No. 16 Michigan Hands Gamecocks First Loss of 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. —
The 16th-ranked Michigan Wolverines (2-0) handed the No. 31 South
Carolina women’s tennis team its first loss of the 2013 season Sunday
in Ann Arbor, Mich., to drop the Gamecocks’ record to 3-1. Michigan
advanced to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship with the
second-round win in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
The two schools
played an exciting doubles point, as the Gamecocks struck first with
Adriana Pereira and Ximena Siles Luna defeating Emina Bektas and Kristy
Dodge by an 8-2 count at the No. 3 position. Michigan, however,
countered quickly with Brooke Bolender and Ronit Yurovsky upending No.
46 Jaklin Alawi and Dominika Kanakova 8-3 at the top slot.
Alawi and Kanakova’s loss, South Carolina’s No. 2 team of Josefin
Andersson and Katerina Popova faced a 6-4 deficit to Sarah Lee and Mimi
Nguyen. The Gamecocks, though, fought back and eventually took a 7-6
lead, at one point winning eight rallies in a row. South Carolina was
two points away from winning the match in the 14th game after leading
30-0, but Michigan got the frame to deuce and eventually forced a
In the breaker, Carolina got a fast start with a 2-0
lead, but the Wolverines won two straight rallied to knot the score at
2-all. At the changeover, the score remained tied at 3-all and the
Gamecocks won the next point for a 4-3 upper hand. Unfortunately for
South Carolina, Michigan won the next four rallies to earn the 7-4
victory in the tiebreaker to hand the Gamecocks their first loss of the
doubles point this season.
Michigan used the momentum of the
doubles point to pounce on the Gamecocks early in singles play.
Bolender scored the Wolverines’ first win with a 6-2, 6-2 decision over
Kanakova on court three, and Lee followed soon afterward with a 6-1,
6-1 victory over Pereira at No. 5 singles. Bektas provided the
clinching point for Michigan, downing No. 34 Alawi 6-3, 6-3 on court
The Wolverines also led the No. 2 singles match between No.
61 Yurovsky and No. 96 Popova by a 7-5, 4-0 score when play stopped.
No. 94 Zhu won the first set against Siles Luna 6-2 but trailed 4-2 in
the second on court five. At No. 6 singles, Andersson beat Dodge 6-2 in
the first and was down 5-2 in the second set.
returns to the courts on Feb. 3 when it travels to the Upstate to face
instate rival and No. 20-ranked Clemson at noon at Hoke Sloan Tennis
1. Emina Bektas, UM, def. #34 Jaklin Alawi, USC, 6-3, 6-3
2. #96 Katerina Popova, USC, vs. #61 Ronit Yurovsky, UM, 5-7, 0-4 susp.
3. Brooke Bolender, UM, def. Dominika Kanakova, USC, 6-2, 6-2
4. Sarah Lee, UM, def. Adriana Pereira, USC, 6-1, 6-1
5. Ximena Siles Luna, USC, vs. #94 Amy Zhu, UM, 2-6, 4-2 susp.
6. Josefin Andersson, USC, vs. Kristy Dodge, UM, 6-2, 2-5 susp.
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 1
1. Bolender/Yurovsky, UM, def. #46 Jaklin Alawi/Dominika Kanakova, USC, 8-3
2. Lee/Mimi Nguyen, UM, def. Andersson/Popova, USC, 8-7 (7-4)
3. Pereira/Siles Luna, USC, def. Bektas/Dodge, UM, 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2