Tennis Begins Three-Match Road Trip Tuesday In Charleston
March 16, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass tennis team will face a series of three non-conference matches in Charleston, S.C. beginning Tuesday, Mar. 18. The Minutewomen are set to face Georgia Southern for the very first time in program history on Tuesday at 11 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. match against the College of Charleston on Wednesday. The squad will finish the trip with an afternoon match against Tulane on Friday, Mar. 21 at 2 p.m.
The Minutewomen enter the week after a 10-day recess following a 5-2 loss to Columbia on Saturday, Mar. 8. UMass battled the Ivy League opponent down to the No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches where the squad ultimately fell in its late afternoon rally efforts.
UMass will travel down to Charleston, S.C. over the university's spring break period for the first time since 2012. The team will open the week with a match against Georgia Southern on Tuesday. The Eagles enter the match off a 5-2 win over Western Carolina after six straight losses, contributing to a 5-8 overall record thus far on the season.
UMass will then face the College of Charleston on Wednesday, Mar. 19 at 1 p.m. The Minutewomen are 0-4 against the Cougars since their first ever meeting in 1982. UMass last faced Charleston on Mar. 23, 2012 where the Cougars bested the squad 5-2 after a 3-0 sweep in doubles play. The highlight of the match for the Minutewomen was a No. 2 and No. 6 win in straight sets singles play from Sonia Bokhari and Chanel Glasper, respectively.
The Minutewomen will round out their trip to Charleston with a match on Friday, Mar. 21 against Tulane at 2 p.m. UMass has only ever faced Tulane once before where the Green Waves topped the Minutewomen in 1998. Tulane currently holds a 4-12 overall record and hopes to turn around its 1-9 record in its last 10 games. Klara Vyskocilova, however, represents the squad in ITA rankings as the 73rd ranked singles player as of Mar. 11.
Following the trip, UMass will have a 12-day break before hitting the road again to battle Quinnipiac on April 2.
The weather forecast for the week predicts a 50% chance of rain for UMass' match against Georgia Southern on Tuesday, while both Wednesday and Friday appear partly cloudy with highs around 67 degrees.