Massachusetts Tennis Readies For Weekend Of A-10 Play In South Carolina

University of Massachusetts Women’s Tennis
Match 11 & 12 Massachusetts (7-3, 1-0 A-10) vs. Dayton (7-6, 0-0 A-10) // Massachusetts (7-3, 1-0 A-10) vs. Davidson (8-2, 1-0 A-10)
Date // Time Friday, March 18 – 1 pm // Saturday, March 19 – 11 am
Location Charleston, SC // Charleston Tennis Center

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts tennis team travels to Charleston, South Carolina, to open Atlantic 10 competition with a two-match weekend on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19. UMass will match up against Dayton on Friday at the Charleston Tennis Center at 1 pm, before going head-to-head with Davidson on Saturday at 11 am

LAST TIME OUT

Massachusetts picked up its seventh win of the season, defeating Bryant, 4-1, on the road last Saturday night.

The Minutewomen took the doubles point from the Bulldogs after victories on courts no. 1 and No. 2. Renata Farima and Vitoria Okuyama downed Ada Boru and Leanne Kendall of Bryant, 6-2 at No. 1, before Bryant had a triumph at No. 3. Duo Thamonpan Jonglertrakul and Mariya Krasakova defeated Bryant’s Camila Baeza and Manuela Gomez Estrada, 7-6 (7-2) at court No. 2, to secure the point.

During singles competition, Bryant notched the first point due to a retirement from Polina Akimova at No. 3. Jonglertrakul earned a point for the Minutewomen, taking down Caitlyn Munson of Bryant, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4, before Farima extended UMass’ lead with a 6-0, 6-4 victory at No. 1 over Bryant’s Boru. Danielle Hack clinched the match for Massachusetts, taking down Sarah Hickey of Bryant, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 2.

SCOUTING DAYTON

The Flyers enter Friday’s match with an overall record of 7-6 and will play their first A-10 match of the season. Dayton is coming off a 5-2 triumph over Saint Francis from Sunday, March 6.

UMass and Dayton will meet for the fifth time since the 2008-09 season with the Minutewomen holding a 4-0 record in the series. The programs met first in that frame on April 17, 2009 at a neutral site in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, during the A-10 Championships First Round. Massachusetts went on to win 5-0. The last meeting between the two teams was on April 24, 2014 at a neutral site in Mason, Ohio, where the Minutewomen took down the Flyers, 4-0.

SCOUTING DAVIDSON

The Wildcats head into Saturday’s match up boasting an 8-2 overall record, including a 1-0 A-10 Conference mark. Davidson will compete prior to the match up on Saturday on Thursday, March 17, at the College of Charleston.

UMass and Davidson will meet for the fifth time since the 2014-15 season, with the Minutewomen holding the 3-1 record. The two teams met on March 20, 2015 with Massachusetts coming away with a 4-3 victory on the day. The last meeting was in Amherst, as UMass won 5-2 over Davidson.

FOUR AND COUNTING

Farima has garnered the A-10 Rookie of the Week accolade four times in her career. The freshman went 4-0, going 2-0 in both doubles and singles play, to receive the honor on February 8, before collecting the award again on February 15, after posting a 2-0 record in singles play. The Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, native, tabbed the honor on March 1, after going 4-0 overall on the weekend in the Minutewomen’s sweeps of both Seton Hall and Holy Cross.

Farima received the honor on March 15, after aiding the Minutewomen to a 4-1 victory at Bryant after posting a 2-0 record, earning a win in both singles and doubles at the No. 1 spot. In doubles her and Vitoria Okuyama defeated their Bryant opponents, 6-2, before she grabbed a point, winning 6-0, 6-4. The freshman is 8-1 in singles play, so far, this season, and 7-1 also in doubles competition, going 4-1 with partner Anna Napadiy2-0 with Cannon and 1-0 with Okuyama.

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