Huskies Take Three From No. 7 Miami
Jan. 17, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Day two of the Michigan Invitational pitted the Husky women's tennis team against 7th-ranked Miami in singles play and 20th-ranked Michigan in doubles. Junior Venise Chan rallied to upset 7th-ranked Laura Vallverdu in a third-set tiebreak, while sophomore Denise Dy defeated yet another ranked player and sophomore Samantha Smith earned a big win.
With one day remaining in the tournament, Chan and Dy lead the overall point standings. The Michigan Invitational, which also includes 11th-ranked Tennessee, is structured as a dual match of sorts but points are accumulated for individuals with more points the higher they play in the lineup. With two wins at No. 1 singles, Chan leads all players with 16 points, and Dy is second overall with 14 points after winning twice at second singles.
The day couldn't have started much worse for the 11th-ranked Chan, as she lost the first set, 6-0, to 7th-ranked Vallverdu, a senior who was the 2009 NCAA Singles Runner-Up. But Chan prolonged the encounter and started to figure things out. At 5-5 in the second set, Chan won the last two games to take the set and the momentum, however things didn't get any easier in the third set. The two went all the way to a tiebreak, and Chan played the better points with the match on the line, winning the breaker, 7-4.
At second singles, third-ranked Dy faced 99th-ranked Bianca Eichkorn. Dy pulled out the first set, 7-5, then finished off the match with a 6-3 second set win. Smith came through at the No. 5 singles spot, 6-3, 7-6, over Claudia Wasilewski. At the No. 7 spot, junior Aleksandra Krsljanin matched up against Taylor Fournier of Michigan instead of a Miami player, and earned a 6-2, 6-0 victory.
The Huskies suffered in doubles again without senior Joyce Ardies on-hand. Ardies and Dy are ranked 11th nationally in doubles, and Ardies did not make the trip so Dy has not played doubles this weekend either. With their lineup bumped up one spot each, the Huskies lost all three against the Wolverines.
The tournament wraps up tomorrow with the Huskies playing singles against Tennessee, and doubles against Miami.
Michigan Invitational - Day Two
No. 7 Miami vs. No. 24 Washington
1. (11) Venise Chan (Wash.) def. (7) Laura Vallverdu (Miami) - 0-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
2. (3) Denise Dy (Wash.) def. (99) Bianca Eichkorn (Miami) - 7-5, 6-3
3. Anna Bartenstein (Miami) def. Lina Xu (Wash.) - 6-1, 6-1
4. (93) Gabriela Mejia (Miami) def. Aleksandra Malovic (Wash.) - 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Samantha Smith (Wash.) def. Claudia Wasilewski (Miami) -- 6-3, 7-6
6. Danielle Mills (Miami) def. Vanja Radunovic (Wash.) - 6-1, 6-1
7. Aleksandra Krsljanin (Wash.) def. Taylor Fournier (U-M) - 6-2,6-0 (extra match)
No. 20 Michigan vs. No. 24 Washington
1. Mahtani/Taney (U-M) def. Chan/Smith (Wash.) - 8-3
2. Muresan/Tatsuno (U-M) def. Malovic/Xu (Wash.) - 8-4
3. Nguyen/Sulahian (U-M) def. Krsljanin/Radunovic (Wash.) - 8-1
Chan (Wash.) - 16
Dy (Wash.) - 14
Bartenstein (Miami) - 13
Taney (U-M) - 12
Mahtani (U-M) - 10
Muresan (U-M) -- 8
Zubor (Tenn.) - 8
Sorbello (Tenn.) -- 7
Eichkorn (Miami) - 6
Sulahian (U-M) -- 6
Smith (Wash.) -- 4
Mejia (Miami) - 3
Mills (Miami) - 3
Wasilewski (Miami) -3
Krsljanin (Wash.) - 2