April 15, 2014
The No. 16-ranked Wolverines (17-3, 9-0 B1G) look for their fifth straight Big Ten championship this weekend in road matches at Indiana (17-7, 5-4 B1G) on Saturday (April 19) and at Purdue (10-8, 6-3 B1G) on Sunday (April 20). With one win, U-M will clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title and will win the title outright for the third time in the past five years with a weekend sweep.
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 the regular season this weekend in road matches at Indiana on Saturday (April 19) and at Purdue on Sunday (April 20).
Michigan is the only remaining unbeaten team in the Big Ten with a 9-0 record after a 7-0 win over Minnesota (April 12) and a 6-1 victory over Wisconsin (April 13).
With one win this weekend, Michigan will clinch at least a share of its fifth straight Big Ten championship. If Michigan completes a weekend sweep over the Hoosier State teams, the Wolverines will secure their third outright title in the past five years.
Michigan women's tennis is one of three U-M teams that carry a current streak of four or more consecutive Big Ten championships. Softball has won six in a row and men's swimming and diving has won four in a row after this season's win.
If Michigan wins the Big Ten title this weekend, senior Brooke Bolender will become just the second player in U-M history to win four Big Ten championships. Mimi Nguyen (2010-13) was the first Wolverine to accomplish the feat.
Since taking over at Michigan prior to the 2008 season, head coach Ronni Bernstein is 67-4 in Big Ten action. Bernstein's teams have won at least nine Big Ten matches in each of her seven seasons, including two perfect 10-0 seasons in 2010 and 2011.
Michigan has outscored its Big Ten opponents, 56-7, during conference play. U-M has shut out five teams (Penn State, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota) and yielded just one point to both Michigan State and Wisconsin.
The Wolverines have won 15 consecutive Big Ten regular season matches dating back to last season.
Indiana split a pair of matches last weekend, falling to Ohio State to start the weekend before knocking off Penn State. Indiana beat the Wolverines last season in Ann Arbor (5-2) and leads the all-time series at 30-19. Head coach Lin Loring is in his 37th season as head coach at Indiana.
Purdue has won five of its last six matches entering the weekend and will host Michigan State prior to U-M on Sunday. The Boilermakers featured one ranked doubles pair in No. 52 Mara Schmidt and Krisztina Kapitany. Michigan is 34-12 all-time against the Boilers. Head coach Laura Glitz is in her seventh season at Purdue.
Junior captain Kristen Dodge won two singles matches at No. 6 over the weekend, moving her conference record to 6-0. She is now 20-7 on the season to record the second 20-win season of her career.
Freshman Annie Wierda got her first Big Ten action over the weekend, pairing with sophomore Ronit Yurovsky at the No. 3 doubles position against Wisconsin. The pair's match was abandoned with U-M winning 6-2 after the Wolverines secured the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2.
Three Wolverines carry singles winning streaks of at least seven matches into the weekend. Amy Zhu leads the way with eight consecutive wins, with Kristen Dodge and Sarah Lee each carrying streaks of seven straight wins.
Michigan is a perfect 8-0 in true road matches this season.
Brooke Bolender won her 117th doubles match over the weekend after teaming with Emina Bektas for wins against Minnesota and Wisconsin. Bolender is now No. 1 on the doubles wins list after passing the previous mark of 114. With singles wins in both weekend matches as well, Bolender is now alone at No. 2 on the singles wins list with 109. 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 226.
In dual matches, Michigan is 92-21 (.814) in singles play and 35-10 (.778) in doubles action. Overall, U-M is 178-63 (.739) in singles and 72-31 (.699) in doubles action for the season.
In the last seven seasons, Michigan has only dropped Big Ten matches to Indiana and Northwestern.
Emina Bektas has won 20 of her last 22 singles matches and sports an 18-2 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 90 career singles wins, which ranks eighth all-time at U-M.
Emina Bektas won her 32nd singles match of the season against Wisconsin, 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).
The top of the lineup has been effective for Michigan, with the Wolverines totaling a 35-5record at No. 1 and No. 2 singles through 20 matches.
The Wolverines have won 17 doubles points on the season, going 16-1 when winning the match's first point. U-M is 35-10 in doubles during dual-match play.
Michigan features three ranked singles players in Emina Bektas (No. 12), Ronit Yurovsky (No. 22), Amy Zhu (No. 113) and Sarah Lee (No. 122). On the doubles side, Bektas and Bolender come in at No. 14, Yurovsky and Lee are No. 31 and Laura Ucros and Yurovsky are No. 68.
Michigan comes in at No. 16 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 75-8 at the Varsity Tennis Center under head coach Ronni Bernstein. In her seventh season at Michigan this year, Bernstein is 146-40 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.
Thu-Sun., April 24-27 -- at Big Ten Tournament (Evanston, Ill.), TBA