Wolverines Extend Win Streak to 10 at Indiana, Clinch Title Share
Emina Bektas

April 19, 2014


Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Indiana Tennis Center)
Score: #16 Michigan 6, Indiana 1
Records: U-M (18-3, 10-0 Big Ten), IU (17-8, 5-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 20 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), Noon

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team ran its winning streak to 10 matches and clinched at least a share of its fifth straight Big Ten Conference championship with a 6-1 win over Indiana on Saturday afternoon (April 19) at the Indiana Tennis Center.

Michigan jumped out in front after winning the doubles point with a pair of 8-1 victories at Nos. 2 and 3. At No. 3, sophomore Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) and freshman Laura Ucros (Bogota, Colombia/Fundación Nuevo Marymount) teamed up for the win, dropping just one game in the eight-game pro set.

Junior Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) and sophomore Amy Zhu (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) wrapped up the doubles point with an identical 8-1 win at No. 2. With the point decided, Michigan's No. 1 pair of senior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) and junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) abandoned their match with a 6-5 lead.

Bektas quickly increased Michigan's lead to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 1, making fast work of Katie Klyczek. Zhu followed suit, dropping just one game at No. 5 in a 6-0, 6-1 win to push the Wolverine lead to 3-0.

Lee put the match out of reach for the Hoosiers, winning 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4 to clinch the team match. Yurovsky followed Lee with a 6-2, 7-5 victory at No. 2, coming through in a second set in which each player struggled to hold serve.

With Michigan holding a 5-0 lead, Indiana earned its only win of the day at No. 3 to cut Michigan's advantage to 5-1. Junior Kristen Dodge (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) ended the day on a positive note for the Wolverines, winning a 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (9) match at No. 6.

Michigan will try to clinch the outright Big Ten title tomorrow (Sunday, April 19) at Purdue. Match time is set for noon.

Following are match-by-match results

No. 1 -- No. 12 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Katie Klyczek (IU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 -- No. 22 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) d. Sophie Garre (IU), 6-2, 7-5
No. 3 -- Alecia Kauss (IU) d. Brooke Bolender (U-M), 6-4, 7-6 (6)
No. 4 -- No. 122 Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Paula Gutierrez (IU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 -- No. 113 Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Gabrielle Rubenstein (IU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 -- Kristen Dodge (U-M) d. Kim Schmider (IU), 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (9)

No. 1 -- No. 14 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M) vs. Katie Klyczek/Sophie Garre (IU), 6-5 DNF
No. 2 -- Sarah Lee/Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Alecia Klauss/Kayla Fujimoto (IU), 8-1
No. 3 -- Ronit Yurovsky/Laura Ucros (U-M) d. Gabrielle Rubinstein/Kim Schmider (IU), 8-1

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


• Michigan is 9-0 in true road matches this season.

• U-M has recorded its sixth season in program history with 10 Big Ten wins. The Wolverines have reached the 10-win plateau in each of the last five seasons.

Emina Bektas picked up her 33rd match win of the season, putting her two away from Brooke Bolender's season record of 35 victories. Bektas has two 30-win seasons in Ann Arbor.

• The win cemented Michigan's fifth straight Big Ten title and sixth overall. Michigan can win its third outright title in the past five years with a win at Purdue tomorrow.

• Michigan has won nine doubles points in Big Ten play and 18 on the season. U-M is 17-1 when winning the match's first point.

• U-M has outscored Big Ten opponents 62-8 through 10 matches.

• Michigan's 10-match winning streak is its longest of the season.

• Dating back to last season, U-M has won 16 consecutive Big Ten regular-season matches.

• Head coach Ronni Bernstein has won at least 10 Big Ten matches in five of her seven seasons at Michigan. She is 68-4 in Big Ten matches during her career in Ann Arbor.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)