Weekly #8: Wolverines to Head to Florida for a Pair

Feb. 28, 2011

Wednesday, March 2
-- at No. 12 Miami (Coral Gables, Fla.), 2 p.m.
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Saturday, March 5 -- at Central Florida (Orlando, Fla.), 11 a.m.

The No. 4-ranked Wolverines (9-1, 1-0 Big Ten) head south for a pair of matches on their spring break trip, taking on No. 12 Miami (7-2) on Wednesday (March 2) at 2 p.m. at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla. U-M will then wrap up its Florida swing with a visit to Central Florida (4-4) on Saturday (March 5) for an 11 a.m. match at the UCF Tennis Complex in Orlando, Fla.


Topping State -- Michigan won its 10th consecutive match over Michigan State, topping the Spartans, 6-1, on Friday (Feb. 25). The Wolverines won the doubles points with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 and carried the momentum over into singles, taking the first five singles matches off court. Since fourth-year head coach Ronni Bernstein has taken over in Ann Arbor, Michigan sports a 29-2 Big Ten record and has not lost to Michigan State. [ Michigan Daily Recap ]

A Look at No. 12 Miami -- Michigan and Miami are squaring off for the fourth consecutive season with the Wolverines winning the last match (4-3) at the 2010 ITA National Indoor Championship. The Hurricanes come into Wednesday's match with a 7-2 record, dropping matches to Florida and UCLA at this year's indoor championship. Miami features three ranked singles players, led by No. 10 Bianca Eichkorn and two ranked doubles pairings.

A Glance at Central Florida -- The Golden Knights (4-4) are coming off a 7-0 loss to Miami in their last outing. UCF has alternated wins and losses all season long, picking up wins over Florida A&M, Bethune-Cookman, UAB and Louisiana-Lafayette. U-M has won the teams' only other match-up, a 5-0 decision during the 1997 NCAA Tournament.

See You Later -- This week's matches mark the beginning of a three-match road swing for the Wolverines, who do not return to the Varsity Tennis Center until March 18 against South Florida. After this week's Florida trip, U-M heads to North Carolina to take on the Tar Heels on March 13. Michigan has played only one true road match this season, knocking off No. 13 Notre Dame, 4-3, in South Bend.

Bolender, Muresan Named to All-Tournament Team -- After knocking off the nation's No. 2 and No. 3-ranked doubles teams en route to a 3-0 doubles record at the ITA Indoor Championship, freshman Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) and senior Denise Muresan (Lincolnshire, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) were named to the all-tournament team at the No. 1 doubles spot. Against No. 1 Stanford, Bolender and Muresan defeated No. 3 Hilary Barte and Mallory Burdette, 8-3, before defeating No. 12 Clemson's No. 2-ranked pair of Josipa Bek and Keri Wong, 8-2. Rounding out the U-M's duo's wins was an 8-4 victory over No. 70 Sasha Krupina and Elizabeth Kilborn of GT. The Wolverines won all three doubles points at the tournament with a perfect 6-0 record.

700 Days -- That is the amount of time it has been since Michigan's last regular-season Big Ten dual-match loss. The Wolverines' last defeat was a 6-1 loss to No. 1 Northwestern on March 29, 2009. The Maize and Blue has rattled off 16 consecutive regular-season conference victories since that last loss.

Racking Up the Singles Wins -- With her singles win against Michigan State, Brooke Bolender became the first Wolverine to reach the 20-win plateau in 2011. Denise Muresan is at 19 wins, with freshman Sam Critser (Mountainview, Calif./Mountainview) right behind with 18 victories. Seven Wolverines have recorded at least 10 wins.

More About the Doubles -- The Wolverines have won the doubles point in all but one match this season, racking up a 23-3 dual-match record in doubles play. Two of Michigan's three losses on the doubles court came to No. 18 Southern California, the only time U-M failed to secure the first point of the match. The Wolverines are 8-1 when scoring the first point of the match.

Beating the Best -- Michigan is 5-1 this season against top 25 competition, defeating No. 12 Clemson, No. 13 Notre Dame, No. 13 Vanderbilt, No. 18 Vanderbilt and No. 18 Southern California while only falling to No. 1-ranked and defending NCAA champion Stanford. Miami will be Michigan's seventh top-25 opponent of 2011.

The View From Up Here Is Nice -- In its 10 matches this season, Michigan has only trailed in two of them. U-M dropped the first point of the match to No. 18 Southern California before scoring the first two points in singles play en route to the 5-2 win. The only other time Michigan has trailed this season came against No. 1 Stanford, falling behind 2-1 before dropping the next two singles matches in the 4-1 defeat. U-M has outscored its opposition, 43-15, this season.

Moving Up in the Rankings -- Michigan moved up to No. 4 in the latest version of the ITA rankings with four Wolverines receiving singles rankings. Senior Denise Muresan moved up to No. 5 from No. 8 in the latest edition of the rankings. Sam Critser comes in at No. 44 with Brooke Bolender ranking No. 81 and senior Whitney Taney (Edina, Minn./Edina) rounding out the list at No. 109. Bolender and Muresan are also ranked No. 16 as a doubles pair and Taney and senior Rika Tatsuno (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) enter the rankings at No. 60 this week.

Keep the Awards Coming! -- When Brooke Bolender was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week after helping U-M to a 2-1 record at the ITA Indoor Championship, she became the fourth Wolverine to win the award this season. Whitney Taney, Sam Critser and Denise Muresan have also earned the distinction this season, as U-M has won four of the six awarded. Of the nine Wolverines, seven have earned the weekly award at some point during their career.

Ronni's Team Tough at Home -- Since head coach Ronni Bernstein took over the Michigan program prior to the 2008 dual-match season, the Wolverines have compiled a 35-2 record at home. U-M lost to then-No. 1 Northwestern during the 2009 season and then-No. 13 Notre Dame during 2010 to account for the only two losses at the Varsity Tennis Center during Bernstein's tenure.

Muresan Keeps Moving Up -- Denise Muresan keeps moving up the career wins list, now with 96 in her career. The senior All-American is 96-42 in her career, moving her past Jaimie Fielding (1992-95) for the No. 3 spot on the all-time list. Her .696 career winning percentage is the fifth-highest in program history, and she is one of only three on that top-10 list with at least 90 wins.

Dual Match Format --This week's dual matches will be contests 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. Matches in progress when the dual match is clinched will be played to completion

Six to 500 -- The Wolverines need six more wins to reach 500 program wins. This season marks the 37th year of women's tennis, as the Wolverines have an all-time mark of 494-323, good for a .605 winning percentage. The first season for women's tennis at U-M was 1973-74 when the Wolverines went 5-0 with a sixth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships.

From All Over -- Of the nine Wolverines on the 2011 roster, four hail from California, with one each from Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota and Alberta. The women's tennis team is the only varsity team at U-M without a Michigan native.

A Look Back -- The 2010 season was the most successful in school history, with the Wolverines winning their first Big Ten championship since 1997. U-M won a program-best 24 matches and advanced to the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Championships. Denise Muresan became the first All-American since Marian Kremer in 1981. Muresan (Big Ten Player of the Year), Mimi Nguyen (Big Ten Freshman of the Year) and head coach Ronni Bernstein (Big Ten Coach of the Year) swept the conference awards as Michigan went 10-0 during the regular season for the Big Ten crown.

Leader of the Wolverines -- Head coach Ronni Bernstein is in her fourth year leading the Wolverines. In 2010, she was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and ITA Midwest Coach of the Year after leading U-M to a 24-5 overall record, a Big Ten Championship and the Sweet 16. Since coming to Ann Arbor, Bernstein has compiled a 61-18 overall record and a 28-2 Big Ten mark. Teryn Ashley-Fitch, in her fifth year at U-M, was elevated to associate head coach over the summer with Kristen Schlukebir joining the Wolverines as the volunteer assistant coach for the 2011 season.

Completed in 1997, the $6 million indoor and outdoor complex provides the Wolverine tennis programs with a state-of-the-art on-campus training and competition site that is an excellent recruiting tool, and a premier and nationally competitive facility to nurture Michigan tennis players for many more decades to come. The Varsity Tennis Center has undergone a number of extensive upgrades over the past five years, including the addition of indoor and outdoor electronic scoreboards, individual video cameras on each indoor court, and new indoor and outdoor audio systems. Most recently, outdoor chair back seating was added overlooking six of the outdoor courts.

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Sunday, March 13
--at North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 1 p.m.
Friday, March 18
-- vs. South Florida (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423