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UM men’s tennis edges Texas in epic match, makes Elite Eight

Ann Arbor — The season has been a real struggle for Michigan tennis’ Andrew Fenty, and Saturday appeared to be shaping up to add even more disappointment to his senior season.

But that’s the thing about this Michigan tennis team. There’s a grit to it, a relentless refusal to quit.

“I just told the team that they were so tough today,” Michigan head coach Adam Steinberg said. “You know, the last few years, I’ve seen it grow and grow and grow. Now there’s this belief factor that they didn’t have. Two years ago, it’d be a different answer from me.

“But it doesn’t matter what the score is, doesn’t matter. They find a way, they found a way all year.

“And they’re still going.”

With No. 1 singles player Ondrej Styler in an epic battle on the next court over, Fenty rallied in the third set from down 4-1 to beat Texas’ Pierre-Yves Bailly, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, to send Michigan into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Up next: Rival Ohio State, on Thursday in Champaign, Illinois.


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