May 20, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Michigan women's tennis team will have two participants in the 64-player NCAA Singles Championship and one team in the 32-team doubles tournament as the draws were announced on Tuesday morning (May 20).
Junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) earned a No. 9-16 seed and will face Cal's Lynn Chi on Wednesday morning (May 21) at 10 a.m. Chi is ranked No. 24 by the ITA. Bektas enters the singles tournament with a 38-7 overall record after going 24-3 at the No. 1 position. Her 38 singles wins is the highest single-season total in program history. She is the first Wolverine to appear in three straight individual tournaments.
Sophomore Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) is making her second straight NCAA appearance, squaring off against No. 9-16 seed Jenny Jullien of St. Mary's on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Yurovsky enter the tourney with a No. 25 ranking by the ITA, while Jullien is No. 11. Yurovsky, who won the ITA Midwest Regional singles crown earlier this year, finished the regular season with a 24-6 overall record and 14-4 mark at No. 2.
It is the second straight year that U-M has had two singles participants, as Bektas and Yurovsky are the only Wolverine teammates to earn singles bids in the same season. Yurovsky is the sixth Wolverine to earn two NCAA bids during a career, joining Bektas (2012-14), Denise Muresan (2010-11), Chisako Sugiyama (2008-09), Sarah Cyganiak (1995, 1997) and Mary Mactaggart (1982, 1984).
Bektas will team up with senior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) for the doubles tournament as the tandem is participating for the third straight season. U-M will face Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger of Auburn, who are currently ranked No. 15 by the ITA, on Thursday (May 22). Bolender is the only Wolverine in school history to participate in four doubles tournaments, pairing with Muresan in 2011 before teaming with Bektas for the last three.
Bektas and Bolender are ranked No. 18 by the ITA and finished the regular season with a 26-9 record and a 14-4 ledger at No. 1. The pair earned All-America honors last season.
The time for Michigan's doubles match will be announced after the completion of Wednesday's singles action.
Michigan finished the team portion of the season with a 22-5 record after winning its fifth straight Big Ten championship with an 11-0 conference mark. The Wolverines made the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to USC. It is the seventh straight year that Michigan has sent at least one player to the singles tourney and the fifth straight year for a doubles team to make the tournament.
The 2014 NCAA Individual Championships are scheduled to run Wednesday, May 21, through Sunday, May 25, at the University of Georgia.
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