Feb. 12, 2014
Saturday, Feb. 15 -- vs. No. 22 Notre Dame (Varsity Tennis Center), 1 p.m.
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The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team (4-2) returns home after competing in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship to host No. 22 Notre Dame (5-1) on Saturday (Feb. 15) at 1 p.m. inside the Varsity Tennis Center. College tennis returns to its normal rules this weekend with the national tournament complete. Michigan is looking for its fifth straight win over the Fighting Irish.
This weekend's dual match will be a contest for the best-of-seven team points. The dual will begin with three doubles matches consisting of eight-game pro sets. The team that wins two of these three matches will enter the singles competition with one of seven points. After a brief intermission, six singles matches will be played. Each singles match will be the best of three tie-break sets and worth one point towards the team competition. 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 be played to completion.
The Wolverines are looking for their fifth straight win over Notre Dame (4-1) in Saturday's match. Notre Dame leads the all-time series, 22-13, but has not beaten Michigan since the 2009-10 season.
The Maize and Blue is coming off a 1-2 weekend at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship (Feb. 7-9), falling to eventual champion Duke (4-2) in the first round and to Clemson (4-1) in consolation action. Michigan wrapped up the weekend with a 4-1 win over head coach Ronni Bernstein's alma mater, Miami (Fla.).
Junior Emina Bektas was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Week for the second straight week after going 3-0 at No. 1 in singles action at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. Her weekend was highlighted by a 6-2, 7-6 victory over then-No. 3 Beatrice Capra of Duke, the second win for Bektas over a top-five opponent this season (Annett Schutting, California). It is the eighth time in her career that the Wolverine junior has won the weekly honor.
Notre Dame enters this weekend with a 5-1 record after knocking off Big Ten foe Indiana, 4-3, on Feb. 2. The Fighting Irish feature three ranked singles players in Quinn Gleason (No. 99), Monica Robinson (No. 105) and Britney Sanders (No. 119). Sanders and Gleason are ranked No. 27 as a doubles pair, with Robinson and Jenny Kellner coming in at No. 41 as a duo.
Michigan defeated Notre Dame twice last season, winning 5-2 in South Bend on March 27 and shutting UND out, 4-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (May 11) at the VTC.
This weekend's match is the first of two straight at the Varsity Tennis Center for the Maize and Blue. U-M will host Western Michigan next Saturday (Feb. 22) at 6 p.m. These two matches are the only home matches for the Wolverines in the month of February.
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 109 doubles wins, making her the third U-M player with at least 100 doubles wins.
Head coach Ronni Bernstein is two wins away from recording her 300th career victory. Entering the weekend, Bernstein is 298-110 in her career after going 165-71 in 10 years at Florida International to go with her 133-39 record at Michigan.
The Wolverines have won four doubles points on the season, going 4-0 when winning the match's first point.
Michigan features four ranked singles players in Emina Bektas (No. 12), Ronit Yurovsky (No. 18), Sarah Lee (No. 75) and Brooke Bolender (No. 98). On the doubles side, Bektas and Bolender come in at No. 9, and Yurovsky and Lee rank No. 22.
Michigan comes in at No. 13 as a team in the fourth edition of the ITA rankings for the 2014 season. U-M is one of two Big Ten schools ranked in the top 25, joining Northwestern (No. 7). Notre Dame (No. 22) will be Michigan's fifth top-25 opponent this season.
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 133-39 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. 22 -- vs. Western Michigan (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5 -- at UNLV (Las Vegas, Nev.), 10 a.m. MST