DAVIE, Fl. – Behind four singles victories, the UTEP tennis team took down Broward College 4-3 on Saturday at the Central Campus Tennis Courts in Davie, Fla. The win improved the Miners to 5-9 on the season.
Alisa Morozova got the singles run going with her 6-1, 6-0 straight-set win over Broward’s Andrea Nevola at no. 5 in the lineup. Making her debut at the top of the lineup this spring, Erandi Martinez took out the Seakhawks’ Bojana Petrovic 6-2, 6-3, while at the no. 6 spot, Milena Baigorria handled Mariela Declet 6-0, 6-3 to remain flawless in dual match play at 3-0.
The match was clinched by Yvette van Oijen’s hand at the no. 3 position as she defeated Andrea Ladera 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
“We got off to a slow start in the doubles without our no. 1 team in the lineup,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Due to some lingering injuries Lois [Wagenvoort] and Raven [Bennett] did not play singles either. Erandi [Martinez] did a great job at no. 1, winning in straight sets, followed by Alisa [Morozova] and Milena [Baigorria] at no. 5 and no. 6 singles. Yvette clinched the match for us, she was down in the deciding match and fought back to win it. I’m glad we were able to hold on for the win.”
In other singles action, Maria Paula Medina fell 6-1, 6-3 to Bianca Vitale at the no. 2 position, while Chloe Purkiss slipped up against Camille Portalier 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 at the no. 4 spot in the lineup.
In doubles play, Baigorria and Morozova were paired at the no. 3 spot and worked for an 8-6 win over Declet and Nevola. Medina and van Oijen were moved to the no. 1 position in the lineup for the first time, and fell 8-2 to Petrovic and Ladera. At the no. 2 spot, Purkiss and Martinez slipped 8-3 to Vitale and Portalier.
The Miners will close out their stand in Florida with a 1 p.m. meeting with FIU on Monday, March 19, in Miami, Fl.
Tennis Match Results
Broward College vs UTEP
Mar 17, 2018 at Davie, Fl.
UTEP 4, Broward College 3
BOCA RATON, Fl.- After falling in the first set 6-1, Yvette van Oijen rallied to a 6-3 set two victory and won the tie-breaker 10-6 to take down FAU’s Kristen Thoms at the no. 5 position in singles play for the graduate-transfer’s second collegiate victory.
The win got the Miners on the board, but FAU ran away with the league match 6-1 at the FAU Tennis Complex in Boca Raton, Fla. on Thursday. The Miners are now 4-9 overall, 0-2 in Conference USA, while the Owls moved to 8-5-2 overall and 2-1 in league play.
The Owls took the doubles point after garnering wins at the no. 2 and no. 3 positions in the lineup. Maria Paula Medina and van Oijen battled Natalia Boltinskaya and Jemi Aguilar at the no. 2 spot, but fell 6-1. The no. 3 tandem in Chloe Purkiss and Erandi Martinez slipped against the Owls’ Ja’Cara Gillis and Thoms 6-1.
Lois Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett’s match against Aliona Bolsova and Marisa Ruiz was left unfinished, with the FAU duo up 4-3 at the top spot.
In other singles matches, Medina stayed competitive against Gillis at the no. 4 spot, but fell 6-3, 6-4. Wagenvoort, playing no. 1 for the Miners, was tested against the no. 6 ranked player in the country in Bolsova, but was defeated 6-0, 6-0. At the no. 2 position, Bennett battled Boltinskaya, but the Owl came out on top with a 6-2, 6-3 win.
Erandi Martinez, looking for her 18th overall singles win, took on Ruiz at the no. 3 spot, but was dropped 6-2, 6-0. At the no. 6 position, Chloe Purkiss was defeated by Jennifer Leib 6-0, 6-2.
The Miners will continue play in Florida when they travel to Davie for a match against Broward College on Saturday, March 17. First serve against the Seahawks is set for 10 a.m. EDT.
Tennis Match Results
UTEP vs Florida Atlantic
Mar 15, 2018 at Boca Raton, Fla. (FAU Tennis Complex)
Florida Atlantic 6, UTEP 1
1. #6 Aliona Bolsova (FAU) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-0, 6-0
2. Natalia Boltinskaya (FAU) def. Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-2, 6-3
3. Marisa Ruiz (FAU) def. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-2, 6-0
4. Ja’Cara Gillis (FAU) def. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-3, 6-4
5. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. Kristen Thoms (FAU) 1-6, 6-3, 10-6
6. Jennifer Leib (FAU) def. Chloe Purkiss (UTEP) 6-0, 6-2
1. Aliona Bolsova/Marisa Ruiz (FAU) vs. Lois Wagenvoort/Raven Bennett (UTEP) 4-3, unfinished
2. Natalia Boltinskaya/Jemi Aguilar (FAU) def. Maria Paula Medina/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-1
3. Ja’Cara Gillis/Kristen Thoms (FAU) def. Chloe Purkiss/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,3,2,4,5)
TAMPA, Fl.- After a straight-set victory over her Cincinnati opponent, freshman Erandi Martinez notched her 17th singles victory in her rookie year, and her seventh in dual match play this spring.
Martinez took out Caroline Morton 6-0, 6-4 at the no. 3 spot in the lineup to move to 17-8 overall, but the Bearcats got by the Miners 6-1 on Tuesday at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts in Tampa, Fla. The win put Cincinnati to 8-6 on the season, while the Miners moved to 4-7 this spring.
“Another tough loss today,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Doubles are still a work in progress. Erandi was the star today winning her match. On most of the courts we competed well in the first sets, but then we let it slip away. It is a great learning experience to play against teams from these tough conferences.”
The doubles point went to Cincinnati with wins on all three courts. Lois Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett were paired against the Bearcats’ Ioana Guna and Morton at the top of the lineup, but after earning three points for the Miners, the Cincinnati tandem pulled away for a 6-3 win. At the no. 2 position, Yvette Van Oyen and Maria Paula Medina faced Antonella Bramato and Alexia Coutino, but slipped 6-2.
Milena Baigorria and Alisa Morozova battled Emma Miceli and Ali Miller at the no. 3 spot, falling in a 6-1 tilt.
In singles action, van Oyen returned to play full of fight, pushing Cincinnati’s Emma Miceli to three sets at the no. 5 position. The graduate transfer took the first set in a convincing 6-2 fashion, but fell in the second and decisive third set 6-0, 6-1, respectively. At the top spot, Wagenvoort faced Guna, keeping pace but ultimately falling 6-3, 6-3.
Bennett, playing no. 2, was pitted against Coutino, which led to a competitive set one but ended in a 6-4, 6-1 win for the Bearcats. Playing the no. 4 position, Medina kept pace with Bramato in the first frame, but slipped 6-4, 6-0. Morozova took on Anna Philp at the no. 6 spot, but fell 6-2, 6-2. The Miners will continue their Florida tour when they head to Boca Raton to face Conference USA for Florida Atlantic on Thursday, March 15. First serve against the Owls is set for 12 p.m. MST.
Tennis Match Results – Cincinnati vs UTEP
Mar 13, 2018 at Tampa, Fla. (USF Varsity Tennis Courts) – Cincinnati 6, UTEP 1
After a month of home matches, the UTEP tennis team (4-6 overall, 0-1 Conference USA) will embark on a week-long tour of Florida March 12-19 where it is set to take on five teams in seven days.
The Miners will start the competitive slate with two matches in Tampa, Fla., first against South Florida on March 12 at 11 a.m. MST and finishing the next day with a 9 a.m. MST neutral-site battle with Cincinnati. UTEP will then head to Boca Raton, Fla. for a Conference USA matchup against Florida Atlantic on March 15. First serve against the Owls is 12 p.m. MST. A short drive to Davie, Fla. on March 17 will set up a matchup with Broward College, slated for 8 a.m. MST. The Miners will round out the trip with another league contest against no. 43 FIU, with first serve set for 11 a.m. MST.
UTEP is coming off a 4-1 point-clinch loss to Wyoming last Sunday at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club, but saw a singles win from Chloe Purkiss. The freshman took out the Cowgirls’ Myiah Scott in straight-sets (6-1, 6-1) for her fifth singles win of the season. The Miners also got a win from Erandi Martinez during their March 2 match against UT Arlington, when the rookie defeated the Mavericks’ Anna Wichert (6-1, 7-5) for her sixth singles win in dual match play.
South Florida (5-7 overall, 1-0 AAC) is riding a three match winning streak with wins over Western Michigan, Michigan State and Memphis outscoring all three schools by a combined 14-5 score. Nicole Dzenga and Vanja Klaric have tallied six wins as a pair, posting a 2-4 record at the top spot and a 4-2 record at the no. 2 position. Dzenga also boasts a team-best 7-3 singles record, playing primarily at the no. 6 spot where she holds a 4-2 mark.
Cincinnati (7-6 overall, 1-1 AAC) has dropped three-straight competitive matches by a point, losing 4-3 to Temple, Marshall and VCU. The Bearcats’ freshman Emma Miceli is on a four-match winning streak in singles play at the no. 5 spot, while Ioana Guna and Caroline Morton notched the only doubles win against VCU for the Cincinnati at the no. 1 spot.
A Conference USA foe Florida Atlantic (6-4-2 overall, 1-1 C-USA) will meet with Richmond and Syracuse before meeting with the Miners, but the Owls have won two straight against league opponent LA Tech (5-2) and Georgetown (6-1). Dominating for the Owls is Aliona Bolsova, ranked no. 6 in the nation in singles play, who has earned an 11-0 mark overall and a flawless 9-0 in dual match play at the top spot for FAU. The Owls have also found success in Natalia Boltinskaya and her 7-2 record at the no. 2 position. Bolsova also teams up with Jemi Aguilar to make up the no. 1 doubles tandem, holding a 5-2 dual match record.
Broward (1-4 overall) is rated 10th in the Oracle ITA/NJCAA Rankings released on Jan. 25. The Seahawks finished the 2017 season rated fourth in the final rankings. The Seahawks are paced by team captain Bianca Vitale, who has a 3-1 mark at the no. 2 position in singles play, as well as Camille Portalier with a 4-0 mark at the no. 4 spot. The two also combine for the no. 2 tandem for the Seahawks in doubles play and hold a 3-1 record.
FIU (6-1 overall, 2-0 C-USA) will end its four-match homestand against UTEP and have won five in a row, including league wins over Marshall and North Texas. The Panthers are ranked no. 43 in ITA national rankings and boast the nation’s no. 4 player in Andrea Lazaro as well as the no. 9 ranked doubles tandem in Ulyana Grib and Maryna Veksler. Lazaro is 5-2 on the year, while Grib and Veksler are 4-1 on the year.
Staff Report March 4, 2018UTEPComments Off on UTEP’s Purkiss Gets Fifth Win Of Spring, Miners fall 4-1 to Cowgirls
Freshman Chloe Purkiss triumphed in straight sets over her Wyoming opponent for her fifth win of the spring season, but the UTEP tennis team fell 4-1 in a point-clinch match against Wyoming on Sunday at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club.
Purkiss handled the Cowgirls’ Myiah Scott 6-1, 6-1 at the no. 6 position to get the Miners on the board. UTEP fell to 4-6 on the season, while Wyoming moved to 5-4.
In doubles play, Raven Bennett and Lois Wagenvoort faced off at the no. 1 spot against Wyoming’s Elisa Koonik and Tessa van Der Ploeg, but fell 6-2.
On court five, playing no. 3 doubles, Purkiss and Milena Baigorria slipped up 6-1 against Milka Genkova and Myiah Scott, clinching the doubles point for the Cowgirls while stopping the no. 2 doubles match, which saw Yvette van Oijen and Alisa Morozova down 5-2 against Ana Tkachenko and Magdalena Stencel.
The Miners evened up the score at 1-1 with Purkiss’ win on court six, but Wagenvoort dropped a hard-fought 6-3, 6-1 match to Stencel at no. 1 singles to put the Cowgirls up 2-1. Van Oijen was paired against van Der Ploeg at the no. 4 spot, keeping it close but falling in set one 6-4, and dropping the second frame 6-2.
Rookie Erandi Martinez, looking for her seventh win of the spring, battled Milka Genkova at the no. 2 spot in the lineup but fell 6-3, 6-3, ending the match.
Two matches were left unfinished, including Bennett’s at the no. 3 position, who took down Koonik in set one 6-2, before falling 6-2 in the second stanza. Bennett was 2-3 down in the third set as the match was called. Morozova also won set one 7-6 over Tkachenko and was trailing 5-3 before her match was left unfinished.
UTEP will begin a week-long tour of Florida, meeting with five schools in seven days March 12-19. The Miners will battle South Florida at 1 p.m. on March 12 in Tampa, Fla. to begin the stretch.
Staff Report March 2, 2018UTEPComments Off on Martinez Notches Sixth Singles Win of Spring, UT Arlington Gets By UTEP 4-1
Erandi Martinez notched a straight-set victory, but the UTEP tennis team suffered a 4-1 loss against UT Arlington in a match that was closer than the final score indicated on Friday at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club.
Three games were left unfinished in the point-clinch format, but Martinez got the Miners on the board with a 6-1, 7-5 win at the no. 3 position over the Mavericks’ Anna Wichert before the match was called. The win marked the freshman’s sixth dual match victory in singles play. The Miners fell to 4-5 on the season, while the Mavs improved to 3-2.
“It was defiantly a lot closer than the score shows, it’s unfortunate that it didn’t go our way but I think a couple of points here and there and this match could have been completely turned around,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “The energy and the chemistry that the team showed today was the best that I’ve seen so far this year. I think that if we can keep this kind of energy going and we can keep competing this well on all the courts then I know that the results are going to come our way.”
In the competitive doubles play matches, Yvette Van Oijen and Alisa Morozova kept pace with UTA’s Almudena Boza and Carla Cerdan, securing four points before falling 6-4 at the no. 3 position. Next to them, Chloe Purkiss and Milena Baigorria pushed four points, but slipped 6-4 to Momoka Horiguchi and Nanaka Takeuchi, clinching the doubles point for the Mavericks.
In an unfinished match, Raven Bennett and Lois Wagenvoort went toe-to-toe with Agustina Serio and Anna Wichert behind strong serving from Bennett and aggressive play by Wagenvoort, but could not close the 6-6 match before the doubles point was won.
Wagenvoort fell 6-1, 6-2 to Serio at the top-spot in singles play, but Martinez’s win on court three kept the Miners close in a 2-1 deficit with four singles tilts still going. Purkiss faltered at no. 5 6-3, 6-3 to Klara Mrcela, and Morozova stayed competitive in the set against Boza in a 6-4 loss in set one, but fell in the second stanza 6-1 at the no. 6 position, ending the match.
Before the match was called, Bennett fell 6-2 against Horiguchi in set one, but came back fighting for a 6-3 set two win at the no. 2 spot. Playing at the no. 4 spot, Van Oijen was close to a victory after taking set one 6-3 and leading Takeuchi 5-4.
“We were one game away from winning at no. 4, Yvette [Van Oijen] was up a set,” Fernandez said. “She played very well, especially since she is coming off of an injury. She’s still not moving one-hundred percent, but she’s getting there. It was just a matter of time before she was able to finish [her match]. Raven was just starting the third set, they had split sets. I liked the energy that we came out with today. I think overall this is probably the best that we’ve played as a team. The doubles were all super close, I mean a couple of points here and there and that doubles point is ours and we’re still out there playing.”
The Miners will return to their home court on Sunday when they battle Wyoming in a regional match-up. First serve against the Cowgirls is set for 9 a.m.
Staff Report February 25, 2018UTEPComments Off on UTEP Tennis Rolls Past Tarleton State 5-2
The UTEP tennis team took down a short-handed Tarleton State team 5-2 on Sunday at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club.
The Miners got three wins in singles play and benefited from a slew of default wins to move to 4-4 on the season, while the TexAnns fell to 2-2.
“It was tough conditions, a tough situation and really we just didn’t play as well as I expected that we would have,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “The three freshmen (Alisa Morozova, Erandi Martinez and Chloe Purkiss) that were in the singles lineup fought super hard, I am proud of that, but we complicated the matches more than we needed to. We made too many mistakes that made the match a lot more stressful than it should have and a lot closer than it needed to be.”
To start the morning, No. 21 Tarleton State won the doubles point after getting wins at the no. 1 and no. 2 spots. The Miners’ Lois Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett were paired at the top spot against Alicia Barbaroux and Sherine Salem, and fell in a tight 6-4 match.
Over on the next court, Milena Baigorria and Chloe Purkiss took on Shelby Fillingame and Neetika Sud, notching four points but slipped up against the TexAnns 6-4. Due to an incomplete lineup, the TexAnns forfeited play for the no. 3 spot.
Singles play began with the Miners leading 2-1 due to Tarleton State’s forfeits at the no. 5 and no. 6 position. UTEP was without Wagenvoort, who plays the top spot in singles, as well as Maria Paula Medina, who plays primarily at the no. 4 position, which switched up the lineup.
Bennett moved to the top position and faced off against Alicia Barbaroux, keeping pace in the first set but falling 6-4, 6-1. Alisa Morozova made quick work of the TexAnns’ Shelby Fillingame, taking her out in mirrored sets of 6-3, 6-3.
Sealing the match win for the Miners was Purkiss at the no. 3 position, taking out Sherine Salem 6-3 in the first stanza before slipping 6-3 in set two. That made for an exciting and decisive set three, which Purkiss triumphed to a 7-5 win. In another marathon of a match, Erandi Martinez battled an evenly-matched opponent in Neetika Sud at the no. 2 spot, running away with the first set 6-3 before being edged in a tight 7-6 set two.
In the third and final set, decided by a tie-breaker, Martinez notched her fifth dual-match singles win of the season after squeezing out a 7-6 set win.
The Miners will return to action on Friday, March 2, when they host Wyoming in the first of two scheduled matches that weekend. First serve against the Cowboys is slated for 2 p.m. MST.
Tennis Match Results
Tarleton State vs UTEP
Feb 25, 2018 at El Paso, Texas
(El Paso Tennis and Swim Club)
UTEP 5, Tarleton State 2
1. Alicia Barbaroux (TSU) def. Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-4, 6-1
2. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Neetika Sud (TSU) 6-3, 6-7, 7-6
3. Chloe Purkiss (UTEP) def. Sherine Salem (TSU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
4. Alisa Morozova (UTEP) def. Shelby Fillingame (TSU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) def. No player (TSU), by forfeit
6. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. No player (TSU), by forfeit
1. Alicia Barbaroux/Sherine Salem (TSU) def. Lois Wagenvoort/Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-3
2. Shelby Fillingame/Neetika Sud (TSU) def. Milena Baigorria/Chloe Purkiss (UTEP) 6-3
3. Yvette Van Oijen/Alisa Morozova (UTEP) def. No player/No player (TSU), by forfeit
After a dominating victory against UT-Permian Basin on February 10, the UTEP tennis team will return to the court when it takes on NCAA Division II No. 21 Tarleton State on Sunday, February 25, at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club. First serve against the TexAnns is set for 10 a.m. MST.
“We’re just trying to play a lot and get used to competing again,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “I think its a little bit of a disadvantage for us to have last weekend off and not be able to play, but this week we started out pretty strong. We’ve been doing a lot of conditioning, playing a lot of points, and we know we’re going to have to play better than we did against UTPB in order to win. Unfortunately I don’t think we’re going to have our full lineup again, so that’s still something that we’ve been battling through, but everybody thats in the lineup is healthy and ready to go.”
The Miners (3-4 overall, 0-1 C-USA) are coming off a convincing 7-0 win over the Falcons, where they only dropped one match on the day in doubles play, but swept the Falcons in singles play without dropping a set.
The young UTEP squad found success in doubles play when they last took the court. The tandem of Milena Baigorria and Yvette van Oijen as well as fellow Miner pair Lois Wagenvoort and Maria Paula Medina each earned their first win in doubles. Another strong pair in Chloe Purkiss and Raven Bennett lead the Miners with two wins in doubles play.
With her straight-set victory over her UTPB opponent, freshman Erandi Martinez earned her fourth singles win in dual-match play to pace UTEP while Purkiss and Medina notched their third victory each in the spring. Wagenvoort, who has manned the top singles position for the Miners, picked up her second win in dual match play after squeezing out a 7-6, 6-1 win over UTPB’s Fernanda Orona, while Bennett and Baigorria matched her win total as well with victories of their own.
Tarleton State (2-0 overall, 0-0 LSC), earned close wins over Ouachita Baptist and Henderson State to open up its season, and will meet with New Mexico State on Saturday prior to its meeting with UTEP. Last season, the TexAnns fell in the LSC title game to Midwestern State, but earned a bid to the NCAA tournament before suffering a 5-1 loss to St. Mary’s.
The TexAnns return two players, Alicia Barbaroux and Erika Johnston, from last years’ squad while featuring four newcomers. In doubles play, the TexAnn tandem in Barbaroux and freshman Sherine Salem and teammates Neetika Sud and Shelby Fillingame are undefeated, with both pairs earning a 2-0 record.
Sud, playing the no. 2 spot in singles play, Salem, who plays the no. 3, and Fillingame, at the no. 4, each rolled through opening weekend with a 2-0 mark to pace Tarleton State.
Admission to the match is free, and UTEP will be celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day prior to the match by giving away NGWSD bags, free UTEP tennis team posters, and serving a light breakfast for fans.
Staff Report February 10, 2018UTEPComments Off on Miner Tennis Downs UTPB Falcons 7-0
After fighting through strong winds, the UTEP tennis team downed the UTPB Falcons 7-0 on Saturday at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club. The Miners only dropped one match on the day, in doubles play, but swept the Falcons in singles play without dropping a set. UTEP is now 3-4 on the season while UTPB is 0-1.
“We have to play in these conditions all the time anyway, so I just told the team to focus more on their footwork and try to control the ball and control the points as much as possible,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “I knew that this team [UTPB] was going to come out fighting hard against us, but we needed to just withstand their attack. I think that we were able to do that in a lot of the matches.”
The Miners earned the doubles point to start the morning, beginning with a 6-0 win on court no. 6 by Milena Baigorria and Yvette Van Oijen over UTPB’s Amelie Saint-Dizier and Julia Ramalho at the no. 3 spot. In a tight match on court no. 1 at the top doubles spot, Raven Bennett and Chloe Purkiss kept pace with Eugenia Sanchez and Madison Hoetling, but fell 6-4. With the doubles point and the match lead on the line, Lois Wagenvoort and Maria Paula Medina battled Fernanda Orona and Maria Briones on court no. 3, at the no. 2 doubles position. The Miner tandem worked for a 6-3 victory to seal the doubles point and put their team up 1-0.
“I’ve got a veteran on no. 1 and no. 2 doubles, so I think it helps a lot having somebody in there with one of the younger players to kind of keep it under control,” Fernandez said. “Lois and M.P. [Medina] knew that it was down to them and even though they started pretty shaky, they were able to get it under control and close out that doubles point for us. I really wasn’t that worried that they weren’t going to close that out, but the fact that they were able to do it with less mistakes showed a lot of courage. UTPB played really intensively in no. 1 doubles, and they outplayed us. I’m not going to say that we played poorly, they just played better than us.”
The wind was picking up as singles play was underway, but Bennett still handled business with a 6-0, 6-1 straight-set victory over the Falcons’ Saint-Dizier at the no. 2 position. Shortly after, Purkiss wrapped up her match at the no. 3 spot with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Briones on court no. 3. UTEP freshman Erandi Martinez, who only played singles, battled UTPB’s Sanchez at the no. 5 spot, and handed her opponent a 6-0, 6-2 loss to clinch the match for the Miners.
Finishing out play, Medina overwhelmed the Falcons’ Jessica Madamba 6-2, 6-1, while Baigorria pulled out a 6-4 win in the first stanza and came back for a 6-2 triumph in set two to beat UTPB’s Ramalho. Senior Lois Wagenvoort was playing in a marathon of a match against Orona at the top singles spot. Wagenvoort was able to squeeze out a 7-6 set one victory, then a convincing 6-1 win in set two to end the match.
‘I think individually it helped with our confidence, the unfortunate thing is that when its this windy, they [players] don’t really get to feel the ball the same way or feel as comfortable,” Fernandez said. “Even though we got the wins, they [players] didn’t feel that great about their shot selection or how they really played. The bottom line is, we came out on top and we have to keep fighting every match. ”
The Miners will return to action on Feb. 25 when they host Tarleton State at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club. First serve is set for 10 a.m. MST, admission is free.
The UTEP tennis team fell 5-2 against Northern Arizona University on Sunday at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club. The Miners notched two hard-fought singles wins, but the Lumberjacks ran away with the match to move to 3-2 on the season while the Miners dropped to 2-4.
“I feel like we were a little bit intimidated by this team,just because of how vocal they were and their energy,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “I think that kept us from getting off to the starts that we wanted.
Raven Bennett and Erandi Martinez put the Miners on the board with their singles victories, each with a 10-point tie-breaking set. Bennett battled Brandy Walker at the no. 3 position and dropped the first set 7-5 before storming back for a 6-3 victory in the second stanza and the decisive 10-2 tie-breaker. Martinez, the last Miner playing in a match that lasted more than an hour, took on NAU’s Ellie Millard at the no. 5 position. Martinez dropped a shaky 7-6 set in the first frame, but kept composure for a 6-4 win in the second set. In another evenly-matched game, Martinez fought for the 10-4 tie-breaker to earn her third win in dual-match play.
“I’m really happy for Raven to come back to win this match and to be able to make some corrections from Friday’s match, which she lost and it really crushed her, and be able to pull that win off,” Fernandez said. “Erandi is going to fight every single match, I just hope that she’s able to stay healthy because she does have to do a lot of running, and I just wish she wouldn’t make the matches more complicated than they need to be. She [Martinez] started the match okay, but she needed to play with a little more confidence from the very beginning.”
To start the morning, Lois Wagenvoort and Maria Paula Medina were tested on court no. 1 at the no. 1 position for doubles when they met with NAU’s no. 56 nationally-ranked Walker and Eirene Granville. The Miner tandem stayed competitive in the match, but fell 6-4. UTEP freshman duo Martinez and Alisa Morozova were paired at the no. 3 doubles position against Chiara Tomasetti and Madi Moore. The rookies were able to notch three points, but the Lumberjacks closed the game at 6-3. Bennett and Chloe Purkiss, who have garnered two dual match wins when paired, battled Hanneke Lodewijks and Millard at the no. 2 spot, but fell 6-0. The Lumberjacks won the doubles point.
“I knew that this team was very experienced and very tough coming into this match” Fernandez said. “I tried a brand new combination today at no. 1 with Lois [Wagenvoort] and M.P. [Medina] and the fact that they were able to compete that tough against a nationally-ranked team kind of showed me that that’s probably a good move to make for now. I really thought that number two and number three doubles would compete a little bit better and just give us a little bit more opportunity to get into the match.”
In singles play, Wagenvoort remained as the Miners’ no. 1, facing the Lumberjacks’ Tomasetti but fell 6-1, 6-1. Purkiss moved up to the no. 2 spot for the Miners, but slipped-up against Lodewijks 6-0, 6-1. At the no. 4 position, Medina met with Granville, but fell 6-1, 6-1. The Miners’ no. 6 was Morozova, who battled with NAU’s Madi Moore and stayed competitive but dropped the match 6-3, 6-3.
“Going into singles, it was the same thing, just too many matches where I felt like we started down from the very beginning and against an experienced team like this, they’re just not going to give you too many opportunities to let you back in,” Fernandez said. “The fact that we just weren’t able to get off to a good start, we needed to make more adjustments in the beginning and give ourselves an opportunity to compete better. The fact that we’re so young, I just hope that they [UTEP] learn from it and try not to let it happen again next time.
“Playing against a team that is used to winning, that has four returners, and conference championship match experience, it just gives them a little bit of an edge that we just don’t have. I think we’re competing well on some of the courts, we’re just not competing as well on all the courts, which is what we really need to do to give ourselves those opportunities.”
The Miners will continue their homestand as they take on UTPB at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club on Feb. 10. First serve against the Falcons is set for 12 p.m. MST. Admission is free.
Staff Report January 31, 2018UTEPComments Off on UTEP Tennis Returns Home for Six-Match Homestand
After its first road trip of the spring, the UTEP women’s tennis team will return home for a month when this weekend’s matches against Abilene Christian and Northern Arizona kick off a six-match homestand.
The Friday, February 2 match against the Wildcats (2-2) is slated to begin at 2 p.m. MST while Sunday’s February 4 match against the Lumberjacks (0-2) will begin at 10 a.m. MST.
“We are very happy to be playing our next six matches back here at home at the El Paso Tennis Club,” first-year head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We had such tremendous fan support during our last home match that being here will certainly give us a home court advantage.”
The Miners (2-2) are looking to snap a two-match skid from last weekend and remain undefeated at home. UTEP fell to Louisville 7-0 and Conference USA opponent Western Kentucky 4-1 when they faced off in Louisville, KY on Jan. 26 and 27. The young UTEP squad has been paced by rookie Erandi Martinez, who holds a 11-6 overall singles record and a 1-1 mark in dual matches. Veterans Lois Wagenvoort, Raven Bennett and Maria Paula Medina have brought the upperclassman leadership and experience as well, while four other newcomers in Milena Baigorria, Alisa Morozova, Chloe Purkiss and Yvette Van Oijen have also been key with at least one win in dual matches each. Purkiss, who did not play last weekend due to illness, has a 2-0 mark. As a unit, the Miners have a 13-9 mark in dual matches this season.
Abilene Christian is coming off a 4-1 loss from SMU on Jan. 26, but is 2-2 on the season with shutout wins over Oral Roberts and Dallas Baptist. The only loss came at the hands of Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. The seven-women roster is led by Nini Memishishi, who has a team-best 5-1 overall record in singles play, including a flawless 4-0 mark in dual matches, playing primarily at the no. 5 position. Memishishi teams up with Lucile Pothler to make up the Wildcat’s no. 2 position tandem, and have notched a 5-3 overall record. Last season, the Wildcats finished with a 17-6 mark and 8-3 in the Southland Conference. The Miners and Wildcats last met on January 21, 2017 in Abilene, Texas, when ACU edged UTEP 4-3.
After meeting with two in-state Pac-12 rivals in Arizona State and Arizona, Northern Arizona will be looking for its first win of the season when it meets with NM State on Friday and Abilene Christian on Saturday prior to Sunday’s meeting with the Miners. NAU features the No. 53 ranked doubles pair in Hanneke Lodewijks and Chiara Tomasetti, who notched a convincing 6-2 win over the Sun Devils’ No. 28 ranked tandem in Savannah Slaysman and Tereza Kolarova. Tomasetti is the reigning Big Sky Freshman of the Year and ITA Rookie of the Year and was recently named Big Sky Athlete of the Week. Another nationally-ranked duo for the Lumberjacks is Brandy Walker and Eirene Granville, who come in at No. 56, and recorded a 6-3 win over Arizona’s Marie Van Aelst and Gitte Heynemans. The ‘Jacks and Miners last met on March 3, 2017, when NAU came out with the 5-2 win in Flagstaff, Ariz.
“We are facing two extremely tough opponents this weekend in ACU and NAU,” Fernandez said. “This will be a great learning experience for our young team as we continue to improve with every practice and every match. I know that our team will compete and fight with everything they have. As a coach, there is nothing more I can ask for. We are very close to putting all the pieces together and surprising a lot of people.”
Fans can get free popcorn and team posters during the match on Friday. Sunday’s theme is “Kid’s Club Day” and fans will receive UTEP bags filled with snacks. Family friendly music and a “Guess the Amount of Tennis Balls” game will be played pre-match and Paydirt Pete will make an appearance.
Admission to the matches is free.
UTEP vs Abilene Christian
Friday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.
UTEP vs NAU
Sunday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m.
All home matches are played at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club, admission is free
Staff Report January 28, 2018UTEPComments Off on UTEP Tennis Slips Against WKU In Conference Road Match
The UTEP tennis team slipped up against Conference USA opponent Western Kentucky in a neutral site match at the U of L Indoor Tennis Center on Saturday.
The Toppers got by the Miners 4-1 to move to 1-1 overall, 1-0 in C-USA play, while the Miners dropped to 2-2 and 0-1 in league play on the season.
“It was a very rough match today,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “WKU showed great composure and experience. We had several chances to win the doubles point but could not execute. In singles, we simply got outplayed. Our youth showed today but we certainly learned from the experience. We will continue to improve.”
The two league foes began the morning with a slate of doubles matches, with UTEP getting an edge on its competition due to a forfeit on court three due to WKU’s incomplete lineup. Lois Wagenvoort and Yvette Van Oijen clashed with WKU’s Moka Ito and Elpida Malamou at the no. 1 position, pushing the slate to extra points, but fell 7-5.
At the no. 2 spot., Miner tandem Milena Baigorria and Maria Paula Medina also kept the set close to fight for the doubles point against Natalia De Ugarte and Cindy Oest, but slipped 6-4, giving the doubles point to the Toppers.
Singles play saw Wagenvoort meeting with Malamou at the top of the lineup, but Malamou got by with a 6-1, 6-1 victory. At the no. 3 spot, Raven Bennett was turned away by WKU’s Violetta Shatalova 6-1, 6-1, and another Topper win at the no. 5 position, De Ugarte over Alisa Morozova by a score of 6-1, 6-0, ended the match.
Van Oijen’s battle with Ito on court two was left unfinished at a 6-4, 3-1 lead for WKU, as was Miner rookie Erandi Martinez’s showdown with Oest, which was left at 6-2, 4-1 with Oest leading. The Hilltoppers’ incomplete lineup left Medina with a win by forfeit at the no. 6 position.
The Miners were without Chloe Purkiss, who has seen action at both the no. 1 and no. 3 spot in the singles lineup, for the second time in as many days due to illness.
A six-match home-stand will commence when the Miners return to the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club to face Abilene Christian on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.and Northern Arizona on Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. UTEP, who will be looking to remain undefeated at home, will not leave for another road match until March 12. Admission to all matches is free.
Following a doubleheader sweep of Western New Mexico last Saturday, the UTEP tennis team will return to action January 26 and 27 when they travel to Kentucky to face Louisville and Conference USA foe Western Kentucky.
The Miners (2-0) will take on the Cardinals (2-0) at 9 a.m. MST on Friday and the Hilltoppers (0-1) at 10 a.m. MST on Saturday. Both matches will be played at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
In the spring home opener, the Miners worked to a 7-0 rout of WNMU in both outings. UTEP only surrendered one set to the Mustangs in both shutouts.
“Even though it wasn’t as tough of a match as I would have liked, it still allowed us to get an opportunity to compete against somebody else and to get our feet wet a little bit to get ready for these two matches against Louisville and Western Kentucky,” first-year head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We want to prepare for every match the same way.”
Louisville is coming off shutout victories of their own against Wright State and Dayton, both by a score of 7-0. A notable returnee for the Cardinals is Aleksandra Mally, who went 15-15 in singles play last season, including 10 wins at the no.1 position, and returns with a 2-0 record as a junior.
WKU opened its season on the road against Alabama and narrowly lost 4-3 to the Tide. The Hilltoppers notched three singles wins. Fourth-year head coach and reigning Conference USA Coach of the Year Jonatan Berhane helped lead the Lady Toppers to a 13-6 mark in 2017, where they reached the C-USA tournament semifinals. Freshman Moka Ito has been a steady force for WKU and will enter this weekend’s contests with a 10-4 overall record in her debut year. Saturday’s match will be the first of five conference matches slated for the Miners this season.
“We’re going to go out there and try to win both matches, obviously, regardless of whether they’re conference or just a regular season,” Fernandez said. “It’s two good matches so we’re ready to compete against some tougher competition and see how our young team does against these big schools.”
This weekend’s matches will be the first road trip of the spring season for Fernandez and his team, which returned three veterans and features four freshman and a graduate transfer.
“They [newcomers] really haven’t played in this kind of format [dual match] before, especially the two that just arrived this semester [Chloe Purkiss and Yvette Van Oijen], but its good for them to get the cobwebs out and to get an opportunity to get a match under their belt.”
Competing for the Miners will be Lois Wagenvoort, Raven Bennett, Maria Paula Medina, Erandi Martinez, Milena Baigorria, Alisa Morozova, Chloe Purkiss and Yvette Van Oijen. All eight Miners notched at least one win each in singles and doubles play against Western New Mexico, with the exception of Purkiss who ended her debut with two singles victories and a doubles win.
“We have a very young team, but everybody is practicing super hard,” Wagenvoort said.
Staff Report January 20, 2018Sports, UTEPComments Off on Story+Gallery: UTEP Tennis Sweeps Doubleheader Against Western New Mexico
The UTEP tennis team opened its spring season with a sweep of a doubleheader against Western New Mexico. The Miners held the Mustangs scoreless in both showings, running away with the matches 7-0, 7-0, respectively on Saturday at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club.
UTEP is now 2-0 on the season, while Western New Mexico fell to 0-2.
Due to Western New Mexico only having four active players, the match was changed into a doubleheader so every UTEP player could participate.
“It’s always nice to start out the season at home, even though we made this match a little more complicated than it needed to be because the girls were nervous and it was their first match,” first-year head coach Ivan Fernandez, who earned his first two UTEP victories said. “The fact that we had such great turnout with fans helped them play better, while it also put a little bit of pressure on them because they wanted to play well in front of our fans. We’re really glad to get this match under our belt. It gives us a really good idea of we’ve got to work on and what the lineup will probably be for the next matches coming up.”
In the first match of the doubleheader, veteran Lois Wagenvoort and Yvette Van Oijen, in her UTEP debut, put away Western New Mexico’s Nadia Justiniano and Karina Diaz 6-1 at the no. 1 doubles spot, while junior Raven Bennett and Chloe Purkiss took down Christine Roerick and Kaycie Cormier 6-2 at the no. 2 position. Junior Maria Paula Medina and Milena Baigorria won by forfeit.
In singles action, Wagenvoort got the Miners rolling with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Justiniano at the no. 1 spot, while Yvette Van Oijen followed suit with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Diaz in the no. 2 doubles position. At the no. 3 spot, Purkiss earned her first collegiate victory with a 6-4, 6-2 edge of Roerick. Medina made quick work of Cormier 6-1, 6-0, at the no. 4 to seal the victory. Erandi Martinez and Alisa Morozova won their singles matches by forfeit.
The Miners again took the doubles point in the final match of the day behind a 6-2 win by duo Medina and Baigorria over Western New Mexico’s tandem Justiniano and Diaz at the no. 1 spot, with Medina ending the match with an ace. Martinez and Morozova teamed up to seal the point with a 6-1 rout of the Mustang’s Roerick and Cormier. Purkiss and Bennett won their doubles match by forfeit.
Martinez blanked Diaz 6-0, 6-0, at the no. 2 singles position to earn her singles win of the day. Martinez had 10 wins in the fall season. At the no. 3 spot, another freshman power in Morozova turned away Roerick 6-3, 6-1, while fellow rookie force Baigorria easily followed suit with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Cormier at the no. 4 position. Medina and Bennett earned wins by forfeit.
Rounding out the day for the Miners was Purkiss, who earned her third victory of the day at the no. 1 spot in a hard-fought battle with Justiniano. Purkiss, who already had a singles and doubles win under her belt in her UTEP debut, edged Justiniano 6-4, 6-7, 10-8 for the set and match.
“For a freshman to be able to come in and play the first match at no. 3 and the second match at no. 1 and get both wins, it says a lot about Chloe’s fight and her determination,” Fernandez said. “I’m glad that we were able to get the nerves out, because she played a little bit nervous in the first match, but the last one she was able to relax a little bit.
Nadia [Justiniano of Western New Mexico] played really well and really took it to Chloe. The fact that she [Chloe] was able to compete was great to see.”
The Miners will now prep for two dual matches Jan. 26 and 27 against Louisville and Western Kentucky, respectively. UTEP will meet with the Cardinals Friday at 10 a.m. and the Hilltoppers Saturday at 11 a.m.. Both matches will be played in Louisville, KY.
Photos by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post
UTEP Tennis head coach Ivan Fernandez announced the finalized schedule for the spring 2018 season.
The 20-match slate includes 11 home matches and five Conference USA matches leading up to the C-USA Championships April 19-22, 2018 hosted by Old Dominion in Norfolk, VA. All home matches are played at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club.
“I really feel like I have created a balanced schedule that will allow us to play several regional and conference teams to best prepare us for the Conference USA tournament in April at Old Dominion,” Fernandez said.
The Miners will kick off the season at noon on Jan. 20 at home against Western New Mexico, then take off to Louisville, KY for two matches against ACC’s Louisville and C-USA foe Western Kentucky on Jan. 26 and 27, respectively. First serve against the Cardinal is set for 12 p.m. MT and the meeting with the Hilltoppers is set for 1 p.m. MT to round out the January competition.
A string of seven home matches will make up the February and early March schedule. The Miners will face Abilene Christian at 2 p.m. on Feb. 2 then a familiar foe in Northern Arizona on Feb. 4 at 10 a.m., a team they faced in three different tournaments in the fall.
UTPB will travel to the Sun City for a Saturday meeting with the Miners on Feb. 10 at noon, then a Tarleton State versus UTEP match is set for Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. A three-match home stand will bring Wyoming and UT Arlington to the Miners’ home court March 2 through the 4th. The Miners and Cowgirls will meet for a regional match at at 2 p.m. on March 2, and El Paso tennis fans will be able to catch a Wyoming versus UT Arlington match at noon on March 3. The weekend will be capped off with the Miners battling UT Arlington on March 4 at 10 a.m. MT.
The Miners will do a tour of Florida March 12 through the 18, taking on South Florida in Tampa Bay, Fla. at 1 p.m. to kick off the week. The team will then face Cincinnati on March 13 at 11 a.m. in Tampa Bay. Back-to-back conference matches will end the Florida trip, first with a meeting with Florida Atlantic at 2 p.m. in Boca Raton on March 15 and rounding it out with a matchup against FIU in Miami on March 18 at 11 a.m.
UTEP will return home for two matches against Angelo State and New Mexico. The Miners and Rams will meet on March 30 at noon, while the regional match against the Lobos is slated for noon on March 31.
An in-state trip to the Alamo City will see the Miners face two more league foes. UTEP will battle UTSA at 1 p.m. on April 6, then will face LA Tech on April 7 at 1 p.m., both in San Antonio, Texas.
The final home match will pit UTEP against Texas A&M Kingsville at noon on April 13. The Miners will then travel up Interstate-10 to face rival NM State on April 14 at 2 p.m. in Las Cruces, NM.
“I have managed to schedule 11 home matches for the first time in many years. If we can get the support from our fans at the El Paso Tennis Club, we look forward to showing our home court advantage here in El Paso.”
The Conference USA Championships will run from April 19 through the 22 in Norfolk, VA.
The start of the spring season will also bring two more players to the Miner squad in Chloe Purkiss and Yvette van Oijen, who both signed in the fall. UTEP will also return veterans Lois Wagenvoort, Raven Bennett and Maria Paula Medina as well as its strong rookie group in Milena Baigorria, Erandi Martinez and Alisa Morozova.
“We have seen several of these teams this semester which is to our advantage especially with two more players joining us in January to complete our team,” Fernandez said. “I am extremely excited to complete the team lineup in January and get ready for a great spring.
Although we are a very young team, I know that we will find a way to fight and come together. As long as everyone is on the same page with similar objectives, the results will come with hard work.”