Women's Tennis

Minutewomen Ready To Face No. 43 Columbia

Senior captain Jessica Podlofsky clinched a singles victory in UMass' last dual meeting with Columbia.

Senior captain Jessica Podlofsky clinched a singles victory in UMass' last dual meeting with Columbia.

March 6, 2014

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass tennis team will face Columbia University on Saturday, March 8 at 12 p.m. in New York, N.Y. The Ivy League opponent is currently 6-2 overall and undefeated 5-0 on home courts. This weekend will surely challenge the Minutewomen, as Columbia is ranked 43rd in the NCAA according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The Lions boast an impressive roster with several ITA ranked players including Kanika Vaidya, who is currently ranked 59th in singles play. Vaidya is ranked in doubles action as well at 17th alongside teammate Bianca Sanon. The pair has tallied a 5-1 record thus far on the season, playing exclusively in the No. 1 spot. Rounding out Columbia's ranked players is tandem Crystal Leung and Tina Jiang, ranked 28th and holding an undefeated 7-0 record at the No. 2 spot.

In dual matches, Vaidya posts a 5-2 singles record and is 4-1 when placed in the No. 1 singles spot. The sophomore out of Singapore finished last season 13-2 and 16-5 in singles and doubles play, respectively.

UMass last bested Columbia on Feb. 28, 2009 when the squad prevailed in a come-from-behind victory. The Minutewomen won four singles matches after falling in doubles action to the Lions.

The last meeting between the two teams saw Columbia trump UMass 5-2. Current Minutewoman, Jessica Podlofsky, picked up a No. 3 singles win 6-2, 6-3 in the loss, while Columbia blanked UMass in doubles action. The two teams also battled it out last season in tournament play at the Columbia Invitational.

Saturday in New York, N.Y. looks to be a beautiful afternoon for tennis with temperatures in the 50's with no chance of rain.

Following this weekend's lone contest UMass will hit the road for a series of matches in Charleston, S.C. where the team will face Georgia Southern, the College of Charleston and Tulane all over spring break.



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