alternate headline: man does job
11 Michigan was tested for the first time in a long time today at the Varsity Tennis Center in the championship match of the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional.
They took on DePaul, and DePaul did something no team has done against Michigan in almost two months: they took two points from Michigan.
Michigan took the doubles point with a win by Sara Remynse and Mira Ruder-Hook taking the point 8-5.
Michigan extended their match lead to 2-0 with a win by Sarah Lee.
However, DePaul tied the match at 2-2 with wins at 6 and 4. Today was the first time in 14 matches that Michigan has allowed an opponent to take more than one point from the Wolverines.
The B1G Athlete of the Year Emina Betkas came through, thankfully, with a win at 1 giving Michigan the lead again with Mira Ruder-Hook giving Michigan the win with a 6-4, 6-4 win at 5.
Michigan advances to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 2013. They will face the winner of the Athens Regional which will either be 6 Georgia or Duke on May 15. That Athens Regional Final will be played tomorrow.
From here on out, all of Michigan's matches will be played in Waco, Texas as Waco is the host for the rest of the NCAA Tournament and the NCAA Individual Championships.
Michigan went 15-1 at the Varsity Tennis Center this season with their only loss coming against #1 North Carolina. They went 7-0 in road matches this season.
In the first round of the NCAA Tournament and the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional, 11 Michigan shut out Miami University.
Sara Remynse and Mia Ruder-Hook bulldozed their way to the doubles point without dropping a game in their 8-0 win.
Sarah Lee and Ronit Yurovsky gave Michigan another doubles point with their 8-4 after they jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
B1G Athlete of the Year Emina Betkas easily disposed of MU's Alix Thurman, winning 6-1, 6-1.
Freshman Alex Najarian took the clincher for Michigan winning 7-6, 6-1.
This was Michigan's 25th win on the season. That sets a program record for wins in a season.
11 Michigan will face DePaul tomorrow at 1pm at the Varsity Tennis Center for the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional Championship and a spot in the NCAA Sweet 16 in Waco, Texas.
It all came down to today. The winner of today's dual in Columbus would clinch a share of the B1G Championship and barring a major brain fart in their regular season finale, the B1G Championship as a whole since both #14 Michigan and #17 Ohio State both finish with teams they should kick around.
Michigan (20-3, 10-0 B1G) went into Columbus and dominated OSU (17-5, 9-1 B1G) like they haven't been dominated all year long in conference play when Michigan clinched the championship 4 matches in taking a 4-0 lead after Alex Najarian got the win.
Michigan would win every match in the dual except the final one to win 6-1.
Michigan has now won 6 straight B1G Championships. They're still looking for that elusive B1G Tournament Championship after losing in the tournament championship game for the last 10 years in a row to Northwestern.
Michigan has won 27 straight B1G matches going back to the 2012-13 season. They will go for their second straight perfect B1G season and the outright B1G Championship on Sunday at Penn State at 11am. PSU is 11-9 on the year.
Men's Cross Country
First year under new head coach Kevin Sullivan
Ranked #22 in pre-season poll.
Opened with a non-scoring Michigan Open, where they mostly just ran as a group.
Stated as heading to Kentucky Invitational in Lexington this Saturday but for some reason it's not listed on their schedule. Black and Gold Invitational in Iowa City on September 20th would be next.
Michigan already clinched a share of their 5th straight B1G Championship.
With their 7-0 blanking of Purdue today (their 10th shutout of the season), Michigan finishes their B1G regular season at 11-0--their first perfect B1G slate since 2010-11.
Michigan is now 19-3. They will play the winner of the 8/9 matchup at 11am in the B1G Tournament Quarterfinals in Evanston on Friday.
#17 Michigan just won their 5th straight B1G Championship. They clinched a share with an easy 6-1 win over indiana.
Michigan will win it outright, should they win tomorrow at purdue.
2013-14 B1G results
|3/16||at Michigan State||W 6-1|
|3/21||vs Ohio||W 5-2|
|3/23||at Penn State||W 7-0|
|3/28||at Iowa||W 7-0|
|3/30||at Nebraska||W 7-0|
|4/5||vs #11 Northwestern||W 4-3|
|4/6||vs Illinois||W 7-0|
|4/12||vs Minnesota||W 7-0|
|4/13||vs Wisconsin||W 6-1|
|4/19||at Indiana||W 6-1|