No. 12 Michigan defeats No. 14 Texas, 5-2 (UT recap/box)

Longhorns pick up singles wins from sophomore Lina Padegimaite and junior Juliana Gajic in their road loss to the Wolverines.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – No. 14 Texas (3-4) picked up singles wins from sophomore Lina Padegimaite and junior Juliana Gajic, but No. 12 Michigan (6-3) claimed a 5-2 victory over the Longhorns Sunday afternoon at UM’s Varsity Tennis Center.

Michigan led off the match by sweeping the three doubles contests to take the doubles point and a 1-0 lead. The Wolverines’ sixth-ranked tandem of Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas dealt Texas’ 24th-ranked duo of Breaunna Addison and Noel Scott an 8-2 defeat at first doubles.

Michigan clinched the doubles point at the second slot, where its 34th-ranked duo of Ronit Yurovsky and Sarah Lee defeated UT’s Elizabeth Begley and Aeriel Ellis, 9-7. Michigan’s Mimi Nguyen and Kristen Dodge edged UT’s Lina Padegimaite and Annat Rabinovich in a tiebreak at third doubles to close out the doubles session.

Michigan pushed its lead to 2-0 behind a 6-4, 6-0 win from its 32nd-ranked Yurovsky over UT’s Scott at second singles. Texas sliced its deficit to 2-1 with a win at fifth singles, where Padegimaite posted a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Zhu. Texas evened the tally at two when junior Juliana Gajic notched a 7-5, 6-2 win over Michigan’s Dodge at sixth singles.

The Wolverines reclaimed the lead for good at fourth singles, where Bolender defeated UT’s Begley, 7-5, 6-2. Michigan closed out the victory at first singles when the Wolverines’ 48th-ranked Bektas hung on for a 6-1, 7-5 victory over UT’s 29th-ranked Ellis. Michigan closed out its win at third singles, as Lee rallied to defeat UT’s Addison, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Texas resumes dual-match competition on Saturday, March 2 when it hosts Rice. First serve is set for noon at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

No. 12 Michigan 5, No. 14 Texas 2
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1 #6 Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas (UM) def. #24 Breaunna Addison/Noel Scott (UT) – 8-2
2 #34 Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee (UM) def. Elizabeth Begley/Aeriel Ellis (UT) – 9-7
3 Mimi Nguyen/Kristen Dodge (UM) def. Lina Padegimaite/Annat Rabinovich (UT) – 8-7 (5)

Singles – Order of Finish: 2, 5, 6, 4, 1
1 #48 Emina Bektas (UM) def. #29 Aeriel Ellis (UT) – 6-1, 7-5
2 #32 Ronit Yurovsky (UM) def. Noel Scott (UT) – 6-4, 6-0
3 Sarah Lee (UM) def. #39 Breaunna Addison (UT) – 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
4 Brooke Bolender (UM) def. Elizabeth Begley (UT) – 7-5, 6-2
5 Lina Padegimaite (UT) def. Amy Zhu (UM) – 6-3, 6-1
6 Juliana Gajic (UT) def. Kristen Dodge (UM) – 7-5, 6-2

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