March 8, 2011
Sunday, March 13 -- at No. 6 North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 1 p.m.
The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team (10-2) wraps up its three-match road swing with a trip to No. 6-ranked North Carolina (9-3) on Sunday (March 13) at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
Getting Outdoors -- Michigan played outdoors for the first time in 2011 during its spring break trip, recording a 1-1 record in Florida. The Wolverines fell 4-3 at No. 12 Miami to start the trip before rebounding with a 6-1 win at Central Florida. Senior Rika Tatsuno (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula), senior Whitney Taney (Edina, Minn./Edina) and freshman Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) recorded perfect 2-0 singles records, with the doubles team of freshman Sam Critser (Mountainview, Calif./Mountainview) and sophomore Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) ending the Florida swing with a 2-0 mark. With Sunday's forecast of 63 degrees and sunny in Chapel Hill, the Wolverines will most likely play outdoors again this weekend.
Taney Ties the Doubles Mark -- With a doubles win against UCF, Whitney Taney tied Chisako Sugiyama (2006-09) for the most doubles wins in program history with 98. Taney has an all-time mark of 98-32 in doubles play, including a 61-18 record in dual matches.
20 and Counting -- Brooke Bolender and senior Denise Muresan (Lincolnshire, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) have both eclipsed the 20-win mark in singles action, the first Wolverines to reach 20 in 2011. Bolender has won a team-best 21 matches, with Muresan right behind at 20 wins. Last season, U-M had five players win at least 20 matches.
Triple Digits In Sight -- With a career record of 97-42, Denise Muresan is on the verge of becoming just the third Wolverine in program history to reach the 100-victory plateau. Chisako Sugiyama (2006-09) set the standard at 104, while Sarah Cyganiak (1994-97) was the first Wolverine to earn 100 wins in a career.
A Look at No. 6 North Carolina -- The Tar Heels (9-3) will take on Miami (Fla.) on Wednesday (March 9) before playing host to Michigan on Sunday. UNC's three losses have come to Florida, Stanford and Northwestern, with the latter two occurring at the ITA National Indoor Championship. No. 14 Zoe De Bruycker leads a trio of UNC ranked singles players, while the pairing of Shinann Featherston and Lauren McHale comes in at No. 5. Michigan is 1-3 all-time against North Carolina, dropping its last contest, 5-2, to the Tar Heels during the 2009 ITA Kick-Off Event.
Glad to NOT See You Again -- Of Denise Muresan's eight losses on the season, she has actually only lost to four opponents. Muresan fell twice to No. 1 Hilary Barte of Stanford, No. 2 Maria Sanchez of Southern California, No. 3 Kristy Frilling of Notre Dame and No. 10 Bianca Eichkorn of Miami. Michigan will not face any of those schools again until possibly the NCAA Tournament.
Dual Dominance -- Brooke Bolender and Rika Tatsuno both have only dropped one match since dual-match play began, both falling to their Vanderbilt opponents. Bolender is the lone Wolverine to reach the double-digit win plateau in dual matches, recording a 10-1 record, while Tatsuno is right behind at 9-1. In limited dual action this season, junior Michelle Sulahian (Valley Glen, Calif./Campbell Hall) is 2-0.
Doubles Point, Check -- In its 12 matches this season, Michigan has won the doubles point in 10 of them. The Wolverines failed to secure the first point of the match against No. 12 Miami and No. 18 Southern California, rebounding to beat USC during the ITA Kick-Off weekend while falling to Miami this past week. When winning the first point of the match, U-M sports a 9-1 record, losing to No. 1 Stanford after winning the doubles point. In addition, the Wolverines have swept the doubles matches nine times for a 27-5 dual-match record.
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 and senior Denise Muresan 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 point at the tournament with a perfect 6-0 record.
Beating the Best -- Michigan is 5-2 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 and at No. 12 Miami.
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 into the top 10 for the first time in her career, grabbing the No. 5 spot. Sam Critser comes in at No. 44, Brooke Bolender at No. 81 and Whitney Taney at No. 109. Bolender and Muresan are also ranked No. 16 as a doubles pair.
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.
Dual-Match Format --This weekend's dual match 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
Five to 500 -- The Wolverines need five 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 495-324, good for a .604 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.
VARSITY TENNIS CENTER
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.
2011 YEARBOOK RECORD BOOK
The University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. Each of our varsity athletic teams will have a Record Book and a Yearbook. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook. [ Publications ]
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A LOOK AHEAD
Friday, March 18 -- vs. South Florida (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.
Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423