May 21, 2014
Site: Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Event: NCAA Singles Championship (Day 1)
Score: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Thursday, May 22 -- at NCAA Doubles Championship (Athens, Ga.), 3 p.m.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) and sophomore Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) of the University of Michigan women's tennis team each dropped first-round matches in the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday (May 21) at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Bektas dropped her first game before storming back to win six of the next seven games for a 6-2 first-set win over No. 24 Lynn Chi of California. She ripped off three straight games for a 3-1 lead before being broken again to get the frame back on serve. The Wolverine junior responded by winning the final three games for the 6-2 win over Chi.
In the second set, Bektas broke Chi in the fourth game to go up 3-1. She held serve in her ensuing game for a 4-1 advantage, before Chi held for a 4-2 margin. The two held serve in their next service games, allowing Bektas to serve out the match with a 5-3 lead. Bektas was broken in that game, and Chi held to knot the set at 5-5. Both held their serve to send the set to a breaker, where Bektas won four of the first five points for a 4-1 lead. Chi tied it up at 5-5, but Bektas went up 6-5 for a match point. Chi, however, won the next three points for an 8-6 win to send the match to a third set.
Bektas fell in a hole quickly in the third set, falling behind 2-0 en route to dropping the deciding set, 6-1. She finished the season with a 38-8 singles record, winning the most singles matches in a season in program history. She will earn her second All-America singles citation after receiving a No. 9-16 seed for the NCAA Championships.
Yurovsky fell behind early in her first set, dropping a 6-2 decision to No. 9-16 seed Jenny Jullien of St. Mary's.
Yurovsky and Jullien traded breaks throughout the first three games of the second set, sending Yurovsky back to serve with a 2-1 lead. Yurovsky held her serve and broke Jullien again for a 4-1 lead. It was all Michigan from there as Yurovsky took the final two games for a 6-1 second-set victory to force a third frame.
The Wolverine was down 5-1 in the final set before winning two straight games to close the gap to 5-3. Jullien held serve on her second shot of closing out the match, winning the final set at 6-3. Yurovsky completed her sophomore season with a 24-7 singles record after participating in her second straight NCAA Singles Championship.
Bektas will team with senior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) for the NCAA Doubles Championship, which begins tomorrow (Thursday, May 22) for the duo at 3 p.m.
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