Minutewomen Travel To LIU Friday
Feb. 10, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - After splitting a pair of dual matches last weekend, the UMass women's tennis team is back in action Friday afternoon as they travel to the USTA Tennis Center in New York to battle the Blackbirds of Long Island University. The Minutewomen were tested last weekend, falling, 7-0, to No. 44 Yale on Friday before bouncing back to take down Siena, 7-0, in the home opener on Saturday.
Minutewomen Split Opening Weekend
Magdalena Ploch, playing first singles, took on Stephanie Kent who was ranked No. 9 in the Northeast entering the match. Ploch stayed right with Kent in the second set, before losing the match, 6-2, 7-5. Boney also played well, taking Yale's Jessica Rhee to a third set tiebreak where she fell, 6-1, 5-7, (10-6).
UMass bounced right back with a dominating performance in their home opener against Siena, defeating the Saints, 7-0. The squad did not lose a single set all day, sweeping the doubles matches and losing just 12 total games in six singles matches. Hodgson and Providence won their second-straight match, while Ploch dominated in first singles, winning in straight-sets, 6-1, 6-1.
Ploch Ranked Regionally
UMass sophomore Magdalena Ploch has earned a No. 10 ranking among singles players in the Northeast according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason poll. The ITA ranks singles and doubles players both nationally and regionally throughout the season.
Ploch has been dominant for the Minutewomen during the fall season, posting a 10-3 mark overall, including a perfect 3-0 in #1 singles, and 7-3 in tournaments. She is currently 1-1 in the spring following a win against Siena in straight-sets. Ploch was named UMass Athlete of the Week in November after her performance at the ITA Regional Championships, where she dispatched the No. 14 seed and two-time Patriot League Champion Annie Houghton from Army, the No. 3 seed from Harvard, Hideko Tachibana, 6-2, 6-2. Going into that match Tachibana was 12-0 with three tournament titles already this season.
UMass Tabbed 5th in A-10
Richmond has been picked to repeat as A-10 championships after taking home its fifth title in the past six seasons a year ago. Temple, who won the conference in 2008, has been tabbed second this year, followed by Charlotte.
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