Wolverines Drop Heartbreaker to Stanford in NCAA Round of 16
Kate Fahey

May 19, 2017

» Michigan dropped the doubles point and fell in a 3-0 hole before Kate Fahey got U-M on the board with a three-set win at No. 1.
» U-M was in third sets in two of the remaining courts and in a second-set tiebreaker on the other. Stanford came through with a 6-4 win in the third set at No. 5 to seal the win.
» Michigan completes the season with a 23-6 record, its eighth consecutive 20-win season. Michigan's 23 wins is the fourth most in school history.

Site: Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Event: NCAA Tournament (Third Round)
Score: #7 Stanford 4, #10 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (23-6), Stanford (24-2)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, May 24 -- at NCAA Individual Championships (Athens, Ga.), TBA

ATHENS, Ga. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team cut the Stanford lead to 3-1 but could not complete the comeback, falling to No. 7 seed Stanford, 4-1, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday morning (May 19) at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

"I'm proud of the team," head coach Ronni Bernstein said. "We played a really poor doubles point and just weren't ready to go at the start of the match, but we really stepped up in singles to give us a chance in that match. I feel like we fought hard and put ourselves in position to win, but we came up short."

Stanford took the early 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point with a 6-0 win at No. 3 and a 6-1 win at No. 1. U-M was on serve at 3-2 at No. 2 when the match was abandoned.

Michigan did not let the doubles point impact its start in singles, with sophomore Kate Fahey, junior Mira Ruder-Hook and junior Alex Najarian each holding a 4-2 lead to start their first sets.

Fahey and Ruder-Hook each took first sets for the Maize and Blue, with Stanford claiming wins at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6. Freshman Chiara Lommer eventually won her first set at No. 4, breaking late for a 6-5 lead and serving out the set in the next game.

The Cardinal came away with a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 6 to extend its lead to 2-0.

It appeared that Stanford was on its way to a 3-0 lead, with sophomore Brienne Minor facing a 5-2 deficit in the second set at No. 2 after dropping the first. Minor responded by ripping off five straight games and fought off a match point on a deuce point at 5-4 to send her match to a third set.

Najarian won a 6-1 second set and headed to a third. She fell in a 3-1 hole before winning the next two games to tie it up at 3-3. She was broken in her next service game on a deuce point and Stanford won the next two games for a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 victory to push the Cardinal's lead to 3-0.

Michigan got a point on the board courtesy of Fahey. The sophomore won her 13th straight match, winning 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 at the top spot. In the final set, the two players exchanged breaks to start before Fahey found her footing by winning the final four games.

At the same time, Minor entered her third set at No. 2 and Lommer was in her second set. Minor fell behind 4-1 but chipped away at the lead, closing to 4-3. Lommer entered a tiebreaker and jumped out to a 3-1 lead.

Neither match finished as Stanford put the finishing touches on a 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 5. Ruder-Hook broke for a 3-1 lead in the final set but Stanford answered to get back on serve at 3-3. With the set tied at 4-4, Ruder-Hook was broken on a deuce point and the Cardinal served out the match in the ensuing game.

Michigan ends its season with a 23-6 record, the fourth-most wins in school history.

Michigan will send Fahey, Minor and Najarian to the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships. The individual tournaments begin on Wednesday (May 24).

Following are match-by-match results:

Doubles
No. 1 -- #39 Emily Arbuthnott/Taylor Davidson (Stanford) def. #9 Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (U-M), 6-1
No. 2 -- Chiara Lommer/Brienne Minor (U-M) vs. #46 Caroline Doyle/Melissa Lord (Stanford), 3-2, abandoned
No. 3 -- Emma Higuchi/Caroline Lampl (Stanford) def. Mira Ruder-Hook/Valeria Patiuk (U-M), 6-0

Singles
No. 1 -- #26 Kate Fahey (U-M) def. #38 Caroline Doyle (Stanford), 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
No. 2 -- #28 Melissa Lord (Stanford) vs. #24 Brienne Minor (U-M), 6-4, 5-7, 4-3, uf
No. 3 -- #54 Taylor Davidson (Stanford) def. Alex Najarian (U-M), 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
No. 4 -- Chiara Lommer (U-M) vs. #90 Caroline Lampl (STANFORD), 7-5, 6-6, uf
No. 5 -- Emily Arbuthnott (Stanford) def. Mira Ruder-Hook (U-M), 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
No. 6 -- #71 Emma Higuchi (Stanford) def. Valeria Patiuk (U-M), 6-0, 6-2

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

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