ITA National Championships: Michigan will face Oklahoma State in today's final!

Wolverines and Cowgirls defeated NC State and Stanford, to advance to the national indoor team championship final

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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ITA National Championships: Michigan will face Oklahoma State in today's final!
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No.4 University of Michigan and No.3 Oklahoma State University will compete for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships title, in the final which will be played today at 12:00 in Seattle.

The Wolverines swept No. 8 NC State University 4-1, while the Cowgirls beat No. 2 Stanford University 4-2.

Semifinals:

Michigan (4) def. NC State (8) 4-1
Oklahoma State (3) def. Stanford (2) 4-2

Consolation:

Virginia def. North Carolina (1) 4-0
Auburn def. Florida 4-0
Georgia (7) def. Texas A&M 4-2
Pepperdine (5) def. USC 4-2
California def. Washington 4-1
Texas (6) def. Ohio State 4-3

Finals:

Oklahoma State (3) vs. Michigan (4) (NTC)

Michigan beats NC State

Michigan women's team reached the final of the ITA national team indoor championship for the first time in program history, eliminating NC Stat, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

Wolverines got the doubles point and three of the four singles matches to pick up the win and extend its hitting streak to eight. Michigan took a 3-0 lead, winning the doubles point and the first two singles matches off the court.

Michigan took the early lead, winning the two-pointer for the second straight game. UM struck first, with the freshman duo of Piper Charney and Reese Miller earning a 6-2 victory. The Wolverines took control in the opening moments, winning four of their first five games en route to a 6-2 victory.

NC State cashed in at tying point to regain the break, but Michigan responded by winning the next two games at love to bring the service game back to 5-4. UM rode the momentum of the previous two games, finishing the game by winning the final three games in a 6–4 victory.

Michigan quickly increased its lead to 3-0 behind wins from Julia Fliegner and Charney. The Wolverine pair had simultaneous match points, with Fliegner winning first and Charney following.

Fliegner took advantage of early breaks in both sets to earn his first win of the tournament. In the second set, she held a break point to hold serve at 3-2 behind a lob to set up the winner. She broke on tying point in the next game and held on the rest of the way for the straight victory.

Charney used a break late in the first set to win and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second. After the second set was tied at 2-2, she ripped off four straight games to give Michigan a 3-0 lead.

With Michigan needing just one more point to get the win, NC State got on the board with a win. Gala Mesochoritou forced a third set at No. 4 and Lily Jones found herself headed to third.

Brown rallied several times in her second set, eventually forcing a tie-break. She fought off two match points, turning a 6-4 deficit into an 8-6 victory to stay in the game and keep the pressure on NC State.

Mesochoritou broke the score at 5-5, going on to break the third set, while Jones took the break at 3-2. She consolidated that in the next game to take a 4-2 lead. Both players held the rest of the way as Jones moved to 3-0 in the tournament with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory.

Women's singles:

No. 1 -- No. 10 Amelia Rajecki (NC State) d. No. 9 Kari Miller (UM), 7-5, 6-4
No. 2 -- No. 18 Julia Fliegner (UM) d. No. 40 Abigail Rencheli (NC State), 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 – Jaedan Brown (UM) vs. No. 39 Anna Zyryanova (NC State), 4-6, 7-6 (6), 1-1 abandoned
No. 4 – No. 124 Gala Mesochoritou (UM) vs. No. 33 Sophie Abrams (NC State), 4-6, 6-4, 6-6 abandoned
No. 5 -- No. 57 Lily Jones (UM) d. Gina Dittmann (NC State), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
No. 6 -- Piper Charney (UM) d. Maddy Zampardo (NC State), 6-2, 6-2

Women's doubles:

No. 1 – No. 5 Jaedan Brown/Kari Miller (UM) d. No. 6 Sophie Abrams/Anna Zyryanova (NC State), 6-4
No. 2 -- No. 9 Amelia Rajecki/Maddy Zampardo (NC State) d. Anna Ross/Lily Jones (UM), 6-3
No. 3 – Reese Miller/Piper Charney (UM) d. Abigail Rencheli/Gabriella Broadfoot (NC State), 6-2

Oklahoma State beats Stanford

The Oklahoma State women's tennis team beat Stanford to advance to the championship final. The Cowgirls remain undefeated at 8-0 with the win, marking their fourth win over a top-five ranked opponent and seventh over a top-15 ranked opponent. It also marks OSU's first win over Stanford in program history, avenging a loss to the Cardinal in the second round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament.

The game began with a double, where the Cowgirls quickly took the lead. Anastasiya Komar and Ange Oby Kajuru dominated Angelica Blake and Alexis Blokhina, 6-0, on the first court.

Alexandra Yepifanova and Connie Ma beating Raquel Gonzalez and Ayumi Miyamoto, while Safiya Carrington and Kristina Novak took double points for OSU, beating Valencia Xu and Katherine Hui. In singles, Stanford got the first point to tie the match. Kajuru fell to No. 75 Yepifanova, 6-3, 7-5, putting Stanford on the board.

Novak beat Xu on court 6-3, 6-4, before Carrington beat Blokhina, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4. Stanford would claim another court when Ma defeated Lucia Peyre 6-3, 6-4, but OSU won when Miyamoto finished off Hui, 6-0, 2-6, 6-2.

Women's singles:

1. No. 17 Anastasiya Komar (OSU) v. No. 56 Angelica Blake (STAN) 3-6, 6-3, 2-3, unfinished
2. No. 12 Connie Ma (STAN) def. No. 54 Lucia Peyre (OSU) 6-3, 6-4
3. No. 75 Alexandra Yepifanova (STAN) def. No. 5 Ange Oby Kajuru (OSU) 6-3, 7-5
4. No. 122 Safiya Carrington (OSU) def. No. 55 Alexis Blokhina (STAN) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
5. No. 46 Ayumi Miyamoto (OSU) def. Katherine Hui (STAN) 6-0, 2-6, 6-2
6. Kristina Novak (OSU) def. No. 69 Valencia Xu (STAN) 6-3, 6-4

Women's doubles:

1. No. 13 Ange Oby Kajuru and Anastasiya Komar (OSU) def. No. 56 Angelica Blake and Alexis Blokhina (STAN) 6-0
2. Alexandra Yepifanova and Connie Ma (STAN) def. Ayumi Miyamoto and Raquel Gonzalez (OSU) 6-2
3. Safiya Carrington and Kristina Novak (OSU) def. Valencia Xu and Katherine Hui (STAN) 6-3

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