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By Brittany Collens '17, UMassAthletics.com Feature Writer
The UMass tennis team will return to the Brown Invitational for the second time this season.
As A Senior (2014-15): Did not compete.
As A Junior (2013-14): Did not compete.
As A Sophomore (2012-13): Fall: Posted victories in singles, 6-3, 6-4, and doubles, 8-2 with Jocelyn Providence, against Boston University at the Big Green Invitational (11/2-4) ... Reached the Singles Flight D quarterfinals at the West Point Invitational (9/22-24) ... Advanced to the quarterfinals for Doubles Flight B with teammate Julia Comas at the Columbia Invitational (9/14-15).
As A Freshman (2011-12): Fall: At the Big Green Invitational (11/4-11/6), posted a record of 0-3 in the singles draw and lost her only doubles match along with teammate Emilie Burgess.
Before UMass: Played tennis for Our Lady of Lourdes Academy ... Four time letter winner ... Awarded the Rookie of the Year Award freshman year ... Named MVP both sophomore and junior year ... Awarded the Coaches Award as a senior.
Personal: Gianna Marie Francis ... Born August 16, 1993 ... Daughter of Jad and Maria Francis ... Sister of Eric, George, and Karina Francis ... Intends to major in Psychology.