Tennis To Feature Four Minutewomen On Senior Day
April 17, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass tennis team is set to host Rhode Island in the squad's final match of the 2013-14 season on the Mullins Center Courts on Senior Day, April 19 at 1 p.m.
In program history, UMass is 36-8-1 against Rhode Island, dating back to the teams' first ever meeting in 1978. Last season, the Minutewomen bested the Rams 6-1 with a sweep in doubles play and hard-fought battles in the final five singles matches. Rhode Island lost its only two other conference matches this season to Saint Joseph's (4-3), and Fordham (6-1) earlier this month. Into this weekend, the Rams carry a 6-9 season record in dual matches, and 7-2 while on the road.
Saturday's home match will feature four seniors from the 2013-14 UMass squad with Yuliana Motyl, Jessica Podlofsky, Sonia Bokhari and Bianca Drabek. The four seniors total 157 career wins in both singles and doubles play, consistently leading the squad in the No. 1 and 2 spots for all matches.
Co-captain, Yuliana Motyl, enters Senior Day with a 41-64 career singles record and a 62-45 career record in doubles play. When paired alongside Anna Woosley this season, the senior boasts a 4-2 doubles record, including an 8-0 sweep over Atlantic 10 Conference opponent, Saint Joseph's, on April 4. In the 2013-14 season, the Toronto, Ontario native tallied eight wins in singles play, four of which featured wins in straight sets. Motyl enters Senior Day off a 6-0, 6-0 blanking over Sacred Heart in singles action, along with an 8-1 No. 3 doubles win.
Co-captain, Jessica Podlofsky, lays claim to an impressive career record in both singles and doubles play at 73-41, and 55-33, respectively. Podlofsky established herself early in her rookie season, recording a 19-9 singles record, and 15-6 doubles record as a freshman. Podlofsky continued to dominate in and out of conference play, most recently downing Sacred Heart in straight set singles, 6-2, 6-2, and doubles, 8-5 in the No. 2 spot this past weekend. This season, Podlofsky shattered the UMass all-time singles record with her 68th career win over the College of Charleston on March 19. Podlofsky became the new record-holder, surpassing Michelle Spiess who had 67 victories from 2004-07. The Port Washington, N.Y. native widened the gap with six additional wins throughout the 2013-14 season to set the current mark to 73 career singles wins. At .640, Podlofsky also sits fourth in best career singles record among all-time UMass players.
Sonia Bokhari began her tenure with UMass as a sophomore transfer from the University of Louisville. There, the Lake Hiawatha native posted a 14-6 overall singles record. As a Minutewoman, Bokhari compiled a 43-42, and 40-29 career record in singles and doubles play, respectively. This season, Bokhari battled in doubles play alongside Chanel Glasper where the pair tabbed four dual match wins. Bokhari enters the weekend off back-to-back doubles wins last weekend with an 8-5 No. 2 win at Fairleigh Dickinson and an 8-2 victory over Sacred Heart in the No. 1 spot.
Bianca Drabek rounds out the 2013-14 senior squad. Drabek hails from Paris, France, one of five international Minutewomen on the current roster. As a freshman, Drabek competed in the Eastern Collegiate Invitational and advanced to the quarterfinals at the Harvard Fall Classic.
The weekend forecast predicts a beautiful afternoon for Senior Day with temperatures in the 60's on a party cloudy afternoon.