Tennis

The Michigan women's tennis team won the Big Ten Tournament for the second consecutive year.

For the second consecutive year, the Michigan women’s tennis team are Big Ten Champions after defeating Illinois on Sunday.

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The Michigan men’s tennis team (15-6 overall, 6-3 Big Ten) defeated Wisconsin (9-9, 3-5), 5-2, with both Tishman and Schalet winning their respective matches. The seniors also both won their doubles matches, in which Tishman paired up with sophomore Harrison Brown and Schalet with freshman Andrew Fenty.

Michigan senior Kate Fahey secured her third-straight thirty win season after winning in straight sets against Florida.

On Thursday afternoon, No. 14 Michigan (13-5 overall, 9-0 Big Ten) took on No. 23 Florida (11-9 overall, 7-5 SEC) at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla. The Wolverines, the top team in the Big Ten, were unable to claim the victory, losing, 4-3, and ending their eight-match win streak.

Senior Myles Schalet clinched victories against both Northwestern and Illinois over the weekend.

The doubles point proved to be the make-or-break factor for the No. 20 Michigan men’s tennis team in its weekend split.

On Friday, winning the doubles point set the tone early for a 5-2 win over Northwestern.

But on Saturday, a doubles loss foreshadowed a 4-2 defeat to No. 15 Illinois.

junior Chiara Lommer defeated her opponent at No. 3 singles for the Michigan women's tennis team.

Brienne Minor and Kate Fahey know how to lead by example.

The two seniors teamed up in doubles play for the Michigan women’s tennis team’s (7-4 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) match with Iowa (8-6, 0-2) on Sunday. Minor and Fahey were the first to finish their doubles match, defeating their opponents, 6-2, after Minor sealed the deal with a swinging forehand volley on match point.

Men's tennis coach Adam Steinberg has transformed Michigan's program since his arrival in 2014.

“That’s the secret: This (culture) makes you a better person,” Steinberg said. “I feel like that’s the most important part of my job — helping these kids understand life’s not about ‘you’ as much as it’s about being unselfish, giving and caring about others, whether it be on the tennis court or anywhere else in life.”

Connor Johnston and Harrison Brown brought energy that Michigan coach Adam Steinberg noted contributed to the doubles win.

Bouncing balls. Squeaking sneakers. Guttural grunts. All are sounds one expects to hear when watching a tennis match, but they’re not the only ones present when watching the No. 24 Michigan men’s tennis team compete.

The Michigan men's tennis team beat NC State 4-1 on Saturday.

Schalet capped off an impressive day with a win in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Senior Gabe Tishman, the only Michigan singles player to not participate in doubles, had possibly the most dominant singles win for the Wolverines, 6-0, 6-4, while junior Connor Johnston won 6-4, 7-5 to give Michigan the deciding point and a 4-1 win.

Andrew Fenty and Pat Maloney spearheaded Michigan's 4-1 win over NC State.

After a long fall of individual competition, the 24th-ranked Wolverines entered the team season with their sights sets on Saturday’s ITA Kick-Off. Thanks to last year’s Sweet Sixteen run — Michigan’s first since 2008 — the team earned the right to host the tournament for the first time in program history, drawing national attention to Fenty and Maloney’s home debut.

The two new kids on the block didn’t disappoint.

Chiara Lommer's play improved on Sunday after Ronni Bernstein switched up doubles pairings.

Stunned, Bernstein was faced with one question after stumbling out of the gate: How do you move forward after a nightmare like Saturday?

“We could see some (doubles) lineup changes,” Bernstein said after Saturday’s matches. “It’s something I’ll think about over a cup of coffee.”