Tennis Trio Earn All-Atlantic 10 Honors For 2013-14 Campaign
May 6, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - After compiling a 13-9 overall record including a 3-1 mark in Atlantic 10 play and a semifinal finish in the A-10 Championship, three members of the UMass tennis team earned all-conference accolades as announced Monday. Sonia Bokhari and Aarzoo Malik were named to the first team, while Yuliana Motyl was named to the second team.
Malik became the first UMass freshman to earn first team honors since Motyl did so in 2011. This was also the first time since 2010 that UMass placed two players on the A-10 first team squad - Candynce Boney and Julia Comas earned first team honors in 2010.
Bokhari, a senior from Lake Hiawatha, N.J., finished her career with a 45-43 singles record and a 42-29 mark in doubles play. She played primarily No. 1 and No. 2 singles this year as well as No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. At the 2014 A-10 Tournament, Bokhari was 2-0 in No. 2 singles and 2-0 in No. 1 doubles. Her 42 career wins in doubles play ranks 17th all-time at UMass, while her 45 wins in singles action ranks 19th. This marks the second A-10 honor for Bokhari during her UMass career. After transferring from Louisville, Bokhari was an A-10 first team selection in 2012.
Malik, a native of New Delhi, India, was impressive in her first year at UMass. The freshman compiled a 14-9 overall singles record, primarily at No. 3 singles, and a 12-12 mark in doubles play. Against Atlantic 10 competition during the regular season, Malik was undefeated in singles action (4-0). She posted a 7-3 record at No. 3 singles and was 6-2 at No. 2 doubles. Malik had one singles win at the A-10 Tournament and was 1-1 in doubles play. One of UMass' most consistent players during the course of the season, Malik earned the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honor on three different occasions.
Motyl, a senior from Toronto, Onatario, earned her third straight A-10 second team honor and fourth overall since earning first team honors as a freshman. The 2013-14 co-captain finished the year with a 9-14 overall singles record, but was 3-1 in A-10 action during the regular season. In doubles play, Motyl was 12-14 overall but finished the season 7-1 at No. 3 doubles including two wins at the A-10 Championships. She finished her UMass career with a 42-65 overall record in singles play and a 65-45 mark in doubles (44-25 at No. 1 doubles). Her 65 career wins in doubles play ranks as the fourth most in UMass history and she is one of a dozen players to post 100-or-more combined victories for the Minutewomen.