May 15, 2013
SKILLMAN, N.J. -- Sophomore Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels), freshman Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) and associate head coach Teryn Ashley-Fitch of the University of Michigan women's tennis team picked up Midwest Region awards from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
Bektas was named the region's Player to Watch, marking the second time a Wolverine has won the award. To be eligible for the Player to Watch award, the player must be ranked and yet to make the finals of an ITA event. The player must have also had an outstanding season and be expected to perform at a high level for the rest of her career. Bektas was a unanimous All-Big Ten first team honoree this season and picked up her second straight bid to the NCAA Singles Championship. She is 21-4 in dual matches, playing all but one match at the top spot. Bektas is currently ranked No. 30 in singles and pairs with junior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) to form the sixth-ranked doubles team.
Yurovsky was tabbed the region's Rookie of the Year, the third straight year a Wolverine has taken home the award. She was also named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and to the All-Big Ten first team, and will compete in the NCAA Singles Championship. Yurovsky is 31-8 on the season, ranking ninth on Michigan's single-season wins list. In dual matches, the Wolverine freshman sports a 19-4 record at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions.
Ashley-Fitch, in her seventh season at Michigan, picked up her second Assistant Coach of the Year award. Ashley-Fitch is integral to the success of the Wolverines, helping in the day-to-day operation of the program and with on-court coaching. With her on staff, Michigan has won four Big Ten titles and made four NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.
Michigan returns to action on Friday (May 17), taking on No. 7 UCLA at 7 p.m. CDT in the NCAA Tournament. The remainder of the tournament will be played at the University of Illinois' Atkins Tennis Center.
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