April 22, 2012
N O T E S
With today's win, Michigan improved to 38-13 in the all-time series against Ohio State. The Wolverines have won the last 11 straight meetings.
Michigan has claimed four Big Ten titles in program history: 1997, 2010, 2011, 2012.
The Wolverines have claimed 10 Big Ten dual-match wins in each of the last three seasons.
U-M wrapped up its regular-season schedule with an 8-2 home record.
The Wolverines have won the doubles point in 14 of 23 dual matches this season, combining for a 45-19 doubles record in dual action. U-M also swept the doubles competition against Maryland, Hawaii, Wisconsin, Purdue, Nebraska, Iowa and Penn State.
Freshman Kristen Dodge went 7-0 in Big Ten singles action this season.
Freshman Emina Bektas and sophomore Brooke Bolender have won eight straight doubles matches and 16 of their last 18. The duo boasts a team-leading 19-3 record in dual-match competition.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Associate Head Coach Teryn Ashley-Fitch
On Michigan's third straight Big Ten title ... "Winning the Big Ten is our goal every year, so it feels fantastic to work hard and reach that goal. It's a nice streak we've got going. It's not easy to do that. We were certainly tested throughout the Big Ten season, and I think that was great, because we responded well to the challenge. That's only going to help us in the postseason."
On dropping several first sets ... "The great thing about tennis is that even if you lose the first set, there's a lot of tennis left to play. I think our girls did a great job of fighting, and even if they lost the first set, they were still in it. Overall it was a great day."
On sweeping doubles ... "We're doing a good job. We had a bit of a new team at No. 3 with Sarah (Lee) and Kristy (Dodge). They haven't played together for a while, and for them to come out and dominate was huge to get that win quickly. I felt like the other two teams stepped up today too."
U-M Senior Michelle Sulahian
On winning a Big Ten title on Senior Day ... "Today was a special day, winning a Big Ten title and beating Ohio State. The girls played great; it was a great team effort. Winning three titles in a row is incredible. It feels so great. This is definitely one of the best days I've had here at Michigan. This was just a great win, and I think we can use this momentum next weekend at Big Tens."
U-M Sophomore Brooke Bolender
On winning the Big Ten title at home ... "It was pretty much the perfect scenario. You forget how awesome it feels to win the Big Ten title. Last year, it was awesome, and this year, it feels even better. The Big Ten was a lot more competitive this year. We had to really fight for it, which makes it feel a little sweeter. It's exciting to win it at home against the Buckeyes in front of all our fans."
On her clinching match ... "I had three match points, then I got back to deuce and was a little tight. To have the chance to clinch it for everyone was really exciting, and I'll admit that I was a little happy that I got the opportunity. I was also happy that I got it done."