Bektas, Bolender Narrowly Fall in NCAA Doubles Round of 16
Emina Bektas

May 25, 2012

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Site: Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Event: NCAA Singles/Doubles Championships (Doubles Round of 16)
Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Match: Season Complete

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Michigan women's tennis freshman Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels HS) and sophomore Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan Prep) saw their 2012 campaign come to an end, falling to Georgia's Nadja Gilchrist and Chelsey Gullickson, 4-6, 7-6 (0), 6-1, in the round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championships on Friday afternoon (May 25) at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

A day after rallying to claim its first-round match, the 11th-ranked Wolverine duo was eliminated by an opponent's rally as Georgia claimed the second-set tiebreaker before surging to a 5-0 advantage en route to the third-set decision.

Michigan used a late break to claim the match's first set. After battling to hold serve through the early games, Bektas and Bolender took control with a break in the sixth, going up 4-2. The Georgia pair responded immediately, however, winning four straight points to break back and won the next game to even the score at 4-4. U-M rallied to hold again before earning the break to clinch the set, 6-4.

The teams traded breaks in the second set. After giving up a break in the fourth game, U-M evened the score at 4-4 on a UGA double fault. Each player held serve in the next four games to force the tiebreaker, in which the Bulldogs reeled off seven straight points to take the set.

Gilchrist and Gullickson, the nation's 27th-ranked team, carried the momentum into the third set, taking the first five games with breaks in the second and fourth. U-M held to 5-1, sealing the game with a Bektas ace, but the Bulldogs served out the match in the subsequent game.

Bektas and Bolender closed the year with a 33-10 overall doubles record.

Michigan concluded the 2012 season with a 21-8 record, going 10-1 in Big Ten Conference play to capture its third consecutive league title. U-M also advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third straight season.

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