Weekly #13: Wolverines to Entertain Ohio State, Penn State
MGOBLUE Michelle Sulahian
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Michelle Sulahian
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April 5, 2011

THIS WEEK
Saturday, April 9
-- vs. Ohio State (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon
Live Scoring/Live Video
Sunday, April 10 -- vs. Penn State (Varsity Tennis Center), 11 a.m.
Live Scoring/Live Video

Live video will not be available if match is played outdoors.

The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team (15-3, 5-0 Big Ten) returns to the Varsity Tennis Center for a pair of Big Ten matches, welcoming Ohio State (10-8, 3-1 Big Ten) on Saturday (April 9) at noon before hosting Penn State (5-11, 0-4 Big Ten) on Sunday (April 10) at 11 a.m.

Saturday's match against Ohio State is Girl Scout Day, with local troops invited to the VTC for the match. Members of the American Heart Association and Jump Rope for the Hear are also invited to attend the match. There will be a Varsity Tennis Center membership giveaway and Michigan prize pack raffles.

WOLVERINE BITES

Another Sweep -- The Wolverines picked up their third consecutive shutout and sixth win in a row by sweeping Minnesota and Wisconsin this past weekend. Michigan did not drop a match on the weekend, going 6-0 in doubles and 12-0 in singles to move its Big Ten record to 5-0. Michigan has outscored its Big Ten opponents, 33-2, through five matches. The Wolverines have yet to yield more than one point to a conference opponent and have not trailed in a Big Ten match this season.

Dominating in the Big Ten For Two Years -- Michigan has not dropped a Big Ten regular-season dual match since falling 6-1 to then-No. 1 Northwestern on March 29, 2009, a string of 20 consecutive conference victories. Since arriving in Ann Arbor, head coach Ronni Bernstein, along with the senior class of Denise Muresan, Whitney Taney, Rika Tatsuno and Kari Wig, sports a 33-2 conference record.

Muresan Closing In -- After becoming just the third Wolverine to 100 wins in a career, Denise Muresan needs just two more wins to tie Chisako Sugiyama (2006-09) at the top of Michigan's all-time wins list. Muresan comes into the weekend on a five-match win streak and carries a 102-44 all-time record. Sugiyama set the standard at 104 during her career.

Ronni's Team Tough at Home -- Since taking over prior to the 2008 dual-match season, fourth-year head coach Ronni Bernstein's team has gone 38-2 at the Varsity Tennis Center. U-M has not lost at the VTC since a 4-3 loss to No. 13-ranked Notre Dame on Feb. 7, 2010. The Wolverines have won 17 consecutive matches at the VTC.

Bolender One Away From Freshman Record -- Brooke Bolender enters this weekend with a 28-7 overall record, tying her with Mimi Nguyen for the most wins by a freshman. Bolender's 28 wins put her in a tie seventh on the single-season list.

Advantage: Seniors -- The senior class of Denise Muresan, Whitney Taney, Rika Tatsuno and Kari Wig has helped turn Michigan into a national contender. Read about their journey in M Magazine. [ Advantage: Seniors ]

All Perfect in the Big Ten -- U-M features six players with undefeated conference records in Denise Muresan (5-0), Brooke Bolender (5-0), Whitney Taney (5-0), Rika Tatsuno (4-0), Mimi Nguyen (3-0) and Michelle Sulahian (2-0).

Scouting Ohio State -- Ohio State (10-8, 3-1 Big Ten) is coming off a 5-2 loss to No. 18 Northwestern and currently sits third in the Big Ten standings. Michigan won both matches against Ohio State last year, winning the regular season matchup, as well as defeating the Buckeyes in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Sweet 16. OSU is led by Fidan Manashirova's 21-7 record, including an 11-5 mark in dual matches. U-M leads the all-time series, 35-13, and has won the past eight matches.

Looking at Penn State -- The Nittany Lions (5-11, 0-4 Big Ten) will take on Michigan State before coming to Ann Arbor on Sunday. Entering the weekend, Penn State is still looking for its first conference win, sporting a 5-11 overall record and 0-4 mark in the Big Ten. Petra Januskova anchors Penn State's singles lineup, featuring a 23-8 overall record, including a 10-5 mark at the top of the lineup. Michigan has dominated the all-time series, holding a 21-3 advantage and has won the past nine consecutive matches.

Hitting 500 -- The Wolverines recorded their 500th win in program history with a 7-0 victory at Wisconsin, making women's tennis the fourth women's program in Michigan history to reach that plateau. U-M has an all-time mark of 500-325, good for a .606 winning percentage. The Wolverines joined softball (1,346), gymnastics (686) and volleyball (612) in the 500-win club at Michigan.

All-Time Coaching Records
1973-74 - Janet Hooper (5-0)
1974-76 - Carmen Brummet (15-1)
1976-78 - John Atwood (21-4)
1978-79 - Theo Shepard (18-5)
1979-84 - Oliver Owens (60-46)
1984-2006 - Bitsy Ritt (288-240)
2006-07 - Amanda Augustus (17-8)
2007-present - Ronni Bernstein (76-21)

Doubles Success -- Michigan has won the doubles point in 15 of its 18 matches this season, going 14-1 in those matches. The Wolverines carry a 43-7 dual-match record in doubles and have swept the doubles matches 14 times. The only time Michigan failed to win the match after securing the doubles point came against No. 1 Stanford at the ITA Indoor Championship.

Taney Hits Triple Digits -- With a doubles win against South Florida, senior Whitney Taney became the first Wolverine to win 100 doubles matches in a career. Taney has an all-time mark of 104-33 in doubles play, including a 67-18 record in dual matches. She has paired with Denise Muresan (8-1), Allie Shafner (4-1), Rika Tatsuno (69-26), Lindsey Howard (4-0), Tania Mahtani (8-3), Chisako Sugiyama (7-1), Michelle Sulahian (1-0), Mimi Nguyen (1-0) and Brooke Bolender (2-1).

Put ME at 3 -- The Wolverines have been most successful at the No. 3 position in 2011, compiling a 16-1 record between Brooke Bolender, Sam Critser, Whitney Taney and Mimi Nguyen. Bolender has spent the most time at the No. 3 slot, going 9-1. Critser is 4-0, Taney is 2-0 and Nguyen is 1-0 in the middle of the lineup.

In the Rankings -- The Wolverines fell to No. 10 in this week's edition of the poll, which is computer based. Senior Denise Muresan is Michigan's highest ranked singles player, moving up to No. 7 in this week's rankings. Sam Critser (No. 69), Brooke Bolender (No. 73) and Whitney Taney (No. 99) all round out Michigan's ranked singles players. On the doubles front, the duo of Muresan and Bolender comes in at No. 8, making Muresan one of eight players to be ranked in the top 10 of singles and doubles.

Dual-Match Format --This weekend'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

From All Over -- Of the eight Wolverines on the 2011 roster, four hail from California, with one each from Florida, Illinois, 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 74-21 overall record and a 31-2 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 ]

TWITTER-TASTIC
Michigan women's tennis is now on Twitter. Sign up and follow the Wolverines (Michigan_tennis) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond. Twitter is a free casual, online social network that is designed to connect businesses, organizations and individuals. Each Twitter post (or "tweet") can be received on a user's cell phone via text or on the web.

GET SOCIAL
Michigan women's tennis is also on Facebook. Connect with the program, alumni and fans by clicking the "Like" button at facebook.com/UofMTennis. Facebook is a social network service and website with more than 500 million active users.

A LOOK AHEAD
Friday, April 15
-- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 4 p.m. CDT
Sunday, April 17
-- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 11 a.m. CDT

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423