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UTEP Tennis Opens Fall Season In Las Vegas

The UTEP tennis team will kick off its 2017 fall season when it travels to Las Vegas, Nev. to compete in the UNLV Invitational under the direction of Ivan Fernandez in his debut as the Miners’ head coach.

Fernandez , who served as head coach at NM State for seven years and led the Aggies to four consecutive berths in the Western Athletic Conference championship match, was named women’s tennis head coach at UTEP on June 5, 2017.

The UNLV Invitational will run from Friday, Sept. 22, through Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex in Las Vegas, Nev. The Miners will be joined by host UNLV, Long Beach State, NAU, Washington State and Boise State.

“This is a very exciting time for UTEP tennis. The start of a new era,” Fernandez said. “The team has been working hard these last few weeks and is ready for some competition. I know with our dedication and commitment to keep improving, we will get better every day.”

Making the trip for UTEP are returners senior Lois Wagenvoort and junior Maria Paula Medina, who will be joined by freshman newcomers Erandi Martinez, Milena Baigorria, and Alisa Morozova.

The UNLV Invitational will feature five flights of singles and three flights of doubles.

Medina and Baigorria will team up for UTEP’s first doubles draw on Friday at 10 a.m. (PT) and will battle it out with UNLV’s Aiwen Zhu and En-Pei Huang while Martinez and Morozova will take on Long Beach State’s Sadaf Sadeghvaziri and Maren Helgo in the second doubles draw, also at 10 a.m. (PT).

The No. 2 singles draw will pit Wagenvoort against the Rebel’s Huang on Friday at 11 a.m. (PT) and Medina will battle it out with Long Beach State’s Georgia Gulin in the No. 3 singles draw at 12:30 p.m. (PT) that same day.

Martinez and Baigorria will both compete in the No. 4 singles draw on Friday at 12:30 p.m. (MT). Martinez will face UNLV’s Izumi Asano and Baigorria will take on Washington State’s Ege Tomey.

All doubles matches will be played as eight-game pro sets. Friday will represent the quarterfinal round of the invitational in all six draws, with the semifinals and finals to follow on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. There will also be a consolation draw in each bracket, guaranteeing three matches for every player/pair for the weekend.

2017 UNLV WOMEN’S TENNIS FALL INVITATIONAL

FRIDAY-Play begins at 10:30 a.m. PT

Doubles Quarterfinals

Singles Quarterfinals

SATURDAY-Play begins at 10 a.m. PT

Doubles Semifinals

Singles Semifinals

SUNDAY-Play begins at 10 a.m. PT

Doubles Finals

Singles Finals

UTEP Tennis Adds One More to Team

The UTEP women’s tennis team will have a new face in the upcoming season. Head coach Ivan Fernandez announced the addition of Chloe Purkiss to the tennis roster.

“I am really excited to have Chloe join us,” Fernandez said. “She has had to overcome a lot of adversity in the last few years, but she has persevered and fought extremely hard to get her tennis and her body back in peak form to be ready to play Division I tennis. That kind of heart and determination is exactly what I look for in a player to represent UTEP Tennis. I know that with her ‘never give up’ mentality, she will be a great addition to our program and will have an immediate impact on our team.”

Purkiss, who will join the team in January after her high school graduation in November, will be the fourth freshman signed under Fernandez’s helm. The Adelaide, Australia native has been ranked in the top-200s in all of Australia and has a tournament win, the Hervey Bay Championships, under her belt.

The right-hander has also been a finalist at the Head Queensland State Age and the Redcliffe Open and has participated in five other tournaments in Australia.

UTEP Tennis Named ITA All-Academic Team

TEMPE, Az. – The UTEP women’s tennis team was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic team and two returning players earned ITA Scholar Athlete status, ITA announced Tuesday.

The team, along with senior Lois Wagenvoort and fifth-year Daphne Vissher were among the 720 teams and 3,908 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis honored.

“I am extremely proud of the team for once again being named to the ITA All-Academic Team as well as having individual scholar athletes led by returning senior, Lois Wagenvoort,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Academic success is something that is extremely important to not only me as a coach but to the entire Athletic Department here at UTEP. I want to thank the staff at the Miner Athlete Academic Center (MAAC) for a tremendous Academic Support Program that allows the student athletes to succeed in the classroom while excelling on the court as well.”

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any program that fashions a team grade point average of 3.20 or above. In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must have a grade point average of at least 3.50, be a varsity letter winner and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.

The Miners earned team recognition by having a cumulative team GPA of 3.66 on the year and returning student-athletes Lois Wagenvoort and Daphne Visscher held a grade point average of 3.50 for the current academic year to secure the Scholar Athlete title.

Earlier this year, the entire tennis team was placed on the 2017 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Wagenvoort also earned the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal for having a GPA of 3.75 or better.

The squad was also awarded the Athletic Director’s Academic Award for its outstanding GPA at the 43nd annual Dinner with the Miners in May.

UTEP Tennis drops a match to Arizona; Now 3-2 overall

TUCSON, Arizona – The UTEP women’s Tennis team dropped a tough match at No. 65 Arizona on Thursday at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

UTEP dropped to 3-2 overall this spring with the loss, while Arizona picked up its first win of the season (1-1).

The Wildcats had the upper hand throughout the day, as they defeated then Miners, 7-0. Lois Wagenvoort forced a third set at No. 3 singles, but ultimately dropped her individual contest (0-6, 7-5, 6-10).

In the other five singles contests, the Orange and Blue failed to record a set victory. Over in doubles play, the No. 1 duo of Duda Santos and Vivienne Kulicke were locked-in to a thrilling 5-4 score but the match was halted due to Arizona already claiming the doubles team point.

Up next for the Miners is another tough match-up versus No. 27 Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. tomorrow. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. (MT) at Whiteman Tennis Center.

UTEP Women’s Tennis Takes Down Central Oklahoma 6-1

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The UTEP women’s tennis team defeated Central Oklahoma 6-1 on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. The Orange and Blue is now 3-0 in 2016.

  “Today the team found a way to get the job done against a very competitive Central Oklahoma,” head coach, Roberto Aspillaga said. “It wasn’t pretty, but being competitive isn’t that way at all times.”

The Miners got on the board early by continuing their remarkable doubles streak. Matilda Tench and Raven Bennett came out on top, 6-2 against UCO’s Alli Hodges and Anya Minakova at the No. 2 spot, while Duda Santos and Bethan Hayward topped Emilie Semo and Alix Williams, 6-2 at the No. 3 spot to give UTEP the match’s first point.

“We did a good job adjusting to a different and much faster court, it wasn’t easy but we found ways to pull through,” assistant coach, Oliver Sindayigaya said.

Lois Wagenvoort remains undefeated as she grabbed her first victory playing at the No. 1 spot for the first time in her career. The sophomore defeated Alli Hodges, 3-6, 6-2, 11-9, in a third set-breaker to claim the match for the Orange and Blue.

“I am especially proud of Lois for stepping up to the plate today. This match was her first time playing at number one and it certainly wasn’t easy,” Aspillaga said. “Even after starting behind in the match she was resilient in making the adjustments necessary to get in the match and finding a way to win. She closed the match in a high pressure third set breaker, and after having a few close losses in the fall, she is gaining the experience to close matches against high-level players. After this win, I feel that we are better prepared to face a talented Colorado squad tomorrow.”

The Miners will continue in action tomorrow, as they are set to take on Pac-12 opponent Colorado at 11 a.m. (MT).

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