Feb. 19, 2013
Sunday, Feb. 24 -- vs. No. 14 Texas (Varsity Tennis Center), 11 a.m.
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The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team (5-3) continues its four-match homestand this weekend, hosting No. 14 Texas (2-3) on Sunday (Feb. 24) at 11 a.m. inside the Varsity Tennis Center. Texas is Michigan's seventh straight top-25 opponent.
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 continue their four-match homestand this weekend, hosting No. 14 Texas on Sunday (Feb. 24) at the Varsity Tennis Center. Michigan is 3-1 at the VTC this season and 52-5 at home under sixth-year head coach Ronni Bernstein.
Michigan does not play another match away from the VTC until playing at San Diego on March 8.
U-M is 1-1 all-time against the Longhorns, dropping the most-recent contest between the two (4-2) last season in Austin.
Michigan dropped a tough 4-3 match to No. 11 Texas A&M on Saturday (Feb. 16), never fully recovering from dropping the doubles point to start the match. U-M tied the match at 1-1, but the Aggies won three of the next four singles matches off court to clinch the match. Freshmen Ronit Yurovsky and Amy Zhu, along with sophomore Sarah Lee, each won singles matches in the narrow loss.
The Wolverines are still trying to find the right doubles combinations, having already used seven different lineups during dual-match action. U-M carries a 12-10 record on the doubles court in dual matches, winning four doubles points this season.
With the ITA National Team Indoor Championships complete, college tennis is back to regular scoring in doubles. Prior to the national championships and at the tournament, teams were using no-ad scoring. Also, tiebreakers were used at 7-7, as opposed to 8-8.
Freshman Ronit Yurovsky is 4-0 in dual matches this season and has not lost a singles match since Oct. 21, 2012, at the ITA Midwest Championships. She has won 12 consecutive matches that have finished and carries a 16-4 overall record. She is ranked No. 32 by the ITA.
Michigan comes in at No. 13 in this week's ITA rankings, with Texas ranking at No. 14. The Longhorns are U-M's seventh consecutive top-25 opponent. The Maize and Blue is 3-3 against ranked teams this season.
Senior Mimi Nguyen, limited this season so far in singles action, has moved into 11th place on the all-time singles win list with 83. With two more wins, she will move into the top 10 and into a tie with Michelle Sulahian (2009-12) at No. 10.
Michigan features two ranked singles players in freshmen Ronit Yurovsky (No. 32) and sophomore Emina Bektas (No. 48). On the doubles side, Bektas and junior Brooke Bolender are the No. 6 pair in the country, with Yurovsky and sophomore Sarah Lee ranking No. 32.
As a team, Michigan went 52-35 in singles during the tournament portion of the season. Freshman Ronit Yurovsky led the Wolverines with a 12-4 record and has won eight consecutive matches entering dual-match action. On the doubles side, the Maize and Blue compiled a 26-16 record by using 12 different lineups. [ Statistics ]
The Wolverines welcome back five of their top singles players from last season in senior Mimi Nguyen, junior Brooke Bolender and the sophomore trio of Sarah Lee, Emina Bektas and Kristen Dodge. All five Wolverines recorded at least 23 singles victories, led by Lee and Bektas each totaling 32.
Brooke Bolender serves as Michigan's team captain this season. It is her first season as captain and the first time since the 2009-10 season that U-M will be captained by a junior.
Senior Mimi Nguyen is the team's lone senior this season, marking the second straight season that Michigan has featured just one senior.
Since taking over the Wolverines in 2007-08, U-M is 52-5 at the Varsity Tennis Center under head coach Ronni Bernstein. In her sixth season at Michigan, Bernstein is 109-33 as the leader of the Wolverines.
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. Three of Michigan's five 20-win seasons have occurred under head coach Ronni Bernstein.
In the Spotlight
On being the team's only senior... "It is not bad at all because we get along on the team and respect each other as equals. The only downfall I would say is dealing with some of the shenanigans my younger teammates like to throw on the table. They aren't 21 and as mature as I am you see."
On her favorite Michigan tennis memory so far ... "So far the moment that stands out to me is when my team won our first Big Ten title during my freshman year. It was an exhilarating time for everyone because every year prior to our win, Northwestern was the champion. Since then, we have won three conference titles, and hopefully we will be able to win this year for a fourth straight Big Ten title."
On what she plans on doing following graduation ... "Hopefully, I will be able to convince Mr. Nguyen to finance and allow me to do some leisurely traveling so I can take a break from school and all the pressures of graduating and becoming old." (editor's note -- Mimi has been accepted into law school but is still contemplating her options)
On going to her home state of California for the team's spring break trip ... "I am very ecstatic, because my teammates, coaches and I will be able to soak up some sun to avoid looking like ghosts. Also, I live in California so going back home is a huge bonus because I get to embrace my family and maybe receive some nice treats."
On being a student-athlete at Michigan ... "I am proud to represent my school. Michigan has a rich history, and I am honored to have been chosen to put on the Block M and continue the Michigan tradition."
Wednesday, Feb. 27 -- vs. Michigan State (Varsity Tennis Center), 3:30 p.m.
Friday, March 1 -- vs. Duke (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.