Feb. 5, 2014
ITA National Team Indoor Championships (Feb. 7-10)
Friday, Feb. 7 -- vs. No. 10 Duke (Charlottesville, Va.), 9 a.m.
The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team (3-0) makes its fifth straight appearance in the ITA National Indoor Championships this weekend (Fri-Mon., Feb. 7-10) after winning its Kick-Off weekend. U-M will face No. 10 Duke (4-0) in the first round on Friday at 9 a.m. The Wolverines are guaranteed at least three matches this weekend and will play a fourth if they advance to the championship match.
This weekend's dual matches will be a contest for the best-of-seven team points. The dual will begin with three doubles matches each consisting of a six-game set, with a tiebreaker played at 6-6. The team that wins two of these three matches will enter the singles competition with one of seven points. Once the doubles point has been clinched, the remaining doubles match shall not be completed. After a brief intermission, six singles matches will be played. Each singles match will be the best of three sets and worth one point towards the team competition. If the first two sets are split, a 10-point tiebreaker will be used in lieu of a full third set to determine the winner. The overall dual match will be decided when one team secures four total points. Singles matches in progress when the dual match is clinched will not be played to completion. This weekend's tournament will mark the final time this format of college tennis will be in effect.
The Wolverines are making their fifth straight ITA National Team Indoor Championships appearance after winning the ITA Kick-Off Weekend (Jan. 25-26) in Ann Arbor. It is also Michigan's fifth overall appearance at the national tournament.
The Maize and Blue is 7-5 all-time at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, winning two matches in three of its four appearances. The Wolverines have won their opening match twice.
Junior Emina Bektas was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Week after helping Michigan to a 6-1 win at Tennessee last Sunday (Feb. 2). It is the seventh time she has won the conference award.
With three more singles wins, senior Brooke Bolender will become the fourth Wolverine in program history to eclipse 100 career wins. Denise Muresan (2008-11) set the standard with 111 during a four-year career. Bolender is also in striking distance of Whitney Taney's (2008-11) career doubles win mark of 114. Bolender currently has 108 doubles wins, making her the third U-M player with at least 100 doubles wins.
Head coach Ronni Bernstein is three wins away from recording her 300th career victory. Entering the weekend, Bernstein is 297-108 in her career after going 165-71 in 10 years at Florida International to go with her 132-37 record at Michigan.
No. 10 Duke enters this weekend with a 4-0 record with wins over William and Mary, Furman, Columbia and Kentucky. The Blue Devils feature three ranked singles players in No. 3 Beatrice Capra, No. 45 Ester Goldfeld and No. 49 Hanna Mar. In doubles, Duke has the No. 14-ranked duo of Ester Goldfeld and Annie Mullholland.
Michigan picked up a win over its highest-ranked opponent ever last season against No. 2 Duke, knocking off the Blue Devils, 4-3, at the Varsity Tennis Center. Freshman Ronit Yurovsky clinched the match with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 win at No. 2.
Duke leads the all-time series against Michigan, 7-2.
With a win on Friday morning, Michigan would face either No. 3 North Carolina or No. 15 Vanderbilt.
The Wolverines have won all three doubles points on the season, going 3-0 when winning the match's first point.
Michigan features three ranked singles players in Ronit Yurovsky (No. 20), Emina Bektas (No. 21) and Sarah Lee (No. 100). On the doubles side, Bektas and Brooke Bolender come in at No. 9, and Yurovsky and Lee rank No. 11. The next player rankings come out on Feb. 11.
Michigan comes in at No. 11 as a team in the third edition of the ITA rankings for the 2014 season. U-M is one of three Big Ten schools ranked in the top 25, joining Northwestern (No. 15) and Nebraska (No. 25).
Brooke Bolender and Kristen Dodge will serve as Michigan's team captains this season. Bolender was named captain for the second straight season, and Dodge is in her first year as a captain. It is the first time since the 2010-11 season that U-M has two captains.
Senior Brooke Bolender is the team's lone senior this season, marking the third straight year that Michigan has featured just one senior.
Since taking over the Wolverines in 2007-08, U-M is 69-7 at the Varsity Tennis Center under head coach Ronni Bernstein. In her seventh season at Michigan this year, Bernstein is 132-37 as the leader of the Wolverines.
The Wolverines are coming off their fourth straight Big Ten championship and NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2013. U-M went 23-6 last season, finishing with a No. 10 ranking. It was also U-M's fourth consecutive 20-win season. Four of Michigan's six 20-win seasons have occurred under head coach Ronni Bernstein.
Saturday, Feb. 15 -- vs. Notre Dame (Varsity Tennis Center), 1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22 -- vs. Western Michigan (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.