Wolverines Falter Late against USC in NCAA Second Round
Sarah Lee

May 10, 2014

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Site: Los Angeles, Calif. (Marks Stadium)
Event: NCAA Second Round
Score: #16 Southern California 4, Michigan 1
Records: U-M (22-5), USC (19-7)
Next U-M Event: Wed-Sun., May 21-25 -- at NCAA Individual Championships (Athens, Ga.)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The University of Michigan women's tennis team won the doubles point and the first singles match off court, but Southern California took the next four matches as U-M bowed out of the NCAA Tournament with a 4-2 loss at USC on Saturday (May 10) at Marks Stadium.

Michigan took a 6-3 lead at No. 2 and went up a break at 6-4 on court No. 3 concurrently during doubles play to seemingly take control of the doubles point.

With Michigan up breaks on both those courts, U-M's No. 1 pair of junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) and senior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) used a late break of serve to be the first pair off court with an 8-5 win.

The match at No. 3 tightened up and was back on serve at 6-6, while the No. 2 duo of junior Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) and sophomore Amy Zhu (Newark, Del./Laurel Springs) went up 7-3. USC won the next two games, before Michigan battled back from a 30-15 deficit in the final game to win and cement the doubles point for Michigan with an 8-5 victory at No. 2.

Lee got off court quickly in singles action and put Michigan's second point on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 dismantling of Gabriella DeSimone at No. 4. Lee's win pushed the Maize and Blue's advantage to 2-0.

The Trojans got a point back with a straight-set win at No. 3, cutting Michigan's lead to 2-1.

Bektas fell for just the third time this season at No. 1, dropping a 7-5, 6-4 match to No. 19 Zoe Scandalis. In both sets, Scandalis used a late break of serve to take the win.

USC won again at No. 5, despite Zhu fighting off multiple match points in the second before falling 7-5, 6-1 to allow the Trojans to take their first lead of the day.

Freshman Laura Ucros (Bogota, Colombia/Fundación Nuevo Marymount) was down a set and 4-0 in the second before storming back to tie the second frame at 4-4. Zoe Katz won three of the next four games to provide the clinching point for USC and end Michigan's season.

Bektas, Bolender and sophomore Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) will all participate in the NCAA Individual Championships, May 21-25, at the University of Georgia.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 19 Zoe Scandalis (USC) d. No. 9 Emina Bektas (U-M), 7-5, 6-4
No. 2 -- Brynn Boren (USC) vs. No. 25 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M), 7-6 (5), 5-1
No. 3 -- No. 60 Giuliana Olmos (USC) d. Brooke Bolender (U-M), 6-0, 6-3
No. 4 -- No. 122 Sarah Lee (U-M) d. No. 118 Gabriella DeSimone (USC), 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 -- Kaitlyn Christian (USC) d. No. 117 Amy Zhu (U-M) , 7-5, 6-1
No. 6 -- No. 92 Zoe Katz (USC) d. Laura Ucros (U-M), 6-3, 7-5

No. 1 -- No. 18 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Giuliana Olmos/Kaitlyn Christian (USC), 8-5
No. 2 -- Sarah Lee/Amy Zhu (U-M) d. Zoe Scandalis/Brynn Boren (USC), 8-5
No. 3 -- Laura Ucros/Ronit Yurovsky (U-M) vs. Gabriella DeSimone/Zoe Katz (USC), 6-7

Order of Completion: Doubles 1-2; Singles 4-3-1-5-6


• Michigan is now 1-2 all-time against USC.

• Michigan finished the year at 20-3 when winning the doubles point.

• The Wolverines are now 19-16 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

Amy Zhu and Sarah Lee end the season on a 10-match winning streak as a doubles pair.

Emina Bektas was the only Wolverine to finish a singles match in all 27 matches this season. She went 24-3 at No. 1.


Michigan Head Coach Ronni Bernstein
On today's match ... "USC is a great team. We knew we were going to have to play really well today, top to bottom, if we were going to be able to beat them at their place. It is tough to go on the road and win, and we needed a complete effort today to do that. We played well in doubles and I was hoping that was going to translate to singles. Sarah Lee got that second point up on the board quickly, which was great to see. We just didn't get great starts in some singles matches and that cost us."

On the season ... "I am really proud of this team and what they were able to accomplish this season. They worked so hard all year and deserved all the success that they had. Even though we couldn't make another Sweet 16 appearance, I am proud of the effort we had all year."

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (vanmetre@umich.edu)