March 27, 2013
Site: South Bend, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
Result: #10 Michigan 5, #16 Notre Dame 2
Records: U-M (12-3), UND (11-6)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 30 -- vs. Purdue (Varsity Tennis Center), 11 a.m.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team won its seventh consecutive match and fourth straight over No. 16-ranked Notre Dame with a 5-2 road win on Wednesday (March 27) at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
Michigan won its sixth straight doubles point by virtue of wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Michigan's No. 2-ranked pair of sophomore Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) and junior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) went up a break at 4-2 at the top spot en route to an 8-4 victory at the top spot.
At No. 2, freshman Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) and sophomore Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) fell down 4-2 at the start of their match. The Wolverine duo regrouped to win six of the next eight games to seal Michigan's first point of the match. With the doubles point secured, the Irish won last match on court at No. 3.
U-M won five of six first sets in singles action, with Bektas earning Michigan's first singles win with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 1 over No. 48 Britney Sanders. Yurovsky followed Bektas with another lopsided Wolverine victory, wining, 6-2, 6-3, over Jennifer Kellner at No. 2 to push Michigan's lead to 3-0.
Notre Dame scored its first point of the match with a win at No. 3 to cut the Wolverine lead to 3-1. With the remaining matches on court all headed to a third set, Michigan freshman Amy Zhu (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) rallied from a 6-3 first-set loss to clinch U-M's win. Zhu won the second set against Katherine White (6-4) before shutting her out in the final set (6-0) for Michigan's fourth point of the day.
Bolender was Michigan's final singles winner of the day, defeating Chrissie McGaffigan in three sets (6-3, 5-7, 6-3) as U-M won four of the six singles matches.
Michigan returns home this weekend, hosting Purdue on Saturday (March 30) and Indiana on Sunday (March 31) at the Varsity Tennis Center. Both matches will start at 11 a.m.
Following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- No. 29 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. No. 48 Britney Sanders (UND), 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 -- No. 39 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) d. Jennifer Kellner (UND), 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 -- Quinn Gleason (UND) d. No. 76 Sarah Lee (U-M), 6-4, 7-6
No. 4 -- Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Chrissie McGaffigan (UND), 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
No. 5 -- Molly O'Konieweski (UND) d. Mimi Nguyen (U-M), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 6 -- Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Katherine White (UND), 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
No. 1 -- No. 2 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. No. 76 Chrissie McGaffigan/Jennifer Kellner (UND), 8-4
No. 2 -- No. 49 Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee (U-M) d. No. 52 Julie Sabicinski/Britney Sanders (UND), 8-6
No. 3 -- Quinn Gleason/Julie Vrabel (UND) d. Amy Zhu/Mimi Nguyen (U-M), 8-6
Order of Completion: Doubles 1-2-3, Singles 1-2-3-6-4-5
N O T E S
Michigan has won six consecutive doubles points, all coming during its current seven-match winning streak.
U-M has won four in a row against Notre Dame, including two straight in South Bend.
Michigan is 5-0 in the month of March.
U-M is now 6-3 against ranked opposition in 2013.
Emina Bektas has won six straight singles matches and has paired with Brooke Bolender for eight straight doubles wins at the No. 1 position.
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