The UMass tennis team will return to the Brown Invitational for the second time this season.
Head Coach Judy Dixon comments on the 2013-14 tennis season and looks ahead to another successful year.
VCU bested the Minutewomen 4-0 and will advance to the A-10 Championship Final match on Sunday.
The Minutewomen will advance to the A-10 semifinal match against top-seeded VCU on Saturday.
The UMass tennis team advances to the A-10 Quarterfinals this Friday against Richmond.
The UMass tennis team starts the 2013 spring campaign this Friday at Brown and Sunday at home against Saint Joseph's. Head coach Judy Dixon sits down with UMassAthletics to talk about the progress from the fall and what she expects to see this spring.
As a Sophomore (2013-2014): Finished her sophomore year 12-11 overall in singles play and improved her career singles record to 32-17 over two seasons ... Clinched 10 victories in dual matches and won all four Atlantic 10 singles matches that she faced this season ... In doubles play, Griffin wrapped up the season 8-12 overall and 2-2 in the A-10 ... When paired alongside Aarzoo Malik, the tandem won five-of-eight matches, four of which were realized at the No. 2 spot. Spring: Griffin had her hand in post-season tournament play where she inked a 5-4 No. 2 doubles win in the first round of the A-10 Championships (4/24) ... Closed out her regular season conference matches with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Rhode Island in No. 4 singles while also blanking the Rams 8-0 in No. 2 doubles (4/19) ... Defeated Saint Joseph's, Mulquin, 6-3, 6-4 at home after claiming an 8-1 No. 2 doubles victory alongside Malik (4/4) ... Captured a come-from-behind victory in No. 3 singles against Quinnipiac, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 (4/3) ... Took home the first A-10 win against Fordham with a 7-6, 6-4 showing in No. 4 singles (2/28) ... Opened her sophomore season playing at the No. 4 and No. 1 singles and doubles spots, respectively, at Brown (2/4). Fall: Opened the 2013-14 season with an 8-3 No. 2 doubles win over Connecticut and was paired with senior, Sonia Bokhari (10/10) ... Tabbed two singles victories in the Dartmouth Invitational including an impressive come-from-behind win over West Virginia, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 (11/3).
As a Freshman (2012-2013): Spring: Lost to Brown (2/1) in No. 3 singles, 7-6, 1-6, 6-3...Added a win at No. 3 doubles 8-2 with teammate Jessica Podlofsky at the match ... At St. Joseph's (2/3), posted a win from No. 3 singles over Eisenbrand, 6-2, 6-1 ... Also lost in No. 3 doubles, 8-6, with Jessica Podlofsky at the match ... Defeated Army's Iliev (2/15) in No. 4 singles, 6-3, 7-5 ... Also posted a win in No. 3 doubles 8-6 in the match ... Added a win, 8-0, in No. 2 doubles against St. Bonaventure (2/16)...Also defeated Fairleigh Dickinson's Guzairova (2/17) in the No. 4 singles, 7-5, 6-3 ... Added a win in the No. 2 doubles with Podlofsky 8-5 in the match ... Was defeated by Dartmouth's Matsuoka (2/20) in the No. 4 singles, 7-5, 2-6, (11-9) ... Also posted a win in the No. 3 doubles, 8-3, in the same match...Defeated Quinnipiac(2/24) in No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-1 ... Also was defeated in No. 2 doubles, 8-7, at the match. Fall: Went 2-1 in singles and defeated Dartmouth, 8-2 with Jessica Podlofsky, at doubles during the Big Green Invitational (11/2-4) ... Notched victories in both singles, 3-6, 6-3 (10-4), and doubles, 8-2 with Podlofsky, at Connecticut (10/17) ... Posted a victory with Podlofsky in No. 3 doubles over Providence College (9/17) ... Reached the quarterfinals in Flight A Doubles, with Podlofsky, and Flight C Singles at the West Point Invitational (9/21-23) ... Advanced to the Flight C Semifinals and the Flight B Doubles Quarterfinals, with Podlofsky, at the Columbia Invitational (9/13-15).
Before UMass: Played varsity tennis for Coach Baskin all four years of high school ... Won the Mayor's Cup as a sophomore ... Graduated with a record of 73-3.
Personal: Arielle Griffin ... Born December 23, 1994 ... Daughter of Venette James ... Majoring in Nutrition.
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