March 24, 2013
The Minnesota women’s tennis team saw its first conference loss of the season at the hands of Michigan this afternoon at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The Gophers fought tough against the nation’s No. 9-ranked program, but ultimately fell, 6-1, to drop to 8-7 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Minnesota was the first to mark the scoreboard with a win at the third doubles position. Jessika Mozia and Alexa Palen defeated Mimi Nguyen and Kristen Dodge, 8-2, to put the pressure on the Wolverines. Sarah Lee and Ronit Yurovsky took on Tereza Brichacova and Doron Muravnik at the second position and came away with the 8-4 victory to tie up the race. Natallia Pintusava and Paula Rincon Otero tested the No. 2-ranked duo of Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender at the first. The unranked pair managed to keep it close throughout the match, but in the end fell by an 8-6 mark.
With the 1-0 lead in the match, the Wolverines ran out to win four straight singles matches to clinch the day’s victory. Two of Michigan’s ranked athletes finished at the top of the order. No. 29 Bektas defeated Pintusava (6-0, 6-0) and No. 80 Lee defeated Paula Rincon Otero (6-4, 6-3). Nguyen tallied a win over Muravnik at the sixth position by scores of 6-1, 6-4 and Bolender followed shortly after with a 7-5, 6-2 topping of Minnesota’s Mozia at the fourth.
The sole point for the Gophers came from the No. 2 singles where Brichacova bested Yurovsky, the No. 33 player in the nation. After outlasting in a first-set tiebreak, Brichacova took the game in two sets (7-6, 6-3). The No. 5 match-up was the last to conclude and was the only three-set dual of the day. Aria Lambert started with a 6-2 victory in set one before opponent Zhu came back to win the next two 6-0 and 6-2.
Next up, the Maroon and Gold will remain in the midst of the Big Ten schedule with trips to Evanston and Champaign next weekend. Minnesota will meet Northwestern first on March 30 before moving to face Illinois on March 31. Both matches are set to begin at 11 a.m.
Tennis Match Results
March 24, 2013
Baseline Tennis Center
#9 Michigan 6, Minnesota 1
1. #2 Bektas/Bolander (MICH) def. Pintusava/Rincon Otero (MINN), 8-6
2. #49 Lee/Yurovsky (MICH) def. Brichacova/Muravnik (MINN), 8-4
3. Mozia/Palen (MINN) def. Nguyen/Dodge (MICH), 8-2
1. #29 Emina Bektas (MICH) def. Natallia Pintusava (MINN), 6-0, 6-0
2. Tereza Brichacova (MINN) def. #33 Ronit Yurovsky (MICH), 7-6, 6-3
3. #80 Sarah Lee (MICH) def. Paula Rincon Otero (MINN), 6-4, 6-3
4. Brooke Bolender (MICH) def. Jessika Mozia (MINN), 7-5, 6-2
5. Amy Zhu (MICH) def. Aria Lambert (MINN), 2-6, 6-0, 6-2
6. Mimi Nguyen (MICH) def. Doron Muravnik (MINN), 6-1, 6-4
Order of Finish
Doubles: 3, 2, 1
Singles: 1, 3, 6, 4, 2, 5
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