April 12, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: #14 Michigan 7, Minnesota 0
Records: U-M (16-3, 8-0 B1G), Minnesota (15-6, 5-3 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 13 -- vs. Wisconsin (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 14-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team remained perfect in Big Ten action with a 7-0 win over Minnesota on Saturday afternoon (April 12) at the Varsity Tennis Center.
Michigan made quick work in doubles action, winning the point after a pair of 8-2 wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Senior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) and junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) were the first off court with an 8-2 win at No. 1, going up a break at 3-1 and never looking back in the victory.
Moments later, junior Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) and sophomore Amy Zhu (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) won 8-2 at No. 2 after a double fault on match point. The U-M duo also went up a break at 3-1, coasting to the win.
Battling the wind as it picked up during singles action, U-M won five of the six first sets. Bolender was the first singles winner of the day, prevailing 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 to push the Wolverine advantage to 2-0.
Lee quickly followed Bolender with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at the No. 4 slot, fighting off multiple break points in the final game with an ace to seal the straight-set win.
Bektas clinched the team match for Michigan with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win at No. 1. The match featured just one break of serve as Bektas broke Tereza Brichacova to go up 5-3 in the first and served out the set in the ensuing game. Neither player could get a break in the second set as the frame headed to a tiebreaker. Bektas won three of the breaker's first four points en route to the 7-4 win for the match.
Junior Kristen Dodge (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) accounted for Michigan's fifth point, recovering from an early break in the first set to win the set in a breaker, 7-4. With the first set in hand, Dodge jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second before winning 6-1 on a cross-court winner.
Sophomore Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) rebounded from a first-set loss to win a three-set match at No. 2 (3-6, 6-2, 6-4). Yurovsky fell behind 3-1 in the third before winning five of the final six games to wrap up the win.
Zhu completed Michigan's perfect day with a 7-6 (4), 5-7, 1-0 (7) win at No. 5.
Michigan will conclude the home portion of its schedule tomorrow (Sunday, April 13) against Wisconsin at noon. Bolender will be honored prior to the match as part of Senior Day.
Following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- No. 12 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Tereza Brichacova (Minn), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
No. 2 -- No. 20 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) d. Natalia Pintusava (Minn), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 3 -- Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Jessika Mozia (Minn), 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 -- No. 121 Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Julia Courter (Minn), 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 -- Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Aria Lambert (Minn), 7-6 (4), 5-7, 1-0 (7)
No. 6 -- Kristen Dodge (U-M) d. Maja Vujic (Minn), 7-6 (4), 6-1
No. 1 -- No. 15 Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Tereza Brichacova/Jessika Mozia (Minn), 8-2
No. 2 -- No. 79 Sarah Lee/Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Natalia Pintusava/Julia Courter (Minn), 8-2
No. 3 -- Ronit Yurovsky/Kristen Dodge (U-M) vs. Aria Lambert/Paula Rincon Otero (Minn), 6-5 DNF
Order of Completion: Doubles 1-2; Singles 3-4-1-6-2-5
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