Tennis Drops Narrow Decision At No. 67 Brown
Feb. 2, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In the opening match of the spring schedule, the UMass women's tennis team dropped a narrow 4-3 decision at No. 67 Brown on Friday afternoon. After the Minutewomen secured the doubles point, the Bears earned four of six singles points to take the dual match. UMass returns to action on Sunday when A-10 rival Saint Joseph's visits the Bay Road Tennis Center at 12:30 PM.
UMass moves to 2-1 in dual matches this year, while Brown earned its first win of the season after falling at No. 16 Michigan and No. 43 Missouri last weekend. At No. 67 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Top 75, Brown is the highest ranked opponent UMass has faced this year.
The Minutewomen won two of the three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead to start things off on Friday. Sonia Bokhari and Chanel Glasper teamed up at No. 2 doubles and Jessica Podlofsky and Arielle Griffin matched up in the No. 3 spot. Both pairs won 8-2, while Yuliana Motyl and Chantal Swiszcz lost at No. 1 singles by the same score.
Brown then won both the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches in straight sets. Griffin and Podlofsky forced tie-breaker sets at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively. Brown earned the point at No. 3, but Podlofsky was able to fend off Nimita Uberoi with a 7-6 third set win.
The No. 5 singles match-up was a tight one as Ammu Mandalap defeated Glasper in a narrow 7-6, 7-6 straight set win for the Bears.
In the No. 6 singles match, Olivia Hsu defeated Julia Comas 1-6 in the first set, but the senior battled back to take the second set 6-4 and the tie-breaker 6-3 for the Minutewomen's third point of the day.
UMass will return to action on Sunday at 12:30 PM when the Minutewomen host Saint Joseph's at the Bay Road Tennis Center. Admission is free to all (click here for directions).