May 11, 2012
N O T E S
With today's win, Michigan improved to 4-0 in the all-time series against Illinois-Chicago.
U-M advances to the second round of the tournament for the seventh consecutive season. The Wolverines advanced to the Sweet 16 in each of the last two seasons. Michigan has hosted NCAA first- and second-round action in each of the last three seasons.
Michigan reached the 20-win plateau for the third consecutive season. U-M posted similar 24-5 records in 2010 and 2011.
Freshman Emina Bektas improved to a team-leading 32-8 in singles play this season. She moved to fifth among Michigan's single-season win leaders, where she is tied with Christine Schmeidel (1990) and senior Michelle Sulahian (2010). Bektas needs just one more win to reach the fourth spot, currently held by Denise Muresan (33, 2010).
Junior Mimi Nguyen earned her 80th career win, improving to 80-33 to move to 13th among U-M's all-time singles win leaders. She is tied with Danielle Lund (1997-2000) and needs two wins to reach the 11th position. Senior Michelle Sulahian improved to 84-47 to solidify her hold on the list's 10th spot. She needs two more wins to reach the eighth position.
The Wolverines have claimed the doubles point in each of their last eight matches and in 18 of 27 dual matches this season, combining for a 53-20 doubles record in dual action.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Ronni Bernstein
On singles play and the dual win ... "We're not totally happy with singles, and we're going to have to play better tomorrow. But it was a good start. It was good to get the jitters out. We had some freshmen who were a little bit nervous. It was their first time playing in the NCAA (Tournament). We were pushed a little bit today. Emina (Bektas) played well to get off the court quickly. But overall, we're going to need to step it up tomorrow."
On doubles play ... "Obviously, you want to win the doubles point, because it just makes everything easier -- with your mindset more than anything. We've been doing a better job with it lately. At No. 3, we got a slow start and were working their way back in, but No. 1 and No. 2 played very solid. We had early leads, and it was great to see them finish it out. The first couple of games were a little close for Mimi (Nguyen) and Michelle (Sulahian), but they really pulled away and got on a roll. Same with Emina and Brooke (Bolender); they played a great match at No. 1."
On the NCAA Championships ... "The NCAA Tournament is a new season; it's win or go home. It's not about how you feel that day; it's all about fighting as hard as you can for the team and finding a way to get that point."
U-M Senior Michelle Sulahian
On the Michigan win ... "I'm glad this was a 4-0 and quick, because it's always nice to just get the first one under your belt. I think some of us played a little scared and tentative today. We can do a lot better job of staying positive on the court. It feels like a lot of pressure lifted off after you get that first win. Tomorrow will inevitably feel better, because you've already played once and the freshmen got their first taste of it. We need to go out and just go for it, not sit back and wait.
On the quick start in doubles ... "It was nice to get two quick doubles wins. We were playing well and just took care of business. We don't want to play extra tennis this time of year. You want to get a good start and take that immediate advantage. So, we did a good job with that today. It will be important to do the same tomorrow."