Women's Tennis Earns Weekend Sweep With Wins Over Hofstra, Army
March 4, 2007
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The University of Massachusetts women's tennis team (6-3, 1-0 A-10) completed their most successful weekend of the season thus by winning a pair vs. Hofstra and Army. The Minutewomen shut out Hofstra, 7-0 on Friday and edged Army, 4-3 on Saturday. UMass took care of business by winning every doubles and singles match vs. Hofstra. The next day, they took four singles matches vs. Army to sweep the weekend.
Head Coach Judy Dixon decided to mix things up against Hofstra. She reunited the doubles pair of last season in Michele Spiess and Masha Pozar. Also, Pozar sat in singles, as Ellen de Jong and Maude Lecluyse were bumped up in the lineup. Stephanie Gimenez moved from No. 6 to No. 4 while Laura Murillo and Carly Ludmer saw their first singles action of the spring at Nos. 5 and 6 respectively.
In singles play, the Minutewomen won Nos. 3, 4, and 6 by identical 6-0, 6-0 scores. Michele Spiess defeated Stacey Kent at No. 1, 6-1, 6-2. Ellen de Jong found herself down a set at No. 2, but staged a comeback to win 4-6, 6-3, 10-7. Laura Murillo won at No. 5, 6-1, 6-0.
On Saturday morning, UMass went up against the host Army Black Knights. Army took the doubles point by takings Nos. 1 and 3. The lone UMass win was by a pair of freshman, Ellen de Jong and Maude Lecluyse, at No. 2, 8-1.
In singles action, the Minutewomen refused to quit. Spiess took No. 1 fairly easily 6-2, 6-2. Pozar won at No. 2, 6-4, 6-2. Freshman Ellen de Jong finished off her perfect weekend by winning at No. 3. Dasa Stanimirovic fell at No. 4 to make the score 3-2 UMass. It was down to Maude Lecluyse and Stephanie Gimenez. Gimenez found herself down a set, but Lecluyse picked her up by winning her match to seal the victory.
With two singles wins over the weekend, Michele Spiess finds herself in sole possession of third place in UMass history, with 59. She now stands only four singles wins shy of tying the singles wins record held by Jackie Braustein.
The Minutewomen find themselves at 6-3 overall with five wins coming in the spring season. Last season, UMass did not earn their fifth spring win until March 21. They look to continue the winning ways as they head to Ithaca, N.Y. to play Binghamton on Friday and Cornell on Saturday. Check back to www.umassathletics.com for complete results and recaps of next weekend's action.
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Saturday vs. Army
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