Wolverines Upend Wisconsin to Advance to Big Ten Semifinals

April 30, 2010

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Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Quarterfinals)
Score: #4 Michigan 4, Wisconsin 1
Records: U-M (21-3), Wisconsin (9-16)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 1 -- vs. Iowa at Big Ten Tournament Semifinals (Iowa City, Iowa), 10 a.m. CDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team won the doubles point and three of the first four singles matches to defeat Wisconsin, 4-1, in quarterfinal action at the Big Ten Tournament on Friday (April 30) at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.

U-M won the doubles point to start the match, taking two of three from Wisconsin to head into singles with the one-point advantage. At No. 1, the No. 23 duo of junior Whitney Taney (Edina, Minn./Edina) and Rika Tatsuno (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) took a quick 8-2 decision. Wisconsin grabbed a win at No. 2, but U-M's No. 3 pair of senior Tania Mahtani (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) and junior Denise Muresan (Lincolnshire, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) clinched the point with a 9-7 victory.

Taney was the first Wolverine off court with a win at No. 2 to put the Wolverines on top, 2-0. Freshman Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) suffered her first loss since Feb. 15, falling at No. 3 to put the Badgers on the board. Sophomore Michelle Sulahian (Valley Glen, Calif./Campbell Hall School) rebounded from a first-set loss to win at No. 6, setting the Wolverines up for the win.

Tatsuno clinched the match at No. 4, brushing off a first-set tiebreaker loss to Angela Chupa. Tatsuno won the next two sets by identical 6-3 scores, giving Michigan its 15th consecutive win.

The Wolverines now advance to the semifinal round where they will take on fourth-seeded Iowa tomorrow (Saturday, May 1) at 10 a.m. CDT.

Following are match-by-match results

No. 1 -- No. 20 Denise Muresan (U-M) vs. Alaina Trgovich (Wis), 6-1, 3-1 abandoned
No. 2 -- Whitney Taney (U-M) d. Hannah Berner (Wis), 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 -- Katya Mirnova (Wis) d. Mimi Nguyen (U-M), 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 -- Rika Tatsuno (U-M) d. Angela Chupa (Wis), 6-7, 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 -- Tania Mahtani (U-M) vs. Kathleen Saltarelli (Wis), 4-5 abandoned
No. 6 -- Michelle Sulahian (U-M) d. Aleksandra Markovic (Wis), 0-6, 6-3, 6-1

No. 1 -- No. 23 Taney/Tatsuno (U-M) d. Chupa/Mirnova (Wis), 8-2
No. 2 -- Trgovich/Berner (Wis) d. Nguyen/Sulahian (U-M), 8-4
No. 3 -- Mahtani/Muresan (U-M) d. Seyferth/Saltarelli (Wis), 9-7

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


• The match was played indoors due to high winds and storms in the area.

• Michigan is the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Wisconsin was the No. 8 seed.

• Matches in progress when the dual match is clinched are abandoned during postseason play.

• U-M defeated Wisconsin, 6-1, earlier this season in Madison (April 4).

• The Wolverines won the doubles point for the 23rd time this season.

• U-M tied the program record for wins in a season with 21. The 1997 team went 21-5.

Whitney Taney and Rika Tatsuno have won 13 doubles matches in a row.

• The Wolverines will face host Iowa tomorrow (Saturday, May 1). U-M defeated Iowa, 6-1, earlier this season on March 27.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423