Michigan's Eight-Match Win Streak Snapped by Hoosiers
Emina Bektas

March 31, 2013

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: Indiana 5, #10 Michigan 2
Records: U-M (13-4, 4-1 Big Ten), IU (14-5, 3-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 6 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), Noon CDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team saw its eight-match winning streak come to an end in a 5-2 loss to Indiana on Sunday afternoon (March 31) at the Varsity Tennis Center.

Michigan's No. 1 duo of sophomore Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) and junior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) breezed to an 8-1 win as the first pair off court. U-M dropped an 8-2 decision at No. 3, with all attention turning to the No. 2 match.

Down 6-1 at No. 2, the Michigan pair of freshman Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) and sophomore Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) held on Lee's serve to cut the IU lead to 6-2. Michigan broke Indiana and held on its next serve as the IUlead shrunk to 6-4. The Wolverines held a break point in the ensuing game, but the Hoosiers ripped off three consecutive points to hold serve and thwart Michigan's rally in an eventual 8-4 win for the doubles point.

Bektas recorded the first point of the day for Michigan, taking a 6-1, 6-4 decision over No. 111 Leslie Hureau at the top spot. Freshman Amy Zhu (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) provided the next point for Michigan, coasting to a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 6 as the Maize and Blue opened up a 2-1 lead on the Hoosiers.

Indiana answered with four straight singles wins for the team victory. After a straight-set win at No. 5 for the Hoosiers, all three of the remaining matches went to a third set. At No. 2, Yurovsky fought off two match points at 5-3 to get back on serve. The two players stayed on serve for the next two games, until Katie Klyczek broke Yurovsky for the 7-5 win and Indiana's third point.

The Hoosiers clinched the match with a three-set victory at No. 4 as both Lee and IU's Carolyn Chupa traded breaks in the final frame to enter a tiebreaker. Chupa jumped out to a 5-2 lead en route to the 7-4 breaker win to clinch the match for the Hoosiers.

Indiana finished the day with another three-set win, this one at No. 4 to provide the 5-2 margin.

Michigan hits the road next weekend, playing at Illinois on Saturday (April 6) and at Northwestern on Sunday (April 7). Both matches will start at noon CDT.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 20 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. No. 111 Leslie Hureau (IU), 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 -- No. 112 Katie Klyczek (IU) d. No. 39 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M), 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
No. 3 -- Carolyn Chupa (IU) d. No. 76 Sarah Lee (IU), 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4)
No. 4 -- Alecia Kauss (IU) d. Brooke Bolender (U-M), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7)
No. 5 -- Sophie Garre (IU) d. Mimi Nguyen (U-M), 7-6, 6-3
No. 6 -- Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Jithmie Jayawickrema (IU), 6-3, 6-2

No. 1 -- No. 2 Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Leslie Hureau/Carolyn Chupa (IU), 8-1
No. 2 -- Alecia Kauss/Shannon Murdy (IU) d. No. 49 Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee (U-M), 8-4
No. 3 -- Sophie Garre/Katie Klyczek (IU) d. Mimi Nguyen/Kristen Dodge (U-M), 8-2

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

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