FEATURE: Meet The Minutewomen - Podlofsky
March 12, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Get to know UMass tennis player Jessica Podlofsky. The five foot three, Port Washington, N.Y. native was named co-captain her senior year alongside Yuliana Motyl for the 2013-14 season. Podlofsky will graduate this May with a degree in Sport Management.
Podlofsky finished the fall season 5-3 in singles play, with three wins at the Dartmouth Invitational. The senior finished 5-3 in doubles action as well, winning four matches with Chanel Glasper and one alongside Aarzoo Malik.
At the start of the spring season, Podlofsky tied the program's record for career singles' victories with her 67th win, putting her alongside Michele Spiess. The record-holder moved into a tie for No. 1 in UMass all-time singles victories with a win over Bryant's Rosie Bird in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6, on Feb. 9.
Podlofsky hit her stride in doubles play this spring with two doubles wins against Long Island and Dartmouth, paired both times alongside Aarzoo Malik.
When did you begin playing tennis?
How did you get involved in the sport?
Do you have any family members involved in tennis?
What is your favorite memory attached to the sport?
Who is/was your favorite coach?
What are your hobbies outside of tennis?
Working out, running and photography.
Who is your most admired person and why?
Who is your most admired athlete and why?
What is your favorite quote?
Why did you choose the University of Massachusetts?
What is your typical routine on the day of a match?
Do you have any superstitions for before or during matches?
What are your goals for the season?
How have you prepared mentally and physically for the spring season?
Give a reflection on how you think the 2013 fall season went. Are there things that you are happy with? What things do you hope to improve upon for the spring season?
Are there any other interesting things about yourself that you would like to add?