March 5, 2013
Friday, March 8 -- at San Diego (San Diego, Calif.), 11 a.m. PST
The No. 8-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team (8-3) wraps up its annual spring break trip on Friday (March 8) at San Diego (3-3). U-M and the Toreros will square off at 11 a.m. PST (moved up from 1:30 p.m. PST) at Hogan Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif. It is just Michigan's third true road match of the season.
This week'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.
Michigan moves back into the top 10 of the ITA rankings for the first time since coming in at No. 10 on Feb. 2, 2012. U-M is ranked eighth in this week's edition, moving up from No. 13 after beating No. 2 Duke on March 1.
U-M is coming off a 2-0 week, blanking Michigan State (7-0) on Feb. 27 and knocking off No. 2 Duke (4-3) on March 1. It is Michigan's first win over Duke since the 1983-84 season and the highest ranked opponent the Wolverines have ever beaten.
With last week's Big Ten win over Michigan State, U-M is now 49-3 in conference matches under head coach Ronni Bernstein.
Michigan will not return to the VTC until hosting Purdue on March 30. The Wolverines have five home matches remaining on the schedule.
U-M is now 5-3 against top-25 competition this season. Michigan's next ranked opponent is No. 15 Notre Dame on March 27.
Michigan is 1-3 all-time against San Diego, with its lone win over the Toreros coming during the 1996-97 season. The teams have not faced each other since the 2000-01 season, a 4-3 San Diego win. San Diego is ranked No. 64 in this week's ITA rankings with a 3-3 record.
Michigan features three ranked singles players in freshmen 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 Lee ranking No. 41.
The Wolverines sport a perfect 7-0 mark at the No. 2 singles position in dual-match play. Junior Brooke Bolender is 1-0, sophomore Emina Bektas is 1-0 and freshman Ronit Yurovsky is 6-0 at the No. 2 slot.
Michigan has won three consecutive doubles points after mixed results early in the season. U-M's teams of Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender at No. 1, Sarah Lee and Ronit Yurovsky and Sarah Lee at No. 2 and Amy Zhu and Mimi Nguyen at No. 3 seem to be the right combination, as Michigan has won all three doubles points with this combination.
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 7-0 in dual matches this season and has not lost a singles match since Oct. 21, 2012, at the ITA Midwest Championships. She has won 15 consecutive matches that have finished and carries a 16-4 overall record. She is ranked No. 32 by the ITA.
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.
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 55-5 at the Varsity Tennis Center under head coach Ronni Bernstein. In her sixth season at Michigan, Bernstein is 114-34 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.
Saturday, March 23 -- at Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.), 11 a.m. CDT
Sunday, March 24 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 11 a.m. CDT