Michigan Breezes Past Purdue on the Road for Fourth Straight Win
Brooke Bolender

March 31, 2012

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Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Schwartz Tennis Center)
Score: #14 Michigan 5, Purdue 2
Records: U-M (11-5, 4-0 Big Ten), Purdue (10-3, 2-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 1 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 11 a.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The No. 14-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team swept the doubles competition and claimed four singles wins to earn a 5-2 victory at Purdue on Saturday afternoon (March 31) at the Boilermakers' Schwartz Tennis Center. The Wolverines extended their win streak to four straight matches and improved to 4-0 in Big Ten Conference play.

After opening the singles competition with a loss, the Wolverines reeled off four consecutive straight-set victories to seal the dual match. Freshman Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels HS) and sophomore Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan Prep) kickstarted the surge at the top of the lineup, earning lopsided victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, respectively.

Bektas extended her singles winning streak to five in a row with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Jennifer Rabot, using early breaks to go up in both sets, while Bolender claimed her fourth consecutive win with a 6-1, 7-5 decision against Lynda Xepoleas. Bolender and Xepoleas traded breaks in the second, before the Wolverine closed it out with back-to-back games.

Sophomore Sam Critser (Mountain View, Calif./Mountain View HS) clinched the dual match from the No. 5 position, battling to a 7-5, 6-4 win against the Boilermakers' Gisella Pere. After taking the final two games of the first set, Critser broke in the seventh game to take control in the second. She is 4-3 in singles play since returning from injury.

Like Critser, freshman Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall HS) battled at the No. 3 spot, edging Mara Schmidt, 6-4, 7-6 (5), for her fourth straight singles win. On serve throughout most of the match, Lee used a late break to claim the first set and needed the tiebreaker to secure the second. She improved to a team-best 14-1 in dual-match competition.

Michigan claimed all three doubles matches for the fourth time this season and second time in three matches. After trading early breaks at the No. 1 position, Bektas and Bolender rolled past Rabot and Schmidt, claiming the final four games en route to an 8-3 decision. The Wolverine duo, ranked seventh nationally, improved to 12-3 in dual competition.

The Wolverines sealed the doubles point at the No. 2 spot, where junior Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Milliken HS) and senior Michelle Sulahian (Valley Glen, Calif./Campbell Hall HS) secured their third consecutive win with an 8-5 decision over Xepoleas and Daniela Vidal. Critser and Lee also claimed their third straight doubles win at the No. 3 position, using a late break to beat Imogen Golder and Pere, 8-6.

The Wolverines will close out the weekend road trip tomorrow (Sunday, April 1), heading to Bloomington, Ind., to face Indiana at 11 a.m. at the Hoosiers' Tennis Center.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- #10 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Jennifer Rabot (PUR), 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 -- #65 Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Lynda Xepoleas (PUR), 6-1, 7-5
No. 3 -- Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Mara Schmidt (PUR), 6-4, 7-6 (5)
No. 4 -- Daniela Vidal (PUR) d. #114 Mimi Nguyen (U-M), 6-4, 6-0
No. 5 -- #121 Sam Critser (U-M) d. Gisella Pere (PUR), 7-5, 6-4
No. 6 -- Imogen Golder (PUR) d. Michelle Sulahian (U-M), 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (6)

No. 1 -- #7 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Jennifer Rabot/Mara Schmidt (PUR), 8-3
No. 2 -- Mimi Nguyen/Michelle Sulahian (U-M) d. Lynda Xepoleas/Daniela Vidal (PUR), 8-5
No. 3 -- Sam Critser/Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Imogen Golder/Gisella Pere (PUR), 8-6

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

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