Wolverines Blank Iowa for Big Ten Road Win
Amy Zhu

March 28, 2014


Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex)
Score: #15 Michigan 7, Iowa 0
Records: U-M (12-3, 4-0 B1G), Iowa (8-7, 1-3 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 30 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 11 a.m. CDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team recorded its second straight and sixth overall shutout of the season, blanking Iowa, 7-0, on Friday afternoon (March 28) at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.

The Wolverines started off the day by winning the doubles point, courtesy of wins at No. 2 and No. 3. At No. 3, sophomore Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) and freshman Laura Ucros (Bogota, Colombia/Fundación Nuevo Marymount) jumped out to a 4-1 advantage en route to taking an 8-2 win.

With Michigan needing just one more win for the doubles point, the No. 2 pair of junior Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) and sophomore Amy Zhu's (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) used a late break for an 8-5 win at No. 2 to seal Michigan's 13th doubles point of the season.

Heading into singles play, U-M won all six first sets to take control of the match. Lee was the first Wolverine off court with a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 2 for a 2-0 U-M advantage.

Senior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) followed Lee off court, winning the 105th singles match of her career with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3. Bolender is now alone in second place on the Michigan career list with 105 singles wins.

Yurovsky sealed Michigan's fourth Big Ten win of the season with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 2. With the team match in hand, Michigan won the final three matches on court between Zhu, junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) and junior Kristen Dodge (Barrington, Ill./Barrington). All but one of Michigan's wins was in straight sets on the afternoon.

Michigan completes weekend play on Sunday (March 30) at Nebraska. Match time is slated for 11 a.m. CDT.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 9 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. No. 108 Ruth Seaborne (Iowa), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
No. 2 -- No. 22 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) d. Morven McCulloch (Iowa), 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 -- No. 119 Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Shelby Talcott (Iowa), 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 -- No. 123 Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Annette Dohanics (Iowa), 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 -- Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Aimee Tarun (Iowa), 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 -- Kristen Dodge (U-M) d. Katie Zordani (Iowa), 6-1, 7-5

No. 1 -- No. 18 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M) vs. Ruth Seaborne/Morven McCulloch (Iowa), 5-6 DNF
No. 2 -- No. 66 Amy Zhu/Sarah Lee d. Annette Dohanics/Shelby Talcott (Iowa), 8-5
No. 47 Laura Ucros/Ronit Yurovsky d. Ellen Silver/Katie Zordani (Iowa), 8-2

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

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (Vanmetre@umich.edu)