May 14, 2013
Wolverines Prepare for Sweet Sixteen | Ronit Yurovsky Interview
Friday, May 17 -- vs. No. 7 UCLA (Champaign, Ill.), 7 p.m. CDT
Sunday, May 19 -- if win, vs. North Carolina/Nebraska (Champaign, Ill.), 4 p.m. CDT
Monday, May 20 -- National Semifinals (Champaign, Ill.), 5 p.m. CDT
Tuesday, May 21 -- National Championship (Champaign, Ill.), 5 p.m. CDT
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Game Day Information: Varsity Tennis Center Information
The University of Michigan women's tennis team (23-5), the No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament, punched its ticket to a fourth consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 after picking up wins over IPFW and Notre Dame in regional action. U-M will square off against No. 7 seed UCLA (18-5) on Friday (May 17) at 7 p.m. CDT in Champaign, Ill. With a win, Michigan would face either No. 15 Nebraska or No. 2 North Carolina on Sunday (May 19) at 4 p.m. CDT. The national semifinals are May 20 at 5 p.m. CDT, with the championship match slated for May 21 at 5 p.m. CDT. All matches are being played at the University of Illinois' Atkins 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. In the postseason, matches in progress when the doubles point and dual match are clinched will be abandoned.
Michigan is making its fourth consecutive and fourth overall trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 after a pair of 4-0 wins against IPFW (May 10) and Notre Dame (May 11) at the Varsity Tennis Center. Prior to the current string of four straight Sweet 16 berths, U-M's only other appearance came during the 1997 season.
U-M is looking to advance past the round of 16 for the first time in program history.
Senior Mimi Nguyen is the only player in U-M history to make four NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.
Of the 15 other teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament, Michigan faced seven teams during the regular season -- Duke, California, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Texas A&M and Virginia. U-M went 4-4 against those teams, playing Northwestern twice.
Michigan and UCLA have only faced each other once, an 8-1 UCLA win during the 1982-83 season. The Bruins feature five ranked players in Robin Anderson (No. 3), Kyle McPhillips (No. 20), Catherine Harrison (No. 93), Kaitlin Ray (No. 108) and Chanelle Van Nguyen (No. 119). UCLA also features three ranked doubles teams.
With a win against the Bruins, U-M would face either No. 15 Nebraska or No. 2 North Carolina. Michigan faced both teams during the regular season, knocking off the Huskers (5-2) in Ann Arbor and falling to the Tar Heels (5-2) in Chapel Hill.
U-M is 6-0 in singles matches and 4-1 in doubles matches during the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The doubles teams of Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender (2-0) and Sarah Lee and Mimi Nguyen (1-0) are both undefeated. On the singles side, both Bektas and Lee are 2-0, with Nguyen and Ronit Yurovsky each sporting 1-0 records.
U-M is making its 12th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and its 15th overall. The Wolverines are now 18-14 all-time in the tournament, winning at least two matches five times. Head coach Ronni Bernstein has led Michigan to the tourney in all six of her seasons in Ann Arbor, featuring a 10-5 record in NCAA matches at U-M.
Michigan is playing at the University of Illinois for the third time this season. Michigan also played there in October for the ITA Midwest Regional Championships and defeated Illinois, 6-1, on April 6 at the Atkins Tennis Center.
Freshman Ronit Yurovsky won her 31st match of the season with a win at No. 2 against Notre Dame, moving her up to No. 9 on the single-season list.
With two doubles wins at the top spot with sophomore Emina Bektas over the weekend (May 10-11), junior Brooke Bolender pushed her career doubles win total to 94. She is now tied with former doubles partner Denise Muresan (2008-11) for fourth all-time.
Junior Brooke Bolender and sophomore Emina Bektas were awarded a 5-8 seed for the doubles portion of the NCAA Individual Championships, marking the second straight year the pair is making an appearance in the tourney.
Sophomore Emina Bektas earned her second straight singles bid to the NCAA Individual Championships, with Ronit Yurovsky picking up her first invitation. It is the first time that Michigan has had multiple players participating in the singles tournament.
With a pair of wins in the Big Ten Tournament, the Wolverines wrapped up their fourth consecutive and fifth overall 20-win season. Four of those campaigns have come under sixth-year head coach Ronni Bernstein. Michigan's total of 23 wins is the second-best total in program history, with the 2009-10 and 2010-11 teams each winning 24 matches.
For the fourth straight season, a Wolverine was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after Ronit Yurovsky picked up the honor on April 25. She joins Mimi Nguyen, Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas as Wolverines who have won the award. In addition, Yurovsky, Bektas and Bolender each picked up All-Big Ten first team honors, with Sarah Lee grabbing a place on the second team.
Ronni Bernstein was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fourth straight season after Michigan went 10-1 during the conference season to win the Big Ten title.
With postseason play continuing this weekend, matches in progress when the dual match is clinched will be abandoned. Also, matches in progress when the doubles point is clinched will also be abandoned.
U-M has never lost more than one Big Ten regular season match in each of head coach Ronni Bernstein's six seasons in Ann Arbor. She is now 58-4 in conference matches.
Michigan now features five players that have at least 20 wins on the season in Ronit Yurovsky (31), Sarah Lee (27), Emina Bektas (27), Brooke Bolender (25) and Amy Zhu (22). It is the fourth straight season that U-M has had at least five 20-win players.
The Maize and Blue sports a 19-0 record this season when winning the doubles point after defeating IPFW (May 10) and Notre Dame (May 11). U-M is 3-5 when failing to secure the first point of the match, most recently rallying to beat No. 12 Nebraska on April 13. 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.
U-M finished the season with a 12-2 record at the Varsity Tennis Center.
Michigan features three ranked singles players in sophomore Emina Bektas (No. 30), freshman Ronit Yurovsky (No. 58) and sophomore Sarah Lee (No. 99). On the doubles side, Bektas and junior Brooke Bolender are the No. 6 pair in the country, with Lee and Mimi Nguyen coming in at No. 90.
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 67-7 at the Varsity Tennis Center under head coach Ronni Bernstein. In her sixth season at Michigan, Bernstein is 129-36 as the leader of the Wolverines.
Wed-Mon., May 22-26 -- NCAA Individual Championships (Champaign, Ill.)