PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Senior Farris Cunningham picked up her fourth consecutive singles victory, but Rutgers tennis suffered a 6-1 loss to No. 8 Michigan Friday afternoon at the East Brunswick Racquet Club.
Cunningham won in straight sets over Valeria Patiuk, 6-4, 6-3, to secure her fourth conference win in as many matches in the No. 6 position. The Houston, Texas, native has added wins over the Wolverines, Penn State, Ohio State and Northwestern during the streak.
Freshman Jacqueline Cochrane suffered a hard-fought, three-set loss to Mira Ruder-Hook in the No. 5 position. After Cochrane delivered a 6-3 decision in the first set, Ruder-Hook muscled a 7-6 (1) second-set win. In the tiebreaker, Cochrane fell, 10-7.
Senior Ksenija Tihomirova was also strong in her singles bout with Brienne Minor, picking up a convincing 6-3 result in the first set. However, Minor battled back with 6-1 and 6-2 decisions to secure the No. 2 singles match.
Rutgers returns to action on Sunday when it hosts Michigan State at noon. The match will either be contested at the EBRC or the RU Tennis Center, depending on weather.
Tennis Match Results
Michigan vs Rutgers
Apr 07, 2017 at East Brunswick, N.J.
#8 Michigan 6, Rutgers 1
1. Kate Fahey (MICH) def. Du, Mingxiu (RU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Brienne Minor (MICH) def. Tihomirova, Ksenija (RU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
3. Alex Najarian (MICH) def. Lee, Chloe (RU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Chiara Lommer (MICH) def. Muzik, Katherine (RU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Mira Ruder-Hook (MICH) def. Cochrane, Jacqueline (RU) 3-6, 7-6 (1), 10-7
6. Cunningham, Farris (RU) def. Valeria Patiuk (MICH) 6-4, 6-3
1. Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (MICH) def. Du, Mingxiu/Muzik, Katherine (RU) 6-2
2. Mira Ruder-Hook/Brienne Minor (MICH) def. Lee, Chloe/Tihomirova, Ksenija (RU) 6-4
3. Cochrane, Jacqueline/Cunningham, Farris (RU) def. Valeria Patiuk/Chiara Lommer (MICH) 5-4 DNF
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2, DNF); Singles (3,1,4,6,2,5)
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