The University of Michigan men’s tennis team that defeated USC 4-3 at the Tennis Center, guaranteeing the Wolverines the Elite Eight and or NCAA quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. Especially thanks to the performance of Ondrej, the hero of the challenge.
Michigan will play Thursday, May 18 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida against the winner of Sunday’s May 14 game between TCU and Mississippi State. As reorted by the Michigan website, it was No. 8 Styler who had the final say in the third set tiebreak with No.
25 Stefan Dostanic. Dostanic won the first set 7-5 and Styler won the second set 6-3. Styler had a chance to pull Dostanic away while he led 5-3, but the Trojan held him off by winning two match points to tie it at 5-5. After trading breaks, the two headed to a seven-point tie.
Dostanic jumped out to lead 4-1, but Styler hit back-to-back three-pointers to make it 4-4. After exchanging points, Styler served a ball which Dostanic returned and on the point in progress, Dostanic double faulted to make the tiebreak 7-5.
Michigan appeared to be in complete control when the game began, dominating in doubles. Patrick Maloney and Nino Ehrenschneider won a 6-1 match against Bradley Frye and No. 45 ranked Learner Tien. No. 7 ranked Andrew Fenty and Gavin Young followed with 6-1 decisions over No.
1 Samuel Rubell and Wotjek Marek to take the opening spot. The tide turned as singles began with the Trojans taking four of their six first sets, with Fenty and Young taking wins for the Wolverines at numbers 3 and 5. Jacob Bickersteth had a two match winning streak broken by Lodewijk Westrate.
No. 20 Fenty won 6-4, 6-3 over No. 39 Peter Maak in No. 3 in singles. Down 4-2 in the first set, Fenty once again rallied to take four straight games by decision 6-4. Ehrenschneider and Marek hit tremendous volleys in a two-set match that ended in Marek’s favor, 6-4, 7-5 as USC pulled back ahead 3-2.
Young and Styler were both in the third set with Michigan needing both to win. No. 63 Young collected two break points from Frye to start with a 5-1 lead that finished in a 6-2 third set to set up the all-important No. 1 singles lead.
No. 1 – No. 8 Ondrej Styler (U-M) d. No. 25 Stefan Dostanic (USC), 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5)
No. 2 – Learner Tien (USC) d. No. 44 Patrick Maloney (U-M), 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 – No. 20 Andrew Fenty (U-M) d. No. 39 Peter Maak (USC), 6-4, 6-3
4 – No. 109 Wotjek Marek (USC) d. Nino Ehrenschneider (U-M), 6-4, 7-5
No. 5 – No. 63 Gavin Young (U-M) d. Bradley Frye (USC), 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
No. 6 – Lodewijk Westrate (USC) d. Jacob Bickersteth (U-M), 6-3, 6-2
1 – No. 7 Andrew Fenty/Gavin Young (U-M) d. Samuel Rubell/Wotjek Marek (USC), 6-1
No. 2 – Patrick Maloney/Nino Ehrenschneider (U-M) d. No. 45 Bradley Frye/Learner Tien (USC), 6-1
No. 3 – Ondrej Styler/Jacob Bickersteth (U-M) vs.
Ryan Colby/Dostanic (USC), 5-2 abandoned
About the University of Michigan
The University of Michigan is a US university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is made up of 3 regional camps, located in Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint.
The name of all 24 college sports teams is the Wolverines. It was founded in 1817 in Detroit and has been based in Ann Arbor since 1837. It is considered one of the best universities in the United States, active in many areas of research in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
The university’s noted alumni include eight domestic and foreign heads of state or heads of government; 47 US senators; 218 members of the US House of Representatives; 42 US. Cabinet secretaries; 41 US governors; and 26 living billionaires.
Wolverine athletes have won 188 medals at the Olympic Games. Michigan produced 921 venture capital-backed company founders as alumni or current students from 2006 to 2021, and these founders had raised a total of $26.7B, ranked 7th globally among universities overall.
It is a founding member of the Association of American Universities.