Women's Tennis

FEATURE: Meet The Minutewomen - Podlofsky

The senior is currently tied for all-time UMass singles wins with 67 career victories.

The senior is currently tied for all-time UMass singles wins with 67 career victories.

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?
I had my first tennis lesson when I was four years old.

How did you get involved in the sport?
Both of my parents played for fun so I wanted to play too.

Do you have any family members involved in tennis?
Yes. My mom, dad, and my brother all played.

What is your favorite memory attached to the sport?
There are way too many to choose just one!

Who is/was your favorite coach?
Judy Dixon.



What are your hobbies outside of tennis?
Working out, running and photography.

Who is your most admired person and why?
My junior tennis coach, Parsa Samii. He showed me that amazing things can be accomplished if you put every ounce of your effort and energy into everything you do.

Who is your most admired athlete and why?
Rafael Nadal because of his relentless fight, endless amounts of energy, and pure grit.

What is your favorite quote?
"It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen." - Muhammad Ali

Why did you choose the University of Massachusetts?
I chose UMass because during my junior career, my tennis coach at the time had also attended UMass and was coached by Judy Dixon.

What is your typical routine on the day of a match?
I wake up at least three hours before a match, have a light meal, listen to a lot of pump up music, stretch, run around, and then it's show time!

Do you have any superstitions for before or during matches?
I have way too many. Ask Judy, she knows almost all of them!

What are your goals for the season?
To win A10s and go to NCAAs!

How have you prepared mentally and physically for the spring season?
I'm concentrating on my own personal steps to success and then the team's steps to success as well.

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?
Overall, our team fought like crazy. We were loud and feisty!

Are there any other interesting things about yourself that you would like to add?
I have a twin brother.

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