Saturday, May 21, 2011

NCAAs 2011: Michigan and Northwestern Drop in Round of 16s

It was a tough day for the Big Ten at the 2011 NCAA Championships at Stanford as the only women’s teams in the draw suffered tough losses.

The 10th ranked Michigan faced No. 7 University of Miami for their round of 16 afternoon match.  It was a sign of things to come when doubles went to the Hurricanes in the final match, a 9-8(2) win for Anna Bartenstein and Bianca Eichkorn.  Miami was also the first to score in singles, but their 2-0 lead didn’t last for long. Michigan’s Mimi Nguyen took No. 6 and Denise Muresan (pictured right) got revenge for the doubles over Eichkorn in the top spot. With the score tied, Miami came through with the next two, sealed by Kayla Rizzolo in a win over Sam Crister.

Michigan Head Coach Ronnie Bernstein felt it all came back to the beginning, “"Miami hit some good shots and we stepped back a little bit, it was a few points here and there toward the end. If we could have pulled out the doubles point, it would have been a whole different match. We let it slip through our hands .That's basically what happened there."
No. 7 MIAMI 4, No. 10 MICHIGAN 2
 Denise Muresan (MICH) defeated Bianca Eichkorn (MIA), 7-5,6-2
Anna Bartenstein (MIA) defeated Brooke Bolender (MICH), 6-1,6-1
Gabriela Mejia (MIA) defeated Whitney Taney (MICH), 6-3,7-6 (2)
Kayla Rizzolo (MIA) defeated Sam Crister (MICH), 3-6,6-4,6-4
Danielle Mills (MIA) vs. Rika Tatsuno (MICH), 6-3,4-6, 4-1 Did Not Finish
 Mimi Nguyen (MICH) defeated Melissa Bolivar (MIA), 6-1,6-0
Order of Finish: 2,,6, 1, 3, 4

Bartenstein/Eichkorn (MIA) defeated Bolender/Muresan (MICH), 9-8 (2)
 Mejia/Bolivar (MIA) defeated Taney/Tatsuno (MICH), 8-0
Nguyen/Sulahian (MICH) defeated Dubins/Mills (MIA), 8-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

It was a late night battle for Northwestern against Stanford. The Wildcats held tough, despite playing the top seeds on their home turf.  The Wildcats took the doubles point, but it was tied when Nicole Gibbs quickly gave the Cardinals a win at No. 3. The match continued to a 3-2 Stanford lead, with the last two courts heading into a second set. It would be Carolyn McVeigh who would seal it over Wildcat Stacey Lee, bringing Stanford one step closer to a repeat championship. Northwestern Coach Claire Pollard (pictured left) was obviously disappointed, but proud of her team, “We gave Stanford all we could, and that's really what we set out to do: to be a very tough opponent for Stanford. We wanted to show everybody here what it meant to play for Northwestern, and I think we did that. It was a really tough way to end though."
Hilary Barte (S) defeated Maria Mosolova (N), 6-4,6-1
Mallory Burdette (S) defeated Belinda Niu (N), 6-1,6-4
Nicole Gibbs (S) defeated Brittany Wowchuk (N), 6-1,6-2
 Kate Turvy (N) defeated Stacey Tan (S), 6-3,6-3
Veronica Li (S) vs. Linda Abu Mushrefova (N), 6-3,6-7(6), 3-2 Did Not Finish
Carolyn McVeigh (S) defeated Stacey Lee (N), 7-5,3-6 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 2, 1, 6

 Barte/Burdette (S) defeated Abu Mushrefova/Hamilton (N), 8-5
Chernyakova/Wowchuk (N) defeated Gibbs/Li (S), 8-5
Mosolova/Niu (N) defeated  McVeigh/Tan (S), 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

The Ohio State Buckeyes are currently battling it out with the Baylor Bears in the quarterfinals. For live scoring and results on this event, as well as the individual championships to come, visit the official NCAA Division I Championship site.

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