Michigan Starts Busy Home Week with Shutout of No. 16-Ranked Columbia

Michigan Starts Busy Home Week with Shutout of No. 16-Ranked Columbia

3/14/2022 9:47:00 PM

// Kristy McNeil

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Result: # 11 Michigan 7, # 16 Columbia 0
Records: UM (8-2), Columbia (9-4)
Next UM Event: Friday, March 18 – vs. # 2 Ohio State (Varsity Tennis Center), 5 pm

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan men’s tennis team posted a perfect 7-0 score over No. 16-ranked Columbia on Monday (March 14) at the Varsity Tennis Center. It is a great start to a week that will see the Wolverines host three ranked opponents.

The Wolverines won the doubles point for the seventh time this season. Andrew Fenty and Will Cooksey paired up for the first time this season and won at No. 3 doubles. Tied at 3-3, the duo nailed the final three games for the win over Alex Kotzen and Jayden Templeman. In No. 2 doubles, Patrick Maloney and Nick Beaty improved to 6-1 in dual doubles with a 6-2 victory over Roko Horvat and Austen Huang.

Fenty earned one of his best wins of the season, topping No. 9 Alex Kotzen in straight sets at No. 1 singles for his fourth straight win over a ranked opponent. It also marks the highest ranked opponent he has defeated this season. A two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week this season, Fenty cruised in his first set 6-1 after taking a 5-0 lead. In the second he grabbed another 5-1 lead and handed Kotzen just his second loss of the season with a 6-2 set.

Maloney took his fifth consecutive match as he defeated Westphal 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3 to improve to 7-1 in dual singles.

Beaty clinched the match for Michigan, winning 6-1, 7-5 over Horvat at No. 6 singles. After falling behind in the second set 4-1, Beaty won the next three games to tie it up at 4. With the match tied again, 5-5, Beaty won the last two games to earn his fifth consecutive singles win.

After dropping his first set, Ondrej Styler rallied to take the second, 7-6 (5), and the 10-point tiebreaker, 10-6.

No. 72-ranked Jacob Bickersteth also won his match via 10-point tiebreaker after losing his first set 6-1 to Huang and winning the second 7-6 (5). After being tied at 8 in the breaker, Bickersteth took the final two points for the 10-8 win.

Gavin Young improved to 7-2 in dual singles and 11-1 on the season after he went down in the first set. He rallied to claim back-to-back 6-3 sets over Henry Ruger.

Michigan does not take its foot off the gas, as it will host No. 2 Ohio State in a non-conference match on Friday (March 18) at 5 pm

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 – No. 57 Andrew Fenty (UM) d. No. 9 Alex Kotzen (CU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 – Ondrej Styler (UM) d. No. 122 Hugo Hasimoto, 1-6, 7-6 (5), 10-6
No. 3 – Patrick Maloney (UM) d. Max Westphal (CU), 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 – No. 72 Jacob Bickersteth (UM) d. Austen Huang (CU), 1-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8
No. 5 – Gavin Young (UM) d. Henry Ruger, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 6 – Nick Beaty (UM) d. Roko Horvat (CU), 6-1, 7-5

No. 1 – No. 50 Ondrej Styler/Gavin Young (UM) vs. No. 19 Max Westphal / Theo Winegar, 3-4 unfinished
No. 2 – Patrick Maloney/Nick Beaty (UM) d. Roko Horvat / Austen Huang (CU), 6-2
No. 3 – Will Cooksey/Andrew Fenty (UM) d. Alex Kotzen / Jayden Templeman (CU), 6-3

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

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