Tennis Signs Three Newcomers For 2013 Campaign
May 29, 2013
Aarzoo Malik (New Delhi, India), Iris Raileanu (Stockholm, Sweden) and Anna Woosley (West Sussex, England) have signed National Letters of Intent to join the UMass women's tennis team as announced by head coach Judy Dixon on Wednesday. The trio add a strong mix of depth with national and international experience to what will be a highly competitive UMass squad in 2013-14.
"We are very excited about this group joining the team for the 2013-2014 season," said Dixon who enters her 22nd year at UMass. "They are all very strong players with extensive experience competing at a high level nationally and internationally that should contribute immediately to a team that is returning five starters in both singles and doubles."
The Minutewomen finished the 2012-13 season with a 16-6 overall record with a 5-1 mark against Atlantic 10 opponents. UMass was the third seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament before falling in the semifinal round.
Malik has been ranked in the top 10 of each age division in India and her highest ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Ranking was #257. The daughter of Manu and Deepali Malik, she participated in the Junior Australian Open in 2012 and has won multiple ITF Doubles Tournaments. She has been admitted to the Isenberg School of Management and will pursue a degree in business.
MALIK HIGHLIGHT VIDEO:
Raileanu has been ranked in the top 10 as a junior player in Sweden and has competed at the highest level in National Tournaments. She was ranked as high as #920 in the ITF Rankings. She is the daughter of Karim Mahdi and Delia Raileanu.
RAILEANU HIGHLIGHT VIDEO:
Woosley achieved a National Ranking in Women's singles of #45 and is currently ranked in the top 10 in Great Britain for the Under 18 singles category. In 2012 she was the Scotland ITF Doubles Champion and recently garnered a win over Amanda Elliott who has been ranked #311 in the world in the WTA (Women's Tennis Association) rankings. Anna is the daughter of Jonathan and Adele Woosley.
WOOSLEY HIGHLIGHT VIDEO:
The trio will join a veteran UMass squad that returns seven of 10 players from last year's team. The Minutewomen will be led by All-Atlantic 10 honorees Yuliana Motyl and Jessica Podlofsky. Dixon's squad also returns Sonia Bokhari, Chanel Glasper and Arielle Griffin who were all starters in both singles and doubles during 2012-13.