April 30, 2017
» Michigan dropped the doubles point and could not rally in singles as Ohio State won the first three matches off court in the win.
» U-M was making its 13th straight appearance in the Big Ten Tournament championship match.
» It is the third straight season that Michigan and Ohio State met in the championship match.
» Michigan will await selection to the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday (May 2). The NCAA selection show will be on NCAA.com at 5:30 p.m.
Site: Champaign, Ill. (Atkins Tennis Center)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Championship)
Score: #4 Ohio State 4, #10 Michigan 0
Records: U-M (21-5), OSU (28-2)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, May 2 -- NCAA Selection Show (NCAA.com), 5:30 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team fell to No. 4 Ohio State, 4-0, in the championship match of the Big Ten Tournament on Sunday afternoon (April 30) at the Atkins Tennis Center.
Ohio State grabbed the early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles points behind victories at No. 2 and No. 3.
Michigan and Ohio State kept exchanging breaks at No. 1, essentially keeping the match on serve. U-M's No. 2 pair of sophomore Brienne Minor and freshman Chiara Lommer had a break point on a deuce point at 4-3 to get back on serve, but Ohio State won the point for a 5-3 lead. OSU won the next game to take the first match off court, 6-3.
The No. 3 duo of from freshman Valeria Patiuk and junior Mira Ruder-Hook was down 3-0 before winning two straight games to climb back in at 3-2. It was all Ohio State from there as the Buckeyes won the final three games to wrap up the doubles point with a 6-3 win.
OSU won all six first sets in singles action as sophomore Kate Fahey went game for game with No. 1-ranked Francesca Di Lorenzo before dropping the last game in a 7-5 loss.
Ohio State extended its lead to 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 6.
The Buckeyes picked up their third point of the afternoon behind a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4.
Minor won her second set, 6-1, to force a third set at No. 2. Ruder-Hook also came back from a 6-3 first-set loss to win 6-4 in the second to stay on court.
Ohio State got its fourth point behind a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 3. Lommer fought off one match point but dropped the deuce point when her forehand was called wide.
U-M will await its selection to the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday (May 2) at 5:30 p.m.
Following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- No. 25 Kate Fahey (U-M) vs. No. 1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU), 5-7, 0-3 abandoned
No. 2 -- No. 24 Brienne Minor (U-M) vs. No. 60 Anna Sanford (OSU), 5-7, 6-1, 1-2 abandoned
No. 3 -- No. 94 Gabriella De Santis (OSU) d. Chiara Lommer (U-M), 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 -- Miho Kowase (OSU) d. Alex Najarian (U-M), 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 -- Mira Ruder-Hook (U-M) vs. No. 102 Sandy Niehaus (OSU), 3-6, 6-4 abandoned
No. 6 -- No. 117 Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) d. Valeria Patiuk (U-M), 6-0, 6-1
No. 1 -- No. 9 Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (U-M) vs. No. 19 Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase (OSU), 4-5 abandoned
No. 2 -- Anna Sanford/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) d. Chiara Lommer/Brienne Minor (U-M), 6-3
No. 3 -- Gabriella De Santis/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) d. Valeria Patiuk/Mira Ruder-Hook (U-M), 6-2
Order of Completion: Doubles 2-3, Singles 6-4-3
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