LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The 2016 Aggie Invitational hosted by NM State came to a close Sunday at the NM State Tennis Center in Las Cruces, N.M.
Sophomore Raven Bennett claimed the Gold Singles Flight championship, while Bennett paired up with Daphne Visscher in the Crimson Flight Doubles for a third-place finish in the bracket.
“Overall it was a good tournament for everyone,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said.
Bennett and Visscher battled against Grand Canyon’s tandem of Kylie Waschuk and Alexandra Petrzalkova and defeated the duo, 8-6. Maria Paula Medina and Lois Wagenvoort dropped their consolation final match against Tarleton State’s Luiza Adas and Elena Preadca, 8-3, in the White Flight Doubles bracket.
In singles, Lois Wagenvoort went head-to-head against Diana Wong of New Mexico in the battle for the title of the Crimson Singles Flight championship. However, the junior dropped her match, 7-5, 6-2.
“This time around last year, Lois finished 5th place in the third draw and today she was battling for first place in the highest draw,” Aspillaga said. “She competed well throughout the tournament and the improvement is noticeable. She has to continue to build on it and aim high.”
Daphne Visscher took on Grand Canyon’s Susan Baklini in the White Singles Flight championship but Baklini claimed the title with a 7-5, 6-4, win over Visscher.
“Daphne is also showing improvement,” Aspillaga said. “She is truly committing to her game style and her making the final of the second highest draw is remarkable.”
Medina took on NM State’s Eli Arnaudova in a consolation match in the White Singles Flight, where she fell 6-4, 6-3.
“Maria Paula showed improvement in her fundamentals,” said Aspillaga. “Establishing patterns for transition will help her confidence immensely.”
Bennett was the only Miner to claim a title in the tournament with her 7-6, 6-1 win over Marie Deleval from Grad Canyon.
“For Raven to win her flight after not competing since April is truly something,” Aspillaga said. “She has developed a game style of her own and the next step is to compete with the right amount of energy to better manage nerves and execute up to her potential. Now it is time to rest and recover, as we are hitting the road in a few days for the Arizona Wild Cat Invite. I am also excited for Vivienne and coach Sergio Acosta to represent UTEP for the first time in next weekend’s All American Championships”
Next up, UTEP will travel to the Arizona Wildcat Invite held in Tucson, Ariz., Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. Following the trip to Arizona, No. 101 Vivienne Kulicke will head to Los Angeles, Calif. for one of the four college grand slams, the All-American Championships, from Sunday, Oct. 2 through Saturday, Oct. 9.
*UTEP RESULTS (SUNDAY)*
Crimson Flight Doubles
Visscher/Bennett (UTEP) def. Kylie Waschuk/Alexandra Petrzalkova (GCU), 8-6
White Flight Doubles (9 a.m. MT)
Medina/Wagenvoort (UTEP) lost to Luiza Adas/Elena Preadca (TSU), 8-3
Crimson Singles Flight
Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) lost to Diana Wong (UNM), 7-5, 6-2
White Singles Flight
Daphne Visscher (UTEP) lost to Susan Baklini (GCU), 7-5, 6-4
Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) lost to Eli Arnaudova (NM State), 6-4, 6-3
Gold Singles Flight
Raven Bennett (UTEP) def. Marie Deleval (GCU), 7-6, 6-1