Wolverines set for B1G tournament as No. 2 seed
Wolverines set for B1G tournament as No. 2 seed
// Sarah VanMetre
Fri-Sun, April 29-May 1 — at the Big Ten Tournament (Iowa City, Iowa)
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friday april 29 — vs. Indiana/Maryland – Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals, 9 a.m. CT
Saturday April 30 – Big Ten Tournament Semifinals, 10:00 a.m. CT
Sunday May 1 – Big Ten Tournament Championship, Noon CT
Live scoring for all matches will be via StatBroadcast and live video via B1G+.
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ANN ARBOUR, Mich. — The No. 23-ranked University of Michigan women’s tennis team (16-5) heads to Iowa as the No. 2 seed for the Big Ten tournament at Hawkeye Sports and Recreation Complex. UM received a double bye to the quarterfinals and will begin their tournament against No. 7 seed Maryland (17-6) or No. 10 seed Indiana (10-14) on Friday, April 29 at 9 a.m. CT.
• The Maize and Blue head to the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 2 seed after finishing second in the conference with a 10-1 record. The Wolverines were one of two teams to finish with double-digit conference wins this season. This is the second straight season UM has entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed.
• Wolverines have made 16 consecutive league appearances at the Big Ten Tournament, dating back to the 2004-05 season. Michigan has won the last two of the last three tournaments played; earning a 4-3 win over Northwestern in the final game in 2018 and earning a 4-1 win over Illinois in 2019. No tournament was held in 2020, with Ohio State eliminating the Wolverines, 4-1, last season
• UM won tournament titles in 1997, 2015, 2018 and 2019. The tournament was used to determine the Big Ten champion until 2009, when the conference began using the regular season to determine the Big Ten champion Ten.
• Michigan will face the winner of No. 10 seeded Indiana and No. 7 seeded Maryland in the quarter-finals to kick off their Big Ten tournament. The Wolverines started playing in the Big Ten this season with a 4-1 victory over the Hoosiers at the Varsity Tennis Center. UM did not face Maryland during the regular season.
• The Wolverines enter the Big Ten tournament on a six-game winning streak after claiming two 4-1 wins over the weekend against Illinois (April 22) and Northwestern (April 24). It is their longest winning streak of the season and the second-longest active Big Ten streak.
• Second year Kari Miller was named Co-Big Ten Athlete of the Week for the third time this season and fourth in her career after helping Michigan to a 2-0 weekend with wins over Illinois (April 22) and Northwestern (24 april). She went 2-0 to first place in singles and combined with Andrea Cerdan for a 2-0 mark at No. 2 in doubles. In UM’s 4-1 win over Illinois, Miller earned a 6-2, 6-4 first-place win over Kate Duong to represent Michigan’s second point. She and Cerdan secured a 6-2 doubles win over the Illini. Helping Michigan to its 10th Big Ten win of the season in a 4-1 win over Northwestern, Miller won the game with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over No. 113-ranked Clarissa Hand. Miller and Cerdan also clinched the doubles point for Maize and Blue with a 7-6(4) win at No. 2, taking the final five points.
• The Wolverines have used 14 different doubles teams throughout the doubles matches. UM is 8-0 this season winning the first point of the game and 8-5 without the double point. Jaedan Brown and Andrea Cerdan leads the way for Michigan with 18 wins apiece in the doubles court.
• Michigan is ranked No. 23 as a team in the latest ITA team rankings. UM has a pair of singles players ranked at No. 16 Kari Miller and No. 89 Jaedan Brown.
• UM now have five players in the club of 20 wins in Julia Flegner (26), Jaedan Brown (26), Kari Miller (25) and Nicole Hammond (21) and Andrea Cerdan (20). With limited seasons in recent years, this is the first 20-win season for each of them and Wolverine’s first 20-win season since the 2018-19 campaign.
• Indiana (10-14) grabbed the 10th seed in the Big Ten tournament after going 3-8 in the conference. The Hoosiers have lost their last two regular season games, falling to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Michigan won the doubles point and three of the first four off-court singles matches earlier this season (March 12) at the Varsity Tennis Center to claim a 4-1 victory. The Wolverines have won 15 of the last 16 games against the Hoosiers.
• Maryland (17-6) is the No. 7 seed after posting a 6-5 Big Ten season. Wolverines and Terps haven’t faced each other this season, but UM swept a pair of games last season. UM is 13-0 against Maryland, but the teams have never met in the Big Ten tournament.
• UM is 146-8 (.947) in Big Ten regular season play under the head coach Ronni Bernstein after a 10-1 season this year. She has led the Wolverines to nine of the last 12 Big Ten championship titles awarded (no titles awarded in 2020), as well as three tournament crowns since taking charge before the 2007-08 season.
• Michigan Head Coach Ronni Bernstein, who is in her 15th season at Ann Arbor, became Michigan’s winningest coach earlier this season. Bernstein has 301 wins at Michigan after a 2-0 weekend, becoming the first coach in program history to win 300 games at UM.
Monday, May 2 — NCAA Draft Show, 6:30 p.m.