Wolverines Keep Kentucky Off the Board for Home Triumph
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Varsity Tennis Center)
Result: #7 Michigan 7, Kentucky 0
Records: U-M (4-0), Kentucky (0-3)
Next U-M Match: Thursday, Feb. 10 -- at Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.), 4 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team won all nine matches against the University of Kentucky in a 7-0 shutout win on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 5) at the Varsity Tennis Center.
U-M came out strong in doubles play, taking 4-2 leads across the board in the early going. The No. 3 duo of senior Rika Tatsuno (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) and junior Michelle Sulahian (Valley Glen, Calif./Campbell Hall School) were first off court with an 8-2 win. Michigan's No. 2 pairing of freshman Sam Critser (Mountainview, Calif./Mountainview) and sophomore Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) clinched the point with an 8-3 victory.
Michigan completed the doubles sweep when freshman Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) and senior Denise Muresan (Lincolnshire, Ill./Adlai. E Stevenson) combined for an 8-5 triumph at the No. 1 position, their first time at the top spot this season.
Muresan was first off court in singles play with a convincing 6-1, 6-1 win over Megan Broderick at the top spot to stake the Wolverines a 2-0 lead. Nguyen followed with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 4 and Sulahian won moments later at No. 6 (6-3, 6-4) to clinch U-M's fourth straight victory.
U-M continued its winning ways after the match had been decided as Tatsuno grabbed a 6-1, 6-4 decision at No. 5. Bolender was then victorious at No. 2, winning 6-4, 7-6 (6) after falling behind 5-2 in the second-set tiebreaker. The freshman took over the breaker from there, winning six of the next seven points for the straight-set win.
Critser was once again the final Wolverine on court, splitting her first two sets. She lost the first set, 6-4, before taking the second, 6-1. With the team match already decided, a 10-point tiebreaker was played in lieu of a full third set. Critser jumped out to a 3-0 advantage en route to a 10-5 win to keep the Wildcats off the board.
The Wolverines hit the road for the first time in 2011 for a Thursday (Feb. 10) match at Notre Dame. Doubles are slated for a 4 p.m. start.
Following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- No. 11 Denise Muresan (U-M) d. Megan Broderick (UK), 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 -- Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. Jessica Stiles (UK), 6-4, 7-6 (6)
No. 3 -- No. 105 Sam Critser (U-M) d. Khristina Blajkevitch (UK), 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-5)
No. 4 -- Mimi Nguyen (U-M) d. Caitlin McGraw (UK), 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 -- Rika Tatsuno (U-M) d. Marni Venter (UK), 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 -- Michelle Sulahian (U-M) d. CeCe Witten(UK), 6-3, 6-4
No. 1 -- Muresan/Bolender (U-M) d. Broderick/Stiles (UK), 8-5
No. 2 -- Nguyen/Critser (U-M) d. Venter/McGraw (UK), 8-3
No. 3 -- Tatsuno/Sulahian (U-M) d. Blajkevitch/Witten (UK), 8-2
Order of Completion: Doubles 3-2-1, Singles 1-4-6-5-2-3