Wolverines Oust Hawkeyes, Move to Big Ten Semifinals
Amy Zhu

April 25, 2014

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Site: Evanston, Ill. (Vandy Christie Tennis Center)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Quarterfinals)
Score: #17 Michigan 4, Iowa 1
Records: U-M (20-3), Iowa (11-13)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 26 -- vs. Purdue - Big Ten Tournament Semifinals (Evanston, Ill.), 10 a.m. CDT

EVANSTON, Ill. -- The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team won the doubles point and three of the four first singles matches off court to knock off Iowa, 4-1, on Friday (April 25) in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals at Northwestern's Vandy Christie Tennis Center. With the win, Michigan has secured its fifth straight 20-win season.

Michigan took possession of the doubles point with wins at No. 3 and No. 1. At No. 3, junior Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) and sophomore Amy Zhu's (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) went up a break at 3-2 and then reeled off another three straight games fora 6-2 lead. Both teams held serve in the ensuing two games, before the U-M pair broke Iowa for the 8-3 win.

At No. 1, junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) and senior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) followed a similar script after breaking at 3-2. U-M ripped off another three straight games for a 6-2 lead en route to clinching the doubles point with an 8-4 win.

Iowa tied the match at 1-1 with a two-set win at No. 2 as the first singles match off court.

Bektas pushed Michigan back into the lead at 2-1 with a 6-2, 7-6 (2) win at No. 1 over No. 89 Ruth Seaborne. Bektas recovered from a 3-0 second-set deficit to force a tiebreaker. Bektas jumped on top 3-0 in the breaker to take a 7-2 win for Michigan's second point of the day.

Zhu finished her match moments later to increase the Wolverine lead to 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 4.

Needing one more point for the team win, junior Kristen Dodge (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) came through with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 6 to seal the U-M win. Dodge recovered from a 2-0 hole to start the second to tie the set at 5-5. Dodge found herself down 40-0 in her service game at 5-all before rallying to hold serve. She broke Aimee Tarun in the following game to send Michigan to the semifinals.

Michigan will face Purdue tomorrow (Saturday, April 26) in semifinal action at 10 a.m.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 9 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. No. 89 Ruth Seaborne (Iowa), 6-2, 7-6 (2)
No. 2 -- Shelby Talcott (Iowa) d. No. 22 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M), 6-4, 6-0
No. 3 -- No. 119 Brooke Bolender (U-M) vs. Morven McCulloch (Iowa), 4-6, 6-4, 2-0 DNF
No. 4 -- Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Katie Zordani (Iowa), 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 -- Laura Ucros (U-M) vs. Annette Dohanics (Iowa), 4-6, 6-2, 0-1 DNF
No. 6 -- Kristen Dodge (U-M) d. Aimee Tarun (Iowa), 6-3, 7-5

No. 1 -- No. 14 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Ruth Seaborne/Morven McCulloch (Iowa), 8-4
No. 2 -- Laura Ucros/Ronit Yurovsky vs. Katie Zordani /Shelby Talcott (Iowa), 4-5 DNF
No. 3 -- Amy Zhu/Sarah Lee No. 47 d. Ellen Silver/Annette Dohanics (Iowa), 8-3

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

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)