Week #12: B1G Title on the Line for Wolverines

April 18, 2017

» With two matches remaining in the regular season, U-M is tied at the top of the Big Ten standings with Ohio State at 9-0. The teams do not face each other as Big Ten opponents this season, meaning there can be a tie at 11-0 for the Big Ten championship.
» U-M is 39-4 on the singles court in Big Ten action this season, with Chiara Lommer (8-0), Kate Fahey (7-0), Mira Ruder-Hook (7-0) and Alex Najarian (5-0) each unbeaten in the conference.
» Michigan will honor senior Annie Wierda prior to its match against Northwestern on Friday (April 21) as part of Senior Day.

THIS WEEK
Friday, April 21 -- vs. Northwestern (Varsity Tennis Center), 3 p.m.
Live Scoring/Live Video (*No video if playing outdoors)
Sunday, April 23 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 11 a.m. CDT
Live Scoring/Live Video

The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team (17-4, 9-0 Big Ten) looks for its seventh Big Ten championship in the last eight seasons when it wraps the regular season this weekend. First up, U-M will welcome Northwestern (12-9, 8-1 Big Ten) and honor senior Annie Wierda on Friday (April 21) at 3 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center. Michigan will conclude the weekend at Illinois (12-11, 6-3 Big Ten) on Sunday (April 23) at 11 a.m. CDT.

NCAA RULES
Each team match will be a contest for the best of seven team points. Doubles action will begin immediately with no warmup, so fans are encouraged to arrive on time for matches. In addition, each doubles match will be one set to six, with a tiebreaker occurring at 6-all. The team that wins two-of-three matches will secure the doubles point. Following a five-minute intermission, singles action will begin with each match worth one point towards the team score. There will be no-ad scoring in both singles and doubles action. In addition, there is to be no noise made between first and second serves this season as part of new ITA sportsmanship guidelines.

WEATHER POLICY
Matches shall be played outdoors unless the projected weather forecast, for a minimum of two hours out of a four-hour time period from the start of the match, according to www.weather.com is: a high of less than 50 degrees or sustained winds (not including wind gusts) of more than 20 miles per hour.

• U-M remained in the top 10 of the ITA rankings this week, moving back to No. 10 after home wins over Iowa and Nebraska. Michigan has been in the top 10 since Feb. 15.

• Michigan sits in a tie with Ohio State at the top of the Big Ten standings at 9-0. U-M and OSU will not square off as conference opponents this season, meaning that the teams could tie for the Big Ten championship at 11-0.

• U-M had its streak of Big Ten championships snapped last year at six when Northwestern knocked off Michigan during the final weekend of play. With a sweep this weekend, U-M can wrap up its seventh Big Ten championship in the last eight seasons.

• The Maize and Blue has seven Big Ten championships in school history, with six coming under 10th-year head coach Ronni Bernstein, who is third all-time amongst Big Ten coaches with six titles. U-M is 99-5 in conference play under Bernstein and can reach the 100-win plateau this weekend.

• Michigan will honor senior Annie Wierda prior to its match against Northwestern. Wierda has spent three years at Michigan (2013-14, 2014-15 and 2016-17) and is U-M's captain this season. She is 2-2 on the singles court this season with a 2-1 mark in Big Ten action.

• Freshman Chiara Lommer went 2-0 last week, bringing her singles winning streak to nine straight matches, the longest current streak by a Wolverine. The lefty is 8-0 in Big Ten action and is now 22-6 on the season.

• Michigan has four players in the 20-win club on the singles side, led by Kate Fahey's 27-6 overall record. Brienne Minor and Alex Najarian have each won 23 matches, with Chiara Lommer rounding out the group with 22 victories. Mira Ruder-Hook is poised to join the 20-win club, sitting on 18 wins entering the weekend.

• In Big Ten action, sophomore Kate Fahey holds a 16-0 career record in singles play. Junior Alex Najarian is 24-1 in conference over her three seasons to pace U-M on the singles court.

• As a team, U-M is 39-4 in singles action in conference action. Chiara Lommer leads the way at 8-0, with Kate Fahey and Mira Ruder-Hook each holding a 7-0 record. Alex Najarian is 5-0 in the Big Ten to round out U-M's undefeated players.

• In the newest ITA rankings (April 18), junior Alex Najarian and sophomore Kate Fahey came in as the No. 9-ranked doubles team. Najarian and Fahey are 24-3 overall, with a 12-2 mark at No. 1 during dual matches. The two were ranked as the nation's No. 1 doubles team earlier this season. Brienne Minor and Mira Ruder-Hook are ranked No. 58 this week.

• On the singles side, Michigan's sophomore class of Brienne Minor (No. 24) and Kate Fahey (No. 25) are the lone singles players ranked this week.

• The top of Michigan's singles lineup is getting it done, going 31-6 at the top two spots. Kate Fahey is 9-1 at No. 1 and 6-1 No. 2, with Brienne Minor holding a 6-2 mark at No. 1 and a 10-2 record at No. 2.

• Michigan has won the doubles point in 13 matches this season, going 11-2 when winning the first point of the match. U-M is now 6-2 when failing to secure the doubles point after Iowa, 4-3, on Saturday (April 15). U-M is 4-0 in Big Ten action without the doubles point.

• Northwestern (12-9, 8-1 Big Ten) is coming off a 7-0 loss to Ohio State, its first loss of the Big Ten season. NU has three ranked doubles teams in No. 13 Maddie Lipp and Alex Chatt, No. 50 Brooke Rischbieth and Erin Larner, along with No. 63 Lipp and Rheeya Doshi. U-M fell to Northwestern last year in the regular season but bounced back for a 4-0 win over the Wildcats in the Big Ten Tournament.

• Illinois (12-11, 6-3 Big Ten) will play at Michigan State on Friday (April 21) before hosting Michigan on Sunday (April 23). U-M has won 14 straight against the Illini.

UP NEXT
Fri-Sun., April 28-30 -- at Big Ten Tournament (Champaign, Ill.)

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