Michigan Shares Big Ten East Division Title After Setback at OSU

Michigan Shares Big Ten East Division Title After Setback at OSU

4/18/2021 4:06:00 PM

// Kristy McNeil

Site: Columbus, Ohio (Outdoor Varsity Tennis Center)
Result: #14 Ohio State 4, #19 Michigan 3
Records: U-M (14-3, 14-2 B1G), Ohio State (18-2, 15-1 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sun., April 29-May 2 — at Big Ten Tournament (Lincoln, Neb.)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the final match of the regular season, the No. 19-ranked University of Michigan men’s tennis tried to pull off a season sweep of No. 14 Ohio State, but came up just short in a 4-3 tilt at the Outdoor Varsity Tennis Center. U-M, which claimed a 4-3 home win over the OSU last month for it first victory over the Buckeyes in 21 years, nearly made it two in a row.

Today’s match marked Michigan’s only loss in the Big Ten East, and the Wolverines and Buckeyes own 9-1 division records as the Big Ten Tournament awaits.

It all came down to No. 5 singles between Nick Beaty and JJ Tracy. Beaty claimed the first set 6-4 and never trailed. In the second set, he led 5-3 before Tracy rattled off four straight points to take the set 7-5. In the third, Beaty jumped out to a 3-1 lead before Tracy battled back to make it a 4-3 game. Four games later things were even at 5-5, but Tracy won the next two games to clinch the match.

The No. 36-ranked duo of Andrew Fenty and Mattias Siimar had no trouble getting the win at No. 1 doubles, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. They closed winning the three final games for a 6-1 score. Ondrej Styler and Patrick Maloney were not far behind in their 6-3 win at No. 2. They never trailed in their match against No. 61 James Trotter and Justin Boulais, and at 3-3 took the next three games to secure the doubles point for the Wolverines.

At the same time, Nino Ehrenschneider was delivering a first set win — Michigan’s fourth — at No. 6, Mattias Siimar was putting a 6-1 first-set loss at No. 3 to Trotter behind him. Taking the first game, they tied 1-1 before Siimar pushed ahead 5-1 to take a 6-2 second set and force a third.

A loss by Patrick Maloney at No. 4 singles evened the team score at 1. Michigan had a set in hand on three singles courts and leading in the second sets — with Fenty at No. 1, Styler at No. 2 and Beaty at No. 5. Ehrenschneider was down in second set after winning 7-5 in the first, while Siimar and Trotter were tied up in the third set at No. 3.

Styler pushed Michigan back into the lead with a win over No. 91 John McNally, taking a straight-set victory 6-3, 6-4.

With Fenty ahead 4-2 in the second set, Cannon Kingsley ripped off four straight games to take the set and split. In the third with things tied 3-3, Kingsley took three straight for the match and evening the team score at 2.

Ehrenschneider dropped a 6-0 second set to Robert Cash to force a third. They exchanged wins in the first four games before Ehrenschneider took four straight for the 6-2 win and put the Wolverines ahead 3-2.

Michigan will compete at the Big Ten Tournament, April 29-May 2, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Seeding and match times are to be announced.

Following are match-by-match results

Singles

No. 1 — No. 117 Cannon Kingsley (OSU) d. Andrew Fenty (U-M), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

No. 2 — Ondrej Styler (U-M) d. No. 91 John McNally (OSU), 6-3, 6-4

No. 3 — James Trotter (OSU) d. Mattias Siimar (U-M), 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (2)

No. 4 — Kyle Seelig (OSU) d. Patrick Maloney (U-M), 6-2, 6-3

No. 5 — JJ Tracy (OSU) d. Nick Beaty (U-M), 4-6, 7-5, 7-5

No. 6 — Nino Ehrenschneider (U-M) d. Robert Cash (OSU), 7-5, 0-6, 6-2

Doubles

No. 1 — No. 36 Andrew Fenty/Mattias Siimar (U-M) d. #61 James Trotter/Justin Boulais (OSU), 6-1

No. 2 — Ondrej Styler/Patrick Maloney (U-M) d. #73 John McNally/Robert Cash (OSU), 6-3

No. 3 — Connor Johnston/Nino Ehrenschneider (U-M) vs. Cannon Kingsley/JJ Tracy (OSU), 3-4 abandoned

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