...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
The Michigan Men's and Women's tennis teams both played today with different results. The men lost 4-2 to #22 Illinois and the women beat Yale 4-0. With the win the Michigan women advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships for the fifth year, which is comprised of 16 teams.
The great rivalry is renewed tonight Down Under in the Australian Open. The GOAT (greatest of all time) against the man who has owned him. Rafa has a strong winning record against Federer in the Slams, and Roger has not beat him in a Grand Slam since 2007. Fed is coming off of major wins over Tsonga and Murray and is playing his best tennis since at least 2012, while Nadal just took out the so-called "Baby Fed", Grigor Dimitrov.
Who knows how many more matches we will be able to see in this glorious rivalry which has produced the greatest match of all time, as well as quite a few other classics. So set your DVRs or wake up in the middle of the night for this one if you want to see some entertaining tennis.
Federer vs. Nadal, 3:30 a.m. EST live on ESPN
Come on Roger!
Incredible story of how tennis legend Arthur Ashe's brother took a second tour of duty with the marines to ensure Arthur could play in the inaugural US Open.
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
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.