But it didn’t matter who was on the other side of the net on Sunday for the Wolverines, all they wanted was a Big Ten Championship. And they got it — sweeping Michigan State and battling back from an early deficit against Illinois before winning the Big Ten Championship in a rematch against Northwestern, the team's only conference-play loss.
Even when the rest of the Wolverines struggled in the beginning of the year, Fahey remained the silver lining.
But Fahey no longer has to be so, as Michigan seems to be playing its best tennis of the year — even in unexpected places such as with Alyvia Jones in the No. 4 slot.
For weeks, it has been the same story. The Michigan women’s tennis team has struggled in its non-conference schedule, but turned its season around for Big Ten opponents. And while the Wolverines picked up two more conference wins this weekend, the story finally changed.
It wasn’t just the big hitters and the higher-ranked players doing all the work this time — the rest of the lineup has finally caught up.
In observance of Women’s History Month, The Daily launches a series aimed at telling the stories of female athletes, coaches and teams at the University from the perspective of the female sports writers on staff. Daily sports editor Paige Voeffray continues the series with this story.
The Michigan women’s tennis team is struggling, to say the least.
It had two opportunities this weekend to get its season back on track, but the Wolverines (4-8) fell to Baylor on Friday, 4-0, and to No. 14 Texas on Sunday, 4-0.
Often, the doubles point has the power to set the tone for a match and after Michigan dropped both of them it couldn’t recover. The Wolverines couldn’t even win a game Friday, with both No. 2 and No. 3 doubles dropping their matches, 6-0.