Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Plum Grad Has Big Year for Michigan

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Plum Grad Has Big Year for Michigan

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Winning championships should be a familiar occurrence for Ronit Yurovsky.

A former Plum High School standout, she won three WPIAL titles and two PIAA titles in girls tennis during her high school career.

But in her junior year at Michigan, her team won another championship that she is particularly proud of, when it captured the Big Ten tournament title with a win against Ohio State in April.

It was a landmark victory for the Wolverines. The program had reached the final round of the tournament for 10 consecutive years, only to fall in the final round. Yurovsky did her part, finishing off her singles opponent, Anna Sanford, in two sets, 6-1, 6-3. In doubles, she paired with Sarah Lee and defeated the Buckeyes' No. 2 doubles team, 8-6.

"Obviously winning the Big Ten [regular-season] championship is always one of our goals to reach," Yurovsky said. "But this year we really focused on the Big Ten tournament."

Michigan accomplished both goals, and Yurovsky - whose first name is pronounced row-NEET - played a large role in each. She accumulated 34 victories in singles matches, good for fourth most in a single season for any player in program history.

Yurovsky finished the season ranked No. 31 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association women's singles rankings, regularly playing in Michigan's No. 2 position in addition to her role on the Wolverines' No. 2 doubles team. She advanced to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship to finish off the season in late May.

Michigan coach Ronni Bernstein noticed considerable improvements in Yurovsky's play from her sophomore season, particularly in terms of her confidence on the court. Though she still managed a 24-7 record that season, Yurovsky battled through shoulder injuries that prevented her from practicing as frequently as she would have otherwise. …

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