CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's team dropped a tightly contested doubles point and the first three singles matches off court in a 4-0 loss to seventh-ranked UCLA in the NCAA Sweet 16 in a match that ran into the wee hours of Saturday (May 18) at the Atkins Tennis Center.
UCLA grabbed the first point of the match with doubles wins at No. 3 and No. 2. After the Bruins recorded an 8-2 win at No. 3, Michigan's No. 1 pair of sophomore Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels) and junior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) evened the score with an 8-6 win. With the match tied at 4-4, the U-M duo ripped off three straight games to take a 7-4 lead. UCLA won the next two games, before Michigan held on the serve of Bektas for the win.
At No. 2, Michigan's
partnering of sophomore Sarah Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Campbell Hall) and senior Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) jumped out to a 5-2 lead. UCLA won the next three to tie the match at 5-5. Each team stayed on serve for the next two games to keep the match tied, this time at 6-6. The teams then exchanged breaks on the next three games as UCLA went up 8-7 with a chance to serve out the match. U-M held two break points but could not come through on either as the game headed to deuce. The Bruin duo scored the next two points to record the 9-7 victory for the doubles point.
The Bruins extended their lead to 2-0 with a straight-set win at No. 6 when the match switched to singles. Within moments of each other, UCLA recorded wins at No. 2 and No. 1 to seal the 4-0 shutout. Michigan won just one set in the match, a 6-3 win by Lee in the first set at No. 4.
Bektas, Bolender and freshman Ronit Yurovsky (New Kensington, Pa./Plum) will participate in the NCAA Individual Championships, set for May 22-27. The draw will be announced on May 21.
Following are match-by-match results:
No. 1 -- No. 3 Robin Anderson (UCLA) d. No. 30 Emina Bektas (U-M), 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 -- No. 20 Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) d. No. 58 Ronit Yurovsky (U-M), 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 -- Pamela Montez (UCLA) vs. Brooke Bolender (U-M), 7-6 (3), 0-0 DNF
No. 4 -- No. 99 Sarah Lee (U-M) vs. Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA), 6-3, 3-2 DNF
No. 5 -- No. 93 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) vs. Amy Zhu (U-M), 7-6 (3), 2-1
No. 6 -- Courtney Dolehide (UCLA) d. Kristen Dodge (U-M), 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 --No. 6 Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender (U-M) d. No. 25 Robin Anderson/Skylar Morton (UCLA), 8-6
No. 2 -- No. 38 Courtney Dolehide/Pamela Montez (UCLA) d. No. 90 Sarah Lee/Mimi Nguyen (U-M), 9-7
No. 3 -- Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) d. Ronit Yurovsky/Kristen Dodge (U-M), 8-2
Order of Completion: Doubles 3-1-2, Singles 6-2-1