Andrew Fenty and Ondrej Styler of the University of Michigan men's tennis team advanced to the round of 16 of the 2023 NCAA Singles Championship. They earned second round victories at the USTA National. The singles victory solidified Fenty's third All-American honor, as he was a singles and doubles winner in 2020.nMichigan hasn't had two players reach the round of 16 since 1981, when Mike Leach and Matt Horwich won the first two rounds.
Styler defeated Pepperdine's Daniel De Jonge 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4). Drawn 2-2 in the first set, Styler held serve and then broke De Jonge's break to take a 4-2 lead and push it to 5-2 on his next serve. In the second set, Styler took an early break to take a 2-0 lead, but De Jonge won five straight games to take his first lead of the match and push it into the third set.
De Jonge took a 3-1 lead in the third before Styler won three straight games to make it 4-3. The two exchanged serves before the tiebreak, where Styler earned a mini break for match point, 7-4. Fenty knocked out Virginia Tech's Ryan Fischback in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.
The two traded breaks to start the first set before Fenty rattled off five consecutive games to make it 6-1. Also in the second set, the two traded breaks before a double break for Fenty put him up 3-1 and he took match point with a double fault.
Gavin Young lost his second round match to Columbia's Michael Zheng. The two exchanged 6-3 sets before Zheng finished with a 6-0 third set. The opening round of doubles matches, originally scheduled for today, has been moved to Wednesday (May 24) due to bad weather.
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.
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