Motyl, Onaga Sweep A-10 Tennis Weekly Awards
AMHERST, Mass. - The Atlantic 10 Conference announced it's women's tennis weekly awards Tuesday afternoon, with sophomore Yuliana Motyl and freshman Hazuki Onaga receiving Performer of the Week and Rookie Performer of the Week honors respectively. Motyl becomes the first UMass player to win the Performer of the Week award this season. Onaga is now the second member of the team to garner Rookie of the Week honors after freshman Chanel Glasper won the nomination on two occasions earlier this spring.
The nomination for Motyl comes after she wrapped up her most successful weekend of the spring season. She won three singles matches and three No.1 doubles matches over the course of three days and helped lead UMass to two wins at home. Motyl notched wins at No. 1 singles against Rhode Island and No. 2 singles against #56 Dartmouth and Long Island. Over the course of the weekend, the sophomore lost just 11 total games in three singles matches. She took down the #20 ranked player in the Northeast Region, Akiko Okuda, against Dartmouth by a score of 6-4, 6-3. Alongside partner Chantal Swiszcz, Motyl has won her last six matches from first doubles and has not lost since Feb. 4 against Columbia.
The award for Onaga comes after a very special weekend as the freshman made her first two career starts at singles where she went undefeated. She also added a win at No. 2 doubles against Long Island with partner Sonia Bokhari. Onaga and Bokhari have won three out of their last four doubles matches and have been a crucial part to the team's recent successes.
The Minutewomen have won six out of the last seven matches they have played and will look to add to their win total on Monday, Mar. 19 at Charleston Southern.