Wolverines remain perfect against Nebraska behind singles play

Wolverines remain perfect against Nebraska behind singles play

15/04/2022 18:18:00

// Sarah VanMetre

Site: Ann Arbor, Michigan (College Tennis Center)

Result: #22Michigan 4, Nebraska 1

Recordings: UM (13-5, 7-1 B1G), Nebraska (12-9, 5-4 B1G)

Next UM event: Sunday, April 17 – at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 11 a.m. CT

ANN ARBOUR, Mich. — The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan women’s tennis team improved their all-time record to 10-0 against Nebraska, winning four singles matches to erase a 1-0 Husker lead in of a 4-1 win on Friday afternoon (April 15) at the University Tennis Center.

UM got off to a quick start in doubles behind a 6-0 win from Jaedan Brown and Julia Flegner in the No. 2 spot. Nebraska responded with a pair of 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 to take a 1-0 lead after the doubles.

Brown and Fliegner continued their doubles-to-singles momentum as the first two Wolverines off the court.

Brown tied the tag team match with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 2. In the first set, she took a 3-0 lead en route to victory. In the second set she got the break she needed at 4-3 and backed it up in the next game. She had three match points on Maja Makoric’s serve, conceding the third to represent Michigan’s first point.

Fliegner followed up moments later with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 5 to give Wolverines their first lead of the day. She used strong starts in both sets for Michigan’s second point, breaking Vivien Sandberg in the final game for the victory.

Gala Mesochoritou was Wolverine’s third victory off the court with a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 6. She led 3-0 in the first set before falling 5-4 behind. She broke Ellie Kuckelman to stay in the set, winning the last three games to wrap up a 7-5 win. In the second set, Mesochoritou snatched four straight games for a 4-1 lead. She held point two at 5-2 and broke Kuckelman in the final game for Michigan’s third point.

Andrea Cerdan clinched victory for the Maize and Blue with a 6-1, 7-6(4) win at No.4. consecutive matches. to tie it all together. The players held serve until the end as Cerdan held at 5-6 to force the tiebreaker.

At the breaker, Cerdan won the first two points, including one on a penalty spot for a 2-0 lead. The tiebreaker was tied 3-3 on the changeover, before Cerdan won three straight points for three match points. She scored her second match point, earning the win for Maize and Blue.

The remaining matches were abandoned, with Nicole Hammond 5-3 in the third set at No. 3 and Kari Miller on serve in his third set at No. 1.

Michigan is back in action Sunday, April 17 in Iowa. The match is set for an 11:00 CT start.

Here are the match-by-match results.

No. 1 — No. 15 Kari Miller (UM) v Kristina Novak (Neb), 4-6, 6-4, 2-3 abandoned
No. 2 — No. 77 Jaedan Brown (UM) d. Maja Makoric (Neb), 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 — No. 121 Nicole Hammond (UM) v Isabel Admirer Gallego (Neb), 3-6, 6-4, 5-3 abandoned
Number 4 — Andrea Cerdan (UM) d. Samantha Alicea (Neb), 6-1, 7-6 (4)
No. 5 — Julia Flegner (UM) d. Vivien Sandberg (Neb), 6-1, 6-1
Number 6 — Gala Mesochoritou (UM) d. Ellie Kuckelman (Neb), 7-5, 6-2

No. 1 — Maja Makoric/Kristina Novak (Neb) d. Kari Miller/Andrea Cerdan (UM), 6-3
No. 2 — Jaedan Brown/Julia Flegner (UM) d. Chloe Kuckelman/Isabel Adrover Gallego (Neb), 6-0
No. 3 — Ellie Kuckelman/Samantha Alicea (Neb) d. Merry Kelly/Nicole Hammond (UM), 6-3

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

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