Wolverines Shut Out No. 15 Clemson in ITA National Indoors Opener
Mimi Nguyen

Feb. 10, 2012

Site: Charlottesville, Va. (Boar's Head Tennis Club)
Event: ITA National Indoor Championship (First Round)
Score: #10 Michigan 4, #15 Clemson 0
Records: U-M (5-1), Clemson (7-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 11 -- vs. Duke at ITA National Indoor Championship (Charlottesville, Va.), Noon

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team rebounded from its first season loss in dominant fashion, cruising past No. 15 Clemson, 4-0, in the first round of the ITA National Indoor Championship on Friday morning (Feb. 10) at the Boar's Head Tennis Club.

The Wolverines claimed the doubles point quickly, rolling to 4-0 starts en route to lopsided decisions at both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Freshman Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels HS) and sophomore Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan Prep), ranked No. 24 nationally, were first off court with an 8-3 win over the Tigers' Beatrice Gumulya and Keri Wong at No. 1 spot.

Michigan's lineup featured new pairings at the other two positions, including the dual debut for sophomore Sam Critser (Mountain View, Calif./Mountain View HS) at the No. 3 spot. Junior Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan HS) and freshman Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall HS) teamed at the No. 2 position to clinch the point with an 8-2 win over Romy Koelzer and Nelly Ciolkowski.

Bektas was also first off court at the No. 1 singles position, earning early breaks in each set to claim a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Gumulya. The Wolverine rookie extended her win streak to nine consecutive matches and improved to 19-4 on the season.

Nguyen and Lee defeated ranked opponents in quick succession at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions, respectively, to seal the Wolverine victory. Nguyen staved off a late second-set rally to defeat No. 58-ranked Klara Vyskicilova, 6-1, 6-4, while Lee took advantage of early breaks to cruise to a 6-1, 6-0 decision over No. 67-ranked Nelly Ciolkowsk to end the contest. Lee improved to 6-0 in dual competition.

The Wolverines will face No. 3 Duke, a 4-3 first-round winner over No. 23 Mississippi, in the quarterfinal round of the ITA National Indoor Championship tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 11) at noon at the Boar's Head Tennis Club.

Following are match-by-match results

No. 1 -- No. 36 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Beatrice Gumulya (Clemson), 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 -- No. 46 Brooke Bolender (U-M) vs. No. 65 Keri Wong (Clemson), 6-2, 4-6 abandoned
No. 3 -- No. 113 Mimi Nguyen (U-M) d. No. 58 Klara Vyskicilova (Clemson), 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 -- Sarah Lee (U-M) d. No. 67 Nelly Ciolkowski (Clemson), 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 -- Michelle Sulahian (U-M) vs. Romy Koelzer (Clemson), 6-4, 2-3 abandoned
No. 6 -- Kristen Dodge (U-M) vs. Monika Kochanova (Clemson), 3-6, 5-2 abandoned

No. 1 -- No. 24 Bektas/Bolender (U-M) d. Gumulya/Wong (Clemson), 8-3
No. 2 -- Nguyen/Lee (U-M) d. Koelzer/Ciolkowski (Clemson), 8-2
No. 3 -- Sam Critser/Sulahian (U-M) d. Vyskicilova/Kochanova (Clemson), 6-5 abandoned

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


• With its win today, Michigan evened its all-time against Clemson at 3-3. U-M has won the last three meetings against the Tigers, with all three wins coming at the ITA National Indoors.

• The Wolverines had lost the doubles point in three straight duals prior to today.

• Freshmen Emina Bektas and Sarah Lee are both a perfect 6-0 in dual singles matches this season.


Michigan Head Coach Ronni Bernstein
On how Michigan's doubles play set the tone for the match ... "We worked really hard on doubles this week. We actually changed some teams around, but they played really well together even though it may have been someone they haven't played with very much. This is a great win for us. Clemson is a good team."

On the possibility of playing top-seeded Duke in the next round ... "The opponent doesn't matter to us. No matter who we play this week, we are looking at it as a great opportunity. If we fight as hard as we can, we have a shot against anyone."

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