May 18, 2012
N O T E S
With today's loss, the Wolverines fell to 0-3 in the all-time series against Florida.
Michigan advanced in its third consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 and fourth overall in program history. U-M is 15-13 all-time in NCAA Tournament matches and 8-5 under fifth-year head coach Ronni Bernstein.
Freshman Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender previously defeated Notre Dame's No. 1-ranked Kristy Frilling and Shannon Mathews, 8-4, on March 21. They also earned a 8-5 victory over Georgia's No. 2-ranked Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist at the ITA National Indoors on Feb. 12. The Wolverine duo is 8-6 against ranked opponents this season.
Senior Michelle Sulahian ended her collegiate career with an 85-49 singles record. She ranks 10th among Michigan's all-time singles wins leaders.
U-M posted a stellar 87-25 record in Sulahian's four years in the lineup.
Freshman Sarah Lee wrapped her rookie campaign with a 32-10 singles record to claim a share of the fifth position among U-M's single-season wins leaders. Bektas also sits tied for fifth with a 32-9 record on the season and will have a chance to move up the list in next week's NCAA Singles Championship competition.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Ronni Bernstein
On the Wolverines' performance ... "I'm pretty happy with the way we played in general. We had a shot at the double's point, and I think that if we could have squeaked out a win there it would have put a little more pressure on Florida in singles. They kind of just took it to us in the singles. There were a couple of close sets, but they are just so solid. When you have chances to make something happen, you have to take them, and we couldn't do that."
On what to tell the team after a long season ... "We made it here, which we're very happy about obviously. We've been here three years in a row now, but Florida was just too good today. I'm happy with the way we competed. We weren't scared, and we definitely stepped up. We just have to keep getting better. We're young and have room and time to improve, so we'll get there."
On U-M's 2012 season ... "We had a good year. We got here again, and that was our goal. We wanted to take a step forwards and improve. Overall, I'm very happy with the way we played and competed all year, and that's all you can ask for. We had a chance; we just couldn't do it today."