Feb. 2, 2014
Site: Knoxville, Tenn. (Goodfriend Tennis Center)
Score: #11 Michigan 6, Tennessee 1
Records: U-M (3-0), UT (1-2)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Mon., Feb. 7-10 -- at ITA National Team Indoor Championships (Charlottesville, Va.), TBA
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team won its third straight match to start the season, knocking off No. 26-ranked Tennessee, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 2) at the Goodfriend Tennis Center. It was the first win for the Wolverines in Knoxville in program history.
In doubles, Michigan fell in an early hole as Tennessee breezed to a 6-0 win at the No. 3 slot. Needing wins on the top two courts, the Wolverines answered back with win at No. 2 and No. 1 to secure the match's first point. Sophomore Amy Zhu (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) and junior Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) grabbed a 3-1 lead at the No. 2 spot and never looked back, evening the doubles competition at a match apiece with a 6-1 triumph.
At No. 1, Michigan's ninth-ranked duo of junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) and senior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) took advantage of an early break en route to a 6-3 win to clinch the doubles point for Michigan. The Wolverines have won all three doubles points on the young season.
The Maize and Blue carried its momentum over into singles action, winning five-of-six first sets. Bektas was the first Wolverine to win a singles match, taking a 6-0, 6-4 win over No. 53 Eve Repic at the top spot. The No. 21-ranked junior shut out Repic in the first before finding herself in a 2-0 hole in the second set. She ripped off the next three games before taking the 6-4 win.
Bolender put the Wolverines on the brink of clinching the team match, winning 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 3 position. After a tightly contested first set, Bolender jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second to take control.
Tennessee won the third singles match off court for its first point of the day, but junior Kristen Dodge (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) clinched the match for U-M with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 6.
With the team match in hand, Zhu and Lee each won their respective matches in straight sets to provide the final 6-1 margin.
Michigan returns to action next weekend (Feb. 7-10), participating in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va.
Following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- No. 21 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. No. 53 Eve Repic (UT), 6-0, 6-4
No. 2 -- No. 100 Sarah Lee (U-M) d. No. 99 Joanna Henderson (UT), 6-3, 7-5
No. 3 -- Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Brittany Lindl (UT), 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 -- Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Tiffany Tavares (UT), 6-0, 7-5
No. 5 -- Laurence Guevremont (UT) d. Sara Remynse (U-M), 6-3, 0-6, 1-0
No. 6 -- Kristen Dodge (U-M) d. Ambika Pande (UT), 6-2, 6-3
No. 1 -- No. 9 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Joanna Henderson/Brittany Lindl (UT), 6-3
No. 2 -- Amy Zhu/Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Eve Repic/Laurence Guevremont (UT), 6-1
No. 3 -- Tiffany Tavares/Ambika Pande (UT) d. Laura Ucros/Kristen Dodge (U-M), 6-0
Order of Completion: Doubles 3-2-1, Singles 1-3-5-6-4-2
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