Michigan Beats OSU to Reach Big Ten Final, Bolender Sets Wins Mark

April 30, 2011

Big Ten Tournament Central
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Semifinals)
Result: #10 Michigan 4, Ohio State 0
Records: U-M (22-3), Ohio State (15-11)
Next U-M Match: Sunday, May 1 -- vs. Northwestern - Big Ten Tournament Final (Varsity Tennis Center), 12:30 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Freshman Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) picked up her 35th singles win of the season, setting a new program mark and clinching the No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team's 4-0 Big Ten Tournament semifinal win over Ohio State on Saturday (April 30) at the Varsity Tennis Center.

Michigan moves on to the finals of the Big Ten Tournament for the seventh consecutive season and will face No. 19 Northwestern tomorrow (Sunday, May 1) at 12:30 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center. The winner of the conference tournament receives a berth into the NCAA Tournament.

The Wolverines once again controlled action on the doubles court, taking a pair of 8-1 victories at No. 3 and No. 2 to grab the early lead. The No. 3 duo of freshman Sam Critser (Mountain View, Calif./Mountain View) and sophomore Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) were first off court, followed by seniors Whitney Taney (Edina, Minn./Edina) and Rika Tatsuno (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) clinching the point at No. 2.

Critser delivered the match's second point, defeating Kara Cecil at the No. 4 singles position in straight sets (6-3, 6-0). Seconds later, Taney pushed the Michigan advantage to 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Gabby Steele.

The race to clinch was on between Bolender and senior Denise Muresan (Lincolnshire, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson). Muresan dropped her second set to force a third, putting Bolender in position to put the match away. With a set in hand, the freshman broke Kelsey Haviland to go up, 5-3, before serving out the match in the next game for a 6-1, 6-3 decision.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 7 Denise Muresan (U-M) vs. Paloma Escobedo (OSU), 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 abandoned
No. 2 -- No. 74 Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Kelsey Haviland (OSU), 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 -- No. 100 Whitney Taney (U-M) d. Gabby Steele (OSU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 4 -- No. 66 Sam Critser (U-M) d. Kara Cecil (OSU), 6-3, 6-0
No. 5 -- Rika Tatsuno (U-M) vs. Fidan Manashirova (OSU), 7-6, 0-3 abandoned
No. 6 -- Mimi Nguyen (U-M) vs. Cami Hubbs (OSU), 7-6 (3), 2-2 abandoned

No. 1 -- No. 9 Brooke Bolender/Denise Muresan (U-M) vs. Paloma Escobedo/Cami Hubbs (OSU), 5-2 abandoned
No. 2 -- No. 65 Whitney Taney/Rika Tatsuno (U-M) d. Kara Cecil/Noelle Malley (OSU), 8-1
No. 3 -- Mimi Nguyen/Sam Critser (U-M) d. Gabby Steele/Fidan Manashirova (OSU), 8-1

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

• Previous Results: Quarterfinals


Brooke Bolender beat the previous win total of 34, set by Sarah Cyganiak in 1995.

• Michigan has won the doubles point in 22 of its 25 matches this season.

• The Wolverines have not allowed a point in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament.

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

Brooke Bolender (18) and Whitney Taney (16) both extended their win streaks.

Rika Tatsuno and Whitney Taney won their 14th consecutive match.

Denise Muresan and Rika Tatsuno have yet to finish a match at the Big Ten Tournament.


Michigan Head Coach Ronni Bernstein
On the doubles point ... "Winning that first point was great today. Ever since I have been at Michigan, Ohio State has played great doubles. They come forward and are really aggressive. We got great starts on all three courts and just kept those up the whole time. I thought we played really solid doubles today."

On Brooke Bolender's singles play ... "Singles, doubles, just everything that she brings to the team. As a freshman to do the things she has done, it is amazing. She is just a great competitor out there. She is always going to be in a match, which is nice to be able to count on. She has gotten a lot of wins for us this year. We are happy she is on our team."

On tomorrow's match ... "Whoever it is, we need to be ready to go with both of them. We have always been a team that takes it one match at a time and tomorrow will be no different. We are going to compete and try to win the tournament. We expect a tough match and would love to have a great crowd out at the VTC tomorrow."

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423