Wolverines Shut Out Bulldogs to Advance to NCAA Second Round

May 9, 2014

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Site: Los Angeles, Calif. (Marks Stadium)
Event: NCAA First Round
Score: Michigan 4, Fresno State 0
Records: U-M (22-4), FSU (16-9)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 10 -- vs. USC - NCAA Second Round (Los Angeles, Calif.), 3 p.m. PDT

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The University of Michigan women's tennis team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 win over Fresno State on Friday (May 9) at Southern California's Marks Stadium. With the NCAA first-round win, Michigan will face No. 16 seed USC tomorrow (Saturday, May 10) at 3 p.m. PDT. The winner of that match will advance to the Sweet 16 at the University of Georgia.

Michigan jumped in front of the Bulldogs, 1-0, courtesy of the doubles point. Michigan's No. 3 duo of sophomore Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) and freshman Laura Ucros (Bogota, Colombia/Fundación Nuevo Marymount) wrapped up the first doubles match, racing out to a 5-0 lead en route to an 8-2 decision.

With U-M needing just one more doubles match for the point, the No. 2 pair of junior Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) and sophomore Amy Zhu (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) finished off an 8-5 win after taking an early 4-1 lead.

Junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) extended Michigan's lead to 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 1, her 38th singles win of the season.

Michigan was two points away from securing the match, with both Yurovsky and Ucros holding match points on courts No. 2 and No. 6, respectively. Yurovsky finished first, knocking off Rana Sherif Ahmed, 6-3, 6-1, after rallying from a first-set deficit.

Ucros won the first eight games of her match at No. 6, taking a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 6 moments later to seal Michigan's shutout. U-M won five-of-six first sets and led in all three seconds sets as the match was clinched.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 9 Emina Bektas (U-M) d. No. 72 Sophie Watts (FSU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 -- No. 25 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) d. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FSU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 -- Brooke Bolender (U-M) vs. Sofya Malysheva (FSU), 5-7, 2-0 DNF
No. 4 -- No. 122 Sarah Lee (U-M) vs. Anneka Watts (FSU), 6-2, 5-3
No. 5 -- No. 117 Amy Zhu (U-M) vs. Anne Susdorf (FSU), 6-3, 2-1 DNF
No. 6 -- Laura Ucros (U-M) d. Tanya Murtagh (FSU), 6-0, 6-2

No. 1 -- No. 18 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M) vs. Sophie Watts/Anneka Watts, 7-7 DNF
No. 2 -- Sarah Lee/Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Sofya Malysheva/ Rana Sherif Ahmed (FSU), 8-5
No. 3 -- Laura Ucros/Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) d. Anne Susdord/Tanya Murtagh (FSU), 8-2

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

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)