Men's Tennis

Mattias Siimar earned pivotal victories in both singles and doubles play to lead Michigan men's tennis.

Siimar has proved to be a key figure for the Michigan men’s tennis team this season. A superb showing against the Huskies came as no surprise after impressive back-to-back singles wins against Cornell and Oklahoma in the week leading up to the match. Siimar has been nothing short of impressive in his second year as a Wolverine.

It was the singles courts where Siimar showed his true strengths. After going down twice in the first set, Siimar displayed a versatile performance and came through with an impressive victory 7-5, 6-2 against Washington’s Enzo Sommer.

Senior Gabe Tishman won a three-set match to help the team sweep the singles matches.

Resilience was the theme of the day for No. 9 Michigan (5-2), who won all six singles matches after dropping the doubles point to the unranked Knights.

“We have to be mentally the strongest and the fittest team to bring the energy like that,” Steinberg said. “To come back like that was terrific.”

Michigan coach Adam Steinberg's doubles pairings led the Wolverines to victory.

Both Wolverine duos would prevail, though, lifting the team to a 5-2 victory in the meet. Johnston and Brown won their tiebreaker first, 7-4. Immediately afterward, Siimar and Fenty won, 7-5, clinching the doubles point.

Michigan coach Adam Steinberg praised his team after a “real big win" over Oklahoma.

Saturday evening in the Varsity Tennis Center, all in attendance focused their eyes on the matchup between Michigan freshman Patrick Maloney and Oklahoma freshman Mason Beiler.

Up 5-2 in the third set of No. 6 singles, Maloney had a chance to secure the win for his team by extending the Wolverines’ lead to 4-2. Maloney turned to the home crowd in the balcony and his teammates nearby, throwing his hands in the air and yelling, “Let’s go!”, trying to raise the energy in the arena and ride its way to a victory for Michigan.

Senior Myles Schalet has assumed a leadership role on a young Wolverines squad.

Even though Michigan would go on to win 4-2, four of their singles players lost the first set of their respective matches. Schalet played a part in helping them come back.

Sophomore Mattias Siimar shined in the No. 1 spot for the Wolverines, dispatching Cornell’s Alafia Ayeni in a 6-4, 6-1 triumph .

Early in doubles play on Friday, Michigan junior Connor Johnston and sophomore Harrison Brown trailed Cornell’s No. 1 doubles pair, 2-0. The Big Red appeared to be on their way to a decisive victory over the Wolverines.

But the duo rebounded by winning six out of the next seven games, netting a 6-3 win while setting the stage for a 4-1 Michigan victory over Cornell.

Michigan's doubles play was a bright spot in its loss to Baylor.

The No. 24 Wolverines (1-2) won two out of three doubles matches Sunday, a bright spot in a disheartening loss to No. 11 Baylor, who will move forward to the ITA tournament following Sunday’s win and a win Saturday over No. 12 Georgia.

“It was great that we were able to win the doubles on a tiebreaker,” said Michigan coach Adam Steinberg. “That’s really important to us going forward.”

Michigan failed to recover from losing a doubles point against Alabama on Saturday.

The No. 23 Michigan men’s tennis team lost its season opener on Saturday to No. 22 Alabama, 4-3, after failing to recover from losing the doubles point.

Senior Gabe Tishman was one of three Wolverines traveling to Florida for the Lakewood Ranch Invitational this past weekend.

In its final tournament of the fall season, the Michigan men’s tennis team faced an uphill battle the entire weekend, facing an injury while playing on clay courts – something the Wolverines haven’t acclimated to while practicing in the Midwest.

Sophomore Harrison Brown and his partner, senior Gabe Tishman, had two wins in three rounds of round-robin play.

At the Big Ten Singles and Doubles Championship over the weekend, expectations were high for the Michigan men’s tennis team. Last year’s championship in East Lansing saw the duo of then-freshman Harrison Brown and now-graduated senior Davis Crocker take the Big Ten title in doubles play.