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No. 8 Michigan Holds on Against No. 12 Clemson

Feb. 20, 2011

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Playing their third top-ten team in as many days, No. 12 Clemson (9-3) fought with an evenly-matched No. 8 Michigan (8-1) team. In the end, Michigan prevailed, 4-2, as their top two players won tiebreak sets over the Tigers to close down the consolation match at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

Eight of the twelve singles sets required seven games to win, and flights one, two, and six required seven in each set. There were four tiebreak sets in all, with each team taking two. It was No. 8 Denise Muresan’s holding off Clemson’s No. 14 Josipa Bek, 7-5, 7-6 at flight one that clinched the match for the Wolverines.

Freshmen Maria Belaya were responsible for the two points, and played incredibly well at the tournament. Vyskocilova knocked off No. 71 Whitney Taney at four, 6-3, 7-6, and Belaya cruised past No. 123 Mimi Nguyen at flight five, 6-2, 6-0, which tied that match at one.

Caroline Magnusson dropped her match at six, 7-5, 7-5, to Rika Tatsuno, which meant both Wong and Bek would need to win their matches for the Tiger comeback.

Wong had won her first set, 7-6, at flight two over No. 34 Sam Critser, while Bek had dropped her first set, 7-5 to eighth-ranked Muresan. Wong had an opportunity to close out her match at two, but Critser forced a thirdset with a 7-6 win. Meanwhile at one, Muresan held off a late surge from Bek at one, winning 7-6 in the second set, clinching the match for Michigan, who has now defeated Clemson in the Indoor Championships for the second straight season.

Clemson defeated No. 7 UCLA in the round of 16 before falling to No. 2 Florida in the Final Eight. Clemson and Michigan played in the consolation match.

Clemson returns to action when they host South Carolina on Feb. 27 in their first outdoor match of the season.

No. 8 Michigan (8-1) def. No. 12 Clemson (9-3), 4-2 Feb. 20, 2011 – Charlottesville, VA ITA National Indoor Championships – Consolation Match

Doubles: 1. #22 Bolender/Muresan (UM) def #2 Bek/Wong (CU), 8-2 2. Taney/Tatsuno (UM) def. Magnusson/Ciolkowski (CU), 8-2 3. Vyskocilova/Belaya (CU) led Critser/Nguyen (UM), 4-3 DNF Order of Finish: 1,2

Singles: 1. #8 Denise Muresan (UM) def. #14 Josipa Bek (CU), 7-5, 7-6 2. #37 Keri Wong (CU) v. #34 Sam Critser, (UM) 7-6, 6-7 DNF 3. #104 Brooke Bolender (UM) def. Nelly Ciolkowski (CU), 6-0, 7-5 4. Klara Vyskocilova (CU) def. #71 Whitney Taney (UM), 6-3, 7-6 5. Maria Belaya (CU) def. #123 Mimi Nguyen (UM), 6-2, 6-0 6. Rika Tatsuno (UM) def. Caroline Magnusson (CU), 7-5, 7-5 Order of Finish: 5,3,4,6,1*