April 19, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Score: #6 Michigan 5, Penn State 2
Records: U-M (18-4, 9-1 Big Ten), PSU (13-8, 3-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 21 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 11 a.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team completed its home portion of the regular season with a 5-2 win over Penn State on Friday afternoon (April 19) at the Varsity Tennis Center. With the victory, U-M finished 10-2 at the VTC this season and will go for its fourth straight Big Ten title on Sunday (April 21), playing at Ohio State at 11 a.m. With a win, Michigan will clinch a share of the title with Nebraska.
Today, Michigan took the doubles point by virtue of wins at No. 2 and No. 3. At No. 2, Michigan's pair of senior Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) and sophomore Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) jumped out to a 4-1 lead en route to an 8-4 win.
Penn State evened the competition with a 9-8 win at No. 1 after winning the tiebreaker, 7-3. The teams traded breaks to start the match and stayed on serve throughout the rest of the match to head to a breaker. Michigan cut the PSU lead to 3-2, but the Nittany Lion pair scored four of the next five points to take the match.
With the match at No. 3 deciding the doubles point, Michigan's pair of freshman Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) and sophomore Kristen Dodge (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) broke early and had the opportunity to serve out the match with a 7-6 lead. PSU broke U-M for a 7-7 tie, before the Wolverines returned the favor on the ensuing game for another opportunity to serve out the match. Penn State broke again, as the teams entered a tiebreaker. The teams traded points until Michigan rattled off two straight points after a 5-5 tie for the 7-5 win to wrap up the doubles point.
Yurovsky took the first set 6-1 after dropping the first game and held a 4-2 lead in the second set when her opponent retired to push Michigan's lead to 2-0. Dodge followed with a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 6 as U-M's lead over Penn State swelled to 3-0.
PSU scored its first point of the match with a win at No. 4 to cut Michigan's lead to 3-1. Sophomore Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) then clinched U-M's win with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win over No. 60-ranked Petra Januskova at the top position. Bektas broke to go up 4-3 and held on her ensuing serve for a 5-3 lead. The Wolverine sophomore then broke Januskova at love for the match.
With the team match in hand, junior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) came through with a two-set win at No. 3 for Michigan's fifth point of the day. Bolender won both sets in the tiebreaker, recovering from a 3-0 deficit in the first for a 7-5 win. In the second set breaker, Michigan's captain jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second set breaker, hanging on for a 10-8 win for the match.
Penn State ended the match with a win at No. 5.
Following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- No. 26 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. No. 60 Petra Januskova (PSU), 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
No. 2 -- No. 50 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) d. Chelsea Utting (PSU), 6-1, 4-2 retired
No. 3 -- Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Jacqueline Zuhse (PSU), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8)
No. 4 -- Devan McCluskey (PSU) d. No. 104 Sarah Lee (U-M), 7-5, 6-1
No. 5 -- Carmen Sandor (PSU) d. Amy Zhu (U-M), 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (8)
No. 6 -- Kristen Dodge (U-M) d. Marie-Frederique Bedard (PSU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 1 -- No. 30 Petra Januskova/Chelsea Utting (PSU) d. No. 3 Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas (U-M), 9-8 (3)
No. 2 -- Mimi Nguyen/Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Carmen Sandor/Devan McCluskey (PSU), 8-4
No. 3 -- Ronit Yurovsky/Kristen Dodge (U-M) d. Marie-Frederique Bedard/Jacqueline Zuhse (PSU), 9-8 (5)
Order of Completion: Doubles 2-1-3; Singles 2-6-4-1-3-5
N O T E S
Michigan is now 14-0 when winning the doubles point.
U-M leads the all-time series with Penn State, 24-3, and has won 12 in a row over the Nittany Lions.
U-M finished the regular season with a 10-2 mark at the Varsity Tennis Center.
Brooke Bolender and Ronit Yurovsky each ran their singles winning streak to five matches.
Senior Mimi Nguyen was honored prior to today's match as part of Senior Day.
Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423