The Michigan men’s tennis team (14-3) won every set it played.
The Wolverines (14-3) swept through Brown (9-4) and Boston University (3-7) on Sunday, beating the two 4-0 and 7-0, respectively.
They were led by senior Nick Beaty, who won three of the four matches that he participated in, in straight sets. He was leading his final match, against Brown, 7-5, 4-1, on court 4 before it was abandoned with Michigan having already secured the victory.
Against Brown, the Wolverines claimed the doubles point with a 6-4 win from the No. 2 ranked team of sophomore Andrew Fenty and junior Mattias Siimar as one half. Senior Connor Johnston teamed with Beaty to win their match, 6-2, in the other half of the doubles win.
In the singles matches, Michigan continued to roll, with sophomore Patrick Maloney winning 6-2, 6-2 on court 5. Fenty finished the first set strong en route to capturing a 6-4, 6-2 win on court 1. Junior Harrison Brown picked up a win at No. 6 singles, 6-3, 6-3, to secure the win for the Wolverines. The rest of the matches were abandoned in progress, although Siimar won his first set 6-2 at court 2 and was tied at four in the second set. Johnston won the first set, 6-4, at court 3 and was down, 3-2 in the second set when it was abandoned, as Michigan led from wire-to-wire.
“It was great, we didn’t drop a set,” Beaty said. “We just wanted to come out with the right amount of energy, the right amount of focus. A lot of times in these kinds of matchups it’s easy to let the intensity drop, let the level drop, so we just tried to stay focused.”
The Wolverines were loud and energetic throughout, leading cheers with the crowd between points and constantly high fiving their teammates whenever possible to build a strikingly intense and strong atmosphere.
“That’s the core of everything that we do, that we play with great energy and enthusiasm,” Beaty said. “We encourage each other and push each other every day, that’s a huge part of what we do.”
Michigan kept the energy and the wins coming in the second match of the day, as they defeated Boston University, 7-0. The Wolverines got off to a fast start, with early leads on all three courts in the doubles, and cruised to victory on courts 1 and 2 to secure the doubles point with wins at No. 1 doubles from Fenty and Siimar and at No. 2 doubles from Beaty and Brown.
In the singles, Beaty kept things rolling for the Wolverines, as he cruised to a quick victory at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-1. Junior Kristofer Siimar secured a win, 6-2, 6-2, at court 5 before his brother clinched the victory with a 6-3, 6-1 win. The rest of the matches were played out, with sophomore Ryan Fu securing a victory at court 6, 6-4, 6-3, and Maloney winning 7-5, 6-1 on court 4. Fenty closed out the match with a strong win at court 1, rallying from down a break multiple times in the second set to win 6-2, 7-5.
“They play together, every match they play, they scratch, they fight, they claw,” Michigan coach Adam Steinberg said. “We have a long way to go, but it’s definitely been as good a start as we could imagine, and I’m really proud of them.”