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UTEP's Bethan Hayward
UTEP's Bethan Hayward

Miner Tennis Team Returns to Action in Dallas

The UTEP women’s tennis team travels to Dallas this weekend for a pair of matches at the SMU Tennis Complex.

The Miners open with a Saturday morning match versus Texas Rio Grande Valley at 10 a.m. MT and will end the weekend on Sunday against SMU at 10 a.m. MT.

UTEP (9-8, 2-1 C-USA) is coming off a two-week break after defeating Incarnate Word, 4-0, (3/17) and UTSA, 4-1, (3/19) in San Antonio, Texas, while dropping a match to Texas State, 3-4, (3/18) in San Marcos, Texas.

TRGV holds an 8-7 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the Western Athletic Conference. The Vaqueros last defeated Seattle University, 4-3, on Saturday (4/2) and Laredo Community College, 6-1, on Monday (4/4).  UTEP and TRGV have never competed against each other.

SMU enters the weekend with a 12-8 record overall and is 3-2 in the American Athletic conference. The last time out was on March 1, 2014, where the Mustangs topped the Miners 5-2 in Dallas. SMU sports a 5-16 advantage in the series.

The Mustangs have won their last three matches picking up wins against Memphis (5-2), Texas Permian-Basin (7-0) and No. 68 North Texas (4-3). The Miners will face a tough match-up at doubles against SMU’s duo of Hristina Dishkova and Vaszilisza Bulgakova who were given a ranking of No. 62 in the Apr. 5 edition of the ITA national rankings.

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