March 25, 2014
The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team (11-3, 1-0 B1G) plays a pair on the road this weekend, taking on Iowa (8-6, 1-2 B1G) on Friday afternoon (March 28) before traveling to Nebraska (8-8, 0-3 B1G) on Sunday (March 30). It wraps up a three-match road swing for U-M.
This weekend'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.
Michigan is back on the on the road this weekend, playing at Iowa on Friday (March 28) and at Nebraska on Sunday (March 30). After this weekend, U-M does not play away from the Varsity Tennis Center until April 19.
Michigan is tied for first place in the Big Ten at 3-0 with Northwestern and Minnesota.
Michigan is a perfect 6-0 in true road matches this season.
Brooke Bolender, the only Wolverine in school history to boast 100 career singles win and 100 career doubles wins, is two doubles wins away from tying Whitney Taney's record of 114. With two singles wins over the weekend, Bolender is now tied with Chisako Sugiyama for No. 2 on the singles wins list with 104. Denise Muresan set the singles record with 114 during her four-year career. Bolender holds the Michigan mark for combined singles and doubles wins in a career with 216.
Iowa (8-6, 1-2 B1G) enters the weekend on a three-match skid, dropping matches to College of Charleston, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Michigan is 32-11 all-time against the Hawkeyes and has won 11 in a row against them.
Nebraska (8-8, 0-3 B1G) have dropped four in a row and host Michigan State before welcoming Michigan to Lincoln on Sunday (March 30). The Wolverines are 3-0 all-time against the Huskers.
This weekend's match at Nebraska is just the second time that U-M has played in Lincoln. In Michigan's only other appearance at NU, the Wolverines came away with a 6-1 win on April 13, 2012.
In dual matches, Michigan is 60-17 (.779) in singles play and 23-9 (.719) in doubles action. Overall, U-M is 146-59 (.712) in singles and 60-30 (.667) in doubles action for the season.
With a 7-0 win at Penn State last weekend (March 23), Michigan recorded its fifth shutout win of the season and first in Big Ten play.
In the last seven seasons, Michigan has only dropped Big Ten matches to Indiana and Northwestern.
The Wolverines continue Big Ten action for the rest of the regular season after wrapping up the non-conference season with an 8-3 record. Michigan has started conference action with a 3-0 record and has outscored its opponents, 18-3. Since head coach Ronni Bernstein took over before the 2007-08 season, Michigan is 61-4 in Big Ten play.
Emina Bektas has won 15 of her last 16 singles matches and sports a 13-1 mark in dual matches at the No. 1 spot. She has already been named Big Ten Athlete of the Week three times this season and is currently ranked No. 7 by the ITA. Bektas already has 85 career wins, which ranks 12th all-time at U-M.
Emina Bektas (27-5), Sarah Lee (21-9) and Amy Zhu (20-7) have each crossed the 20-win plateau already this season. It is the third straight season that Lee and Bektas have recorded at least 20 singles wins, with Zhu accomplishing the feat for the second straight year.
The top of the lineup has been effective for Michigan, with the Wolverines totaling a 23-3 record at No. 1 and No. 2 singles through 14 matches.
U-M has five players who have lost just one singles match during dual-match play in Emina Bektas (13-1), Brooke Bolender (9-1), Kristen Dodge (6-1), Ronit Yurovsky (7-1) and Laura Ucros (5-1). Annie Wierda is a perfect 2-0.
The Wolverines have won 11 doubles points on the season, going 10-1 when winning the match's first point. U-M is 21-7 in doubles during dual-match play.
Michigan features four ranked singles players in Emina Bektas (No. 7), Ronit Yurovsky (No. 20), Brooke Bolender (No. 98) and Sarah Lee (No. 103). On the doubles side, Bektas and Bolender come in at No. 18, Yurovsky and Lee are No. 45 and Lee and Amy Zhu are No. 75.
Michigan comes in at No. 15 as a team in this week's edition of the ITA Rankings.
Brooke Bolender and Kristen Dodge will serve as Michigan's team captains this season. Bolender was named captain for the second straight season and Dodge is in her first year as a captain. It is the first time since the 2010-11 season that U-M has two captains.
Senior Brooke Bolender is the team's lone senior this season, marking the third straight year that Michigan has featured just one senior.
Since taking over the Wolverines in 2007-08, U-M is 71-8 at the Varsity Tennis Center under head coach Ronni Bernstein. In her seventh season at Michigan this year, Bernstein is 140-40 as the leader of the Wolverines.
The Wolverines are coming off their fourth straight Big Ten championship and NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2013. U-M went 23-6 last season, finishing with a No. 10 ranking. It was also U-M's fourth consecutive 20-win season. Four of Michigan's six 20-win seasons have occurred under head coach Ronni Bernstein.
Saturday, April 5 -- vs. Northwestern (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon
Sunday, April 6 -- vs. Wisconsin (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon