Feb. 27, 2015
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: #10 Michigan 6, Texas 1
Records: U-M (7-3), UT (2-4)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 6 -- at Hawaii (Honolulu, Hawaii), 3 p.m. HST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Emina Bektas won her 113th career singles match to as the No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team defeated No. 35 Texas, 6-1, on Friday (Feb. 27) at the Varsity Tennis Center. Bektas is now alone in first place on Michigan's career wins list.
Before the match even started, Michigan took a 2-0 lead as Texas had to forfeit matches at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles courts. Texas only had four players available, also forcing a forfeit of the No. 3 doubles match.
In doubles play, Michigan did not surrender a game in a pair of 6-0 wins. The first victory came courtesy of Michigan's No. 2 pair of senior Sarah Lee and junior Ronit Yurovsky in about 20 minutes. The No. 1 duo of freshman Alex Najarian and senior Bektas followed a few minutes later with a 6-0 win of their own to push the Michigan advantage to 3-0.
Yurovsky clinched the match for Michigan with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1, putting the fourth point on the board for the Wolverines.
The record breaker for Bektas came by a 6-4, 6-2 decision at No. 2. Bektas fell down 4-1 in the first before ripping off five straight games to take the first. Bektas cruised in the second, 6-2, to break her tie with Brooke Bolender (2011-14) at the top of Michigan's career list.
Texas won the last match on court at No. 4 for its only point of the evening. Freshman Mira Ruder-Hook fought off a game point and then won the ad-point to win the second set, 7-5 to send the match to a 10-point tiebreaker. In the 10-point tiebreaker for the match, the freshman jumped out to a 9-1 lead but could not hang on in the 11-9 win for UT.
Next up for Michigan is its annual spring break trip. U-M will be heading to Hawaii for a week of outdoor hitting and a match against Hawai'i on Friday (March 6) at 3 p.m. HT.
Following are match-by-match results
No. 1 -- No. 21 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) d. Neda Koprcina (Texas), 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 -- No. 18 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Dani Wagland (Texas), 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 -- Alex Najarian (U-M) d. Lana Groenvynck (Texas), 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 -- Lina Padegimaite (Texas) d. Mira Ruder-Hook (U-M), 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (9)
No. 5 -- Texas forfeit
No. 6 -- Texas forfeit
No. 1 -- No. 14 Emina Bektas/Alex Najarian (U-M) d. Dani Wagland/Lina Padegimaite (Texas), 6-0
No. 2 -- Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Lana Groenvynck/Neda Koprcina (Texas), 6-0
No. 3 -- Texas forfeit
Order of Completion: Doubles 2-1, Singles 1-2-3-4
N O T E S
Michigan is now 4-1 all-time against Texas.
Texas head coach Danielle McNamara played her college tennis at Michigan (1997-2000).
Ronit Yurovsky played her second straight match at No. 1 and the third of her career. She is 3-0 all-time at No. 1.
Texas only had four healthy players available for tonight's match.
Michigan is now 82-9 at the VTC under Ronni Bernstein.
Ronit Yurovsky is now 7-0 in singles action on the season.
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