Monday, March 23, 2020 - 11:33pm
Anna Abrams signed a National Letter of Intent with the Michigan women’s gymnastics team in 2018 through Team IMPACT.

In observance of Women’s History Month, The Daily’s sports section is launching its third annual 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. We continue the series with this story from Daily Sports Writer Shira Zisholtz.

The day was Nov. 7, 2018, when Anna Abrams’ dreams came true. 

Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 10:11pm
Sophomore Abby Brenner had the highlight of the night vs Oklahoma, sticking her Yurchenko 1.5 for a career-high 9.975

As the famous saying goes, “Almost is never enough.”

That seemed to be the trend as the No. 5 Michigan women’s gymnastics team took on Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. on Friday night. 

The Wolverines, despite putting up a 197.425 on the road, were bested by the top-ranked Sooners, as Oklahoma tallied a 198.10 on its senior night.

Though they didn’t necessarily underperform, their scores generally weren't at the standard they had been in weeks past. 

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 10:11pm
Sophomore Natalie Wojcik scored a career-high 9.975 on beam in Michigan's meet this past weekend.

In this year’s Elevate the Stage, where No. 9 Michigan was not favored to win the meet against No. 7 Minnesota, No. 24 Maryland, Penn State and Michigan State. With an all-around score of 197.950, Michigan clinched its fourth straight Big Ten regular season championship, and Team 44 wrote its name in the record books with a program-high score.

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 10:00pm
Two-time captain Lexi Funk was honored during Sunday’s Senior Appreciation Night against Ohio State.

On Sunday against Ohio State, Funk put up an impressive 9.900 on beam to increase Michigan’s lead with a stuck landing. And despite being pulled from the floor rotation after securing a team win with a season-high final score of 197.350 to preserve her health, Funk’s celebrations were far from mundane.

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 10:39pm
A few members of the Michigan women’s tennis team traveled for the Lakewood Ranch Invite in Sarasota, Fla. this weekend.

Because the competitions in the fall don’t count towards the team record, or any record for that matter, the tournaments tend to be looked at as a way to see a team’s character and potential, a chance for the team dynamic to set in and an opportunity for players to get more comfortable in their roles.

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 5:45pm
Michigan women's tennis gained match experience at the Wolverine Invitational.

Michigan kicked off the women’s tennis season – unofficially – with the Wolverine Invitational. As it doesn’t count for the official players’ or team’s record, it is treated as a scrimmage – used to figure out the best doubles pairs, players’ strengths and weaknesses and team dynamic.

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 8:59pm
Brienne Minor and Kate Fahey joined together to form a power duo in doubles.

It was the final evening of the NCAA Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis Tournament. The two girls that stepped onto that court each had already made history in their own way and were hungry for one final mark in their books. The white shirts they donned were emblazoned with a block M, a symbol that connected them to the University of Michigan. And as the first serve flew over the net, Brienne Minor and Kate Fahey were officially competing for a national championship. Together. For the last time.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 8:14pm
Seniors Kate Fahey and Brienne Minor celebrate at the NCAA doubles championship in Orlando.

When you think about fairytale endings to a doubles career, this is just about as close as you can get. 

Michigan senior duo Kate Fahey and Brienne Minor played their first and last NCAA doubles tournament together this past weekend, and, against all odds, finished second in the nation. 

Going into the tournament unranked and being seeded to play some extremely tough pairs, Fahey and Minor were just along for the ride. 

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 9:11pm
Junior Chiara Lommer upset the No. 4 ranked player in the first round of the NCAA singles tournament.

For the first time in Michigan history, three Wolverines were going to Orlando to compete in the NCAA Singles Tournament. However, with the three girls all ranked top-50 in the country, none of them made a serious run in the tournament. 

Seniors Kate Fahey and Brienne Minor, who also teamed up in the doubles tournament, made their third appearance in the NCAA singles tournament, while junior Chiara Lommer made her debut. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 7:51pm
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Match Point. Again. 

Giulia Pairone prepared as the ball soared toward her. She swung and watched as the ball went past the baseline and, eventually, out of bounds. 

Just like that, the Georgia Bulldogs earned their fourth and final point. 

And just like that, the Michigan Wolverines’ season came to an end. 

But not for lack of trying, though. This Michigan women’s tennis team beat records, won championships, and still had a lot to prove.