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UTEP Tennis Represents at Tourneys on Both Coasts

The UTEP women’s tennis team completed the second day of competition as Lois Wagenvoort registered a second-round victory on Friday at the Jack Kramer Invitational in Los Angeles.

Wagenvoort advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles consolation, as the junior recorded a hard-fought win against Georgetown’s Daphne De Chatellus, 6-4, 4-6, 10-3. Wagenvoort will take on Rheeya Doshi of Northwestern in the next round on Saturday morning with the match starting at 11 a.m. PT/Noon MT.

Also competing in the first round of the consolation singles bracket was Raven Bennett. The sophomore fell to Cal State Fullerton’s Camille F. Deleon, 6-4, 6-0.

In doubles action, South Carolina’s Alison Mills and Hannah Templeton defeated Bennett and Daphne Visscher, 8-6, in the consolation round of 16.

Meanwhile in Flushing, New York, UTEP tennis’ Vivienne Kulicke and Milou Pietersz were edged out, 7-6 (5), 6-4, by Michigan’s no. 4-ranked Brienne Minor and Mira Ruder-Hook in the consolation final at the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. on Friday afternoon.

“I am extremely proud of Milou and Vivi,” second-year head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “Every match they played this tournament was extremely competitive and they elevated their play every round. We pushed Michigan to the limit today playing very good tennis. This is a team that not only recruits some of the best American talent every year, but they also happen to be incredibly well coached. They are top 10 in the country for a reason.”

The Miners’ pair has been solid during the fall season as Kulicke and Pietersz earned a trip to New York with a doubles championship victory at the USTA/ITA Mountain Regionals in Albuquerque, N.M. on Oct. 16.

The UTEP pair fell to Lynn University’s Diana Bogalii and Rosalie Willig in the first round in Flushing on Thursday, but rebounded to defeat Maryland’s Kristina Hovsepyan and Alexandra Stanova on Thursday.

“I am very happy with how well Milou and Vivi are competing and they are quickly developing in to a very solid doubles team,” Aspillaga said.

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