TUSCON, Az.- In her second championship match of her young collegiate career, UTEP tennis rookie Erandi Martinez notched her first collegiate championship win at the Wildcat Invitational at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz. on Sunday.
The freshman prevailed in a tight battle over New Mexico’s Natasha Munday 7-5, 7-6(7) in the No. 2 singles draw final. The victory marked Martinez’s eighth win in the fall season.
“It was a very hard fought match, but Erandi never gave up and won,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said.
The Miners also saw a strong performance from fellow freshman Alisa Morozova, who was playing in the consolation final of the same bracket. Morozova came out strong to take the first set 6-2, but Utah State’s seasoned player in Sabrina Demerath, a senior, took the final two sets 6-3, 6-4 for the win.
“Alisa played a very experienced player from Utah State. This is the best I have seen Alisa play all semester,” Fernandez said. “I see a lot of positives going into the spring.”
In other singles action, freshman Milena Baigorria fell to another experienced Aggie in Maggie O’Meara, who took the match 6-0, 6-0.
The end of the Wildcat Invitational concluded the fall season for the Miners, who will return for the spring portion of play in January.