Update on Progress of Arielle Griffin (Daughter of Nevisians Sylvester Griffin and Venette James)
Sports Page—Friday 26th July 2013–AMHERST, Mass. – Highlighted by 16 wins, a run to the Atlantic 10 Championship Semifinals and a pair of All-Atlantic 10 selections, the 2012-13 tennis campaign was a successful one for the Minutewomen. UMass notched 15-or-more wins for the third consecutive season marking the first time in the program’s history to do so. A veteran core of upperclassmen mixed with a talented group of youngsters ensures that the momentum built last season will carry over into the future
Head Coach Judy Dixon led UMass to a fine season overall, going 16-6 with a 5-1 conference record. The Minutewomen also went unbeaten at home, holding a 6-0 record on the friendly courts of the Bay Road Tennis Center and the Mullins Center Tennis Courts.
The team finished with a 75-38 record in singles play coming in dual matches, translating to a .660 winning percentage. Standouts in these matches include Chanel Glasper (13-5), Arielle Griffin (13-3), and Jessica Podlofsky (14-5). Glasper and Griffin ended the season on hot streaks, with Glasper winning her final six matches and Griffin her final seven.
The duo of Yuliana Motyl and Chantal Swiszcz proved to be tough to beat in doubles play this season. From their first match in the Columbia Invitational, an 8-4 victory against a pair from Fordham, all the way up to their final battle, a tough 8-6 loss in the Atlantic 10 Championship, the two were outstanding when paired together. They went 22-8 on the year including both dual matches and tournament play, good for the best doubles record on the team. They had competition however, as the combination of Podlofsky and Griffin went 18-8 in addition to Sonia Bokhari and Glasper going 15-9. The Minutewomen were very good as a team in all doubles matches, going 64-30 on the season.
The Minutewomen earned the third seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship for their play in the regular season. They started out well to begin the tournament, easing by Dayton with a 5-0 overall match victory. UMass followed that up with a 4-2 victory over the sixth seed George Washington. This advanced the Minutewomen to the semifinals, but unfortunately, UMass didn’t have enough to get past No. 3 seed Xavier in order to get to the finals.
Following the A-10 Championship, Motyl and Podlofsky were each named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team, while assistant coach Juancarlos Nunez was named the ITA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
The team did well in the classroom as well with three players being named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Spring Honor Roll for having a 3.5 GPA or better: Julia Comas, Motyl, and Jocelyn Providence,
Arielle Griffin was named the Atlantic 10 Tennis Rookie of the Week on Feb. 21 due to her performance against Army, St. Bonaventure, and Farleigh Dickinson during the previous week. UMass won all of these matches, and Griffin was a big part of each one. She came away with three doubles victories in addition to a singles victory overall during the week. Griffin earned the same honor on Apr. 17 as she turned in an impressive week against Rhode Island, Bryant, and Sacred Heart, all wins for UMass. Griffin was 6-0 on the week overall, with three wins in both singles and doubles play.
Jessica Podlofsky earned Atlantic 10 Tennis Performer of the Week honors on March 6, 2013 for her play in early March. The junior had four victories over the dual matches during the previous weekend against Fordham and Binghamton to help the Minutewomen sweep both matches.
Yuliana Motyl was named Co-Atlantic 10 Tennis Player of the Week on Apr. 17 with her performance in three dual matches. She dominated in two singles matches, not allowing her opponents to take one set. She also went 3-0 in doubles play.