April 30, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Senior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan), junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) and sophomore Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) of the University of Michigan women's tennis team were selected to participate in the NCAA Individual Championships as released by the NCAA on Wednesday (April 30).
Bektas and Yurovksy will each participate in the NCAA singles tournament, with Bektas and Bolender teaming up for the doubles tournament. Bektas earned the Big Ten's automatic berth in singles, and the doubles pair also earned the conference's automatic bid. It is the second straight year that this trio has competed in the individual tournaments.
Bektas enters the national tournament as No. 9-16 seed, cementing All-America status for the junior. She carries a 37-6 record and a 22-2 mark in dual matches, setting a new Michigan standard for single-season wins. She was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team. It is the third straight season that Bektas has participated in the NCAA Tournament as a singles player.
Yurovsky grabbed her second straight singles bid after going 23-6 overall and 13-4 at the No. 2 spot in dual matches this season. She was named All-Big Ten for the second straight year and is currently ranked No. 22 by the ITA.
Bektas and Bolender are making their second straight doubles appearance as a pair after finishing the regular season with a 25-9 record and a 13-4 mark at the top spot. The pair earned All-America honors last season, with Bolender garnering doubles All-America accolades twice in her career.
The individual tournament will run May 21-26 at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex following the completion of the team tournament in Athens. The bracket will be released at a later date.
Michigan will participate in first and second round NCAA action at No. 16 seed USC May 9-10. U-M will square off against Fresno State on Friday, May 9, at 11 a.m. PDT.
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