Week #15: U-M Off to Georgia for Remainder of NCAA Tourney

May 16, 2017

» Michigan has advanced to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. U-M has advanced to the third round in each of the seven seasons that it has hosted the first and second rounds.
» U-M and Stanford are meeting for the second straight NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal came away with a 4-3 win in last year's quarterfinals en route to winning the national title.
» The Wolverines are 7-1 in singles action during the NCAA Tournament, led by 2-0 marks from Alex Najarian and Chiara Lommer. Kate Fahey, Brienne Minor and Mira Ruder-Hook are each 1-0 after the first weekend of action.

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THIS WEEK
NCAA Team Championship
Friday, May 19 -- vs. No. 6 Stanford - Round of 16 (Athens, Ga.), 9 a.m.
With a win ... Sunday, May 21 -- vs. No. 4 North Carolina/No. 15 Duke - Quarterfinals (Athens, Ga.), Noon
With a win ... Monday, May 22 -- Semifinals (Athens, Ga.), 4 p.m.
With a win ... Tuesday, May 23 -- National Championship (Athens, Ga.), 5 p.m.

The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team (23-5) will face No. 6-ranked Stanford (23-2) in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 on Friday (May 19) at 9 a.m. It is the second straight season that U-M and Stanford will meet in the NCAA Tournament. The remainder of the tournament is being hosted by the University of Georgia.

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.

• Michigan advanced to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the last eight seasons after a 4-2 win over No. 17 Kentucky on Saturday (May 13) at the Varsity Tennis Center. It is the second straight season that the Wolverines knocked off UK to advance.

• U-M and Stanford are meeting for the second straight season in the NCAA Tournament. Stanford came away with a 4-3 win over Michigan in last year's NCAA Quarterfinals, winning singles matches at No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6. Stanford went on to win last year's national title.

• Associate head coach Teryn Ashley-Fitch will face her alma mater in Stanford. As a four-year varsity letterwinner (1996-2000) in Palo Alto, Ashley-Fitch was a five-time All-American and won a pair of team national championships. It is the second straight year that a Michigan coach will face her alma mater in the round of 16. Last season, Michigan knocked off head coach Ronni Bernstein's alma mater, Miami, in the third round.

• Michigan is looking for its first-ever win over Stanford in school history. The Cardinal have won the previous four matches between the schools after last season's 4-3 NCAA Quarterfinal win in Tulsa. Stanford enters Friday's match with a 23-2 record after a 4-2 win over TCU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

• The winner of Friday's (May 19) match will face the winner of No. 2 North Carolina and No. 15 Duke on Sunday (May 21) at noon. Michigan faced North Carolina earlier this year in Chapel Hill, dropping a 4-0 contest.

• Through two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Michigan is 7-1 on the singles court with its lone loss coming at No. 6 to Kentucky. Junior Alex Najarian is 2-0 and has clinched both of Michigan's tourney wins. Freshman Chiara Lommer is also 2-0, with sophomore Kate Fahey, sophomore Brienne Minor and junior Mira Ruder-Hook each sporting a 1-0 record.

• The Wolverines are making their 19th overall and 16th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. U-M is 26-18 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and has advanced to the Sweet 16 seven times. The Maize and Blue made its deepest run in school history last season, advancing to the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion Stanford. Michigan's seven Sweet 16 appearances have come in the last eight seasons -- 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 -- under 10th-year head coach Ronni Bernstein.

• U-M remained in the top 10 of the ITA rankings in the latest ITA rankings, staying at No. 10. Michigan has been in the top 10 since Feb. 15. There will not be any new rankings released until the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament.

• The Maize and Blue is in the midst of its eighth consecutive 20-win season, heading to Athens with a 23-5 record. Of Michigan's five losses, four are to teams currently ranked in the top five -- No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Ohio State (twice) and No. 4 North Carolina. Of U-M's 23 wins, four have come against top-25 competition - No. 3 Vanderbilt, No. 16 Baylor, No. 18 Mississippi State and No. 20 Texas A&M.

Kate Fahey has won 12 straight singles matches, running her singles record on the season to 32-6. Her 32 wins one-ups her total from her freshman season (31), making her one of five Wolverines to have multiple 30-win seasons, joining Emina Bektas (3), Sarah Lee (3), Ronit Yurovsky (2) and Denise Muresan (2) on that list.

• Michigan secured its seventh Big Ten championship in the last eight years by tying with Ohio State at 11-0 in the Big Ten to finish atop the standings. The Maize and Blue now has eight Big Ten titles in school history (1997, 2010-15, 2017).

Kate Fahey, Brienne Minor and Alex Najarian each picked up All-Big Ten honors after combining to go 24-2 in singles action at the top three spots during conference play. [ Release ]

• In the newest ITA rankings (May 4), junior Alex Najarian and sophomore Kate Fahey stayed at No. 9 for the third straight week. Najarian and Fahey are 27-4 overall, with a 16-3 mark at No. 1 during dual matches. The two were ranked as the nation's No. 1 doubles team earlier this season and will compete in the NCAA Doubles Championship later this month.

• On the singles side, Michigan's sophomore class of Brienne Minor (No. 24) and Kate Fahey (No. 26) are the lone Wolverines ranked. Both players received berths to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship.

• The top of Michigan's singles lineup is getting it done, going 39-7 at the top two spots. Kate Fahey is 13-1 at No. 1 and 7-1 No. 2, with Brienne Minor holding a 6-3 mark at No. 1 and a 13-2 record at No. 2.

• Michigan has won the doubles point in 18 matches this season, going 16-2 when winning the first point of the match. U-M is 7-3 when failing to secure the doubles point after rallying for a 4-2 win over Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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