Women's Tennis

 

  Michele Spiess
Michele Spiess

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Stuttgart, Germany

High School:
Robert-Frank Schule

Last College:
University of Louisville

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:
07/21/1982


03/12/2014

FEATURE: Meet The Minutewomen - Podlofsky

Take a minute to meet Jessica Podlofsky, a senior co-captain on the UMass tennis team.

10/10/2013

Tennis Rallies For 4-3 Win Over UConn

Jessica Podlofsky credited with game-winning match in No. 5 singles.

  • Michele Spiess Breaks Singles Wins Record

    AS A SENIOR (SPRING 2007): Finished season with a 19-9 singles record and 22-11 doubles record ... The 22 doubles wins was a career high ... Named Spring Scholar-Athlete and UMass Female Athlete of the Year ... Was named A-10 First-Team All-Conference, Academic All-Conference, and A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year ... Named A-10 Player of the Week three times and UMass Athlete of the Week once ... In Atlantic 10 Semifinals vs. Temple (4/21), teamed with Masha Pozar to win at No. 1 doubles, 8-5 ... Won both doubles and singles match against Xavier in A-10 Quarterfinals (4/20) ... Earlier in the day, defeated Stephania Velazquez of Saint Joe's in First Round Match (4/20), 6-2, 6-2 ... Was named A-10 Player of the Week for her record-breaking week at Quinnipiac and vs. Rhode Island ... On her Senior Night vs. Rhode Island (4/13), won two nail-biters ... Won at No. 1 doubles, 9-7, and at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 ... Made history at Quinnipiac (4/11) by breaking the UMass all-time singles wins record ... She defeated Gabby Pasternak, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1 singles ... In the same match, teamed with Pozar to win 8-6 at No. 1 doubles ... Teamed with Masha Pozar to defeat a pair of all-conference players from Richmond (3/31), 8-4 ... Partnered with Laura Murillo at No. 3 doubles to edge Old Dominion (3/30), 8-6 ...Tied UMass singles wins record vs. Florida Atlantic (3/22) by shutting out opponent at No. 1, 6-0, 6-0 ... Also teamed with Laura Murillo to win a hard-fought 9-7 No. 3 doubles match ... Defeated Victoria Weltz at No. 2 singles vs. Lynn University (3/19) ... Also won in doubles ... Teamed with Laura Murillo to defeat Harvard (3/13) at No. 3 doubles, 8-2 ... Was named A-10 Player of the Week for the two-week period spanning the Hofstra, Army, Binghamton, and Cornell matches ... Partnered with Masha Pozar to win at No. 2 doubles against Cornell (3/10), 8-4 ... In the same match, defeated Kasia Preneta in singles, 6-4, 6-2 ... Against Binghamton (3/9), defeated Zeynap Altinay in No. 1 singles, 6-0, 7-6 (7-4) and won at No. 2 doubles, 8-2 ... Vs. Army (3/3), defeated Niki Flach, 6-2, 6-2 ... Against Hofstra (3/2), defeated Stacey Kent at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-2, and was victorious at No. 1 doubles, 8-2 ... Teamed with Ellen de Jong to win at No. 2 doubles vs. Fordham (2/25), 8-2 ... Against Dartmouth (2/23), teamed with Ellen de Jong to win at No. 2 doubles, 8-5 ... In the same match, defeated Meg Zebroski, 6-2, 6-2 ... Was named A-10 Player of the Week for her efforts vs. Columbia and St. John's ... Was victorious at No. 1 singles vs. Nataly Tumsevica of St. John's (2/11), 6-2, 6-3 ... Defeated Milena Kachar of Columbia (2/10) at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-3 ... Going into the match, Kachar was ranked 19th in the ITA East Regional Rankings ... In the same match, teamed with Ellen de Jong to defeat Kachar and Donovan at No. 1 doubles, 8-3 ... Defeated Aimee Kern of Albany (2/4) at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-1 ... Teamed with Ellen de Jong to shut out Kern and Christina Suarez of Albany, 8-0

    FALL 2006: Advanced to finals of doubles competition at Eastern Collegiate Invitational ... Teamed with Maude Lecluyse to win their semifinal match, 8-1 ... In the quarterfinals, defeated Kim Westcott and Aimee Kern of Albany, 8-2 ... Advanced to quarterfinals of Cissy Leary Invitational singles competition ... Beat Miriana Spilea of Minnesota, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to quarterfinals ... Defeated Amanda Avedissan of Pennsylvania, 6-1, 6-4 in the opening round ... In doubles competition, teamed with Masha Pozar to win opening round match ... Defeated Christine Burek of UConn at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-0 ... Teamed with Masha Pozar at No. 1 doubles to defeat UConn, 8-0 ... Defeated Binghamton in singles, 6-3, 6-1, at the Cornell Blind Duals ... Against Cornell, teamed with Masha Pozar to win 8-1 in doubles action ... Recorded the only singles victory for UMass against Cornell, 6-2, 6-3 ... At ITA Regionals, received a bye in round one before falling in singles play ... In doubles play, teamed with Masha Pozar to advance to the round of 16 ... They defeated opponents from James Madison and Albany by scores of 8-2 and 8-5.

    AS A JUNIOR (SPRING 2006): Named Atlantic 10 Performer of the Year ... Named to All-Conference Team and All-Conference Acadmic Team ... Named Team MVP for second consecutive season ... Named to 2006 ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District At-Large Second Team...Ranked 26th overall in ITA final rankings East Region ... Named ITA Scholar-Athlete ... Finished season with 24-4 singles record and 21-4 doubles record. Named A-10 player of the week four times ... Was victorious at No. 1 singles, 7-5, 7-5 vs. Xavier in the A-10 3rd-place match ... In the same match, teamed with Masha Pozar for an 8-1 victory in No. 1 doubles ... At No. 1 singles, defeated Duquesne 6-1, 6-1 in the A-10 Quaterfinal match ... Against LaSalle, in the opening round match, won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles ... Was named A-10 women's tennis performer of the week for two consecutive weeks (weeks of Feb. 12-18 and Feb. 19-25) ... Was victorious in No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-1 vs. Providence (Feb. 24). In the same match, she teamed up with Masha Pozar to win in No. 1 doubles, 8-3 ... Teamed up with Masha Pozar to defeat Dartmouth (Feb. 22) in No. 1 doubles, 8-6. In the same match, was victorious in No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-2 ... Was victorious in No. 1 singles, 6-4, 2-6, 10-4 vs. Cornell (Feb. 19). In the same match, she teamed up with Masha Pozar to win in No. 1 doubles, 8-3 ... Teamed up with Masha Pozar to defeat Binghamton (Feb. 18) in No. 1 doubles, 8-4. In the same match, was victorious in No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-7, 7-3 ... Was victorious in No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-2 vs. Army (Feb. 12). In the same match, she teamed up with Masha Pozar to win in No. 1 doubles, 8-0 ... Teamed up with Masha Pozar to defeat Long Island (Feb. 10) in No. 1 doubles, 8-3. in the same match, was victorious in No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-1 ... Was victorious in No. 1 single, 6-4, 7-5, vs. Brown (Feb. 9). In the same match, she teamed up with Masha Pozar to win in No. 1 doubles, 8-7.

    FALL 2005: Defeated Rutgers to win the flight A singles title at the Quinnipiac Invitational ... paired with Masha Pozar to win flight A doubles title ... beat UConn in No. 1 singles and paired with freshman Stephanie Gimenez to win No. 1 doubles ... defeated Middlebury at the No. 1 singles spot ... earned Dinn Brothers/UMass Athlete of the Week.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Recorded a mark of 24-5 in singles competition at the No. 1 and 2 positions, including a 20-5 record at No. 1 singles ... teamed up with Masha Pozar to post a 15-10 record in the No. 1 and 2 positions ... won the A Division Singles at the Eastern Collegiate Tournament ... got to the round of 32 at the Wilson/ITA East Regionals and received a regional ranking of 29 ... named ITA Scholar-Athlete ... dubbed Performer of the Week twice and Dinn Bros./UMass Athlete of the Week ... chosen for the 2005 All-Conference Team

    BEFORE UMASS: Attended the University of Louisville, had a record of 19-10 in singles play, primarily playing at No. 1 ... was named MVP of the team as a freshman while being selected as a second-team Conference USA player ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll ... received the Red and Black Scholar Athlete Award.

    PERSONAL: Born July 21, 1982 in Stuttgart, Germany ... daughter of Roland and Gerda Spiess ... a Hotel and Tourism Management major.

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