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Wolverines Ready for B1G Tourney as No. 2 Seed

Wolverines Ready for B1G Tourney as No. 2 Seed

4/27/2022 10:43:00 AM

// Sarah VanMetre

Fri-Sun., April 29-May 1 — at Big Ten Tournament (Iowa City, Iowa)
Big Ten Tournament Bracket | Big Ten Tournament Central

Friday, April 29 –vs. Indiana/Maryland – Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals, 9 a.m. CT
Saturday, April 30 — Big Ten Tournament Semifinals, 10 a.m. CT
Sunday, May 1 — Big Ten Tournament Championship, Noon CT

Live scoring for all matches will be via StatBroadcast and live video through B1G+.

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ANN ARBOR, 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 the Hawkeye Sports and Recreation Complex. UM received a double-bye into the quarterfinals and will start its tourney against either No. 7 seed Maryland (17-6) or No. 10 seed Indiana (10-14) on Friday (April 29) at 9 am CT.

Wolverine Bites

• The Maize and Blue heads to the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 2 seed after finishing in lone second place in the conference with a 10-1 record. The Wolverines were one of two teams to finish with double-digit conference wins this season. It is the second straight season UM has entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed.

• The Wolverines have reached 16 straight championship matches at the Big Ten Tournament, dating back to the 2004-05 season. Michigan has won the last two of the last three tournaments contested; picking up a 4-3 win over Northwestern in the final match in 2018 and grabbing a 4-1 win over Illinois in 2019. There was no tournament held in 2020, with Ohio State knocking off the Wolverines, 4-1, last season

• UM has won tournament titles in 1997, 2015, 2018 and 2019. The tournament was used to determine the Big Ten champion up until 2009, when the conference started using the regular season to determine the Big Ten champion.

• Michigan will face the winner of No. 10 seed Indiana and No. 7 seed Maryland in the quarterfinals to kick off its Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines began Big Ten play this season with a 4-1 win 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-match winning streak after getting a pair of 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 streak in the Big Ten.

• Sophomores Kari Miller was named the 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 (April 24). She went 2-0 at the top spot in singles and combined with Andrea Cerdán for a 2-0 mark at No. 2 in doubles play. In UM’s 4-1 win over Illinois, Miller got a 6-2, 6-4 win at the top spot against Kate Duong to account for Michigan’s second point. She and Cerdan got a 6-2 win in doubles against the Illini. Helping Michigan to its 10th Big Ten win of the season in a 4-1 victory over Northwestern, Miller clinched the match with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over No. 113-ranked Clarissa Hand. Miller and Cerdan also clinched the doubles point for the Maize and Blue with a 7-6 (4) win at No. 2, winning the final five points.

• The Wolverines have used 14 different doubles teams throughout dual-match play. UM is 8-0 this season when winning the first point of the match and 8-5 without the doubles point. Jayden Brown and Andrea Cerdán lead the way for Michigan with 18 wins each on the doubles court.

• Michigan is ranked No. 23 as a team in the latest ITA team rankings. UM has a pair of ranked singles players in No. 16 Kari Miller and No. 89 Jayden Brown.

• UM now has five players in the 20-win club in Julia Fleegner (26), Jayden Brown (26), Kari Miller (25) and nicole hammond (21) and Andrea Cerdán (twenty). With limited seasons the last several years, it is the first 20-win season for each of them and the first 20-win season for any Wolverine since the 2018-19 campaign.

• Indiana (10-14) grabbed the No. 10 seed for the Big Ten Tournament after going 3-8 in conference play. The Hoosiers dropped their last two regular-season matches, falling to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Michigan won the doubles point and three of the first four singles matches off court earlier this season (March 12) at the Varsity Tennis Center to pick up a 4-1 win. The Wolverines have won 15 of the last 16 matches against the Hoosiers.

• Maryland (17-6) is the No. 7 seed after putting together a 6-5 Big Ten season. The Wolverines and Terps did not face each other this season, but UM swept a pair of matches last season. UM is 13-0 all-time against Maryland but the teams have never faced off in the Big Ten Tournament.

• UM is 146-8 (.947) in Big Ten regular-season play under 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 title awarded in 2020), as well as three tournament crowns since taking over prior to the 2007-08 season.

•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 301 victories at Michigan following a 2-0 weekend, becoming the first coach in program history to win 300 matches at UM.


Monday, May 2 — NCAA Selection Show, 6:30 p.m.

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