April 9, 2013
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Saturday, April 13 -- vs. No. 12 Nebraska (Varsity Tennis Center), 11 a.m.
Sunday, April 14 -- vs. Iowa (Varsity Tennis Center), 11 a.m.
The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team (15-4, 6-1 Big Ten) begins its final homestand of the regular season, hosting No. 12 Nebraska (Saturday, April 13) and Iowa (Sunday, April 14) for 11 a.m. matches at the Varsity Tennis Center.
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.
U-M moved up to No. 7 in this week's ITA rankings after a 2-0 weekend that included a 6-1 win at Illinois (April 6) and a 4-3 victory at No. 14 Northwestern (April 7). The Wolverines have been in the top 10 ever since knocking off No. 2 Duke on March 1.
Michigan, which will face No. 12 Nebraska on Saturday (April 13), is 8-3 this season against ranked opponents. U-M has won five in a row over top-25 competition. It is the fourth straight week that Michigan has taken on a top 25 opponent.
Nebraska enters this weekend atop the Big Ten standings with a 7-0 record in conference matches. Michigan is in second place with a 6-1 mark. U-M would keep its Big Ten championship hopes alive with a win over the Huskers. Michigan is in search of its fourth straight Big Ten title.
Sophomore Emina Bektas has won 11 consecutive singles matches. She is 15-3 in dual matches this season. All but one of her wins has been at the No. 1 position. Bektas is also Michigan's lone undefeated player in Big Ten action, sporting a 7-0 record in conference action.
Freshman Ronit Yurovsky has clinched two of Michigan's biggest wins of the season after delivering a three-set win at No. 2 on Sunday (April 7) at Northwestern. Yurovsky also provided the deciding point in Michigan's win over then-No. 2 Duke on March 1. In both matches, the Wolverine freshman was the final player on court with a 3-3 team score.
U-M is 2-0 all-time against the Huskers, taking on Nebraska just once as a Big Ten school. The Wolverines defeated the Huskers, 6-1, last season in Lincoln. The teams' only other meeting came during the 2006 NCAA Tournament, a 4-3 win for the Maize and Blue in South Bend, Ind.
Michigan is 30-11 all-time against Iowa, winning the last nine against the Hawkeyes. It is the first time since the 2011 Big Ten Championships that the Hawkeyes are playing in Ann Arbor and the first regular-season match for the teams at the VTC since the 2008-09 campaign.
The Maize and Blue sports a 12-0 record this season when winning the doubles point after wins at Illinois (April 6) and No. 14 Northwestern (April 7). U-M is 2-4 when failing to secure the first point of the match. Michigan did not compete in doubles action at San Diego (March 8) due to impending rain.
With a 5-2 win at Notre Dame on March 27, Michigan wrapped up the non-conference portion of the regular season with a 9-3 mark.
The Wolverines won all six singles matches against Purdue (March 30), just the third time this season U-M has swept all six matches. U-M turned the feat against Brown in the season opener (Jan. 26) and against Michigan State (Feb. 27).
U-M is 7-2 this season at the Varsity Tennis Center. Michigan has three regular-season matches remaining at the VTC.
After a 2-0 mark in Big Ten matches last weekend against Illinois and Northwestern, U-M is now 54-4 in conference matches under head coach Ronni Bernstein.
Michigan features three ranked singles players in sophomore Emina Bektas (No. 28), freshman Ronit Yurovsky (No. 49) and sophomore Sarah Lee (No. 97). On the doubles side, Bektas and junior Brooke Bolender are the No. 2 pair in the country, with Yurovsky and Lee ranking No. 45.
With Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas coming in at No. 2 in the doubles rankings again this week, it marks the highest a U-M pair has ever been ranked. The duo is 18-4 overall and 13-2 at No. 1 in dual matches.
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 56-6 at the Varsity Tennis Center under head coach Ronni Bernstein. In her sixth season at Michigan, Bernstein is 119-35 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.
Friday, April 19 -- vs. Penn State (Varsity Tennis Center), 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 21 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 11 a.m.