Feb. 26, 2013
Wednesday, Feb. 27 -- vs. Michigan State (Varsity Tennis Center), 3:30 p.m.
Friday, March 1 -- vs. No. 2 Duke (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.
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The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team (6-3, 0-0 Big Ten) wraps up its four-match homestand this week, first kicking off Big Ten action against Michigan State (8-2, Big Ten) on Wednesday (Feb. 27) at 3:30 p.m. The Wolverines will then welcome No. 2 Duke (8-1) to the Varsity Tennis Center on Friday (March 1), taking on the Blue Devils at 6 p.m.
This week's dual matches 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 wrap up their four-match homestand this week, hosting Michigan State on Wednesday (Feb. 27) and No. 2 Duke on Friday (March 1) at the Varsity Tennis Center. Michigan is 4-1 at the VTC this season and 53-5 at home under sixth-year head coach Ronni Bernstein.
U-M will not return to the VTC until hosting Purdue on March 30. After this week, the Wolverines have five home matches remaining on the schedule.
Michigan is coming off a 5-2 win over No. 14 Texas on Sunday (Feb. 24) at the VTC, sweeping the doubles matches and getting singles wins from Emina Bektas, Ronit Yurovsky, Sarah Lee and Brooke Bolender. U-M moves to 4-3 this season against ranked opponents.
The Wolverines are 44-17 all-time against Michigan State. U-M has won 11 in a row against the Spartans, including a 7-0 win last season in East Lansing. Michigan's last loss to MSU came on March 28, 2002. MSU comes to Ann Arbor with an 8-2 record after a 4-3 win over Western Michigan on Feb. 22.
U-M kicks off Big Ten action against the Spartans, looking for its fourth consecutive Big Ten championship. Michigan has gone 30-1 in Big Ten regular-season matches the past three years, with its only loss coming to Northwestern last season. Head coach Ronni Bernstein carries a 48-3 Big Ten record as head coach of the Wolverines.
Wednesday's (Feb. 27) match against Michigan State is part of a doubleheader with the men's team, which will take on Tulsa at 7 p.m.
Michigan is 1-7 all-time versus Duke, with its lone win over the Blue Devils coming during the 1983-84 season. The teams faced each other at last year's ITA National Team Indoor Championships, with Duke recording a 4-0 win in the second round of action at the tourney. This season, the Blue Devils are 8-1 and feature four ranked singles players.
Following this week's action, Michigan will head west for its spring break trip, spending the week in California. U-M will take on San Diego on March 8.
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 15-10 record on the doubles court in dual matches, winning five doubles points this season. Michigan swept all three matches against Texas (Feb. 24), the first time this season that the Wolverines won all three doubles matches.
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 5-0 in dual matches this season and has not lost a singles match since Oct. 21, 2012, at the ITA Midwest Championships. She has won 13 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 Duke ranking second. The Maize and Blue is 4-3 against ranked teams this season after picking up a 5-2 win over No. 14 Texas on Sunday (Feb. 24).
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 three ranked singles players in freshman Ronit Yurovsky (No. 33), sophomore Emina Bektas (No. 41) and sophomore Sarah Lee (No. 75). On the doubles side, Bektas and junior Brooke Bolender are the No. 3 pair in the country, with Yurovsky and sophomore Sarah Lee ranking No. 41.
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 will serve 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 53-5 at the Varsity Tennis Center under head coach Ronni Bernstein. In her sixth season at Michigan, Bernstein is 110-33 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 the biggest difference between junior and college tennis..."The biggest difference between junior tennis and college tennis is in juniors you were on your own. In college tennis you're part of a team, not only are you playing for yourself, but you're playing for six other people."
On the best part of her freshman year so far ... "The best part of my freshman year is finally being able to play for Michigan. After watching a lot of matches, it feels good to finally be on court playing and cheering on my teammates."
On being a student-athlete at Michigan ... "Being a student-athlete for Michigan is an honor. There is no better feeling than putting on my uniform with a block 'M' on it and know that I am representing one of the best schools out there."
On what she wants to study at Michigan ... "Currently, I am undecided in my major. I was originally in the School of Kinesiology, but I am thinking about changing into Literature, Science and the Arts."
On why she chose Michigan ... "There's not another school out there that can compare to Michigan. After my visit, I knew that I wouldn't be able to find a better group of girls on a team. The team is not like any ordinary team, we are a family that is lucky to have two of the best coaches, (head coach) Ronni (Bernstein) and (associate head coach) Teryn Ashley-Fitch.
Friday, March 8 -- at San Diego (San Diego, Calif.), 1:30 p.m. PST