Wolverines Rally for Road Win at No. 18 Vanderbilt
Emina Bektas

Feb. 4, 2012

Site: Nashville, Tenn. (Currey Tennis Center)
Score: #10 Michigan 4, #18 Vanderbilt 3
Records: U-M (4-0), Vanderbilt (1-1)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 5 -- at Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.), 10 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For the second consecutive dual appearance, the No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team rallied from an early deficit after dropping the doubles points, claiming four singles victories to edge No. 18 Vanderbilt, 4-3, on Friday afternoon (Feb. 3) at the Currey Tennis Center. The Wolverines improved to 4-0 on the season, including three straight decisions over ranked opposition.

Michigan took four of the first five matches off court, clinching the dual from the No. 1 position, where freshman Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels HS) battled to a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 decision over No. 23-ranked Jackie Wu. Bektas, ranked 36th, extended her win streak to seven consecutive matches; she has claimed four wins over ranked opponents over the stretch.

The Wolverines were also victorious at the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 singles positions. Like Bektas, junior Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan HS) and freshman Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall HS) improved to 4-0 in dual play with straight-set wins at the latter two spots. Nguyen cruised past No. 110-ranked Marie Casares, 6-1, 6-1, while Lee defeated Alex Leatu, 6-3, 6-4.

Sophomore Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan Prep) rounded out Michigan's singles winners, claiming a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 69-ranked Lauren Mira at No. 2. Bolender is 3-1 in dual appearances.

Nguyen and senior Michelle Sulahian (Valley Glen, Calif./Campbell Hall HS) claimed the Wolverines' lone doubles win from the No. 2 spot, earning an 8-6 decision over Marie Casares and Ashleigh Antal. The Commodores won the first two doubles matches off court, including an 8-6 decision at the No. 1 spot.

The Wolverines will wrap up their road trip on Sunday (Feb. 5), heading to Knoxville, Tenn., to face Tennessee at 10 a.m. at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.

Following are match-by-match results

No. 1 -- No. 36 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. No. 23 Jackie Wu (Vanderbilt), 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
No. 2 -- No. 46 Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. No. 69 Lauren Mira (Vanderbilt), 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 -- No. 113 Mimi Nguyen (U-M) d. No. 110 Marie Casares (Vanderbilt), 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 -- Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Alex Leatu (Vanderbilt), 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 -- Ashleigh Antal (Vanderbilt) d. Kristen Dodge (U-M), 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 -- Nelly Radeva (Vanderbilt) d. Michelle Sulahian (U-M), 1-6, 6-1, 1-0 (8)

No. 1 -- Jackie Wu/Alex Leatu (Vanderbilt) d. No. 24 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M), 8-6
No. 2 -- Mimi Nguyen/Michelle Sulahian (U-M) d. Marie Casares/Ashleigh Antal (Vanderbilt), 8-6
No. 3 -- Nelly Radeva/Lauren Mira (Vanderbilt) d. Kristen Dodge/Sarah Lee (U-M), 8-6

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

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