Griffin And Malik Pick Up A-10 Weekly Honors
April 8, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Arielle Griffin and Aarzoo Malik picked up their first ever Atlantic-10 Conference titles after their strong efforts this past weekend. Griffin was tabbed as the A-10's Co-Performer of the Week while Malik collected the title of Rookie Performer of the Week.
Griffin went undefeated in singles and doubles play last week, extending the Minutewomen's win-streak to four matches. Against Quinnipiac, Griffin was paired with Aarzoo Malik for an 8-6 No. 1 doubles win against Sophia Dzulynsky and Sydney Young before a three-set win over Michelle Dassa (4-6, 7-5, 6-3) at No. 3 singles. The sophomore from Jamaica, N.Y., again with Malik, defeated Saint Joseph's Kristina Eisenbrand and Lauren Roy, 8-1 at No. 2 doubles, then earned a straight-set victory over Kelly Mulquin, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.
Malik improved to 10-4 in dual matches on the year, with a pair of wins at No. 3/4 singles and No. 1/2 doubles last week. Malik and partner Arielle Griffin defeated Quinnipiac's Dzulynsky and Young, 8-6 at No. 1 doubles, before the New Delhi, India product picked up a 6-3, 6-2 No. 4 singles win against Young. Against conference foe Saint Joseph's, Malik and Griffin took down Eisenbrand and Roy, 8-1 at No. 2 doubles, before posting another straight-set win against Devi Jadeja, 6-4, 6-1.
The conference awards were both firsts for the two Minutewomen who hope to continue their success into this weekend. UMass is set to take on Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday before traveling to Sacred Heart on Saturday. Wins in these two road matches would extend the squad's win-streak to five and six consecutive matches. A win against Sacred Heart would also add to the team's current 4-0 all-time undefeated record against the Pioneers dating back to 2011.
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