Senior duo set to graduate this weekend after being key parts to Minutewomen’s success.
Minutewomen enter Atlantic 10 Tournament with nine-match win streak in hand.
Minutewomen give senior class of Carol Benito and Arielle Griffin win in final home match.
Minutewomen to honor Carol Benito and Arielle Griffin prior to match at the Mullins Center Courts.
Minutewomen return home to host Bryant on Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.).
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.
Spring:: The spring season began for Griffin against Cornell, where she lost in doubles with partner Laura Moreno (1/23) ... The duo played a hard match against Boston College in the start of February where they lost playing in the No.3 spot (2/2) ... During the match against Long Island, Griffin won her singles match in straight sets and also won in doubles (2/6) ... Against St. John's, Griffin went on to win her singles match with a score of 7-5, 6-4 (2/7) ... The following week against Army West Point, the senior lost a hard three-setter in singles (2/13) ... On the same day against St. Bonventure, Griffin won her doubles match playing with Moreno (2/13) ... Against Yale the following week, the senior lost a hard match playing in the #3 doubles spot (2/19) ... During the same weekend against the #41 seed Dartmouth, Griffin and Moreno were defeated in a really tough match (2/21) ... At the first match of March against Albany, the senior won in doubles with a score of 6-4 (3/5) ... In the first match of the weekend opener against the College of Charleston, Griffin lost a long three-setter in singles but went on to win in doubles (3/15) ... Against Charleston Southern, the senior won a close doubles match as well as a singles match in three sets (3/18) ... In her first match of April against Quinnipiac, the senior won her doubles match playing with partner Moreno (4/8) ... On the following day against Bryant, Griffin won both her doubles and singles matches (4/9). Fall: Griffin began her season with two singles losses and one win at the Brown Invitationals (9/25) ... At the Invitationals she played doubles with Laura Moreno and they won and lost one match each (9/25) ... Against Connecticut, the senior lost her singles match but won the doubles match with teammate Moreno with a score of 8-5 (10/1) ... Griffin played doubles with Moreno against Providence and won (10/15) ... Won against both Minnesota and Dartmouth in singles in straight sets (11/7).
As A Junior (2014-15): Match-by-Match Statistics
As A Sophomore (2013-14): 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 (2012-13): 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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