UMass Tennis Prepares For A-10 Contests
Feb. 27, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass tennis team readies to face two challenging matches this week in the squad's first conference contests against Fordham on Friday, Feb. 28 and George Washington on Saturday, March 1. The Minutewomen hope to bounce back from Wednesday's disappointing match against Dartmouth where the Big Green topped UMass 7-0.
UMass boasts an impressive record against Fordham with a 13-3 overall mark against the A-10 opponent in program history. Last year, the squad bested the Rams 6-1 on the home courts. Jessica Podlofsky and Arielle Griffin teamed up in the No. 2 doubles spot, while Sonia Bohkari and Chanel Glasper slipped in at No. 3 to clinch the doubles point. The Minutewomen also won five of six singles matches with Yuliana Motyl leading the charge in the No. 1 spot. Griffin, Podlofsky and Glasper also picked up singles victories at No. 3, 4 and 5, respectively.
On Saturday, UMass will face another conference opponent, George Washington, at 5 p.m. UMass battled with George Washington last season in the Atlantic 10 Conference Quarterfinals when the Minutewomen tallied a 4-2 win. The squad swept the Colonials in all three doubles matches and Griffin, Podlofsky and Glasper again took home singles victories to advance UMass to the semifinal round of tournament play.
This weekend will mark the first conference match-ups for all three teams. Fordham currently sits at 4-1 in dual play, and 3-1 in the spring season. George Washington has yet to face an A-10 opponent as well and has posted a 1-3 record thus far in the spring. Following the matches against UMass, Fordham and George Washington will face one another on Sunday at 4 p.m.
The forecast for New York, N.Y., this weekend predicts a high of 23 degrees on Friday and 38 degrees on Saturday, both with a zero percent chance of precipitation.