No. 10 Michigan extends win streak to seven with win at No. 16 Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- No. 10 Michigan won its seventh consecutive match and fourth in a row against No. 16 Notre Dame with a 5-2 road win on Wednesday at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.
Michigan won its sixth consecutive doubles point by virtue of wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Michigan's No. 2-ranked pair of sophomore Emina Bektas and junior Brooke Bolender went up a break at 4-2 en route to an 8-4 victory at the top spot.
At No. 2, freshman Ronit Yurovsky and sophomore Sarah Lee fell down 4-2 at the start of their match. The Wolverine duo regrouped to win six of the next eight games to seal Michigan's first point of the match. With the doubles point secured, the Irish won the last match on court at No. 3.
Michigan won five of six first sets in singles action, with Bektas earning Michigan's first singles win with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 1 against No. 48 Britney Sanders. Yurovsky followed Bektas with another lopsided Wolverine victory, wining 6-2, 6-3 against Jennifer Kellner at No. 2 to push Michigan's lead to 3-0.
Notre Dame scored its first point of the match with a win at No. 3 to cut the Wolverine lead to 3-1. With the remaining matches on court all headed to a third set, Michigan freshman Amy Zhu rallied from a 6-3 first-set loss to clinch Michigan's win. Zhu won the second set against Katherine White (6-4) before shutting her out in the final set (6-0) for Michigan's fourth point of the day.
Bolender was Michigan's final singles winner of the day, defeating Chrissie McGaffigan in three sets (6-3, 5-7, 6-3) as Michigan won four of the six singles matches.