Wolverines Shut Out Michigan State in Big Ten Opener
Amu Zhu

Feb. 27, 2013


Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Result: #13 Michigan 7, Michigan State 0
Records: U-M (7-3, 1-0 Big Ten), MSU (8-3, 0-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 1 -- vs. Duke (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team shut out Michigan State, 7-0, to win its first Big Ten match of the season on Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 27) at the Varsity Tennis Center.

Michigan won its second consecutive doubles point, grabbing wins at No. 1 and No. 3 for the early lead. Junior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) and sophomore Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels), the No. 3-ranked duo in the country, jumped out to a 4-0 lead at No. 1 en route to the 8-3 win. The Wolverines clinched the point a few minutes later when the No. 3 pair of senior Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) and freshman Amy Zhu (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) delivered an 8-1 victory. The Michigan pair took a 2-1 lead and did not look back, winning the last seven games to take the match.

The Wolverines carried the momentum over into singles action, winning all six first sets. Bektas, playing at No. 2 for the first time this season, put Michigan's second point on the board with a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

Sophomore Kristen Dodge (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) accounted for Michigan's second point of the afternoon, taking a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 6. Freshman Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) clinched Michigan's win with a straight-set victory (6-2, 6-1) at No. 1 over Marina Bohrer.

With the match clinched, U-M put away the remaining three matches on court, highlighted by sophomore Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) at No. 4. Lee faced a 3-1 deficit in the second set before ripping off five straight games for U-M's final win of the day.

Michigan completes its four-match homestand on Friday (March 1), hosting second-ranked Duke at 6 p.m.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 33 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) d. Marina Bohrer (MSU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 -- No. 41 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Catherine Parenteau (MSU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 -- Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Olga Chernova (MSU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 -- No. 75 Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Nicole Herzog (MSU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 -- Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Emily Meyers (MSU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 -- Kristen Dodge (U-M) d. Katarina Lingl (MSU), 6-0, 6-2

No. 1 -- No. 3 Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Marina Bohrer/Catherine Parenteau (MSU), 8-3
No. 2 -- No. 41 Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee (U-M) vs. Nicole Herzog/Michaela Silesova (MSU), 6-2 DNF
No. 3 -- Mimi Nguyen/Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Emily Meyers/Julianne Gruber (MSU), 8-1

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


• Freshman Ronit Yurovsky made her first-ever appearance at the No. 1 singles spot. It is the first time since the 2008-09 season that either Denise Muresan or Emina Bektas did not play at the top spot.

Amy Zhu paired up with Mimi Nguyen at the No. 3 doubles position, the first time she has played doubles in a dual match this season.

• Michigan is now 45-17 all-time against Michigan State. U-M has won 12 matches in a row over the Spartans.

• U-M is now 5-1 at the Varsity Tennis Center this season.

Ronit Yurovsky won her 14th consecutive singles match in today's contest.

• Michigan is 49-3 in Big Ten matches under head coach Ronni Bernstein.

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