Bektas, Bolender Win Doubles Back Draw at ITA All-American
Emina Bektas (L) and Brooke Bolender

Oct. 5, 2013

Site: Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Riviera Tennis Club)
Event: Riviera/ITA All-American Championships
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Thu-Tues., Oct. 10-15 -- host, ITA Midwest Regional Championships (Varsity Tennis Center), TBA

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) and senior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) of the University of Michigan women's tennis team won the doubles back draw at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships on Saturday (Oct. 5) at the Riviera Tennis Club. With the win, the tandem qualified for the ITA National Indoor Championships later this fall.

The Wolverine duo, ranked No. 3, fell in the first round of the main draw to No. 15 Whitney Kay and Caroline Price of North Carolina, 8-1, on Thursday (Oct. 3). Entering the consolation draw, Bektas and Bolender earned a bye in the first round and defeated No. 10-ranked Dominique Harmath and Natalie Beazant (Rice), 8-4. After the team from Utah had to withdraw, the Wolverine pair advanced to the final. U-M knocked off No. 26 Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey of Georgia Tech (8-5) to earn the berth to the national championships.

Bektas advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles main draw after knocking off No. 5 Annett Schutting in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0, on Friday morning (Oct. 4) in the second round. Bektas took an early two-break lead in the first set to go up 3-0 en route to the 6-2 win. The Wolverine junior, ranked No. 25, coasted to the second-set victory without surrendering a set. It was a revenge of sorts for Bektas, who was eliminated from the same tournament by Schutting last season.

Bektas won her first-round match over No. 30 Stefanie Tan of TCU (7-5, 6-0) on Thursday, marking her first win in the main draw at the All-American. Her tournament run came to an end on Friday afternoon when Cristina Stancu of Texas A&M topped her a 7-6, 6-1 win in the quarterfinals.

Rounding out Michigan's participants at the national event was junior Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall), who won her first match in the qualifying draw before falling in the second round. Lee knocked off No. 106 Maria Deheza (Texas A&M), 7-5, 6-4, to move one step closer to the main draw. However, she fell in the second round to No. 75 Olivia Janowicz of Florida (6-2, 6-3), unable to play her way into the main draw.

Michigan is back in action next week, playing host to the ITA Midwest Regional Championships on Oct. 10-15 at the Varsity Tennis Center.


No. 59 Sarah Lee
First Round -- d. No. 106 Maria Deheza (Texas A&M), 7-5, 6-4
Second Round -- l. No. 75 Olivia Janowicz (Florida), 6-2, 6-3

No. 25 Emina Bektas
First Round -- d. No. 30 Stefanie Tan (TCU), 7-5, 6-0
Second Round -- d. No. 5 Annett Schutting (Cal), 6-2, 6-0
Quarterfinals -- l. No. 48 Cristina Stancu (Texas A&M), 7-6, 6-1

No. 3 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender
First Round -- l. No. 15 Whitney Kay/Caroline Price (UNC), 8-1

No. 3 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender
Backdraw first round -- Bye
Backdraw second round -- d. No. 10 Dominique Harmath/Natalie Beazant (Rice), 8-4
Backdraw semifinals (Saturday, Oct. 5) -- walkover
Backdraw finals (Saturday, Oct. 5) -- d. No. 26 Kendal Woodard/Megan Kurey (Georgia Tech), 8-5

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423