Michigan's Rally Comes Up Short in Loss to No. 13 Clemson
Ronit Yurovsky

Feb. 8, 2014

Site: Charlottesville, Va. (Boar's Head Sports Club)
Event: ITA National Team Indoor Championships (Consolation)
Score:#13 Clemson 4, #11 Michigan 2
Records: U-M (3-2), Clemson (5-2)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 9 -- vs. Miami (Fla.) - ITA National Team Indoor Championships (Charlottesville, Va.), 9 a.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team took a 2-1 lead after winning the first two singles matches off court, but dropped the next three in a 4-2 loss to Clemson on Saturday (Feb. 8) in consolation action of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships at Boar's Head Sports Club.

Michigan dropped the doubles point, losing at No. 1 and No. 3 to start the team match. Michigan's pair of sophomore Amy Zhu (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) and junior Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) breezed to a 6-2 win at No. 2 after U-M fell at No. 3 to even up the doubles competition.

Needing just one more win for the point, U-M lost a 7-6 (4) decision at No. 1 to enter singles down, 1-0.

Junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) put Michigan on the board with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 1 for her seventh straight victory. Sophomore Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) followed with a win in her first dual-match appearance, rallying for a 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (3) victory at No. 2 to put Michigan ahead, 2-1. Yurovsky was up 2-1 in the third-set tiebreraker before ripping off eight of the next 10 points for the win.

Clemson answered with wins at No. 5 and No. 3, winning 10-point tiebreakers in both to take a 3-2 lead.

With senior captain Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) and freshman Sara Remynse (Richland, Mich./Gull Lake) left on court, each Wolverine faced a match point at the same time. Remynse fell at No. 6 to provide the Tigers' final point, as Bolender's match was abandoned at No. 4.

Michigan completes consolation action tomorrow morning (Sunday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m.) against Miami (Fla.) at the National Team Indoor Championships.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 21 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. No. 74 Yana Koroleva (Clemson), 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 -- No. 20 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) d. No. 44 Beatrice Gymulya (Clemson), 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (3)
No. 3 -- No. 51 Romy Koelzer (Clemson) d. No. 100 Sarah Lee (U-M), 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (4)
No. 4 -- Ani Miao (Clemson) vs. Brooke Bolender (U-M), 6-2, 3-6, 9-4 DNF
No. 5 -- No. 103 Tristen Dewar (Clemson) d. Amy Zhu (U-M), 0-6, 6-4, 1-0 (7)
No. 6 -- Jessy Rompies (Clemson) d. Sara Remynse (U-M), 7-5, 6-4

No. 1 -- Yana Koroleva/Beatrice Gumulya (Clemson) d. No. 9 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M), 7-6 (4)
No. 2 -- Sarah Lee/Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Romy Koelzer/Tristen Dewar (Clemson), 6-2
No. 3 -- Ani Miao/Jessy Rompies (Clemson) d. Ronit Yurovsky/Kristen Dodge (U-M), 7-5

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

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