Singles Victories Propel Michigan Past No. 17 Purdue
Brooke Bolender

March 30, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: #10 Michigan 6, #17 Purdue 1
Records: U-M (13-3, 4-0 Big Ten), PUR (11-2, 3-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 31 -- vs. Indiana (Varsity Tennis Center), 11 a.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After dropping the doubles point, the No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team rebounded to win all six singles matches to defeat No. 17 Purdue, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon (March 30) at the Varsity Tennis Center. The Wolverines, playing outside at home for the first time this season, have won eight consecutive matches.

Michigan dropped the doubles point for the first time since Feb. 16, with Purdue grabbing wins at No. 1 and No. 2 to clinch the first point of the match. U-M fell into early holes across the board and could not catch up as Purdue jumped out to the early 1-0 lead.

Momentum shifted as the match switched to singles, with U-M winning all six first sets. Sophomore Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) quickly evened the score as she dispatched of Mara Schmidt (6-1, 6-2) at the No. 1 spot for her eighth straight singles victory.

Michigan took its first lead of the match when junior captain Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) wrapped up a 6-1, 6-2win at the No. 4 position. Bolender jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set against Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum to take control of the match, putting U-M's second point on the scoreboard.

Sophomore Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) was the next victorious Wolverine, recording a straight-set win at No. 3. Lee and Daniela Vidal went back-and-forth in the first set, with each player unable to take advantage of breaks. The two entered a tiebreaker for the first set, with Lee jumping out to a 4-0 lead before Vidal climbed back in it. Lee eventually won the breaker at 9-7 for the first set. It was all Lee in the second as the Wolverine easily won 6-1 to put Michigan on top, 3-1.

Freshman Amy Zhu (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) clinched her second straight match for the Wolverines with a 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 6. Zhu broke to go up 5-3 in the second, serving out the match on the ensuing game for U-M's fourth singles win of the match.

Senior Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) followed with a win at No. 5 when her opponent retired in the third set. Nguyen won the first set, 6-4, but lost the second by the same score. The Wolverines' lone senior was down 3-0 in the third but Kapitany retired due to injury.

Michigan's final point of the match came courtesy of freshman Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) at No. 2. Yurovsky fell behind 3-1 in the first set before winning six of the next eight games for a 7-5 win. She lost the second set by a 6-4 margin before coasting in the final frame, 6-1.

U-M returns to action tomorrow (Sunday, March 31), hosting Indiana at 11 a.m.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 20 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Mara Schmidt (PU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 -- No. 39 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) d. Lynda Xepoleas (PU), 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
No. 3 -- No. 76 Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Daniela Vidal (PU), 7-6 (7), 6-1
No. 4 -- Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum (PU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 -- Mimi Nguyen (U-M) d. Krisztina Kapitany (PU), 6-4, 4-6, 0-3 retired
No. 6 -- Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Gisella Pere (PU), 6-4, 6-3

No. 1 -- Krisztina Kapitany/Mara Schmidt (PU) d. No. 2 Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas (U-M), 8-5
No. 2 -- Lynda Xepoleas/Daniela Vidal (PU) d. No. 49 Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee (U-M), 8-4
No. 3 -- Mimi Nguyen/Amy Zhu (U-M) vs. Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum/Gisela Pere (PU), 4-7 DNF

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

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