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Michigan sophomore Brienne Minor has a date with history on Monday.

Michigan’s Brienne Minor to play for NCAA tennis title, 8 qualify for track and field nationals, and more

Kevin Goheen

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Today is Monday, May 29, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…


Happy Memorial Day to everyone.

It has been a great stay in Athens, Ga., for sophomore tennis player Brienne Minor, who is one match away from becoming Michigan’s first NCAA singles champion after rallying for a 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-0, semifinal win against No. 15 Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt on Sunday. Minor began the tournament as the No. 24 seed but has rolled to five straight wins, dropping just two sets in the process.

Minor will take on No. 6 Belinda Woolcock of Florida at 11 a.m. ET on Monday. Woolcock beat Estela Perez-Somarriba of Miami, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 in their semifinal match. Perez-Somarriba beat Michigan’s Kate Fahey in the quarterfinals, preventing two Wolverines from making the semifinals.

Minor is now 31-6 on the season. Michigan began the championships by losing to Stanford in the round of 16 of the team tournament. Minor and Woolcock became the first Michigan players to advance as far as the round of 16 since 1984, and the first two to reach the quarterfinals.

Minor can make more history Monday.

Eight qualify for nationals

Michigan is sending eight athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships following their weekend performances at the East preliminary meet at Kentucky.

Distance runners Jaimie Phelan (1,500 meters), Claire Borchers (3,000 steeplechase) and Gina Sereno (5,000) earned trips for the women’s team. Steve Bastien (decathlon), Taylor McLaughlin (400 hurdles), and throwers Joe Ellis (hammer throw), Grant Cartwright (shot put) and Andrew Liskowitz (shot put) will represent the men’s team.

The national meet is June 7-10 at the University of Oregon.

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