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Miami to Play Michigan in 3rd Consecutive NCAA Tourney

OXFORD, Ohio – In their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship, the Miami University women’s tennis team will head to Ann Arbor, Mich. to face the 11th-seeded Michigan Wolverines in a first-round match at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 8. Also joining the RedHawks and Wolverines are Big East champion DePaul and SEC at-large qualifier Kentucky, who will face off at 10 a.m. on Friday. The winners will advance to a second-round matchup on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m.

Miami (16-6, 8-0 MAC) earned its way to the tournament by winning a third-consecutive Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship in a 4-0 result against Ball State on Sunday. The RedHawks won their fifth MAC Tournament title in seven years, joining their 21st regular-season title and 18th undefeated conference season in school history. Senior Alix Thurman’s 7-5, 6-3 victory in first flight over the Cardinals’ Courtney Wild clinched a shutout and propelled her to a second consecutive Tournament MVP award. Thurman was accompanied by her doubles partner, freshman Hannah Shteyn, on the All-Tournament Team.

Miami enters the tournament with 11-consecutive victories, as well as team records of 84-43 in singles and 71-48 in doubles. Thurman earned First-Team All-MAC honors with 10 wins in first flight, while sophomore Andreea Badileanu was named to the Second-Team All-MAC for a second straight year. Shteyn has won nine-consecutive matches and finished undefeated in conference play, while senior Christine Guerrazzi closed her career out with a 7-1 MAC record. In doubles, the pair of Badileanu and senior Ramona Costea posted a 16-4 record and won 13 straight to finish the regular season. Shteyn and Thurman were also outstanding, going 15-1 and 7-0 in conference action.

As for their opponent, Michigan (24-3, 11-0 Big Ten) earned an automatic berth with a 4-0 victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship. The Wolverines have compiled a 113-26 record in singles, with senior Emina Bektas leading the team with an 18-2 record in first flight. The team has not lost a match since a 5-2 defeat at top-ranked North Carolina on February 22.

Miami is 7-11 all-time against Michigan, with the last meeting coming in 1995, a 7-2 Wolverine victory in Ann Arbor. The RedHawks last defeated Michigan on Feb. 16, 1992, with a 6-3 result in Oxford. Miami is looking for its first ever NCAA Tournament victory, having been defeated in four previous attempts, including last year’s 4-0 loss to 15th-seeded Northwestern.

The winner of the regional will move on to the Round of 16, which will be held at Baylor University’s Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas.

OXFORD, Ohio – In their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship, the Miami University women’s tennis team will head to Ann Arbor, Mich. to face the 11th-seeded Michigan Wolverines in a first-round match at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 8. Also joining the RedHawks and Wolverines are Big East champion DePaul and SEC at-large qualifier Kentucky, who will face off at 10 a.m. on Friday. The winners will advance to a second-round matchup on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m.

Miami (16-6, 8-0 MAC) earned its way to the tournament by winning a third-consecutive Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship in a 4-0 result against Ball State on Sunday. The RedHawks won their fifth MAC Tournament title in seven years, joining their 21st regular-season title and 18th undefeated conference season in school history. Senior Alix Thurman’s 7-5, 6-3 victory in first flight over the Cardinals’ Courtney Wild clinched a shutout and propelled her to a second consecutive Tournament MVP award. Thurman was accompanied by her doubles partner, freshman Hannah Shteyn, on the All-Tournament Team.

Miami enters the tournament with 11-consecutive victories, as well as team records of 84-43 in singles and 71-48 in doubles. Thurman earned First-Team All-MAC honors with 10 wins in first flight, while sophomore Andreea Badileanu was named to the Second-Team All-MAC for a second straight year. Shteyn has won nine-consecutive matches and finished undefeated in conference play, while senior Christine Guerrazzi closed her career out with a 7-1 MAC record. In doubles, the pair of Badileanu and senior Ramona Costea posted a 16-4 record and won 13 straight to finish the regular season. Shteyn and Thurman were also outstanding, going 15-1 and 7-0 in conference action.

As for their opponent, Michigan (24-3, 11-0 Big Ten) earned an automatic berth with a 4-0 victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship. The Wolverines have compiled a 113-26 record in singles, with senior Emina Bektas leading the team with an 18-2 record in first flight. The team has not lost a match since a 5-2 defeat at top-ranked North Carolina on February 22.

Miami is 7-11 all-time against Michigan, with the last meeting coming in 1995, a 7-2 Wolverine victory in Ann Arbor. The RedHawks last defeated Michigan on Feb. 16, 1992, with a 6-3 result in Oxford. Miami is looking for its first ever NCAA Tournament victory, having been defeated in four previous attempts, including last year’s 4-0 loss to 15th-seeded Northwestern.

The winner of the regional will move on to the Round of 16, which will be held at Baylor University’s Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas.

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