Wolverines Falter against No. 10 Duke in First Round of ITA Indoors
Amy Zhu

Feb. 7, 2014

Site: Charlottesville, Va. (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Event: ITA National Team Indoor Championships (First Round)
Score: #10 Duke 4, #11 Michigan 2
Records: U-M (3-1), Duke (5-0)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 8 -- vs. Clemson - ITA National Team Indoor Championships (Charlottesville, Va.), 9 a.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team dropped its opening match of ITA National Team Indoor Championships, falling to No. 10 Duke, 4-2, on Friday morning (Feb. 7) at the Boar's Head Sports Club.

Michigan failed to win the doubles point for the first time this season, losing 6-2 at No.2 before falling 7-6 at No. 3. Michigan's No. 1 pair of junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) and senior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) were on serve at 6-5 when their match was abandoned.

The Blue Devils extended their lead to 2-0 with a win in the first singles match off court, a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 6.

Sophomore Amy Zhu (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) got Michigan on the board with a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 4 over Alyssa Smith. The Blue Devils went up 3-1 with a victory at No. 2. Junior Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) fell in a tiebreak in the first set to No. 45 Ester Goldfeld before dropping the second, 6-3.

With Duke on the brink of the team win, Bektas, ranked No. 21, knocked off No. 3 Beatrice Capra in straight sets (6-2, 7-6) to bring Michigan back within a point, 3-2. It was Bektas' second win over a top-five opponent this season.

Duke answered moments later with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 5 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Michigan is guaranteed three matches at the tournament and will play again tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 8) in consolation action against Clemson at 9 a.m.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 21 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. No. 3 Beatrice Capra (Duke), 6-2, 7-6
No. 2 -- No. 45 Ester Goldfeld (Duke) d. No. 100 Sarah Lee (U-M), 7-6, 6-3
No. 3 -- Brooke Bolender (U-M) vs. No. 49 Hanna Mar (Duke), 6-4, 4-6, DNF
No. 4 -- Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Alyssa Smith (Duke), 7-5, 6-1
No. 5 -- Rachel Kahan (Duke) d. Sara Remynse (U-M), 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 -- Marianne Jodoin (Duke) d. Kristen Dodge (U-M), 6-0, 6-3

No. 1 -- No. 9 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M) vs. Beatrice Capra/Hanna Mar (Duke), 5-6 DNF
No. 2 -- Ester Goldfeld/Alyssa Smith (Duke) d. Sarah Lee/Amy Zhu (U-M), 6-2
No. 3 -- Marianne Jodoin/Annie Mullholland (Duke) d. Kristen Dodge/Ronit Yurovsky (U-M), 7-6

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

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