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Today Michigan is playing Cal in the Regional Final of the Ann Arbor Regional. If Michigan wins this game, Michigan advances to the Super Regionals. If Michigan loses, Michigan and Cal play another game immediately afterwards. The game is on ESPN3.
The Michigan Baseball team is playing at Nebraska today in the Big Ten regular season finale. Michigan is currently winning 4-3 in the bottom of the third and the game is on Big Ten Network. If Michigan wins, they are guaranteed a spot in the Big Ten Tournament. If Michigan loses, Penn State must beat Michigan State for Michigan to have a spot. That game is currently 0-0 in the fifth. Go Blue!
The Michigan Women's Tennis Team's season came to an end last night after the team was swept 4-0. The initial start time for the match was 7:00 central, yet it didn't begin until 11:00. Michigan played well in all of the matches, yet could only win one doubles flight. All of the matches were close, and had a few points gone Michigan's way, Michigan could have advanced to their first ever elite eight. This was a good season for Michigan, the only disappointment being that they lost to Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament Finals for the eighth time in nine years. Other than that, a good season. Hopefully next year they can build upon their successes and advance to their first ever elite eight. Go Blue!
Below are the flight-by-flight results:
No. 1 -- No. 3 Robin Anderson (UCLA) d. No. 30 Emina Bektas (U-M), 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 -- No. 20 Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) d. No. 58 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M), 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 -- Pamela Montez (UCLA) vs. Brooke Bolender (U-M), 7-6 (3), 0-0 DNF
No. 4 -- No. 99 Sarah Lee (U-M) vs. Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA), 6-3, 3-2 DNF
No. 5 -- No. 93 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) vs. Amy Zhu (U-M), 7-6 (3), 2-1
No. 6 -- Courtney Dolehide (UCLA) d. Kristen Dodge (U-M), 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 --No. 6 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. No. 25 Robin Anderson/Skylar Morton (UCLA), 8-6
No. 2 -- No. 38 Courtney Dolehide/Pamela Montez (UCLA) d. No. 90 Sarah Lee/Mimi Nguyen (U-M), 9-7
No. 3 -- Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) d. Ronit Yurovsky/Kristen Dodge (U-M), 8-2
Order of Completion: Doubles 3-1-2, Singles 6-2-1
Today the Michigan Women's Tennis Team, Big Ten Regular Season Champions and Tournament Runners-Up (for the 9th straight season), played Notre Dame in Ann Arbor. The women dominated early, winning the doubles point (8-4, 8-3, 5-8) and then won three matches. With the 4-0 sweep, Michigan will face the winner of Long Beach St/Oklahama St vs UCLA/Army. Neither of those first round matchups have finished yet. UCLA is the number 7 team in the nation, so odds would suggest Michigan will meet UCLA in the Sweet 16. Michigan's next match will be on Friday in Urbana, Illinois. This is Michigan's fourth straight Sweet 16 appearance, and could be Michigan's best chance for a first-ever Elite Eight appearance. Root for UCLA to lose to help ease Michigan's path. Below are the results:
Michigan vs. Notre Dame
No. 1 -- No. 30 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Britney Sanders (ND) 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 -- No. 48 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) d. Jennifer Kellner (ND) 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 -- Brooke Bolender (U-M) dnf. Quinn Gleason (ND) 2-6, 2-5
No. 4 -- No. 99 Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Chrissie McGaffigan (ND) 6-4, 6-0
No. 5 -- Amy Zhu (U-M) dnf. Katherine White (ND) 2-6, 6-2, 0-1
No. 6 -- Kristen Dodge (U-M) dnf. Molly O'Koniewski (ND) 6-1, 4-3
No. 1 -- No. 6 Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Jennifer Kellner/Chrissie McGaffigan (ND), 8-3
No. 2 -- Sarah Lee/Mimi Nguyen (U-M) d. Julie Sabacinski/Britney Sanders (ND), 8-5
No. 3 -- Quinn Gleason/Katherine White (ND) d. Ronit Yurovsky/Kristen Dodge (U-M), 8-4
Order of Completion: Doubles 1-3-2; Singles
With Stanford about to pass Michigan in the Directors' Cup because of Women's Water Polo, it made me think of a topic I frequently think about. What sports would you like Michigan to add? As of current Michigan has 26 varsity sports (27 with Women's Lacrosse), all of which participate in the NCAA. They are:
Swimming and Diving
Track & Field
Swimming and Diving
Track & Field
The NCAA sports that are sponsored that Michigan does not have are:
And a few non-NCAA Sports:
I am going to ignore the non-NCAA sports, as they do not seem practical and the expense could not potentially help Michigan in the Directors' Cup. I personally would love Michigan to add all of these sports, partially because Ohio State has nearly all of them, which bothers me greatly. However, realistically all of the sports could be added, but skiing may be dificult. If I had to choose a few, I would say add Women's Ice Hockey, Men's Volleyball, Bowling, and Fencing. However, that is just one man's opinion. So, MGoBloggers, what do you think Michigan should add next?
Today, both the Michigan Men's and the Michigan Women's tennis teams played their first round matches in the NCAA tournament.
The men played Virginia Tech in Lexington and lost 4-2. Michigan won the doubles point, yet couldn't pull out three more singles victories. This is a slightly disappointing end to the season for Michigan, who finished second in the Big Ten regular season with a 9-2 record and finished second in the Big Ten Tournament, both times to Ohio State. This also means Michigan will not receive many Directors' Cup Points. Fortunately, however, Stanford also lost in the first round to LSU.
On the other hand, the 10th ranked Women's tennis team easily took care of business at home, beating IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne) 4-0. Michigan was winning all of the matches that were not finished easily. Michigan will play Notre Dame, who beat NC State, tomorrow at 1:00. Michigan will be favored for that matchup. On a Directors' Cup Note, Stanford plays Miami (OH) later today. Stanford should win easily.