This Week in Michigan Women's Tennis #11
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April 8, 2014

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THIS WEEK
Saturday, April 12 -- vs. Minnesota (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon
Sunday, April 13 -- vs. Wisconsin (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon

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The No. 14-ranked Wolverines (15-3, 7-0) complete the home portion of their season this weekend, hosting Minnesota (15-5, 5-2 B1G) on Saturday (April 12) and Wisconsin (7-8, 2-5 B1G) on Sunday (April 13). Both matches start at noon. Senior Brooke Bolender will be honored as part of Senior Day prior to U-M's match against Wisconsin.

Dual-Match Format
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.

WOLVERINE BITES

• Michigan wraps up home action this weekend, Minnesota on Saturday (April 12) and Wisconsin on Sunday (April 13). Both matches start at noon.

• Michigan is the only remaining unbeaten team in the Big Ten with a 7-0 record after knocking off previously unbeaten Northwestern on Saturday (April 5) and Illinois on Sunday (April 6). Against the Wildcats, Michigan used the doubles point and singles wins from Amy Zhu, Ronit Yurovsky and a clinching match from Sarah Lee to record the win.

• With four matches left, U-M can clinch its fifth straight Big Ten championship by winning three of four. If the Wolverines win all four, they will earn the outright Big Ten title for the first time since the 2011 season.

• Michigan has outscored its Big Ten opponents, 43-6, during conference play. U-M has shut out four teams (Penn State, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois) and yielded just one point to Michigan State.

• Minnesota comes to Ann Arbor after splitting a pair of matches last weekend at Ohio State (L, 7-0), and Penn State (W, 4-3). Michigan has won 10 in a row against the Gophers and leads the all-time series, 25-15. Head coach Chuck Merzbacher is in his second season in Minneapolis.

• Former Wolverine Whitney Taney (2008-11) is in her second season as an assistant coach at Minnesota after spending one year as a volunteer assistant (2010-11). Taney ranks second all-time at Michigan in doubles wins (114) and comes in at No. 8 in singles wins (89). She was a two-time captain at U-M.

• Wisconsin will play at Michigan State before coming to the VTC on Sunday. UW has Big Ten wins over Nebraska and Iowa but has lost four straight entering the weekend. Michigan leads the all-time series against Wisconsin at 25-23 and has won nine in a row over the Badgers. UW is led by head coach Tina Samara, who is in her first season.

• Senior Brooke Bolender will be honored on Sunday prior to the match against Wisconsin as part of Senior Day. Bolender is the only Wolverine in school history with 100 career singles and 100 career doubles wins. She has been part of three Big Ten championship teams and made the NCAA Sweet 16 in all three of her seasons thus far. From a team standpoint, Bolender's teams have gone 83-22 since she arrived in Ann Arbor.

• Michigan is a perfect 8-0 in true road matches this season. The Wolverines have two road matches remaining, coming on April 19 at Indiana and April 20 at Purdue.

Brooke Bolender won her 115th doubles match over the weekend after teaming with Emina Bektas for wins against Northwestern and Illinois. Bolender is now No. 1 on the doubles wins list after passing the previous mark of 114. With a singles win against Illinois, Bolender is now alone at No. 2 on the singles wins list with 107. Denise Muresan set the singles record with 111 during her four-year career. Bolender holds the Michigan mark for combined singles and doubles wins in a career with 222.

• In dual matches, Michigan is 81-20 (.802) in singles play and 31-10 (.756) in doubles action. Overall, U-M is 167-62 (.729) in singles and 68-31 (.687) in doubles action for the season.

• With a pair of 7-0 wins at Iowa and Nebraska last weekend (March 28 and 30), Michigan recorded its sixth and seventh shutout wins of the season. Michigan now has three shutouts during Big Ten action.

• 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 5-0 record and has outscored its opponents, 32-3. Since head coach Ronni Bernstein took over before the 2007-08 season, Michigan is 63-4 in Big Ten play. Six Wolverines carry unblemished Big Ten singles records.

Emina Bektas has won 18 of her last 20 singles matches and sports a 16-2 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. 9 by the ITA. Bektas already has 88 career singles wins, which ranks ninth all-time at U-M.

Emina Bektas won her 30th singles match of the season against Illinois, marking the 11th time in program history that someone has topped 30 singles wins. For Bektas, it is her second 30-win season as she went 32-10 as a freshman during the 2011-12 season. Brooke Bolender holds the season record for wins at 35, set during her freshman campaign (2010-11).

Emina Bektas (30-6), Sarah Lee (25-9), Amy Zhu (24-7), Brooke Bolender (22-5) and Ronit Yurovsky (20-3) have each crossed the 20-win plateau already this season. It is the fourth straight season that Bolender has won at least 20 matches, the third straight season that Lee and Bektas have recorded at least 20 singles wins and Yurovksy and Zhu have gone for 20 wins in both of their seasons at U-M.

Since debuting as a doubles team at the No. 3 position against Notre Dame (Feb. 15), Ronit Yurovsky and Laura Ucros are 7-1 as a pair. The pair played at No. 2 against both Northwestern and Illinois, failing to complete their match against NU and dropping an 8-3 decision to Illinois.

• The top of the lineup has been effective for Michigan, with the Wolverines totaling a 32-4 record at No. 1 and No. 2 singles through 18 matches.

•The Wolverines have won 15 doubles points on the season, going 14-1 when winning the match's first point. U-M is 31-10 in doubles during dual-match play.

• Michigan features three ranked singles players in Emina Bektas (No. 12), Ronit Yurovsky (No. 20), and Sarah Lee (No. 121). On the doubles side, Bektas and Bolender come in at No. 15, Yurovsky and Lee are No. 36, Lee and Amy Zhu are No. 79 and Laura Ucros and Yurovsky are No. 82.

• Michigan comes in at No. 14 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 73-8 at the Varsity Tennis Center under head coach Ronni Bernstein. In her seventh season at Michigan this year, Bernstein is 144-40 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.

UP NEXT
Saturday, April 19 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 11 a.m.
Sunday, April 20 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), Noon

   

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