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6A - Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Bolender out at ITA All-
American tournament

By ERIN LENNON
For theDaily
Two Wolverines will rep-
resent the Michigan women's
tennis team at the ITA All-
American Championships this
week in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Junior Brooke Bolender fell
to No. 74 Alejandra Granillo of
Pepperdine in the qualifying
round on Tuesday afternoon.
Despite taking the first set in
a tiebreaker, a lack of balance
in key points meant a failure
to qualify for the main draw.
Bolender would later drop both
sets, 6-2, 6-3, in her consolation
match against No., 76 Samantha
Adams of Texas Tech.
"It was just one of those days
where she wasn't feeling over-
all great on the tennis court,"
said Michigan coach Ronnie
Bernstein. "She's been great
for us both in doubles and in
singles. We're going to continue

to work hard in the fall, and I
expect her to be a huge part of
our success this year."
Sophomore Emina Betkas,
the No. 9 singles seed, will also
compete in the singles main
draw through the rest of the
week. The championship match
is set to take place Saturday at
3:30 p.m.
Despite little play over the
summer, coach Bernstein
expects good things from Bet-
kas.
"A lot depends on the draw. If
she serves well and plays with
confidence, she can go really far
in the tournament."
The tournament scoring
has no reflection on the team's
record and won't affect Michi-
gan's current standing as the
Big Ten leader. Instead, indi-
vidual matches will contribute
to rankings for both Bolender
and Betkas and could set them
up to qualify for the NCAA

tournament in May. Competing
against some of the best play-
ers in the country in similar
tournaments will give the girls
confidence, according to coach
Berinstein.
As the fifth-ranked pair in
the tournament, Bolender and
Bektas will face high caliber
competition in the main draw
of doubles beginning Thursday
afternoon.
The duo won its only match
Saturday at the Wolverine Invi-
tational.
"The thing about them is that
they can really beat anybody in
the country," Bernstein said,
"They just have to play with
that consistency."
Events like the All-American
Championship will prepare
the women for events like the
Roberta Allison Fall Classic
and ITA Regionals. The Fall
Classic opens this Saturday in
Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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AUSTEN HUFFORD/Daily
Junior outside hitter Lexi Erwin recorded a double-double, but it wasn't enough for Michigan to overcome Minnesota.
Mi

By ALEXA DETTELBACH
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan volleyball
team's skid againstranked oppo-
nents continued Wednesday as
Michigan lost its third straight
match against teams in the top
25. In its third straight road
match, the
MICHIGAN 1
Wolverines MINNESOTA 3
struggled
against No. 10 Minnesota, and
Michigan fell in four sets, 13-25,
20-25, 25-23, 22-25.
Michigan (2-3 Big Ten, 15-4
Overall) had three players in
double figures in digs, led by
freshman defensive specialist
Tiffany Morales, but it couldn't
match the four Golden Gophers,
who had double digit kills. Soph-
omore setter Lexi Dannemi-
ller and junior outside hitter
Lexi Erwin, who both recorded
double-doubles, also helped the
Wolverines.

Statistically, Michigan's first
set was its worst of the season,
with a season low 13 points. The
Wolverines earned 11 kills and
finished with a.276 kill percent-
age in the set, but their defense
fell against the Golden Gophers'
(4-1, 13-3) game-high .519 kill
percentage and 15 kills.
In the second set, the Wol-
verines were more successful
in stopping Minnesota, holding
them to a .333 kill percentage,
but this time it was their offense
that held them back. Michigan
hit for a .179 kill percentage
and 10 kills. The Wolverines'
improved play in the second set
was led by Dannemiller's nine
assists to go along with Erwin's
four kills.
Michigan finally found its
groove in the third set. Running
out to a 4-1 lead, Dannemiller's
12 assists and two kills, and the
defensive stand all helped the
Wolverines steal the third set.

At first it looked as though
Michigan was going to run away
with the set after taking a 19-14
lead, but the Golden Gophers
went on a run to take the lead
21-20. From there, Dannemi-
ller had five straight assists and
helped take the set. The Wolver-
ines finished with a .318 hitting
percentage and held Minnesota
to a .255 hitting percentage,
In the fourth set Minnesota
and Michigan exchanged points
for the first half of the set until
the Golden Gophers pulled
away at 24-20. The Wolverines
were able to hold off two match
points, but couldn't hold on, fall-
ing 25-22.
Michigan is now just 1-3
against ranked opponents this
year. The Wolverines beat No. 25
Northern Illinois earlier in Sep-
tember, but they suffered con-
secutive losses to No. 17 Purdue
and No. 6 Nebraska before the
loss to Minnesota.

Junior Brooke Bolender couldn't find balance in key points after winning the first set in a tiebreaker.

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