Tennis Back On The Road For Last Two Away Matches
April 8, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass tennis team prepares to hit the road for its final two away matches of the season this Thursday and Saturday; the Minutewomen will face Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday, April 10 in Teaneck N.J. at 2 p.m. and will then travel to Fairfield, Conn. to take on Sacred Heart at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.
UMass enters the matches with a 2-5 record while on the road. The squad previously picked up road wins at Fordam and Quinnipiac, both to a score of 5-2. The squad hopes to continue its current four-match winning streak this weekend. UMass extended the streak this past Friday with its 6-1 conference victory over Saint Joseph's at the Bay Road Tennis Center.
In program history, the Minutewomen are undefeated 3-0 against Fairleigh Dickinson, dating back to the first meeting in 2008. Last season, the team blanked the Knights 7-0 with a sweep in doubles play. Yuliana Motyl, Sonia Bokhari, Arielle Griffin and Chanel Glasper also picked up wins in singles action, all in straight sets.
Fairleigh Dickinson is 7-4 overall and undefeated on home courts. The Knights enter the weekend off a 5-1 win over Bryant, and a 4-2 win over LIU Brooklyn last Saturday and Monday, respectively.
Following their match in New Jersey, the Minutewomen will travel to Fairfield, Conn. to battle the Sacred Heart Pioneers. Sacred Heart posts a 5-10 record overall and 5-2 record at home. The Pioneers hope to turn around their luck with a win this weekend. The squad is 1-4 in its last five matches, picking up a 6-1 win over Manhattan on April 2. This past weekend the team suffered loses to Albany and Quinnipiac to scores of 5-2, and 6-1, respectively.
UMass is undefeated in its four all-time matches against Sacred Heart, the first of which took place in 2010 when the Minutewomen swept the Pioneers 7-0 on the road. Since then, UMass has dropped just one singles match in all of its appearances against Sacred Heart.
Thursday's forecast for Teaneck, N.J. projects a beautiful day for tennis with highs in the 60's and zero chance of rain. Saturday in Fairfield, Conn. however appears spotty with temperatures in the high 50's and a 30% chance of showers in the afternoon.
The Minutewomen return to home courts on Saturday, April 19 for Senior Day where the squad will take on conference opponent, Rhode Island, for the final home match of the 2013-14 season.
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