SPIESS-TACULAR: Michele Spiess Breaks Record In 4-3 Win Over Quinnipiac
April 11, 2007
HAMDEN, Conn. - Led by Michele Spiess' record-breaking day, the UMass women's tennis team (10-7, 1-1 Atlantic 10) squeaked out a 4-3 win over Quinnipiac on Wednesday afternoon. The Minutewomen won the doubles point and three singles matches to capture their tenth victory of the season. With her 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles, Michele Spiess (Stuttgart, Germany) recorded her 64th career singles win at UMass, breaking the All-Time Singles Wins Record. Spiess is in the midst of an excellent spring season, which allowed her to break the record in only three seasons (she transferred from Louisville after freshman year). Come out and honor her on Friday as the Minutewomen host Rhode Island on Senior Day. Due to the inclement weather expected, the match will be held indoors at the Bay Road Tennis Club on the campus of Hampshire College. She is the only senior on this year's squad and will be honored prior to the 7:30 p.m. match.
In a day that Spiess would make history in singles play, she wouldn't disappoint in doubles action either. She teamed with Masha Pozar for an 8-6 win at No. 1. A pair of freshmen, Ellen de Jong and Maude Lecluyse, fell in a tight contest at No. 2, 8-6. Sophomores Laura Murilo and Stephanie Gimenez teamed for a hard-fought 9-7 win at No. 3.
The Minutewomen fed off Spiess' record-chase, taking three singles matches for the victory. Spiess defeated Gabby Pasternak at No. 1, 6-1, 6-2. Masha Pozar lost by default at No. 2. Ellen de Jong fell to Jackie Herb at No. 3, 7-5, 6-1. Freshman Dasa Stanimirovic lost in three sets at No. 4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. The bottom of the UMass lineup needed to come up big.
The story of the day was clearly Spiess. As she said, it was a great match to relieve the pressure of chasing a record. "It was a good match for me, I played really well today. The conditions were awful outdoors. I've had a lot of pressure. Now all the pressure is off. It's just good to be the all-time winner at UMass. I'm very happy right now."
Also, not to be forgotten, Spiess currently stands in third place on the all-time doubles wins list. She entered the spring in eighth place and has propelled to third.
The Minutewomen are back in action on Friday evening as they host Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island in the final regular season match. It is Senior Day as Michele Spiess will be honored prior to the match not only for her record, but her entire career at UMass. The match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Check back to umassathletics.com for complete news and results as the Minutewomen finish the regular season and propel into the A-10 Tournament.