Jan. 20, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Event: Michigan Invitational (Day 3)
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 26 -- vs. Brown - ITA Kick-Off (Varsity Tennis Center), 10 a.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) and sophomore Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) went 3-0 as a pair to win the doubles title and U-M went a perfect 5-0 on the singles court against No. 20 Georgia Tech as the No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team concluded action at the Michigan Invitational on Sunday (Jan. 20) at the Varsity Tennis Center.
The Maize and Blue went 5-1 in doubles action to begin the day, winning two-of-three matches against Ole Miss before sweeping all three from South Florida in the second round of doubles. Against Ole Miss, the No. 2 duo of Nguyen and Lee coasted in the tiebreaker, 7-2, for the 8-7 win. At No. 3, Michigan won another doubles match courtesy of a tiebreaker as sophomore Kristen Dodge (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) and freshman Amy Zhu (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) raced out to a 4-1 advantage en route to the 7-4 breaker win.
The Wolverines completed doubles play against South Florida, going 3-0 against the Bulls to finish the weekend with a 7-2 record on the doubles court. Lee and Nguyen wrapped up their doubles crown with an 8-1 victory at No. 2, with junior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) and freshman Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) jumping out to a 4-0 lead on the way to an 8-2 triumph at the No. 1 spot.
Dodge and Zhu finished Michigan's near-perfect day on the doubles court, taking an 8-4 win at No. 3. Tied at 3-3, the Wolverine duo broke the USF pair en route to the victory.
The Maize and Blue then shifted to singles against No. 20 Georgia Tech. Zhu was the first Wolverine off court in singles, winning a straight-set decision over Jasmine Minor, 6-4, 6-0. The Wolverine freshman broke Minor to go up 4-3 in the first and won eight of the next nine games for her first singles win of the weekend.
Lee followed with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Alex Anghelescu, finishing the weekend with a perfect 3-0 record at No. 3 for Michigan. Bolender was the next Wolverine to finish, grabbing a three-set win (6-1, 3-6, 7-5) against Kendra Woodard at No. 2.
Yurovsky won a pair of tiebreakers to win a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) match against No. 39 Elizabeth Kilborn. Yurovsky was down a break at 5-4 in the second set before winning three of the next four games to force the tiebreaker, which she won, 9-7.
Down 5-3 in the second set, Dodge rebounded to win three of the next four games to force a second-set tiebreaker. She fought off four match points during the breaker, winning, 9-7, to push the match to a third set. It was all Dodge in the third as she knocked off Natasha Prokhnevska, 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-1.
Michigan will kick off the dual-match season next weekend, hosting an ITA Kick-Off event at the Varsity Tennis Center for the third consecutive season. The Wolverines will face Brown on Saturday (Jan. 26) at 10 a.m. U-M will then face either South Carolina or Missouri on Sunday (Jan. 27).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Ronni Bernstein
On the weekend ... "It was a great final weekend for us before dual-match play starts. The great thing about this weekend is that it looks like a dual match without it actually being a dual match. We were able to show our freshman, Amy Zhu and Ronit Yurovsky, what a dual match will be like without the pressure of an actual dual match. There is always great competition here and I was happy at how we improved as the weekend went on. We never stopped fighting, which is something this team has always been about."
On the play of the younger players ... "I was really pleased with how we ended today. Kristy (Dodge) never gave up and got a great win for us to end the day. She was down a few match points but just kept fighting and battling, taking it one point at a time. I told her to just be solid as her match got closer and closer at the end, and that was what she did. Ronit (Yurovsky) did a great job of staying composed at the end of her match, fighting back and winning it in a tiebreaker. We talk about competing as hard as we can, and I was happy that we did that today."
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