Minutewomen Ready To Compete In ITA Northeast Regional Championships
Oct. 16, 2013
The UMass tennis team is set to travel to Cambridge, Mass. on Thursday, October 17 for the five-day ITA Northeast Regional Championships hosted at Harvard University. More than 100 women's collegiate tennis players representing 33 colleges will compete at Harvard's Murr Center throughout the week.
This will be one of 24 USTA/ITA Regional Championships within the NCAA for men's and women's Division I tennis throughout the country. Singles and doubles victors will receive an automatic entry into the 2013 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships hosted at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. November 7 through November 10.
Jessica Podlofsky will kick things off for the Minutewomen as she will begin competing in the qualifying round on Thursday night. A pair of wins will earn her a spot in the Regional Championships main draw. Sonia Bokhari, Arielle Griffin and Aarzoo Malik are automatically in the main draw and will begin singles competition on Saturday.
Doubles play will begin on Friday with Bokhari and Griffin paired together alongside Yuliana Motyl and Malik paired together as well. Bokhari and Griffin will play at 2:45 PM on Friday, while Motyl and Malik will begin their match at 4:45 PM.
UMass last competed in the tournament in 2011 at New Haven, Conn. at Yale University. Yuliana Motyl led the Minutewomen in doubles play, advancing to the sixteenth round and recording two first round wins. Motyl, alongside now graduated Chantal Swiszcz, defeated Penn's #4 seeded pairing and a duo from Binghamton before falling to Cornell's #9 seed.
Then sophomore Jessica Podlofsky also had a strong showing at the tournament when she recorded a main singles draw victory over Boston University 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
The tournament will prove to be a solid test for the UMass, as the team will face off against top programs within the NCAA. The Minutewomen will also have a chance to compete against Rhode Island and Saint Joseph's, two conference rivals who the team will play later on in the spring 2014 season.
Following this week's tournament, the tennis team will round out its 2013 fall schedule at the Big Green Invitational. Dartmouth is set to host the invitational in Hanover N.H. November 1-3.
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