UMass Tennis Edged By No. 43 Columbia, 5-2
March 9, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The UMass tennis team fell, 5-2, to No. 43 Columbia at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center in New York, N.Y. on Saturday, March 8. The Lions improve to 7-2, while the Minutewomen drop to 5-6 on the season.
The match opened with Columbia sweeping UMass in doubles play. The Lions switched up their traditional doubles pairs with Tina Jiang and Kanika Vaidya competing in the No. 1 spot and besting Sonia Bokhari and Yuliana Motyl, 8-2. Ioana Alecsiu and Gabriela Suriano, and Vivian Cheng and Tiana Takenaga teamed up in No. 2 and 3 doubles, posting victories over UMass, 8-3, 8-2, respectively.
In singles action, Columbia took four-of-six matches in the No. 1, 2, 5 and 6 spots. The Lions captured the first two matches of the afternoon in straight sets. In No. 1 singles, Vaidya defeated Motyl 6-1, 6-4, while Jiang recorded a win in the No. 2 spot over Bokhari, 6-0, 6-0.
The highlight for the Minutewomen was a pair of singles victories from Aarzoo Malik and Anna Woosley. Malik clinched the No. 3 match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, and Anna Woosley tallied a victory in straight sets at the No. 4 spot, 6-4, 7-5.
The match came down to the No. 5 and 6 singles matches where Alecsiu and Nada Zaher both carried their matches to three sets. Alecsiu battled with Arielle Griffin, taking the first set, 6-4, and dropping the second, 5-7, before winning a convincing final set, 6-0, to extinguish any hopes for a UMass rally.
Nada Zaher and Jessica Podlofsky then toed the line in No. 6 singles where Zaher captured the first set, 6-1. Podlofsky came back to take the second set, 4-6, but finally fell, 7-5, to close out the afternoon.
The Minutewomen will return to action over spring break where they will travel to Charleston, S.C. for a series of three matches. UMass will face Georgia Southern on Tuesday, March 18 at 11 a.m. and the College of Charleston the following day at 1 p.m. UMass will finish with a match against Tulane on Friday, March 21 at 2 p.m.