UM will face off with Ohio State in NCAA Elite Eight

UM will face off with Ohio State in NCAA Elite Eight

05/17/2022 10:15:00

// Kristy McNeil

THIS WEEK

Thursday May 19 — vs. #4 Ohio State at NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals (Champaign, Ill.) 7 p.m. CDT
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Saturday May 21 — NCAA Tournament Semifinals – 10 a.m./1 p.m. CDT

Sunday May 22 — NCAA Tournament Final – 3 p.m. CDT

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ANN ARBOUR, Mich. The No. 5-ranked University of Michigan men’s tennis team will head to the NCAA Tournament Championship this week, reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in 34 years. The Wolverines will face familiar foe No. 4 Ohio State in the quarterfinals, a matchup of the No. 4 and 5 seeds, on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. CDT in Champaign, Illinois. The match will be streamed live on the TennisOne app.

Wolverine bites

• Michigan advance to the NCAA quarter-finals after beating Texas 4-2 in the Super Regional in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines also posted back-to-back 4-0 sweeps in the first and second rounds against Western Michigan and Oklahoma.

• Michigan won the NCAA championship in 1957 and finished in the top 10 five times before the format changed in 1979. Since then, the Wolverines have only made the Elite Eight once once in 1988 while competing in the Final Four.

• This is the Wolverines’ sixth consecutive appearance at an NCAA tournament and the 31st appearance in program history.

• Michigan is the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament and is ranked No. 5 in the latest ITA computer rankings. This corresponds to the highest ranking the team has achieved this season. The Wolverines are No. 2 in the USTA/Tennis Channel poll.

• Six Wolverines are ranked in singles including: No. 27 Ondrej Styler#63 Andrew FentyNo. 70 Jacob Bickersteth#77 Nino Ehrenschneider#88 Patrick Maloney and No. 110 Gavin Young. Michigan also has two ranked doubles: No. 24 Fenty/Ehrenschneider and No. 29 Styler/Young.

Ondrej Styler was selected for the NCAA Singles Championships and Andrew Fenty was appointed alternate. This will mark Styler’s first appearance, as Fenty competed in 2019. Styler and Gavin Young, and Fenty and Nino Ehrenschneider were chosen for the NCAA Doubles Championships. It’s the first time Michigan has had two pairs at the event since 1975. The individual championships begin Monday (May 23).

• This is the fourth meeting between Michigan and Ohio State this season. Michigan won a non-conference game 4-0 in mid-March. Ohio State won the conference game, Michigan’s only loss, a 4-1 decision in April. The teams met again in the Big Ten Championship, with Michigan earning a 4-2 victory, its first league tournament championship since 1996.

• Michigan and Ohio State met once in the NCAA in 2009. OSU won the second round game 4-1 as hosts. Overall, Michigan holds a 76-43-2 advantage in the all-time series, while OSU has had the upper hand since 2000, winning 30 of 35 games.

Ondrej Styler was named Big Ten Tournament MVP and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team with Patrick Maloney. Gavin Young was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors. Jacob BickerstethMaloney and Styler all earned first-team honors

Nino Ehrenschneider is the second Wolverine to join the 20/20 Club this season. He earned his 20th singles win of the season, to go along with 23 doubles wins. He joins Maloney, who has 24 singles wins and 24 doubles wins.

• Ehrenschneider enters the week with the team’s longest singles winning streak, having won their last 12. He is 20-4 overall, 14-1 in doubles and went a perfect 5-0 against Big Ten opponents. Ondrej Styler have won their last seven games and lost just once in their last 18. He is 23-4 with a 14-1 double mark for first place in singles.

• Wolverines with career winning streaks this season include: Nick Beaty (12), Patrick Maloney (11), Ondrej Styler (ten), Gavin Young (seven) and Jacob Bickersteth (seven, twice).

Jacob Bickersteth and Gavin Young have both won more than 20 singles matches; while Nick Beaty and Andrew Fenty have reached 20+ in doubles.

• Michigan dominated in doubles, winning the point 24 out of 28 matches.

• The team of Patrick Maloney/Nick Beaty has lost only once in its last 17 games and enjoyed a 12-game winning streak in the Big Ten Championship Finals. The unranked duo click with a double score of 18-2 and an overall record of 19-3. They topped the No. 4 ranked doubles team from Texas last Saturday and are 3-0 against ranked pairs.

Andrew Fenty and Nino Ehrenschneider are 10-6 in doubles and 18-6 overall. The pair reached the second round of the ITA Fall Nationals in November. Ondrej Styler and Gavin Young are 8-5 as a duo.

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