Feb. 1, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Result: #16 Michigan 4, #25 Tennessee 3
Records: U-M (3-0), UT (0-3)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 3 -- at North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 1 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After dropping the doubles point, the No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team won the first four singles matches off court to defeat No. 25-ranked Tennessee, 4-3, Friday (Feb. 1) at the Varsity Tennis Center.
For the first time this season, Michigan was unable to come away with the doubles point after Tennessee won at No. 2 and No. 1 for the first point of the match. The Wolverines won the first match off court as the sophomore duo of Kristen Dodge (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) and Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) coasted to an 8-3 win at No. 3.
Michigan's No. 2 duo of senior Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) and sophomore Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) fell in an early hole, eventually dropping an 8-3 decision. With the doubles point coming down to the No. 1 match, Michigan's pair of freshman Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) and junior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) battled back from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 lead. With the teams back on serve at 5-5, the Tennessee pair broke Bolender and Yurovksy to go up 6-5. Tennessee won the ensuing two games to take the match, 8-5, and the doubles point.
Bolender put Michigan's first point on the board, defeating Caitlyn Williams (6-1, 6-3) at No. 3 to tie the team score. Bektas gave U-M a 2-1 lead just minutes later with another straight-set win for the home team, taking care of No. 23 Brynn Boren (6-4, 6-1) at the top position.
Yurovsky provided the Wolverines their third point of the day, defeating No. 25 Kata Szekely at No. 2. The Michigan freshman fought off two set points in the first-set tiebreaker, rallying from a 6-4 deficit for the 8-6 tiebreak victory. It was all Yurovsky in the second as she took advantage of an early break to complete the 7-6 (6), 6-4 win.
Lee provided the clinching point for Michigan, winning a three-set affair (4-6, 6-0, 6-4) over Joanna Henderson at No. 4. After dropping the first set, Lee won eight consecutive games to win the second set and take a 2-0 lead in the third. The players traded breaks back and forth before getting back on serve with Lee leading, 5-4. Henderson missed four consecutive serves to give Lee match point, and Lee took the match when Henderson's shot went long.
The Lady Vols won the final two matches off court to provide the final score, 4-3.
Michigan hits the road for the first time this season on Sunday (Feb. 3), traveling to North Carolina to take on the No. 8-ranked Tar Heels at 1 p.m. in Chapel Hill.
Following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- Emina Bektas (U-M) d. No. 23 Brynn Boren (UT), 6-4, 6-1
No. 2 -- Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) d. No. 25 Kata Szekely (UT), 7-6 (6), 6-4
No. 3 -- Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Caitlyn Williams (UT), 6-1, 6-3
No. 4 -- Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Joanna Henderson (UT), 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
No. 5 -- Mimi Fotopoulous (UT) d. Mimi Nguyen (U-M), 6-7 (5), retired
No. 6 -- Tiffany Tavares (UT) d. Amy Zhu (U-M), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 1 -- No. 12 Brynn Boren/Kata Szekely (UT) d. Brooke Bolender/Ronit Yurovsky (U-M), 8-5
No. 2 -- No. 41 Caitlyn Williams/Joanna Henderson (UT) d. Sarah Lee/Mimi Nguyen (U-M), 8-3
No. 3 -- Emina Bektas/Kristen Dodge (U-M) d. Sarah Toti/Jesse Grace (UT), 8-2
Order of Completion: Doubles 3-2-1, Singles 3-1-2-4-5-6
N O T E S
Michigan moves to 4-11 all-time against Tennessee. It is U-M's first win over Tennessee since the 2007-08 season.
Freshman Ronit Yurovsky picked up her first dual-match win as a Wolverine.
Michigan is 3-0 for the fourth consecutive season.
Emina Bektas has played 29 consecutive matches at the No. 1 singles position.
Michigan won five of the first six singles sets.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Ronni Bernstein
On bouncing back after the doubles point ... "I just got done telling the team that the way they responded today after dropping that point was huge. Doubles can be such an emotional thing, especially when you drop that first point. You feel like you are in such a hole, but I told them to just remember it is only one point. They showed a lot of maturity and that they truly believe in each other."
On winning five of six first sets in singles ... "We got great starts. Especially after losing that doubles point, we showed a lot of character. We put the pressure back on Tennessee with how we were able to start in singles. Tennessee is a great team, and this will be a good win for us down the road."
On the top of the lineup coming through ... "It was really impressive how they played tonight. Tennessee's strength is the top of their lineup. Their top two is one of the best one-two punches in the country. Emina (Bektas) really played well against Brynn Boren, who is one of the best in the nation. Ronit (Yurovsky) really stepped up and stuck with the game plan, which was important because of who she was playing. Brooke (Bolender) was able to get off quickly, which really flipped the match. She has been able to do that the last two matches and whenever you can get that first singles win, it really helps the team."
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