Wolverines Blank Brown, Advance in ITA Kick-Off Weekend
Kristen Dodge

Jan. 26, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Event: ITA Kick-Off (Day 1 of 2)
Result: #16 Michigan 7, Brown 0
Records: U-M (1-0), Brown (0-1)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Jan. 27 -- vs. South Carolina - ITA Kick-Off Championship (Varsity Tennis Center), 2 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team punched its ticket to the ITA Kick-Off championship match after sweeping Brown, 7-0, on Saturday (Jan. 26) in the first round of action at the Varsity Tennis Center. It is the fourth consecutive season that U-M has advanced to the championship match.

Michigan took the early match lead by winning the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Michigan's top pair of freshman Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) and junior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) secured the team's first win on the doubles court, breaking Brown in the first game en route to an 8-2 decision.

With the remaining two matches on the court, U-M's No. 2 duo of senior Mimi Nguyen(Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) and sophomore Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) were the first to finish with an 8-2 win. The No. 3 match, featuring sophomores Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) and Kristen Dodge (Barrington, Ill./Barrington), was abandoned with U-M holding a 7-4 lead.

Switching to singles, Michigan won all six first sets to take control of the team match. Freshman Amy Zhu (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) put Michigan's next point on the board with a 6-0, 3-0 win at No. 5 when Laura Wiley retired. Lee was the next Wolverine off court with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 3, putting the Maize and Blue on the brink of clinching the team match.

Bektas providing the clinching point, finishing about two minutes after Lee with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 1 over Misia Krasowski. With the team victory in hand, Nguyen, Dodge and Bolender finished off their respective opponents in straight sets as U-M did not drop a set on the afternoon.

Michigan will play for a berth to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships tomorrow (Sunday, Jan. 27), taking on either South Carolina or Missouri at 2 p.m.

Following are match-by-match results:


No. 1 -- Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Misia Krasowski (Brown), 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 -- Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Hannah Camhi (Brown), 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 -- Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Sarah Kandath (Brown), 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 -- Mimi Nguyen (U-M) d. Nikita Uberoi (Brown), 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 -- No. 94 Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Laura Wiley (Brown), 6-0, 3-0 retired
No. 6 -- Kristen Dodge (U-M) d.Ammu Mandalap (Brown), 6-1, 6-2


No. 1 -- Bolender/Yurovsky (U-M) d. Camhi/Krasowski (Brown), 8-2
No. 2 -- Nguyen/Lee (U-M) d. Harrow/Mandalap (Brown), 8-2
No. 3 -- Bektas/Dodge (U-M) vs. Kandath/Uberoi (Brown), 7-4 abandoned

Order of Completion: Singles 5-3-1-4-6-2; Doubles 1-2


• Michigan and Brown met for the first time in school history.

• U-M won its fifth straight season-opening match. The last time Michigan did not win its opening match was during the 2007-08 campaign.

• With a win at No. 6 singles, Kristen Dodge ran her winning streak to five matches.

Emina Bektas and Kristen Dodge competed on the doubles court for the first time together.

Mimi Nguyen and Sarah Lee have won four straight on the doubles court. The pair played together for the first time this season last weekend (Jan. 19-20) at the Michigan Invitational.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423