May 23, 2012
Site: Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Event: NCAA Singles/Doubles Championships (Singles First Round)
Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Match: Thursday, May 24 -- at NCAA Doubles Championship (Athens, Ga.), 5 p.m.
ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Michigan women's tennis freshman Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels HS) lost her first-round match at the NCAA Singles Championship, falling to Tennessee's Kata Szekely, 6-4, 7-5, Wednesday morning (May 23) at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Tied 2-2 after a pair of early breaks in the first set, Szekely, ranked No. 57 nationally, broke Bektas to 3-2 and held serve to take the set, 6-4.
Bektas grabbed the early lead in the second set, breaking in the fourth game before reeling off four straight points to claim a 4-1 advantage. Szekely responded, however, taking the next four games to serve for the match at 5-4. The Wolverine rookie earned the break to even the score, but Szekely immediately broke back to again serve for the match. She jumped out to 40-15 in the game and closed the match on a forehand winner down the line.
Despite the first-round loss, Bektas already locked up ITA All-America honors in her rookie season after earning a No. 9-16 seed for the NCAA singles draw. She was ranked 12th nationally in the most recent ITA singles poll. Bektas ends the singles portion of her season with a 32-10 record, including a 21-5 dual mark from the No. 1 position. She shared the team lead in singles wins and ranks fifth among Michigan's all-time single-season leaders.
Bektas will join sophomore Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan Prep) for the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championship tomorrow (Thursday, May 24) at Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The Wolverine duo will face USC's No. 4-seeded Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria at 5 p.m.
N O T E S
• Freshman Emina Bektas is the third Wolverine player to garner ITA All-America honors in singles, joining Marian Kramer (1981) and Denise Muresan (2010, '11). She gives U-M its third All-America citation in as many seasons.
• Bektas also gives U-M a representative in the NCAA singles competition for the fifth straight season. She is the fourth Wolverine player in program history to qualify for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships in the same season.
• Bektas and freshman Sarah Lee posted similar 32-10 records in their rookie campaigns to led the Wolverine squad in singles wins.
• To become an ITA All-American in singles, a player needs to end the season in the top 20 of the ITA singles rankings, enter the individual championships as a seeded player, or win their first two matches of the draw (therein reaching the round of 16). Bektas was a No. 9-16 seed for the singles draw.
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