Wolverines Beat Indiana in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals
Michelle Sulahian

April 27, 2012

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Site: Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Courts)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Quarterfinals)
Score: #15 Michigan 4, Indiana 2
Records: U-M (18-6), Indiana (16-11)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 28 -- vs. Illinois - Big Ten Tournament Semifinals (Columbus, Ohio), 2 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team battled to a 4-2 victory over Indiana in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference Tournament on Friday afternoon (April 27) at Ohio State's Varsity Tennis Courts. Michigan won the doubles point and three of the first five singles matches off court for the win.

Freshman Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels HS), the 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, clinched the dual from the No. 1 position, where she avenged a regular-season loss with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 decision against No. 71-ranked Leslie Hureau. Bektas, ranked 12th in the latest ITA poll, rallied from an early deficit to take the first set, before Hureau responded in kind to claim the second. The Wolverine rookie broke midway through the third set and claimed four of the final five games to close out the match. She improved to 18-4 in dual-match action.

Sophomore Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan Prep) also avenged a season loss and did so quickly, cruising to a 6-1, 6-1 win against Evgeniya Verteseva on the No. 2 court. Bolender, ranked 85th, earned immediate breaks to roll in both sets. Like Betkas, she extended her win streak to three.

Freshman Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall HS) rounded out Michigan's singles victors with a 6-4, 6-1 decision against Katie Klyczek at the No. 3 position. Lee lost an early advantage in the first set when Klyczek broke late to even the score at 4-4, but the Wolverine tookie responded with back-to-back games to claim the set. She rallied the momentum into the second, surging to a 4-0 lead before breaking again late to wrap up her 20th dual win of the season.

Indiana kept the score close with singles wins on the No. 5 and No. 6 courts. Junior Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan HS), who did not start play until the first match was over, won the first set at No. 4 and was leading 2-0 in the second when Bektas clinched and her match was abandoned.

The Wolverines claimed the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Bektas and Bolender extended their win streak to nine in a row at the top spot, cruising to an 8-2 rout against Hureau and Sophie Garre. The 10th-ranked duo is 20-3 in dual-match play this season.

Michigan will face No. 20 Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals tomorrow (Saturday, April 28) at 2 p.m. at OSU's Varsity Tennis Courts. The Fighting Illini defeated Minnesota, 4-0, in the quarterfinal round. U-M defeated then-No. 19 Illinois in the team's first meeting, 6-1, on April 7 in Ann Arbor.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 12 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. No. 71 Leslie Hureau (IU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
No. 2 -- No. 85 Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Evgeniya Verteseva (IU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 -- Sarah Lee (U-M) d. Katie Klyczek (IU), 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 -- No. 121 Mimi Nguyen (U-M) vs. Carolyn Chupa (IU), 6-4, 2-0 abandoned
No. 5 -- Alecia Kauss (IU) d. Michelle Sulahian (U-M), 6-3-, 6-1
No. 6 -- Shannon Murdy (IU) d. Kristen Dodge (U-M), 6-3, 6-3

No. 1 -- No. 10 Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas (U-M) d. Sophie Garre/Leslie Hureau (IU), 8-2
No. 2 -- Mimi Nguyen/Michelle Sulahian (U-M) d. Kayla Fujimoto/Katie Klyczek (IU), 8-6
No. 3 -- Sarah Lee/Kristen Dodge (U-M) vs. Shannon Murdy/Evgeniya Verteseva (IU), 6-5 abandoned

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


• With today's win, Michigan improved to 19-29 in the all-times series against Indiana. The Wolverines have claimed the last nine meetings in the series. U-M defeated the Hoosiers, 4-3, during the regular-season dual match.

• Michigan has won each of its last five dual matches.

• Matches in postseason play are abandoned once the match is clinched.

• Freshman Sarah Lee improved to 31-8 on the season, moving to the seventh position among U-M's all-time single-season win leaders, where she is tied with sophomore Sam Critser (31, 2011). Lee needs just one more win to reach the fifth spot, currently held by Christine Schmeidel (32, 1990) and senior Michelle Sulahian (32, 2010).

• Freshman Emina Bektas fell to Indiana's Leslie Hureau, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, in the regular-season dual match. Sophomore Brooke Bolender lost to Evgeniya Vertesheva, 7-5, 6-2, in their previous meeting.

• Freshman Kristen Dodge saw her six-match win streak halted with a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Shannon Murdy at the No. 6 singles position.

• The Wolverines have claimed the doubles point in each of their last five matches and in 15 of 24 dual matches this season, combining for a 47-19 doubles record in dual action.

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