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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. 

Presented by The Michigan Daily's sports section, a rotating cast of writers discusses Michigan sports.

It's been an eventful last four years in the Michigan sports world, and who better to talk about those events than the people who have covered them for The Daily? Six of our seniors sit down to reflect on their favorite Michigan sports and Daily memories.

We love LANEY <3

The Daily gave me a home in a place where I felt like I didn’t have one, and now I can’t imagine having gone anywhere else. That’s why I have an absurd amount of love for these people, and why I don’t care that ending every email with “I love you” was probably unnecessary and ridiculous.

What I do care about is that everyone on this staff — every freshman, every senior, every junior and every sophomore — knows that they were a part of one of the best experiences on this campus.

We love MIKE <3.

I’ll remember The Daily for being the thing that got me through the hard times. When things were at their worst, I never once dreaded walking into that building. Turning the corner from the stairs, entering the newsroom and seeing the sports staff at the first desk on the right washed away whatever else was going on in my life. For a year, that staff — the best goddamn student sports section in the world — was mine, and that means the world to me.

It was the biggest factor in the best four years of my life.

But at some point, the stadium lights go out, and you have to leave.

It is the worst part.

The Michigan women's gymnastics team will compete against seven other teams at the NCAA National Championships this weekend.

Michigan, ranked seventh in the country, is now one of the eight teams that performed at the caliber that allowed them to advance from their regional competitions to compete on the biggest stage. The Wolverines are ready. And they know it.

Senior goaltender Mira Shane recorded her 100th save of the season in a 12-8 Senior Day win over Rutgers.

“I think it’s a mentality thing,” Shane said. “I think I stay busy in my mind, even though I may not be running around. I always try to stay connected with our offense. You might see me doing some sprints as (the offensive players) score. But that’s only for me – I kind of get energized by them scoring and us having these great opportunities. I think that’s how we stay in the zone as a defensive unit.”

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Saturday, Michigan blanked Rutgers (9-9, 1-7), 5-0, with dominant play from doubles pairs No. 1, seniors Kate Fahey and Brienne Minor, and No. 2, junior Giulia Pairone and freshman Anca Craciun, who have acted as doubles-point closers throughout the season. Along with strong doubles play were convincing singles victories from Fahey, Minor and sophomore Alyvia Jones to clinch the win.

Emma McLean (left) and Olivia Karas are Michigan women's gymnastics' two senior leaders.

Right off the bat, the two became immensely close. Like, finishing-each-other’s-sentences close, so it’s no surprise that McLean and Karas spent all of their time together trying to figure out the game called life. There were times when they would miss the bus and chase after it so they wouldn’t be late to practice, or would miss dinner and would eat dry cereal on McLean’s dorm room floor.

Both the Coed IA and Game Day teams on the Michigan cheer team earned national championships.

Meghan Mesojedec, a co-captain for the Coed IA team along with Deontay Walker, said it felt like it took about 30 seconds for the announcer to reveal the runner-up, which might seem like an eternity when you’re waiting on a potential national championship.

Presented by The Michigan Daily's sports section, a rotating cast of writers discusses Michigan sports.

Now that the basketball team is done, there are other things in the Michigan sports world that you can pay attention to. This week we talk spring football, the women's gymnastics' run to the NCAA Championships and the softball's 15-game winning streak.