March 26, 2013
Wednesday, March 27 -- at No. 16 Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.), 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 -- vs. No. 17 Purdue (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon (Note Change)
Sunday, March 31 -- vs. Indiana (Varsity Tennis Center), 11 a.m.
The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team (11-3, 3-0 Big Ten) is in action three times this week, first wrapping up non-conference action at No. 16 Notre Dame (11-5) on Wednesday (March 27) at 4 p.m. The Wolverines then transition back to Big Ten action, hosting No. 17 Purdue (11-1, 3-0 Big Ten) on Saturday (March 30) at noon (Note Change) and Indiana (12-5, 1-2 Big Ten) on Sunday at 11 a.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.
Michigan stayed at No. 9 in this week's ITA rankings, marking its third straight week in the top 10. U-M entered the top 10 two weeks ago after a 4-3 win over then-No. 2 Duke on March 1.
U-M has won six consecutive matches and boasts a 4-0 record in the month of March.
Michigan has won five straight doubles points, winning the doubles point in every match of its current win streak. The Wolverines did not compete in doubles at San Diego on March 8 due to imminent rain.
U-M has won three in a row against the Irish, with Notre Dame leading the all-time series, 22-11. Notre Dame and U-M were supposed to face each other on Feb. 9, but Michigan qualified for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships and was forced to use the alternate date.
Wednesday's match at Notre Dame marks the end of the non-conference season for the Maize and Blue. Entering the match, the Wolverines are 8-3 in non-conference matches this season.
Michigan is 32-12 all-time against Purdue, but the Boilermakers won the last contest between the two teams. Purdue knocked off Michigan, 4-3, in last year's Big Ten Tournament championship match.
Indiana leads the all-time series against Michigan, 29-19, but U-M has won nine in a row against the Hoosiers. Michigan defeated Indiana twice last season, a 4-3 decision during the regular season and 4-2 in the Big Ten Tournament.
U-M is 6-1 this season at the Varsity Tennis Center. Michigan has five regular-season matches remaining at the VTC.
With a pair of conference wins last weekend (March 23-24) at Wisconsin and Minnesota, U-M is now 51-3 in conference matches under head coach Ronni Bernstein.
U-M has won six consecutive matches, its longest winning streak this season. The Wolverines won three matches to start the year before falling in the first match of ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 8.
Michigan plays two home matches this weekend, the first time the Wolverines have been home since knocking off No. 2 Duke on March 1.
U-M is 5-3 against top-25 competition this season. Michigan returns to ranked opposition this week in No. 16 Notre Dame and No. 17 Purdue.
Michigan features three ranked singles players in sophomore Emina Bektas (No. 29), freshman Ronit Yurovsky (No. 33) and sophomore Sarah Lee (No. 80). On the doubles side, Bektas and junior Brooke Bolender are the No. 2 pair in the country, with Yurovsky and Lee ranking No. 49.
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 five doubles points with this combo.
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.
Michigan has already had three players take home Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week honors this season in sophomore Sarah Lee, freshman Ronit Yurovsky and sophomore Emina Bektas. Yurovsky has won the award twice.
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 116-34 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, April 6 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), Noon CDT
Sunday, April 7 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), Noon CDT