Jan. 15, 2013
Fri-Mon., Jan. 18-21 -- host Michigan Invitational (Varsity Tennis Center)
The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team will wrap up tournament action by hosting the Michigan Invitational this weekend (Fri-Mon, Jan 18-21) at the Varsity Tennis Center. Joining U-M at the VTC are No. 18 Mississippi, No. 20 Georgia Tech and No. 43 South Florida. There will be no team scoring at this weekend's event, as everyone is competing as an individual.
Friday, Jan. 18
5:30 p.m. Singles -- Michigan vs. Mississippi
Saturday, Jan. 19
10 a.m. Singles -- Mississippi vs. Georgia Tech
1 p.m. Doubles -- Michigan vs. Georgia Tech; Mississippi vs. USF
Singles to follow -- Michigan vs. USF
Sunday, Jan. 20
8:30 a.m. Singles -- Mississippi vs. USF
11:30 a.m. Doubles -- Michigan vs. Mississippi; Georgia Tech vs. USF
1 p.m. Doubles -- Michigan vs. USF; Georgia Tech vs. Mississippi
Singles to follow -- Michigan vs. Georgia Tech
Monday, Jan. 21
11 a.m. Singles -- Georgia Tech vs. South Florida
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
Freshmen Ronit Yurovsky and Amy Zhu both received national singles rankings following the fall season. Yurovsky comes in at No. 61 after winning the ASU Thunderbird and going 9-4 during the fall. Zhu ranks No. 94, compiling a 7-4 record in the fall season. On the doubles side, sophomore Emina Bektas and junior Brooke Bolender come in at No. 21.
This weekend's tournament is the final tournament action for the Wolverines during the 2012-13 season. U-M will kick off dual-match play next weekend (Jan. 26-27), hosting the ITA Kickoff for the third straight season.
There will be a new scoring system in doubles this season that will be in place until the ITA National Indoor Championships Feb. 8-11. Doubles matches in progress when the point is clinched will be abandoned, as long as both coaches agree to that prior to the start of the match. There will also be "no advantage scoring," meaning that when the game hits 40-40, the next point will win the game. Finally, a tiebreaker will take place if both teams are tied at 7-7.
As a team, Michigan went 39-30 in singles during the fall season. Ronit Yurovsky carried the best record at 9-4, while five of the seven Wolverines boasted winning records. U-M used 10 different doubles combinations, with Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas going a team-best 5-2.
Brooke Bolender will serve as Michigan's team captain this season. It is her first season as captain.
Senior Mimi Nguyen is the team's lone senior this season, marking the second straight season that Michigan has featured just one senior.
The Wolverines are coming off their third straight Big Ten championship and NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2012. U-M went 21-8 last season, finishing with a No. 14 ranking. It was also U-M's third consecutive 20-win season.
In the Spotlight (Five Questions)
On the fall season ... "It was a good fall season for us. I think our freshmen (Amy Zhu and Ronit Yurovsky) really had great fall seasons. Just to be ranked like they are right now says a lot about what they were able to accomplish during the fall season. We had some injury issues that we have worked through, but that allowed us to try some new things. Overall, it was a good fall and we got a lot out of it."
On her doubles lineup ... "We are still figuring out what we want to do with our doubles lineups. We are going to use this weekend to try some new combinations and to really see what works for us. That first point has always been key for our team, and we want to continue to be able to put that first point on the board."
On the recent success of her tennis program ... "I think our past success has been great, but it is a new year. We are excited about what we did last year and what we have been able to do the past few years, but it is a completely new year. The girls know that what has happened in the past doesn't matter; we have to continue to work hard to get better every day. We are looking forward to getting back out there and accomplishing things with this team."
On Brooke Bolender being named captain ... "Brooke is a great leader for us. She is our hardest worker and really sets a good example for the rest of the team. I am looking forward to her taking on the captain role this season and can't think of a better person to lead this team than her."
On what to expect this weekend ... "I feel like we have three great teams coming in this weekend, and there is going to be some great tennis played. This is a great way to prepare us for the following weekend when dual matches start. This event has always been a good way to send us into the actual season. It really sets up the dual-match season really well."
Saturday, Jan. 26 -- vs. Brown (Varsity Tennis Center), 10 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 27 -- vs. Missouri or South Carolina (Varsity Tennis Center), Time TBA