Tennis To Open Fall Season At Brown Invitational
Sept. 19, 2013
The UMass women's tennis team is set to open the fall season at the Brown Invitational, hosted in Providence, R.I. The three-day event will begin on Friday, Sept. 20. Binghamton, Boston College, Boston University, Brown, Providence and Rutgers are among teams competing against UMass in the event.
The Minutewomen enter 2013 on the heels of a successful season last spring. UMass finished the year with a 16-6 overall record, a 5-1 conference mark and a 6-0 ledger on the home courts. The team also recorded a program-first by posting 15-or-more wins for the third consecutive campaign. Following the completion of the regular season, UMass advanced to the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament, battling to the semifinal round before falling to Xavier. To reach the third round of the A-10 event, the Minutewomen defeated Dayton, 5-0 and George Washington, 4-2.
Head Coach Judy Dixon, who enters her 22nd year with UMass, is relying on senior talent and leadership to sustain success this season. UMass returns seven student-athletes to the lineup, including recently announced senior co-captains Yuliana Motyl and Jessica Podlofsky. Motyl finished last year 17-4 in first doubles play, while Podlofsky capped the season at 15-5 in singles and 15-4 in doubles overall.
Rounding out the returning seniors is Sonia Bokhari who tallied a dozen victories in doubles play last year. Junior Chanel Glasper and sophomore Arielle Griffin are also among the returning standouts for UMass, finishing 15-5 and 15-3 in singles play, respectively one year ago.
The Minutewomen welcome four freshmen to this year's roster, including three international players from Great Britain, Sweden and India, and one walk-on from Boxborough, Mass. Dixon anticipates that these rookies will emerge as top contenders on the UMass team with their impacts being felt in singles and doubles action.
This is the team's first appearance at the Brown Invitational, where the Minutewomen will be challenged in their matches with perennial top teams from within the Northeast region.