Week #13: Big Ten Tournament On Tap for U-M

April 25, 2017

» Michigan tied with Ohio State for the 2017 Big Ten championship and enters the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 2 seed.
» The Wolverines have made 12 straight appearances in the Big Ten Tournament championship match.
» U-M's most-recent tournament title came in 2015 after a 4-0 win over Ohio State in the final match.
» The championship match will air live on the Big Ten Network on Sunday (April 30) at 1 p.m.

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THIS WEEK
Big Ten Tournament (Champaign, Ill.)
Friday, April 28 -- vs. Indiana, 2 p.m. CDT
Saturday, April 29 -- Semifinals, 2 p.m. CDT
Sunday, April 30 -- Championship, Noon CDT
TV: Big Ten Network | BTN2Go

The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team (19-4) earned the No. 2 seed for the Big Ten Tournament after tying for the regular-season conference championship with Ohio State behind an 11-0 conference record. U-M will face the winner of Indiana/Iowa in the quarterfinals on Friday (April 28) at 2 p.m. CDT. The tournament is being held at the University of Illinois.

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. Matches in progress when the team match is clinched will be abandoned in postseason play. 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, staying at No. 10 after weekend wins over Northwestern and Illinois. Michigan has been in the top 10 since Feb. 15.

• Michigan secured its seventh Big Ten championship in the last eight years by sweeping its final weekend of the regular season. U-M tied Ohio State with an 11-0 record in the Big Ten and is now the No. 2 seed for the Big Ten Tournament. The Maize and Blue now has eight Big Ten titles in school history (1997, 2010-15, 2017).

• U-M enters the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 2 seed and will face the winner of Indiana/Iowa in quarterfinal action on Friday (April 28) at 2 p.m. CDT. U-M picked up a 4-0 win at Indiana on March 25 and beat Iowa, 4-3, on April 15.

• The Wolverines have reached 12 straight championship matches at the Big Ten Tournament, dating back to the 2004-05 season. Michigan's last tournament title came in 2015 after a 4-0 win over Ohio State.

• With an 11-0 mark this season, head coach Ronni Bernstein moved her Big Ten record to 101-5 in 10 seasons. She is third all-time amongst Big Ten coaches with seven titles. U-M has never lost more than one Big Ten match in a season under Bernstein and has five perfect conference seasons on her watch.

• Michigan got it done on the singles court during Big Ten action, going 45-6 as a team. U-M was led by a trio of perfect Wolverines in Chiara Lommer (10-0), Kate Fahey (9-0) and Alex Najarian (6-0).

• Freshman Chiara Lommer went 2-0 last week, bringing her singles winning streak to 11 straight matches, the longest current streak by a Wolverine. The lefty completed a perfect season in the Big Ten (10-0) and is now 24-6 on the season with a 14-4 dual-match record.

Kate Fahey has won nine straight matches, and Alex Najarian has won seven straight to join Chiara Lommer on a winning streak.

• Michigan has four players in the 20-win club on the singles side, led by Kate Fahey's 29-6 overall record. Brienne Minor, Alex Najarian and Chiara Lommer each have 24 victories. Mira Ruder-Hook is poised to join the 20-win club, sitting on 18 wins entering the tournament.

• In the newest ITA rankings (April 25), junior Alex Najarian and sophomore Kate Fahey stayed at No. 9 for the second straight week. Najarian and Fahey are 24-4 overall, with a 13-3 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. 84 this week.

• On the singles side, Michigan's sophomore class of Brienne Minor (No. 24) and Kate Fahey (No. 25) are ranked at the same spots as the previous week.

• The top of Michigan's singles lineup is getting it done, going 33-7 at the top two spots. Kate Fahey is 10-1 at No. 1 and 7-1 No. 2, with Brienne Minor holding a 6-3 mark at No. 1 and an 11-2 record at No. 2.

• Michigan has won the doubles point in 15 matches this season, going 13-2 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 April 15.

• With a win in the quarterfinals, U-M could face No. 3 seed Northwestern or No. 6 seed Michigan State in the semifinals on Saturday (April 29) at 2 p.m. CDT.

• The championship match can be seen live on the Big Ten Network on Sunday (April 30) at 1 p.m. EDT. It marks the first time the match will be available live.

Communications Contact: Sarah VanMetre


 



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