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Sáchica Wins Flight Title at SDSU Fall Invite

SAN DIEGO, Ca. – Lina Sáchica posted a win in straight sets to take home the title in her flight on the final day of action for the UTEP tennis team at the SDSU Fall Invite Sunday.

Sáchica cruised past Lauren Anderson (CSUN), 6-2, 6-0, to cap off her perfect 3-0 run through her bracket. She also teamed up with Eve Daniels to secure runner-up honors after a narrow 6-4 setback to Autumn Prudhomme/Celia Morel (GCU).

“We had another solid day today,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Lina (Sáchica) and Eve (Daniels) finished in second place in their doubles. Lina won her singles flight and Eve won her singles match. I’m very proud of Lina for winning her flight. She has been improving with every match and every tournament. Overall, we played and competed well for the most part. We still have some work to do in order to continue on this upward path.”

Erandi Martinez and Thássane Abrahim knocked off Martina Lo Pumo/ Ludovica Infantino (GCU), 6-4. Kathleen Percegona and Maria Aveiga were tripped up by Jolene Coetzee/ Ana Fraile Tobosco (CSUN), 6-2.

Daniels joined Sáchica in the win column as well in singles action after she defeated Stella Carra (McNeese State), 6-1, 6-3.

Martinez battled but came up short to Katya Hersh (Utah), 6-1, 3-6 (12-10). Thássane Abrahim fell to Julia Jordan (SDSU), 6-0, 6-0

UTEP will be idle until it returns to action at the ITA Mountain Regionals Oct. 23-26.

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Miners secure wins in both singles and doubles play on Day One Of SDSU Invite

SAN DIEGO – Thássane Abrahim, Erandi Martinez and Lina Sáchica all picked up wins in straight sets to lead the way for the UTEP tennis team on the opening day of action at the SDSU Fall Classic on Friday.

Additionally Eve Daniels and Sáchica worked well together in a victory during doubles play.

“We some good wins today starting with Lina (Sáchica) and Eve (Daniels) in doubles,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Erandi (Martinez) and Thássane (Abrahim) had chances but couldn’t close it out. In singles. Vanessa (Valdez) and Eve competed very well but lost close matches. Erandi, Thássane and Lina came out on top today in singles. There was very good energy today. It was great to see us compete so well. I hope we can follow that with another strong day tomorrow.”

Martinez rolled over Celina Buhr (GCU), 6-2, 6-4. Abrahim followed suit by toppling Martina Lo Pumo (GCU), 6-4, 6-3. Sáchica also got in on the action by defeating Autumn Prudhomme (GCU), 7-6 (3), 6-1.

Vanessa Valdez was upended by Tamara Arnold (SDSU), 6-3, 7-5. Daniels fought hard only to fall to Ludovica Infantino (GCU), 6-4, 6-3.

In doubles play Daniels and Sáchica teamed up to cruise past Madison McKay (Utah)/Lauren Anderson (CSUN), 6-2.

Martinez and Abrahim battled only to be edged by Emma Roenholt/Lisa Marie Wurst (CSUN), 6-4. Kathleen Percegona and Maria Aveiga were bested by Nnena Nadozie/ Alicia Melosch (SDSU), 6-0, in the red doubles draw.

UTEP will continue play at the event on Saturday.

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UTEP Tennis to compete at SDSU Fall Classic

The UTEP tennis team will send seven individuals to take part in the SDSU Fall Classic from Friday through Sunday.

The Miners will compete alongside players from Cal State Northridge, Grand Canyon, McNeese State, San Diego State, San Jose State and Utah.

“We have been looking forward to this San Diego tournament for a while since we will see all seven starters compete at the same event,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “The SDSU invitational has always been a great event with extremely tough competition. We hope to really come together as a team and compete well against some solid teams. This will really show us where we are as a team and what we need to continue to work on before our ITA Regional Tournament in Las Vegas in October.”

Thássane Abrahim, Maria Aveiga, Eve Daniels, Erandi Martinez, Kathleen Percegona, Lina Sáchica and Vanessa Valdez will all be in action in the same tournament for the first time of the year. In the first two fall tournaments of the season, UTEP sent four individuals.

The Miners will have three different doubles tandems while five individuals will compete in singles action. Sáchica sports a team-best mark of 3-1 in singles play. She was also 3-1 in doubles while teaming up with Valdez at the NM State Aggie Invite to win the title in the back draw at the event.

Each day of the tournament is slated to commence at 10 a.m. MT with three brackets of doubles action, followed by play in six singles brackets.

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Valdez And Sáchica Win Doubles Back Draw Title At NM State Aggie Fall Invite

LAS CRUCES – Vanessa Valdez and Lina Sáchica took home the crown in the doubles back draw to cap the action for the UTEP tennis team at the NM State Aggie Fall Invite on Sunday. Additionally, Sáchica picked up another win in singles play.

“It was a good finish to the tournament,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Vane (Vanessa Valdez) and Lina (Sáchica) won the back draw of the top doubles flight while Lina closed out the weekend with another win. Overall it was a positive weekend. Now we get back to work before heading off to San Diego this Thursday.”

Valdez and Sáchica dominated Nicold Gonzalez and Kajsa Gedlitchska (WNMU), 6-0, in the back draw finals. It marked the duo’s third straight victory at the event.

Sáchica then took care of business in singles play, dispatching Melissa Ariza (UTPB), 6-0, 6-0, to take home third place in the Crimson Draw.

UTEP will be back in action when it plays at the SDSU Invite September 27-29.

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Doubles Tandem Advances To Finals Of Back Draw At NM State Aggie Fall Invite

LAS CRUCES – Vanessa Valdez and Lina Sáchica advanced to the finals of the consolation draw doubles round as the UTEP tennis team concluded its second day of action at the NM State Aggie Fall Invite Saturday.

Sáchica and Ana Gonzalez also picked up wins in singles play in a day that was marred by several rain delays.

“Today was a solid day,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We had chances to make it a great day but lost two super tiebreaker matches. Tomorrow, Vanessa (Valdez) and Lina (Sáchica) play in the main draw of the consolation doubles final at 9 a.m. Lina will also be playing for third place in consolation singles side of the draw. Ana (Gonzalez) and Ailyn Castañeda completed play today by finishing in a tie for second place in the Grey Singles Draw.”

Valdez and Sáchica bested the pairing of Melissa Ariza Gonzalez and Maria Briones (UTPB), 6-2, to punch their ticket to the championship in the back draw of doubles action.

Sáchica also got the best of Briones (UTPB) in singles play by virtue of a 6-3, 6-1 outcome. Following two rain delays, she won the opening set in the match against Ileana Mocciola (ACU), 6-0. The junior dropped the next set, 6-1, and couldn’t close out the super tiebreaker in a narrow 12-10 defeat.

Gonzalez got in the win column for the initial occasion of her collegiate career, besting Nelia Williams (UTPB) in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Castañeda tried to follow suit only to fall to Julia Terrazas (WNMU), 6-4, 4-6, 10-5.

UTEP will wrap up its play at the event on Sunday.

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UTEP Tennis to compete at NM State Aggie Fall Invite

The UTEP tennis team will compete in its second fall tournament in as many weeks when it heads up I-10 to take part in the NM State Aggie Fall Invite Friday through Sunday.

The Miners will lock up with players from Abilene Christian, NM State, UIW, UTPB and Western New Mexico during the three-day event. Play will commence at 9 a.m. MT with two rounds of doubles matches before singles action starts at 11:30 a.m. MT.

Ailyn Castañeda, Ana Gonzalez and Lina Sáchica will make their Miner debut while lone senior Vanessa Valdez will also compete in the annual event.

“I’m very excited to see this other group of girls play,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “This will be some very solid competition at the NM State Invite. These four ladies are ready to compete so it will be good to see how they match up against some other teams.”

Sáchica played two years at Lindsey Wilson College, helping the squad win a pair of conference crowns and compete at the NAIA National Championships.

“I just want to give my best and have good results,” Sáchica said. “I’m ready to support my team, and I hope they support me too.”

Castañeda was a four-year letter winner at Americas HS who finished in third place at the district tournament each season. She will now continue her tennis career at the collegiate level, representing her hometown Miners.

“I’m really excited about starting my career,” Castañeda said. “I’m looking forward to playing college tennis, for all the experiences that I’m going to have and for all the new girls I’m going to meet.”

Gonzalez also hails from El Paso, having competed as the No. 1 singles player during the entirety of her prep career with Loretto Academy HS.

“I’m real excited for this tournament this weekend in Las Cruces,” Gonzalez said. “I hope to do well, play good, have good results and give my best.”

Valdez, the lone senior on the squad, will play exclusively in doubles this weekend. Last year she tied for the team lead with 17 doubles triumph (17-11 overall).

“The example that I’m trying to set for my team is a lot of commitment,” Valdez said. “There’s a lot of pride to get to go this tournament. This is the first time they (Ailyn Castañeda, Ana Gonzalez and Lina Sáchica) are competing for us, and I’m excited for them to represent UTEP with me.’

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UTEP Tennis wraps up play at Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invitational

MIDLAND – Erandi Martinez advanced to the semifinals of consolation play before bowing out to set the tone for the UTEP tennis team on its final day of action at the Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invitational on Saturday.

“We had another tough day today,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Erandi (Martinez) won, then lost in the semifinals of the consolation draw. Mafer (Maria Aveiga) fought hard in her consolation quarterfinal match, falling in three sets. Mafer and Tuca (Thássane Abrahim) lost in their main draw doubles match to a solid team from Lamar. Eve (Daniels) and Tuca played some exhibition singles matches, but also lost in three sets. We fought hard today, but just couldn’t get going. We will head home tomorrow and get back to work. This is a great event, and it showed us how much work we have to do. I am confident we will get there in due time.”

Martinez secured a spot in the semifinals of the back draw by advancing past Helena Jansen (TJC), 3-1, retired. Her run came to an end with a 6-2, 6-3, setback against Rishona Lewis (Texas State).

Aveiga had pushed Lewis to three sets before falling, 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.

In the main draw of doubles, UTEP’s tandem of Abrahim and Aveiga was upended by Biana Vitale and Natalia Molina (Lamar), 8-2.

The Miners will return to the courts when they compete at the NM State Aggie Invitational from Sept. 20-22.

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UTEP Tennis to open Fall Season at Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invitational

 Three newcomers (Thássane Abrahim, Maria Aveiga and Eve Daniels) and returnee Erandi Martinez will represent the UTEP tennis team at the Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invitational Friday through Sunday.

“We are very excited to begin our fall tournament season at the Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “This is a great event with many top teams from all over the country. We are looking forward to finally getting out and competing after a couple of weeks of practice. The four Miners that will be making the trip are junior returner Erandi Martinez, junior transfer Maria “Mafer” Aveiga, and freshmen Eve Daniels and Thássane “Tuca” Abrahim. These four have been playing extremely well these first few weeks, and it will be great to see them transition from practice to competition.”

It marks the first of five fall tournaments for the Miners, who will also compete at the NM State Aggie Invite (Sept. 20-22), the San Diego State University Invitational (Sept. 27-29), the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament (Oct. 23-26) and the SFA Invite (Nov. 1-3).

Abrahim is a freshman from Brazil who achieved a universal tennis ranking of 9.8 in 2018.

“I’m looking forward to competing against players from other universities,” Abrahim said. “It’s going to be great to play doubles and compete with UTEP.”

Fellow classmate Daniels ventured to UTEP from England, where she had success in both singles and doubles play at various ITF events.

“I’m looking forward to competing as a team,” Daniels said. “I’m also looking forward to competing in a doubles event.”

Aveiga is a junior who competed two seasons with Seward County Community College, helping the program win back-to-back Region VI titles. Last year she advances to the semifinals of the national tournament in both singles and doubles play.

“I’m so excited to compete against other universities,” Aveiga said. “I also want to see the level (of play) of other players.”

Martinez is a two-year letter winner for the Miners, who compiled a combined 21 victories in 2018-19.

“I’m very excited about this tournament,” Martinez said. “I know it’s going to be a challenge. It’s going to be tough and good competition, but we are willing to work super hard and work as a team.”

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UTEP Tennis Team Named ITA All-Academic Team

For the fourth consecutive year, the UTEP tennis team has been named an ITA All-Academic Team.

Additionally, five members (Rine Nozaki, Kathleen Percegona, Kirsten Prelle, Vanessa Valdez and Yvette Van Oijen) of the 2018-19 Miner team secured ITA Scholar-Athlete status.

“I’m very proud of the team and the individual award winners,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “It is very difficult to combine academics with their sport, but this team showed dramatic improvements again on both fronts. They represent UTEP Athletics with class and pride.”

The Miners produced a cumulative team GPA of 3.55 during the 2018-19 scholastic year. It marked the top GPA by any UTEP team in 2018-19 and easily surpassed the ITA’s minimum standard of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) to qualify for the award.

ITA Scholar-Athlete recipients need to be a letter winner, boast a GPA of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the academic year and have been enrolled at the institution for a minimum of two semesters.

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Prelle Named To All-Conference USA Singles Second Team

DALLAS– UTEP freshman standout Kirsten Prelle has been recognized as an All-Conference USA Singles second-team honoree, the league office announced Friday. She is the first Miner to be an all-league recipient since 2016 (Vivienne Kulicke)

“I am extremely proud of Kirsten,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “She showed tremendous maturity this year, playing No. 1 the entire spring as a freshman. It is great that coaches in C-USA also recognized her success this year by awarding her an All-Conference award. She certainly earned it.”

Prelle enjoyed a stellar first season with the Orange and Blue, pacing the team in overall victories (22-8) and dual-match wins (13-5). Her overall winning percentage (.733) ties for eighth in the UTEP record books while the 22 wins is just shy of the top 10. She also shared the squad lead for individual doubles triumphs (17-7), and competed at No 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for UTEP.

Prelle won her final five singles matches of the seasons, including a 6-3, 6-3, result in the C-USA Championships against Maryna Veksler (FIU). She was often dominant, securing 17 singles wins via straight sets. Prelle forged a 9-3 mark in the fall, aided by winning the singles championship at the NM State Aggie Invite. The effort made her the first Miner freshman to claim a fall flight title since Rebeca Calvillo in 2010.

Her efforts helped the Miners win the first league match in three seasons, rally from a 3-0 deficit to best Boise State and finish with a mark of 5-2 at home.

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UTEP Tennis Falls To FIU In Opening Round Of C-USA Championships

Freshman Kirsten Prelle defeated Maryna Veksler in straight sets at No. 1 singles but 13th-seed UTEP was tripped up by fourth-seed FIU, 4-1, in the opening round of the 2019 Air Force Reserve Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championship on Thursday.

The Miners (7-14) conclude their campaign while the Panthers (11-7) advance to challenge fifth-seed North Texas at 1 p.m. MT Friday.

Prelle capped a stellar first season with the Orange and Blue at 22-8 overall (13-5 dual), aided by winning her final five matches.

“Kirsten (Prelle) played great in singles to get the only point,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “I’m super proud of her. She had a great season. We competed as well as we could, but it was not enough to beat No. four seed FIU.”

The contest commenced with doubles, with FIU taking the early lead by virtue of victories at the top two spots. Basak Akbas and Kamila Umarova snuck past Prelle and Valdez, 6-3, at No. 1 doubles. Kathleen Percegona and Yvette van Oijen were upended by Sandra Bozinovic and Maria Turrillo, 6-2, at No. 2 doubles. Rine Nozaki and Erandi Martinez were trailing, 5-3, against Veksler and Paulina Bakaite at No. 3 doubles when the match went unfinished with the doubles point decided.

Prelle took center stage in singles, rolling past Veksler, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 1 position. The other matches, however, went in favor of the Panthers. Nozaki was downed by Bakaite, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 5 singles. The senior van Oijen fell, 6-1, 6-0, against Bozinovic at No. 4 singles while Martinez was derailed, 6-1, 6-0, by Umarova at No. 2 singles.

Milena Baigorria won her first set, 6-1, against Turrillo, and trailed, 4-3, in the second when it was stopped due to the team outcome being in the books. Percegona’s match against Akbas at No. 3 singles also went unfinished. The score stood at 6-1, 5-4, in favor of Akbas when it was halted.

Tennis Match Results  UTEP vs FIU Panthers  |  4/18/2019 at Houston, TX  | (George R. Brown Tennis Center)
FIU Panthers 4, UTEP 1
Singles competition
1. Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) def. Maryna Veksler (FIU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Kamila Umarova (FIU) def. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-1, 6-0
3. Basak Akbas (FIU) vs. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-1, 5-4, unfinished
4. Sandra Bozinovic (FIU) def. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-1, 6-0
5. Paulina Bakaite (FIU) def. Rine Nozaki (UTEP) 6-3, 6-2
6. Maria Turrillo (FIU) vs. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 1-6, 4-3, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Basak Akbas/ Kamila Umarova (FIU) def. Kirsten Prelle/Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) 6-3
2. Sandra Bozinovic/ Maria Turrillo (FIU) def. Kathleen Percegona/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-2
3. Maryna Veksler/ Paulina Bakaite (FIU) vs. Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 5-3, unfinished

Match Notes:
UTEP 7-14
FIU Panthers 11-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,2,1,5)
2019 C-USA Championship

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UTEP Tennis Clipped By NM State, 5-2, On “Senior Day”

Freshman Kirsten Prelle and sophomore Erandi Martinez each picked up wins in singles play but the UTEP tennis team was dispatched, 5-2, by visiting NM State to spoil “Senior Day” on Saturday.

“Unfortunately we did not play with the confidence that was needed to win today,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Kirsten (Prelle) and Vane (Vanessa Valdez) played great in the doubles. That carried over into the singles with Kirsten winning easily. Vane did as much as she could with her injured foot. Erandi (Martinez) played very solid and got her win. We just were not able to get any other help to secure the points.”

Prelle cruised past Rebecca Keijzerwaar, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 1 singles while Martinez edged Neus Torregrosa, 7-6, 7-5, at No. 4 singles to highlight the action for the Miners (7-13). UTEP’s three-match surge was halted by the Aggies (13-9) in the regular-season finale.

Action commenced in doubles with Prelle and Vanessa Valdez drilling Harsha Challa and Bhargavi Kalaga, 6-1, at the top position. Rine Nozaki and Martinez were edged, 6-4, by Chloe Gavino and Keijzerwaar at No. 3 doubles. Yvette van Oijen and Kathleen Percegona also came up shy, 7-5, against Lindsay Harlas and Yadira Rubio, 7-5, at No. 2 doubles, allowing NM State to take the doubles point.

UTEP needed victories on four of the six courts in singles play, but it wasn’t in the cards. Prelle did her part with her fourth consecutive triumph at the top position while Martinez extended her winning streak to three at No. 4 singles.

Valdez battled but fell, 6-3, 7-5, to Harlas at No. 2 singles. Van Oijen came up short, 6-2, 7-6, against Rubio at No. 5 singles. Milena Baigorria fell, 7-6, 6-2, at No. 6 singles. Percegona was upended, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 3 singles.

The Miners will now turn their attention to the 2019 C-USA Championships (April 18-21) at Rice in Houston, Texas.

Tennis Match Results
New Mexico State at UTEP
4/13/2019 at El Paso, Texas
(El Paso Tennis Club)
New Mexico State 5, UTEP 2
Singles competition
1. Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) def. Rebecca Keijzerwaar (NMST) 6-0, 6-2
2. Lindsay Harlas (NMST) def. Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) 6-3, 7-5
3. Harsha Challa (NMST) def. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-1, 6-4
4. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Neus Torregrosa (NMST) 7-6, 7-5
5. Yadira Rubio (NMST) def. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-2, 7-6
6. Chloe Gavino (NMST) def. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 7-6, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Kirsten Prelle/Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) def. Harsha Challa/Bhargavi Kalaga (NMST) 6-1
2. Lindsay Harlas/Yadira Rubio (NMST) def. Yvette Van Oijen/Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 7-5
3. Chloe Gavino/Rebecca Keijzerwaar (NMST) def. Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-4

Match Notes:
New Mexico State 13-9
UTEP 7-13
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,5,2,6,4)

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Surging UTEP Tennis Team to face I-10 Rival NM State on “Senior Day” Saturday

Riding a season-long three-match winning streak, the UTEP tennis team will play host to I-10 rival NM State at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Miners (7-12) will recognize Maria Paula Medina, Milou Pietersz and Yvette van Oijen prior to the match against the Aggies (12-8).

“We are really excited to be closing out the regular season at home Saturday,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “It is great to be able to honor our seniors for their time and commitment to UTEP. We have been competing very well lately. We look to continue that on Saturday before heading off to the C-USA championships next week.”

A win against NM State would be the first in the series in three years. It would also result in the longest winning streak (four) to close out the regular season at the school since at least 1990-91 (prior records incomplete). Furthermore, the Orange and Blue are 5-1 at home and have a shot to finish with just one setback in the Sun City for the first time since 2014-15 (8-1).

The Aggies carry a 2-7 road record into the weekend. They will play at New Mexico at 10 a.m. MT Friday before making the trip to El Paso on Saturday.

Freshman Kirsten Prelle enters the weekend having won three consecutive matches at No. 1 singles. She has produced team-best records in both overall (20-8) and dual (11-5) competition.

Sophomore Erandi Martinez, freshman Rine Nozaki, junior Vanessa Valdez and the senior van Oijen are all riding two-match streaks. The recent uptick has pushed Martinez to 7-8 in dual action, including 7-4 when playing at No. 3 singles. Van Oijen follows with six dual triumphs while Nozaki and fellow classmate Kathleen Percegona each have five.

Following the match with NM State, the Miners will turn their attention to the 2019 C-USA Championships (April 18-21) at Rice in Houston, Texas.

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Winning Streak Hits Three As UTEP Tennis Blanks UT Tyler 7-0

The UTEP tennis team extended its winning streak to three after drilling Division II program UT Tyler 7-0, at the El Paso Tennis Club on Saturday.

The Miners (7-12) took care of business across the board, winning every match on each court in both singles and doubles play against the Patriots (6-9). It marked the third consecutive victory, the longest surge at the school since UTEP won four in a row in 2016. The effort also moved the Orange and Blue to 5-1 at home on the year.

“I’m very proud of the girls today for keeping the energy up after the win yesterday,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We came out strong, winning all the doubles matches. That carried on into the singles.”

The match commenced with doubles, with UTEP taking the point to secure the early lead in the match. Vanessa Valdez and Kirsten Prelle derailed Anna Claire Gerletti and Brooke Brewer, 6-3, at No. 1 doubles. The duo remains undefeated (4-0) in dual play, with all of the wins coming at the top slot.

Erandi Martinez and Rine Nozaki dispatched Ana Zaidan and Lauren Kuhn, 6-2, at No. 3 doubles to lock up the team point. For good measure, Yvette van Oijen and Kathleen Percegona bested Chloe Chawner and Victoria Kniffen, 6-3, at No. 2 doubles.

UTEP kept things going on singles, winning in straight sets in each of the matches. Prelle waxed Chawner, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 1 singles. The freshman now stands 20-8 on the year, including 11-5 in dual action. Nozaki posted her second victory in as many days, cruising past Zaidan, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 6 singles. Milena Baigorria downed Kniffen, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 5 singles, officially clinching the match for the Orange and Blue.

Martinez drilled Brewer, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 3 singles, to snag her second straight win. The senior van Oijen also tasted victory for the second consecutive match, knocking off Kuhn, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 4 singles, Percegona capped off the flawless day with a 6-2, 6-3 result against Gerletti at No. 2 singles.

UTEP will be back in action when it wraps up the regular season at home against I-10 rival NM State on “Senior Day” at 2 p.m. MT on April 13.

Tennis Match Results UT Tyler vs UTEP  4/6/2019 at El Paso, Texas
(El Paso Tennis Club)
UTEP 7, UT Tyler 0

Singles competition
1. Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) def. Chloe Chawner (UTTY) 6-1, 6-1
2. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) def. Anna Claire Gerletti (UTTY) 6-2, 6-3
3. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Brooke Brewer (UTTY) 6-2, 6-0
4. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. Lauren Kuhn (UTTY) 6-3, 6-0
5. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) def. Victoria Kniffen (UTTY) 6-3, 6-0
6. Rine Nozaki (UTEP) def. Ana Zaidan (UTTY) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Vanessa Valdez/Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) def. Anna Claire Gerletti/Brooke Brewer (UTTY) 6-3
2. Yvette van Oijen/Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) def. Chloe Chawner/Victoria Kniffen (UTTY) 6-3
3. Erandi Martinez/Rine Nozaki (UTEP) def. Ana Zaidan/Lauren Kuhn (UTTY) 6-2

Match Notes:
UT Tyler 6-9
UTEP 7-12

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,6,5,3,4,2)

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UTEP Tennis Storms Back To Beat Boise State 4-3

Trailing in the match, 3-0, the UTEP tennis team proved its mettle by rallying back to defeat Boise State, 4-3, at the El Paso Tennis Club Friday.

The Miners (6-12) dropped the doubles point to the Broncos (7-7) before picking up singles wins from Yvette van Oijen, Kirsten Prelle, Rine Nozaki and Erandi Martinez to fuel the comeback.

It is the second straight win for UTEP, which improves to 4-1 at home on the season. It also serves as the first victory against a Mountain West program since the Orange and Blue toppled Wyoming, 4-3, on Feb. 28, 2016.

“It was a great win today,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We competed well in doubles, but couldn’t close it out. We started solid on most courts, but went down 3-0 in the match very quickly. Yvette (van Oijen) got our first point in singles and then Kirsten (Prelle). Rine (Nozaki) came back from a set down to tie it up, 3-3, and then Erandi (Martinez) closed it for us. I’m very proud of the team today. We showed great fight today, especially without Vane (Vanessa Valdez) in singles. I have always known that we could compete like this, but they needed to believe in themselves.”

The match started with doubles, where the Broncos emerged victorious at No. 2 and No. 3 to take the team point and a 1-0 lead in the match. Nozaki and Martinez battled but fell, 6-4, against Wiktoria Nosek and Emily Strande at No. 3 doubles. It was a similar story at No. 2 doubles, with Kathleen Percegona and van Oijen being clipped, 6-3, by Frankie Trella and Vanessa Timm. The match at No. 1 doubles went unfinished, with Vanessa Valdez and Prelle trailing, 5-3, against Lilian Poling and Wilhelmina Palmer.

Percegona came up short, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 2 singles against Palmer. That was followed by Milena Baigorria losing, 6-1, 6-1, against Strande at No. 5 singles, affording the visiting Broncos the 3-0 team lead. Rather than fold up shop, UTEP kept the faith and emerged victorious in the remaining four singles matches to pull of the improbable comeback.

It was the senior van Oijen who got it started by cruising past Timm, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 4 singles. Prelle then took down Poling, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 1 singles.

Nozaki dropped the first set, 6-2, at No. 6 singles against Trella. She regrouped and struck back in a big way, claiming the final two sets, 6-1, 6-2. All eyes were then on Martinez, who delivered a 6-4, 6-4 result against Nosek at No. 3 singles to put the match in the win column for UTEP.

The Miners will look to continue their winning ways when they play host to UT-Tyler at 12 p.m. MT Saturday. A victory would ensure the first three-match surge since UTEP won four in a row in 2016.

Tennis Match Results – Boise State vs UTEP  4/5/2019 at El Paso, Texas

UTEP 4, Boise State 3

Singles competition
1. Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) def. Lilian Poling (BSU) 6-4, 6-4
2. Wilhelmina Palmer (BSU) def. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-1, 6-1
3. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Wiktoria Nosek (BSU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. Vanessa Timm (BSU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Emily Strande (BSU) def. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-1, 6-1
6. Rine Nozaki (UTEP) def. Frankie Trella (BSU) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Vanessa Valdez/Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) vs. Lilian Poling/Wilhelmina Palmer (BSU) 3-5, unfinished
2. Frankie Trella/Vanessa Timm (BSU) def. Kathleen Percegona/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-3
3. Wiktoria Nosek/Emily Strande (BSU) def. Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-4

Match Notes:
Boise State 7-7
UTEP 6-12
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,5,4,1,6,3)

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