde/M'Balia Bangoura (Neb), 3-4 abandoned

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

Communications Contact: Sarah VanMetre