Wolverines Win Weather-Shortened Match at Hawai'i
Kristen Dodge

March 2, 2012

Photo Gallery 

Site: Honolulu, Hawaii (UH Tennis Complex)
Score: #14 Michigan 4, Hawai'i 1
Records: U-M (7-3), Hawai'i (4-4)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 9 -- at Texas A&M (College Station, Texas), 6 p.m. CST

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The No. 14-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team swept the doubles competition and claimed three singles wins en route to a 4-1 decision over Hawaii on Friday afternoon (March 2) at the UH Tennis Complex. The dual match featured an extended rain delay early in the singles competition and ended abruptly when rain began again after U-M had clinched.

The Wolverines took all three doubles matches, using early breaks to lead throughout at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions while rallying to win 9-8 (1) at No. 1. Michigan's top pairing of freshman Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels HS) and sophomore Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan HS), ranked fifth in the latest ITA poll, improved to 9-1 in dual action and extended their win streak to six straight matches.

Michigan won three of the first four singles matches off court to clinch the dual victory, before the rain picked up again. Freshmen Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall HS) and Kristen Dodge (Barrington, Ill./Barrington HS) pushed the Wolverines ahead 3-0 with back-to-back wins at the No. 4 and No. 6 positions, respectively. Lee remained perfect in dual-match play, improving to 9-0 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Xenia Suworowa. Dodge defeated Hawaii's Aglae den Bergh, 6-4, 6-2, to secure her second straight dual win.

Hawaii was victorious on the No. 5 court, where Martina Kostalova beat sophomore Sam Critser (Mountain View, Calif./Mountain View HS), 7-5, 6-1, to put her team on the board, but junior Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan HS) responded quickly with the clinching decision, cruising to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Jamie Pawid in her return to the singles lineup at the No. 3 spot.

The Wolverines remain on the road next weekend, traveling to the Lone Star State for a pair of non-conference duals. On Friday (March 9), Michigan will face Texas A&M at 6 p.m. CST in College Station. U-M will wrap up the weekend on Sunday (March 11) with an 11 a.m. CST match against Texas in Austin.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 10 Emina Bektas (U-M) vs. Barbara Pinterova (Hawaii), 7-6 (6), 5-4 abandoned
No. 2 -- No. 57 Brooke Bolender (U-M) vs. Katarina Piljakova (Hawaii), 6-7 (5), 5-2 abandoned
No. 3 -- Mimi Nguyen (U-M) d. Jamie Pawid (Hawaii), 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 -- Sarah Lee (U-M) (U-M) d. Xenia Suworowa (Hawaii), 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 -- Martina Kostalova (Hawaii) d. No. 75 Sam Critser (U-M), 7-5, 6-1
No. 6 -- Kristen Dodge (U-M) d. Aglae Van den Bergh (Hawaii), 6-4, 6-2

No. 1 -- No. 5 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Barbara Pinterova/Jamie Pawid (Hawaii), 9-8 (1)
No. 2 -- No. 48 Mimi Nguyen/Michelle Sulahian (U-M) d. Katarina Piljakova/Xenia Suworowa (Hawaii), 8-6
No. 3 -- Kristen Dodge/Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Martina Kostalova/Aglae Van den Bergh (Hawaii), 8-4

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


• The Wolverines improved to 3-0 in the all-times series against Hawaii.

• Michigan swept the doubles competition for the second time this season. U-M has claimed the doubles point in five of 10 dual matches, including each of the last two.

• Freshman Sarah Lee extended her win streak to nine straight matches.


Michigan Head Coach Ronni Bernstein
On dealing with weather adversity en route to a win ... "It was tough with the timing of it. We got off to a really good start in the singles before the rain came. The delay was about an hour, and once we got back, it got a little tighter. It's tennis, and we need to be able to deal with those types of things. Overall, I think the girls did a really good job. Hawai'i is a pretty tough team, and I think the girls did a great job of getting it done."

On the spring break trip ... "One of the biggest things for us here was having the chance to play outdoors. Play is a little different and points are longer. We got a good week of practice outdoors. We spent a lot of time together. We have a tight group. We're a small squad, and they get along together very well. It was just a fun week. We had pretty decent weather. We worked hard on the tennis court, and they've been able to have some fun outside. We definitely got what we wanted out of this week in Hawai'i."

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423