Jan. 11, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 8-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team will host the ninth annual Michigan Invitational this Saturday through Monday (Jan. 15-17) at the Varsity Tennis Center. Joining the Wolverines at the event are No. 13 Tennessee, No. 16 Georgia Tech and No. 23 Washington.
The Wolverines received their highest-ever preseason ranking at No. 8, with senior Denise Muresan (Lincolnshire, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) earning the best individual ranking ever for a Wolverine at No. 11. Senior Whitney Taney (Edina, Minn./Edina) came in at No. 61, while freshman Sam Critser (Mountainview, Calif./Mountainview) rounded out the ranked individuals at No. 105.
On the doubles side, Michigan features three ranked duos, led by sophomore Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) and freshman Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) at No. 12. Critser and senior Rika Tatsuno (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) come in at No. 52 with Critser and junior Michelle Sulahian (Valley Glen, Calif./Campell Hall) ranking No. 82.
This weekend's event marks the end of tournament action for the Wolverines.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Saturday, Jan. 15
10 a.m. Singles -- Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee
1 p.m. Doubles -- Michigan vs. Tennessee, Georgia Tech vs. Washington
Singles to follow -- Michigan vs. Washington
Sunday, Jan. 16
10 a.m. Singles -- Washington vs. Tennessee
1 p.m. Doubles -- Michigan vs. Washington, Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee
Singles to follow -- Michigan vs. Georgia Tech
Monday, Jan. 17
10 a.m. Singles -- Georgia Tech vs. Washington
1 p.m. Doubles -- Michigan vs. Georgia Tech, Tennessee vs. Washington
Singles to follow -- Michigan vs. Tennessee
FORMAT OF PLAY
Each team will play three rounds of doubles and three rounds of singles. There will be eight flights in singles and four flights in doubles. Each day will consist of eight doubles matches and 16 singles matches. The third set will be played to completion in singles. Points will be allotted for each win based on the following decreasing point value to determine the champion (singles and doubles) at the end of the weekend.
Win at No. 1 position -- 8 points
Win at No. 2 position -- 7 points
Win at No. 3 position -- 6 points
Win at No. 4 position -- 5 points
Win at No. 5 position -- 4 points
Win at No. 6 position -- 3 points
Win at No. 7 position -- 2 points
Win at No. 8 position -- 1 point
Results will be posted on MGoBlue.com following each day of competition. Live scoring and video is also available on MGoBlue.com.
Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423