AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts tennis team will host Seton Hall University on Saturday, February 26 and the College of Holy Cross on Sunday, February 27 at the Bay Road Indoor Tennis Center.
LAST TIME OUT
UMass took a break last weekend, after picking up a win on Saturday February 12 against Rutgers (4-3) and Sunday February 13 against Binghamton (7-0). The Minutewomen improved to 4-2 on the year and are 1-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The victory over Binghamton was the fourth straight victory for Massachusetts.
In doubles competition, Mariya Krasakova and Vittoria Okuyama beat opponents Rutgers, 6-2, to No. 2, while Dylan Canon and Danielle Hack won 6-4 over Rutgers on Court No. 3, to clinch the double point. Against Binghamton, the duo of Krasakova and Okuyama beat their competition, 6-1, to No. 1, ahead of their partners Anna Napadiy and Renata Farima clinched the point with a 6-3 win at No. 2. Cannon and Hack completed their doubles match on No. 3 court, beating opponents Binghamton 6-4.
During singles play against Rutgers, Farima and Hack got off to a fast start, picking up points for UMass on courts #1 and #3, respectively. After Rutgers got a point on No. 2, Polina Akimova clinched his own with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 4 to clinch the game. Rutgers picked up two more points at No. 6 and No. 5. The Minutewomen had six-court wins over Binghamton, finishing with Farima at No. 2, Akimova at No. 3, Napadiy at No. 1, Hack at No. No. 1. 4, Karaskova at No. 5 and Okuyama at No. 6, respectively.
SETON HALL SCOUTING
The Pirates head into Saturday’s game with a 5-2 aggregate record and are coming off a 6-1 triumph at Monmouth on Saturday February 19. Seton Hall’s two losses came at Army and against Bucknell.
Since the 1999 spring season, the Minutewomen and Pirates have met four times with Seton Hall leading the series, 3-1. UMass’ win over Seton Hall came in the 2002 season, where they picked up a 4-3 win on the day. The last meeting between the two teams took place on February 20, 2005, when the Pirates won 5-2.
HOLY CROSS SCOUTING
The Crusaders enter Sunday with a 5-2 overall record. Holy Cross will play its first game of the spring season in Rhode Island on Saturday, Feb. 26, before taking on the Minutewomen on Sunday.
WEEKLY REWARDS X2
Farima has been named A-10 Rookie of the Week twice in his career, earning the accolade for consecutive weeks. The freshman went 4-0, going 2-0 in doubles and singles, to receive the honor on February 8, before collecting the award again on February 15, after posting a 2- 0 in singles. The rookie is 5-1 in singles so far this season and 4-1 in doubles as well, partnered with Napadiy.