Wolverines Knock off Cats for Third Time, Advance to Big Ten Final

Wolverines Knock off Cats for Third Time, Advance to Big Ten Final

5/1/2021 2:30:00 PM

// Sarah VanMetre

» Michigan defeated Northwestern for the third time this season, taking the doubles point with wins from Kari Miller, Andrea Cerdan and Alyvia Jones in singles play.

» Jones clinched Michigan’s win for the second straight day, coming through in a second-set tiebreaker to account for the fourth point.

» The Wolverines advance to the championship match of the Big Ten Tournament for the 16th straight time to face either Ohio State or Iowa.

Site: Madison, Wis. (Nielsen Tennis Stadium)

Event: Big Ten Tournament (Semifinals)

Result: #23 Michigan 4, #17 Northwestern 1

Records: U-M (17-2), NU (18-5)

Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 2 — vs. #16 Ohio State – Big Ten Tournament Final (Madison, Wis.), 2 p.m. CDT

MADISON, Wis. — The No. 23-ranked University of Michigan women’s tennis team knocked off Northwestern for the third time this season, getting a 4-1 win over the No. 17-ranked Wildcats on Saturday afternoon (May 1) in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament at Wisconsin’s Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

With the win, Michigan advances to the championship match of the Big Ten Tournament for the 16th straight time. U-M will face No. 16 Ohio State in Sunday’s (May 2) final at 2 p.m. CDT.

U-M grabbed the doubles point to start the match, getting wins at No. 2 and No. 1. The Wolverines broke at both spots at nearly the same time, getting the break at 3-2 and both backing it up in the next game for 4-2 leads.

Michigan’s No. 2 duo of graduate student Chiara Lommer and freshman Kari Miller came through first as the pair won the final four games of the match for a 6-2 win. In the final game, U-M jumped out to a 40-0 lead before converting on its third match point.

The Maize and Blue’s top duo of senior Alyvia Jones and freshman Jaedan Brown clinched the point for Michigan, coming through on its fourth match-point opportunity in a 6-4 win over No. 71-ranked Julie Byrne and Briana Crowley. After U-M got the break at 3-2, both teams held serve the rest of the way to provide the 6-4 margin.

Michigan took four first sets in singles action, highlighted by timely breaks for Lommer and sophomore Andrea Cerdan in the final game of their sets.

Miller was the first Wolverine off court, winning 6-3, 6-2 over No. 125-ranked Maria Shusharina at the No. 1 spot. She went up a break at 3-1 in the first set and that was all the space she needed to wrap up a 6-3 win. It was much of the same in the second set as she grabbed a break at 3-2 and did not drop a game the rest of the way for Michigan’s second point.

Cerdan accounted for Michigan’s third point behind a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 4. Cerdan cashed in on the deuce point in the final point of the first set, breaking Caroline Pozo for the 6-4 win. It was all Cerdan in the second as she dropped just one game en route to the 6-1 win.

NU cut into the Michigan lead with a straight-set win at No. 3, trimming Michigan’s advantage to 3-1.

Needing just one more point to secure the team match, Lommer and Jones both found themselves in second-set tiebreakers, with senior Bella Lorenzini winning her second set to send her match to a third set at No. 6.

For the second straight match, Jones came through for Michigan in a second-set tiebreaker to earn the Wolverines’ fourth point. The senior raced out to a 3-1 lead in the first set to eventually take a 6-4 win. In the second, she fell in an early 3-1 hole before battling back to tie it at 4-4. Neither player could hold serve over the next four games, sending the set to a tiebreaker. Much like yesterday, it was all Jones in the breaker as she won six of the first seven points, winning 7-2 to seal the Michigan win.

The final two matches were abandoned, with Lommer tied at 3-3 in her tiebreaker and Lorenzini’s match on serve in the third.

Following are match-by-match results

Singles

No. 1 — No. 50 Kari Miller (U-M) d. No. 125 Maria Shusharina (NU), 6-3, 6-2

No. 2 — Chiara Lommer (U-M) vs. No. 106 Clarissa Hand (NU), 6-4, 6-6 abandoned

No. 3 — Julie Byrne (NU) d. Jaedan Brown (U-M), 6-3, 7-5

No. 4 — Andrea Cerdan (U-M) d. Caroline Pozo (NU), 6-4, 6-1

No. 5 — Alyvia Jones (U-M) d. Briana Crowley (NU), 6-4, 7-6 (2)

No. 6 — Bella Lorenzini (U-M) vs. Christina Hand (NU), 1-6, 6-2, 3-4 abandoned

Doubles

No. 1 — Jaedan Brown/Alyvia Jones (U-M) d. No. 71 Julie Byrne/Briana Crowley (NU), 6-4

No. 2 — Chiara Lommer/Kari Miller (U-M) d. Clarissa Hand/Christina Hand (NU), 6-2

No. 3 — Andrea Cerdan/Bella Lorenzini (U-M) vs. Caroline Pozo/Hannah McColgan (NU), 4-5 abandoned

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