Michigan Wins Doubles Point Before Falling to No. 1 Stanford
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Despite winning the doubles point in convincing fashion, the No. 8-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team fell to defending national champion and top-ranked Stanford, 4-1, on Saturday (Feb. 19) in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship at the Boar's Head Tennis Club.
Michigan jumped out to the early lead with a pair of dominating doubles wins at No. 3 and No. 1 for the 1-0 lead. Freshman Sam Critser (Mountainview, Calif./Mountainview) and sophomore Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) combined for the first victory, dispatching of Carolyn McVeigh and Stacey Tan, 8-3. At No. 1, the No. 22-ranked pair of freshman Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) and senior Denise Muresan (Lincolnshire, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) defeated the third-ranked duo of Hilary Barte and Mallory Burdette by the same 8-3 score for the first point of the match.
Stanford answered by winning the first four singles matches off court to capture the 4-1 victory. After wins at No. 4 and No. 2 by the Cardinal, Nguyen was the next Wolverine to fall. The sophomore dropped a tough 7-2 first-set tiebreaker before losing 6-2 in the second, setting up the No. 1 match as the decider. Muresan, who fell 6-2 in the first set, started to rally from a 4-1 deficit in the second frame but lost 6-4 to give Stanford the win.
Michigan will play one more match at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 20), taking on No. 12 Clemson at 12:30 p.m.
Following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- No. 2 Hilary Barte (Stanford) d. Denise Muresan (U-M), 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 -- No. 22 Mallory Burdette (Stanford) d. No. 34 Sam Critser (U-M), 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 -- No. 104 Brooke Bolender (U-M) vs. No. 20 Kristie Ahn (Stanford), 4-6, 5-5 abandoned
No. 4 -- No. 21 Nicole Gibbs (Stanford) d. No. 71 Whitney Taney (U-M), 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 -- No. 87 Stacey Tan (Stanford) d. No. 123 Mimi Nguyen (U-M), 7-6 (2), 6-2
No. 6 -- Rika Tatsuno (U-M) vs. Carolyn McVeigh (Stanford), 7-5, 1-2 abandoned
No. 1 -- No. 22 Muresan/Bolender d. No. 3 Barte/Burdette (Stanford), 8-3
No. 2 -- Taney/Tatsuno vs. Ahn/Gibbs (Stanford), 7-6 abandoned
No. 3 -- Critser/Nguyen (U-M) vs. Tan/McVeigh (Stanford), 8-3
Order of finish: Singles 4-2-5-1, Doubles 3-1