Tennis Opens Spring Campaign Against Ivy League Opponents
Jan. 28, 2014
This weekend the UMass tennis team hits the road for two away matches against Ivy League opponents facing Brown on Friday at 3:30 pm and Harvard on Saturday at 2:00 pm. The two matches mark the first of the 2014 spring season for the Minutewomen.
UMass finished the 2013 fall season 2-0 overall, picking up dual wins against Providence, 7-0, and Connecticut, 4-3, both at home. The squad also competed in tournament play at the Brown Invitational, the ITA Northeast Regionals and the Big Green Invitational where they met strong A-10 opponents and others from surrounding conferences.
The squad begins the weekend in Providence, R.I. for a dual meet against Brown on Friday at 3:30 pm. The last dual match between UMass and Brown saw the Minutewomen suffer a 7-0 loss on the road at the Pizzitola Sports Center on March 10, 2011. The Minutewomen fought hard in all three doubles matches, coming up just short to strong doubles competitors. Motyl and Podlofsky are the only two current UMass players to face-off against Brown in a dual meet, each suffering a loss in both singles and doubles play.
This past fall the Minutewomen caught a glimpse of what the spring season would bring against the Bears when the two teams met at the Brown Invitational in September. There, UMass suffered four singles and a doubles loss to Brown before bouncing back with a 8-3 doubles win thanks to tandem Aarzoo Malik and Motyl in the A Flight.
Follwing Friday's match the Minutewomen will travel to Cambridge, Mass. to face Harvard at 2:00 pm on Saturday. Last season UMass was scheduled to play against Harvard but faced a match cancellation due to weather. The last meeting between the two teams was on January 29, 2012 in Cambridge where the No. 63 ranked Crimson defeated UMass 6-1. The highlight of the match was when then freshman Chanel Glasper defeated Crimson in the fifth singles spot, 7-5, 6-2 en route to a four singles match win streak. The only current UMass players to ever face Harvard are Glasper, Yuliana Motyl, Sonia Bokhari and Jessica Podlofsky, all of whom have never seen a doubles victory against the Atlantic-10 opponent.
The Minutewomen however are no strangers to the Harvard courts, as this past fall they competed in the ITA Northeast Regionals hosted in Cambridge, Mass. Though the two teams never toed the line against one another, UMass was still able to scout out the competition for the spring season.
The forecast for this weekend's match-ups is 39 degrees and cloudy in Providence, R.I. with a low of 27 degrees. Saturday in Cambridge, Mass. looks equally as clear at 40 degrees and cloudy with a low of 35 degrees.