Wolverines Rally for Home Victory over Ohio State
Laura Ucros

March 21, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Result: #15 Michigan 5, Ohio State 2
Records: U-M (10-3, 2-0 B1G), OSU (10-5, 1-1 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 23 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 11 a.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team won five straight singles matches after dropping the doubles point to claim a 5-2 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday afternoon (March 21) at the Varsity Tennis Center.

Ohio State won the doubles point for an early 1-0 lead against the Wolverines, grabbing wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. The Buckeyes won the first match of the afternoon at No. 1 by a score of 8-5, leaving the No. 2 and No. 3 positions on court with a shot at the doubles point.

The No. 2 pair of junior Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) and sophomore Amy Zhu (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) rode an early break for most of the set, before the Buckeyes made a late break and forced the match into a tiebreak. Meanwhile, the No. 3 pair of sophomore Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) and freshman Laura Ucros (Bogota, Colombia/Fundación Nuevo Marymount) fought back from a 5-2 deficit to take their match into a tiebreak as well. With both tiebreaks in progress, Ohio State eked out a 8-7(5) victory at the No. 2 spot to claim the doubles point heading into singles play. The match at No. 3 was abandoned.

Michigan bounced back in singles play, winning five straight matches and five-of-six in total.

Junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) only dropped two games in her match at No. 1, finishing it in less than an hour. Bektas served up 10 aces and won her match, 6-1, 6-1, to level the dual-match score to 1-1.

Shortly after Bektas finished, senior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) got off the court with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at the No. 3 position. The win gave Michigan its first lead of the dual match. Ucros followed up with a straight set win at No. 6. The 6-0, 6-2 victory improved the freshman's dual-match singles record to 4-1 this season.

Zhu clinched the match for Michigan shortly after, winning 6-0, 6-4 at No. 5. The Buckeyes won their lone singles match at No. 4, by a 6-3, 6-3 score. Yurovsky finished off the last match of the afternoon with win thanks to a 6-1, 6-3 performance at No. 2.

Michigan's win over Ohio State ended the Buckeyes' seven-match winning streak and brought the all-time series to a 40-13 U-M lead.

U-M returns to action on Sunday (March 23), visiting Penn State at 11 a.m.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 7 Emina Bektas (U-M) def. Miho Kowase (OSU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 -- No. 20 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) def. No. 112 Gabriella DeSantis (OSU), 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 -- No. 98 Brooke Bolender (U-M) def. Ferny Angeles-Paz (OSU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 4 -- Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. No. 103 Sarah Lee (U-M), 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 -- Amy Zhu (U-M) def. Grainne O'Neil (OSU), 6-0, 6-4
No. 6 -- Laura Ucros (U-M) def. Noelle Malley (OSU), 6-0, 6-1

No. 1 -- Noelle Malley/Grainne O'Neil (OSU) def. No. 18 Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas (U-M), 8-5
No. 2 -- Ferny Angeles-Paz/ Miho Kowase def. No. 75 Sarah Lee/Amy Zhu (U-M), 8-7(5)
No. 3 -- Ronit Yurovsky/Laura Ucros (U-M) vs. Kelsey Becker/Sandy Niehaus (OSU), 7-7 DNF

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

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)