Feb. 25, 2014
University of Michigan head women's tennis coach Ronni Bernstein recorded the 300th win of her career on Saturday (Feb. 22) when the Wolverines shut out Western Michigan, 7-0. Her team, spearheaded by junior Emina Bektas, held a party for her afterwards to celebrate the victory. The group shared cake, gave Bernstein a framed picture and watched a slideshow full of photos that epitomize what Bernstein means to them and the tennis program. The Wolverines were then given a chance to reflect on the part Bernstein plays in their lives and how happy they are for their coach.
Brooke Bolender -- Ronni is important to be because she has really shown how to be the leader and head of a team completely selflessly. She continually reminds us that we are playing for each other, and not for her, and I think that takes a really special coach to not only say that, but truly mean it. She also has really brought back the joy of the sport for me. Tennis is a sport that can wear you down, but Ronni has really shown me why I fell in love with it so long ago. Finally, Ronni is so awesome because she has 300 wins...DUH!!!! It obviously takes an incredible coach to accomplish something so great and I could not be happier for her, or any more honored to have played for her for these last three and a half years! Oh...and she has many, many more wins on the way!
Kristen Dodge -- Ronni is the best coach I could have asked for. She has helped me grow in more ways than she will ever know. She has challenged me to not only be a better tennis player, but also to be a better leader. With her help, I feel that I now understand what it means to be accountable for my actions, as well keeping others accountable. I owe her so much for helping me grow as a person. Words cannot describe how grateful I am to be part of her program. She is an outstanding coach, and I feel so honored that I can say I am on her team. I could not be happier to call Ronni my coach.
Emina Bektas -- I love Ronni because, of course, the one time I ever listen to her is when she tells me to put asparagus in spinach ARTICHOKE dip. I still think she did that on purpose. But for real - Ronni has been one of the biggest influences, if not the biggest, influence in my life. I know I can be a pain a lot of the time, but I've never met anyone that is willing to do as much as she does to help others. I've had my ups and my down since I got to Michigan, but all I know is that I wouldn't be the person I am today without her and I'll forever be indebted to her. In gummy bears. Lots and lots of gummy bears.
Ronit Yurovsky -- Ronni is important to me because since I've been here, I've been able to form a relationship with her on and off the court. As a coach, Ronni is everything you would want. She pushes you because she believes in you. She motivates you to give all your effort every time you step on the court. She cares and makes sure that, as a coach, she is doing everything she can to make you better. She always positive and knows what to say in tough situations. She always makes sure that on the court you are having fun and enjoying yourself.
Off the court, Ronni has those same characteristics but in real life situations. She pushes you with academics because she knows you can do well. She motivates you to become a better person off the court, whether it's with school or becoming a better teammate. Ronni is someone who you can trust and feel comfortable talking about anything. I know that whenever I need advice, help with a problem or even just to talk, Ronni is someone I can go to.
Amy Zhu -- Ronni has such great composure no matter what's going on. When I'm nervous, she calms me down. When I need a push, she knows exactly what to say to get me motivated. I'll never forget my very first match as a Wolverine. I was so nervous and such a wreck that basically my whole body was shaking. On the change over, I lifted my hand to give Ronni a high five and my hand was trembling like crazy. When Ronni saw my hand she sat down next to me and held my hand until I calmed down and that's the only reason I was able to come through in that match.
Ronni is caring, thoughtful, always believes and wants the best for all of us. She treats us as if we were her own daughters. I think that is why all of us are so close and why the team year after year is so successful.
Sarah Lee -- For the most obvious reason, without Ronni, I would not have had the opportunity to become a part of this family, team and University. Ronni is super important to me because she is willing to do whatever it takes to help me reach my full potential and more importantly, she pushes me to exceed my expectations not only as a player, but as a person. Love her.
Sara Remynse -- I would like to thank Ronni for everything she has done for our team and for the program. She is a good role model for the team. I would also like to congratulate her on her 300th win, and I am sure that she has a lot more wins coming her way.
Annie Wierda -- Ronni is one of the main reasons I decided to come Michigan. She is a great coach and role model, and I can't wait to see what the next three and a half years here will bring. I want to thank her for all she has done for me. Congratulations on 300 wins!!!
Laura Ucros -- Ronni, first of all congratulations! 300 wins shows how good you are at helping us become better tennis players and better people. I have been here for a short amount of time but I can't thank you enough for all that you've done for me and for the team. Thanks for believing in me. Thanks for pushing me harder. Thanks for preparing me for real life. I hope you enjoy this commemoration and I truly think many more victories are yet to come. GO BLUE!
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