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Michigan Takes Down No. 8 Ohio State to High B1G Standings

Michigan Takes Down No. 8 Ohio State to High B1G Standings

3/14/2021 3:35:00 PM

// Kristy McNeil

Web site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Heart)
Consequence: #13 Michigan 4, #8 Ohio State 3
Information: U-M (6-1, 6-0 B1G), OSU (9-2, 6-1 BIG)
Subsequent U-M Occasion: Friday, March 19 — at Iowa (Iowa Metropolis, Iowa), Midday CDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The No. 13-ranked Michigan males’s tennis group handed No. 8 Ohio State its first Large Ten loss with a 4-3 win on Sunday (March 14) on the Varsity Tennis Heart. The Wolverines now sit atop the convention standings with an ideal 6-0 document. The win additionally marks the primary U-M win over Ohio State since 2001.

Michigan handed the Buckeyes simply its second doubles lack of the season and first in Large Ten play. At No. 1 doubles, the second-ranked group of Andrew Fenty and Mattias Siimar recovered from a 3-2 deficit to win the subsequent three factors to take a 5-3 lead. Ohio State’s No. 4-ranked duo of John McNally and Robert Money took the subsequent recreation to get inside one. Up 40-30 within the ultimate set, Fenty served up an ace to clinch the match, 6-4.

On the similar time, No. 3 doubles was ending up with Justin Boulias and JJ Tracy night issues up with a 6-4 win over Nick Beaty and Harrison Brown. The sequence was tied 4 instances and at 4-4 earlier than Boulais and Tracy grabbed the final two video games for the victory.

All eyes had been on Connor Johnston and Ondrej Styler at No. 2 doubles as they had been battling No. 51-ranked Cannon Kingsley and Kyle Seelig. Johnston and Styler had a 4-1 lead that OSU slowly chipped away at, profitable three straight to make it a 4-4 match. Up 5-4 and at deuce level, Johnston used a forehand shot to beat Seelig and safe the doubles level for Michigan.

The Buckeyes evened the group match at 1 as Jacob Bickersteth fell at No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-3.

No. 28 Styler by no means trailed in his first set versus No. 11 McNally at No. 2 singles. Tied 5-5, Styler used an overhead slam to take the purpose and go up, 6-5. McNally matched the win to pressure a tiebreak. Styler took a 5-1 edge earlier than McNally put the subsequent two factors to shut to 5-3. Styler took the ultimate two factors for the primary set win, 7-6 (3). Tied at 3-3 within the second set, Syler went on a 3-1 run and claimed the sport, the set, 6-4, and match on a drop shot.

At No. 3, Patrick Maloney fell behind 3-0 within the first set earlier than taking one off of No. 25 Seelig, who then completed out the set, 6-1. Maloney got here out on high within the second set, profitable 6-3, and cruised to a 6-1 third-set win to take down the ranked Buckeye and put Michigan inside one level of the group win at 3-1.

No. 14 Fenty and No. 5 Kingsley traded factors within the first set at No. 1 singles, with neither main by multiple. Tied at 5-5, Fenty broke serve at deuce to take the lead, 6-5. Kingsley got here again to win the subsequent recreation on a deuce, forcing a tiebreak and claimed the win 7-6 (1). Kinsley took the second set, 6-4, pushing Ohio State inside one within the group rating (3-2).

As the main focus bounced between Courts 4 and 5, the match got here all the way down to No. 4 singles that includes Siimar at Court docket 5.

Siimar and Boulais traded 6-3 wins to pressure a 3rd set. Siimar went up, 2-1, earlier than Boulais tilted the rating in his favor, 4-3. Siimar gained the subsequent recreation to even issues at 4-4 and gained on a deuce level to push himself forward, 5-4, and took a ultimate bow as he gained the ultimate recreation to safe the Wolverine victory.

At No. 5 singles, Beaty dropped the primary set, 6-3, to Robert Money however got here again with a 6-4 win within the second set. Within the deciding set with Beaty main 4-3, Money gained the subsequent three straight to take the win 6-4, however it was too little, too late and Michigan got here out on high within the group rating, 4-3.

Michigan will hit the street for the subsequent two weekends for 4 matches, starting with a visit to Iowa on Friday (March 19) at midday CDT.

Following are match-by-match outcomes

Singles

No. 1 — No. 5 Cannon Kingsley (OSU) d. No. 14 Andrew Fenty (U-M), 7-6 (1), 6-4

No. 2 — No. 28 Ondrej Styler (U-M) d. No. 11 John McNally (OSU), 7-6 (3), 6-4

No. 3 — Patrick Maloney (U-M) d.  No. 25 Kyle Seelig (OSU), 1-6, 6-3, 6-1

No. 4 — Mattias Siimar (U-M) d. Justin Boulais (OSU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

No. 5 — Robert Money (OSU) d. Nick Beaty (U-M), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

No. 6 — JJ Tracy (OSU) d. Jacob Bickersteth (U-M), 6-1, 6-3

Doubles

No. 1 — No. 2 Andrew Fenty/Mattias Siimar (U-M) d. No. 4 John McNally/Robert Money (OSU), 6-4

No. 2 — Ondrej Styler/Connor Johnston (U-M) d. No. 51 Cannon Kingsley/Kyle Seelig (OSU), 6-4

No. 3 — Justin Boulais/JJ Tracy (OSU) d. Nick Beaty/Harrison Brown (U-M), 6-4

Order of Completion: Doubles 1-3-2, Singles 6-2-3-1-4-5

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