No. 12 Miami holds of No. 4 Michigan
No. 10 Eichkorn topples fifth-ranked Muresan in straight sets
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Twelfth-ranked Miami upset No. 4 Michigan 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
With several hundred fans looking on -- including a number of players from the 'Canes football team -- Miami (8-2) started out on a roll and never looked back against the Wolverines (9-2).
The 'Canes raced out to early leads in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. In No. 2 doubles, the team of Gabriela Mejia and Melissa Bolivar took down Michigan's No. 60 tandem of Whitney Taney and Rika Tatsuno 8-3. Moments later, the 'Canes grabbed the doubles point behind the 27th-ranked duo of Bianca Eichkorn and Anna Bartenstein, who beat Michigan's 16th-ranked team of Brooke Bolender and Denis Muresan 8-2.
After stumbling in No. 4 singles, Miami reclaimed the advantage for good as Mejia defeated Nguyen 6-0, 7-5 in No. 5 singles to put the 'Canes up 2-1.
It took almost an hour for the next match to finish, as it looked like it could become a tight match all the way to the end. However, despite being down in the second set, No. 10 Eichkorn came back to claim a straight-set victory against No. 5 Muresan 6-3, 7-5.
"Muresan is an amazing player," said UM coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. "She and Bianca kind of have similar styles, and we knew it was going to be a great match - one way or the other. Bianca was able to stay a little more mentally tough, and a little more poised in the second set, and I think that was the difference."
At No. 2 singles, Bartenstein dropped the first set 5-7 to Critser, but stormed back, winning the next two sets 6-0, 6-1 to clinch the victory.
"I've only seen [Critser] play one time, and she was lights out," Yaroshuk-Tews said. "For Anna to turn it around 0-1, just says so much about her tennis and her mental toughness. We wanted to make this match physical, and Anna was able to do that and make her match physical."
Michigan picked up its points at Nos. 3, 4 and 6 singles, including a three-set marathon between the Wolverine's Rika Tatsuno and Brittany Dubins 6-3, 6-7, 6-1.