Wolverines Set for Return to VTC for Weekend Pair

Wolverines Set for Return to VTC for Weekend Pair

3/9/2022 12:05:00 PM

// Sarah VanMetre

Saturday, March 12 – vs. Indiana (Varsity Tennis Center), noon
Sunday, March 13 – vs. Columbia (Varsity Tennis Center), noon
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan women’s tennis team (5-4, 0-0 B1G) returns to the Varsity Tennis Center for a weekend pair of matches, hosting Indiana (7-5, 0-0 B1G) on Saturday (March 12) and Columbia (9-3) on Sunday (March 13). Both matches are set for noon, with free admission to the VTC.

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• Michigan (5-4, 0-0 B1G) returns to the Varsity Tennis Center to kick off a three-match homestand, welcoming Indiana (7-5, 0-0 B1G) and Columbia (9-3) for a pair of weekend matches. UM is starting Big Ten action against the Hoosiers and wrapping up its non-conference slate with the Lions.

• UM is 137-7 (.951) in Big Ten regular-season play under head coach Ronni Bernstein. She has led the Wolverines to nine of the last 11 Big Ten championship titles awarded (no title awarded in 2020), as well as three tournament crowns since taking over prior to the 2007-08 season.

• Michigan went 15-1 last season in Big Ten action, sharing the Big Ten championship with Ohio State after the teams split the season series. The Big Ten is back to an 11-match season this year, with Michigan not facing Rutgers or Maryland in the regular season.

• This is only the second time over the last five seasons that Michigan and Indiana are facing each other. UM came away with a 6-1 win over the Hoosiers last season in Bloomington. The Wolverines have won 14 of the last 15 matches against Indiana. IU is coming off a 7-0 win over Eastern Illinois (March 5).

• Michigan’s match against Columbia will wrap up a gauntlet of a non-conference schedule. The Wolverines have faced four top-12 opponents, going 2-2 in those matches with wins over No. 12 Georgia Tech and No. 4 Cal.

• This will mark the first time Michigan and Columbia have faced each other. The Lions are Michigan’s second Ivy League opponent of the season after recording a 7-0 shutout of Princeton (Feb. 20) at the VTC. Columbia has won four of its last five matches and will play at Michigan State on Saturday (March 12) before coming to Ann Arbor. The Lions have one ranked singles player in No. 121 Akanksha Bhan.

• Michigan has four ranked singles players in the latest ITA rankings in No. 13 Kari MillerNo. 61 Jaedan BrownNo .76 Andrea Cerdan and No. 93 Nicole Hammond.

• Through nine dual matches, Michigan has had three different players make an appearance at the top of the lineup in Kari Miller (5-1), Andrea Cerdan (1-0) and Nicole Hammond (1-0). It is the first time in Ronni Bernstein‘s 15-year tenure that three different Wolverines have played at No. 1.

Jaedan Brown and Nicole Hammond are each riding four-match winning streaks after both came away with wins at UCF (March 5). Brown leads UM with an 8-1 dual-match record, with Hammond second on the team in dual-match wins at 6-3.

Julia Fliegner won the race to 20 wins, becoming the first Wolverine to hit the mark after getting a straight-set win at No. 5 against Princeton (Feb. 20). She is one of six Wolverines to have double-figure singles wins.

• Michigan head coach Ronni Bernstein, who is in her 15th season in Ann Arbor, became Michigan’s all-time winningest coach earlier this season. Bernstein is up to 290 victories at Michigan following a 7-0 win over Princeton (Feb. 20). In addition, Bernstein can become the first coach to win 300 matches at Michigan with 10 more wins this season.

• UM wraps up a three-match homestand next weekend (Sunday, March 20), hosting Purdue at 11 am

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Sunday, March 20 – vs. Purdue (Varsity Tennis Center), 11 am

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