May 15, 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Denise Muresan's (Lincolnshire, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) three-set win at the No. 1 position on Saturday (May 15) gave the No. 4-ranked University of Michigan women's tennis team a 4-0 triumph over Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA Championships at the Varsity Tennis Center. U-M's triumph sends the Wolverines to the Sweet 16, to be played next Thursday (May 20) against Tennessee or Vanderbilt at 3 p.m. in Athens, Ga.

The Wolverines captured the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 to grab the early advantage. The No. 2 pairing of freshman Mimi Nguyen (Long Beach, Calif./Millikan) and sophomore Michelle Sulahian (Valley Glen, Calif./Campbell Hall School) came away with a quick 8-2 decision, before Ohio State took a victory at No. 3 to tie up the competition. The No. 19-ranked duo of juniors Whitney Taney (Edina, Minn./Edina) and Rika Tatsuno (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) raced out to a 6-0 advantage and hung on for an 8-5 win to deliver the doubles point to the home side.

Sulahian was once again the first Wolverine off court in singles, winning 6-4, 6-0 at No. 6 to put U-M on top, 2-0. Senior Tania Mahtani (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) rebounded from a 6-4 first-set loss to claim her second straight match at No. 4 (4-6, 6-1, 6-1).

Muresan then iced the match for the Wolverines at the No. 1 position, defeating No. 72 Kirsten Flower in three sets (6-2, 2-6, 6-4). On her second match point, Muresan forced a Flower forehand into the net to give the Wolverines their second straight shutout win of the NCAA Championships.

Michigan now heads to the Sweet 16 at the University of Georgia. The Wolverines will face off against the winner of Tennessee/Vanderbilt on Thursday (May 20) at 3 p.m. from the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Following are match-by-match results:

Singles
No. 1 -- No. 19 Denise Muresan (U-M) d. No. 72 Kirsten Flower (OSU), 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
No. 2 -- Whitney Taney (U-M) vs. Paloma Escobedo (OSU), 6-3, 3-6, 1-2 abandoned
No. 3 -- Mimi Nguyen (U-M) vs. Kelsey Haviland (OSU) , 5-7, 6-4, 2-3 abandoned
No. 4 -- Tania Mahtani (U-M) d. Gabby Steele (OSU), 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 -- Rika Tatsuno (U-M) vs. Christina Keesey (OSU), 6-7 (5), 6-1, 2-1 abandoned
No. 6 -- Michelle Sulahian (U-M) d. Cami Hubbs (OSU), 6-4, 6-0

Doubles
No. 1 -- No. 19 Taney/Tatsuno (U-M) d. Haviland/Hubbs (OSU), 8-5
No. 2 -- Nguyen/Sulahian (U-M) d. Escobedo/Keesey (OSU), 8-2
No. 3 -- Steele/Manashirova (OSU) d. Mahtani/Muresan (U-M), 8-2

Order of Completion: Doubles 2-3-1; Singles 6-4-1