Wolverines Fall to No. 3 Duke in ITA National Indoors
Emina Bektas

Feb. 11, 2012

Site: Charlottesville, Va. (Boar's Head Tennis Club)
Event: ITA National Indoor Championships (Quarterfinals)
Score: #3 Duke 4, #10 Michigan 0
Records: U-M (5-2), Duke (7-0)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 12 -- vs. Georgia - ITA National Indoor Championships Consolation (Charlottesville, Va.), Noon

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team dropped the doubles points and the first three singles matches off court to fall to No. 3 Duke, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships on Saturday (Feb. 11) at the Boar's Head Tennis Club.

After the teams split the first two completed matches, the Blue Devils clinched the doubles point from the No. 2 position, where Beatrice Capra and Rachel Kahan used a late surge to down junior Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan HS) and freshman Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall HS), 8-3.

Freshman Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels HS) and sophomore Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan Prep), ranked No. 24 in the latest ITA doubles poll, earned an 8-3 decision at the No. 1 spot, winning the last five straight games to knock off Ester Godfield and Mary Clayton. It was the Wolverine duo's third straight doubles win; they improved to 15-6 on the season.

Duke claimed the first set in all six singles matches to take immediate control, clinching the dual victory with straight-set wins at the No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 positions.

Bektas and Lee's matches were abandoned at the No. 1 and No. 4 spots as both remained unbeaten in the duals this season. Lee held a narrow 5-4 advantage in the second set when the match ended.

Michigan will drop into the ITA National Indoor Championships consolation draw tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 12) at the Boar's Head Tennis Club. The Wolverines will face No. 6 Georgia at noon.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 36 Emina Bektas (U-M) vs. No. 7 Beatrice Capra (Duke), 3-6, 2-3 abandoned
No. 2 -- No. 46 Brooke Bolender (U-M) vs. No. 38 Hanna Mar (Duke), 3-6, 3-5 abandoned
No. 3 -- Ester Goldfield (Duke) d. No. 113 Mimi Nguyen (U-M), 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 -- Sarah Lee (U-M) vs. No. 118 Rachel Kahan (Duke), 4-6, 5-4 abandoned
No. 5 -- No. 66 Mary Clayton (Duke) d. Michelle Sulahian (U-M), 6-0, 6-2
No. 6 -- No. 35 Monica Turewicz (Duke) d. Kristen Dodge (U-M), 6-2, 6-1

No. 1 -- No. 24 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Ester Godfield/Mary Clayton (Duke), 8-3
No. 2 -- Beatrice Capra/Rachel Kahan (Duke) d. Mimi Nguyen/Sarah Lee (U-M), 8-3
No. 3 -- Hanna Mar/Annie Mulholland (Duke) d. Sam Critser/Michelle Sulahian (U-M), 8-2

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

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