Plum grad wraps up tennis season at NCAA singles tourney
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Plum graduate Ronit Yurovsky enjoyed another successful spring season as a member of the University of Michigan women's tennis team.
She concluded her campaign last week at the NCAA Division I Singles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Yurovsky, a sophomore, suffered a tough first-round loss to Jenny Jullien of St. Mary's, a top-16 seed in the tournament draw.
She fell behind Jullien early in the first set and lost the set, 6-2.
But Yurovsky bounced back in set two, and she traded breaks with Jullien through the first three games to take a 2-1 lead.
She held serve in game four and broke Jullien in game five for a 4-1 lead and then closed in out with wins in the final two games to take the set, 6-1.
Yurovsky fell behind 5-1 in the final set, but she didn't let Jullien close the match out quickly and scored wins in consecutive games to make the score 5-3.
However, Jullian held serve in the ninth game to close out the set, 6-3, and wrap up the match.
Yurovsky competed at the NCAA singles tournament for the second time, and she became only the sixth Wolverine women's tennis player to earn two trips to NCAAs during a collegiate career.
She entered the tournament No. 25 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.
Yurovsky won the ITA Midwest Regional singles crown earlier this year and finished the season with a 24-7 overall singles record, a 14-4 mark in dual matches at No. 2 singles and an 8-1 record in the Big Ten.
She earned All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year and added a 21-7 mark in doubles contests.
Yurovsky also helped Michigan wrap up this year's Big Ten outright regular-season championship, as the Wolverines finished undefeated in conference play at 11-0.
It was Michigan's fifth straight regular-season Big Ten crown and the fourth undefeated conference season in program history.
The Wolverines grabbed the outright title for the third time in five seasons and won 11 conference contests for the first time.
Michigan made it to the finals of the Big Ten Tournament but was upended by Northwestern, 4-3.
Yurovsky engaged in a close three-set battle with Northwestern's Belinda Niu at No. 2 singles.
She dropped the first set to Niu, 6-1, and was down early in the second set before rallying to force a tiebreaker, which she won, 7-3.
Yurovsky led the third set, 5-2 before Niu stormed back to win the set, 7-5, and take the match in three sets.
Michigan entered the NCAA team tournament and bounced Fresno State, 4-0, in the first round, as Yurovsky teamed with freshman Laura Ucros to win their match, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles.
Yurovsky also came through in the singles portion of the match with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles.
The Wolverines then were eliminated, 4-2, at the hands of USC.
Michigan finished its season 22-5 overall.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.
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