Women's Tennis

UMass Tennis To Host Back-To-Back Matches

Arielle Griffin rallied for a No. 4 singles win against Boston University last season.

Arielle Griffin rallied for a No. 4 singles win against Boston University last season.

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.


    Event Calendar

    Thursday, Oct 15
    vs Providence 2:30 PM
    Thursday, Oct 22
    vs ITA Northeast Regionals TBA
    Friday, Oct 23
    vs ITA Northeast Regionals TBA
    Saturday, Oct 24
    vs ITA Northeast Regionals TBA
    Sunday, Oct 25
    vs ITA Northeast Regionals TBA
    Monday, Oct 26
    vs ITA Northeast Regionals TBA
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