Michigan Wins Doubles, Three Straight in Singles to Beat Notre Dame
Ronit Yurovsky

Feb. 15, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: #13 Michigan 6, #22 Notre Dame 1
Records: U-M (5-2), ND (5-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 22 -- vs. Western Michigan (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team won the doubles point and three straight singles matches to clinch a 6-1 win over No. 22-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon (Feb 15) at the Varsity Tennis Center.

Michigan won the doubles point for the early 1-0 lead, grabbing wins at No. 2 and No. 3. The No. 2 pair of junior Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) and sophomore Amy Zhu (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) raced out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back in an 8-3 win as the first pair off court.

It was a race to the finish from there, as each Michigan pair held a 7-5 lead at the same time on the two remaining courts. The No. 1 pair of junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) and senior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) went up a break at 5-4, and the No. 3 duo of sophomore Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) and freshman Laura Ucros (Bogota, Colombia/Fundación Nuevo Marymount) won two straight games after being tied 5-5.

Ucros and Yurovsky provided the clinching point as Notre Dame's return of serve on match point found the net, giving Michigan the match's first point. The match at No. 1 was abandoned.

The Wolverines picked up where they left off in singles play, going up 2-0 with a straight-set win by Bektas at the No. 1 position. Bektas cruised in the first set and broke in the second at 3-3 to secure a 6-1, 6-4 victory.

Bolender won the second singles match of the day, at the No. 4 position, to give Michigan a 3-0 lead in the match. Bolender won 6-3, 6-0, finishing with a big overhead to seal the win. Shortly after Bolender's match, Yurovski sealed the team victory with a 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 2 spot.

Michigan then completed its remaining three matches in progress, as Zhu won a tiebreak to take the first set of her match and continued on to win in straight sets, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Lee lost her match after splitting sets and losing in a 10-point tiebreaker for the third set, 6-4, 4-6, 6-10. Ucros finished the last match of the afternoon, winning a closely contested 7-5, 7-5 match.

Michigan returns to action next Saturday (Feb. 22), hosting Western Michigan at the Varsity Tennis Center at 6 p.m.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 12 Emina Bektas (U-M) def. No. 119 Britney Sanders (ND), 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 -- No. 18 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) def. No. 99 Quinn Gleason (ND), 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 -- Jenny Kellner (ND) def. No. 75 Sarah Lee (U-M), 4-6, 6-4, 10-6
No. 4 -- No. 98 Brooke Bolender (U-M) def. No. 105 Monica Robinson (ND), 6-3, 6-0
No. 5 -- Amy Zhu (U-M) def. Mary Closs (ND), 7-6(4), 6-3
No. 6 -- Laura Ucros (U-M) def. Julie Vrabel (ND), 7-5, 7-5

No. 1 -- No. 9 Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas (U-M) vs. No. 27 Quinn Gleason/Britney Sanders (ND), 7-5 DNF
No. 2 -- Sarah Lee/Amy Zhu (U-M) d. No. 41 Jenny Kellner/Monica Robinson (ND), 8-3
No. 3 -- Ronit Yurovsky/Laura Ucros (U-M) d. Mary Closs/Julie Vrabel (ND), 8-5

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


• Michigan has won six in a row against Notre Dame.

• College tennis returned to its normal scoring of an eight-game pro set for doubles and a full third set if needed in singles.

Emina Bektas has won nine consecutive singles matches.

• Michigan won the doubles point for the fifth time this season. The Wolverines are 5-0 when winning the match's first point.

• The win is No. 299 for head coach Ronni Bernstein.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)