UMass Tennis To Host Back-To-Back Matches
April 3, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass tennis prepares to host back-to-back home matches this weekend beginning Friday, April 4 against conference rival, Saint Joseph's, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bay Road Tennis Center. The following day, UMass will host an afternoon match against Boston University on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Mullins Center Courts.
UMass will host its first home match for the first time since February 16, when Boston College took home a 4-3 win from the Bay Road Tennis Center. The squad enters the match after just one day of rest, as UMass clinched a 5-2 win over Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn. on Wednesday. Back-to-back victories this weekend will extend UMass' current win-streak to five.
Saint Joseph's enters the contest with an 8-6 overall record, which includes an eight-match win-streak beginning March 1, and ending March 22. The Hawks registered five of those consecutive victories in San Juan, Puerto Rico, including three 7-0 shutouts. Friday will mark Saint Joseph's first of five straight conference matches on the season.
UMass is undefeated, 5-0, against Saint Joseph's in program history, dating back to the teams' first ever meeting in 1994. Last season the Minutewomen bested the Hawks 6-1 on home courts on February 3, 2013. Sonia Bokhari and Chanel Glasper helped clinch the doubles point with an 8-5 win in No. 2 doubles, while Yuliana Motyl added a win in No. 1 doubles with a score of 8-4. Bokhari, Arielle Griffin, Jessica Podlofsky and Glasper sealed the conference victory with straight-set wins in the No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 spots, respectively.
Saturday's match will prove to be a challenging one for the Minutewomen. In program history, UMass has recorded a 3-15 record against the Terriers beginning in 1978. In the teams' last meeting on March 30, 2013, Boston University topped UMass 6-1 at the BU Track & Tennis Center. The Terriers swept the Minutewomen en route to claiming the doubles point. The highlight of the match for UMass however, was Griffin's No. 4 singles rally against BU's Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis. Griffin dropped the first set 0-6 before turning the match around with 6-3, 6-2 wins in her rookie season.
Friday's forecast looks spotty for the early morning with a 40% chance of showers during the match. Saturday afternoon appears partly cloudy and in the 50's with a 20% chance of showers.