Wolverines Open Big Ten Slate with Victory at MSU
Brooke Bolender

March 16, 2014

Site: East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
Score: #13 Michigan 6, Michigan State 1
Records: U-M (9-3, 1-0 B1G), MSU (12-3, 0-1 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 21 -- vs. Ohio State (Varsity Tennis Center), 3 p.m.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team opened the Big Ten Conference portion of its schedule with a 6-1 win at Michigan State on Sunday afternoon (March 16) inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.

The Wolverines won the first two doubles matches off court for the early 1-0 lead against the Spartans. The No. 1 pair of senior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) and junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) grabbed an 8-1 win as the first Michigan winner of the day.

At No. 3, freshman Laura Ucros (Bogota, Colombia/Fundación Nuevo Marymount) and sophomore Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) battled back from a 4-1 deficit for the 8-5 win to seal U-M's first point of the match.

Bolender quickly pushed U-M's lead to 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Emily Meyers at No. 4. Junior Kristen Dodge (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) accounted for the Wolverines' third point of the day, dispatching of Athena Trouillot in straight sets (6-3, 6-1) at No. 6.

Junior Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) provided the clinching point with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph at No. 4.

Yurovsky rebounded from a first-set loss to take a three-set decision at No. 2 to keep MSU off the scoreboard and push the score to 5-0.

MSU put its only point of the day on the board with a win at No. 5. Bektas wrapped up U-M's day with a straight-set win at No. 1, recovering from a 5-2 deficit in the first set to win in a breaker (7-2).

Michigan returns to the Varsity Tennis Center on Friday (March 21), hosting Ohio State at 3:30 p.m.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 7 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Marina Bohrer (MSU), 7-6 (2), 6-3
No. 2 -- No. 20 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) d. Erin Faulkner (MSU), 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-4)
No. 3 -- No. 103 Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Catherine Parenteau (MSU), 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 -- No. 98 Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Emily Meyers (MSU), 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 -- Olga Chernova (MSU) d. Amy Zhu (U-M), 6-3, 6-1
No. 6 -- Kristen Dodge (U-M) d. Athena Trouillot (MSU), 6-3, 6-1

No. 1 -- No. 18 Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Marina Bohrer/Erin Faulkner (MSU), 8-1
No. 2 -- No. 75 Sarah Lee/Amy Zhu (U-M) vs. Emily Meyers/Julianne Gruber (MSU), 5-4 DNF
No. 3 -- Ronit Yurovsky/Laura Ucros (U-M) d. Catherine Parenteau/Athena Trouillot (MSU), 8-5

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


• Michigan has won 13 in a row against Michigan State. U-M leads the all-time series, 46-17.

• U-M has won the doubles point 10 times this season, moving to 9-1 when securing the first point of the match.

Kristen Dodge played for the first time since Feb. 22 against Western Michigan.

• Michigan is 59-4 in Big Ten action under head coach Ronni Bernstein.

Emina Bektas has won 13 of her last 14 singles matches, including 11 of her 12 dual matches at No. 1 this season.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)