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UTEP Tennis Falls At Houston 6-1

HOUSTON – Vanessa Valdez rallied to pick up a victory in three sets but a short-handed UTEP tennis team was defeated at Houston, 6-1, Wednesday afternoon.

The Miners (4-11) were without the services of No. 1 player Kirsten Prelle, resulting in the line-up being mixed up. UTEP battled, but couldn’t get it done as the Cougars (11-4) won their sixth straight match.

“We lost, 6-1, without having Kirsten (Prelle). Vane (Vanessa Valdez) fought back to win in three sets at No. 1 singles,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “I’m very proud of the effort we put out there today. We represented UTEP with pride.”

Rine Nozaki and Erandi Martinez were toppled by Ndindi Ndunda and Sophie Gerits, 6-2, at No. 2 doubles. Valdez and Milena Baigorria fell by the identical score at the No. 3 slot to Jovana Vukovic/Phonexay Chitdara. Yvette Van Oijen and Kathleen Percegona’s match at No. 1 doubles went unfinished. The duo trailed Mimi Kendall-Woseley and Elena Tairyan, 5-3, when it was halted due to the doubles point being decided.

Valdez stole the show for the Orange and Blue in singles play. Moving up to the top slot to play in place of Prelle, she lost the first set, 6-2. Valdez regrouped to take the second set, 6-4, and then locked up the victory with a 10-4 outcome in the super tiebreaker.

UTEP was unable to get things going in the other matches, with Houston successfully defending its home court. Martinez was bested by Kendall-Woseley, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 2 singles. Van Oijen came up short against Tairyan, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 4 singles.

Baigorria was tripped up by Chitdara, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 5 singles. Nozaki fell, 6-0, 6-1, against Stephanie Belovukovic at No. 6 singles. Percegona was toppled by Vukovic, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3 singles.

After playing three matches in four days, the Miners will now be off until they compete at Northern Arizona at 3 p.m. on March 30. UTEP will then square off against Portland State in a neutral-site match (Flagstaff, Ariz.) at 10 a.m. on March 31.

UTEP at Houston 3/20/2019 at Houston, Texas
Houston 6, UTEP 1

Singles competition

1. Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) def. Ndindi Ndunda (UH) 2-6, 6-4, 10-4
2. Mimi Kendall-Woseley (UH) def. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-3, 6-1
3. Jovana Vukovic (UH) def. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-0, 6-0
4. Elena Tairyan (UH) def. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-2, 6-2
5. Phonexay Chitdara (UH) def. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-1, 6-1
6. Stephanie Belovukovic (UH) def. Rine Nozaki (UTEP) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. Mimi Kendall-Woseley/Elena Tairyan (UH) vs. Yvette Van Oijen/Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 5-3, unf
2. Ndindi Ndunda/Sophie Gerits (UH) def. Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-2
3. Jovana Vukovic/Phonexay Chitdara (UH) def. Vanessa Valdez/Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-2

Match Notes:

UTEP 4-11
Houston 11-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,5,6,4,2,1)

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UTEP Tennis Takes Down Stephen F. Austin On The Road 4-2

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The UTEP tennis team won the doubles point while also receiving singles triumphs from Kirsten Prelle, Kathleen Percegona and Milena Baigorria on the way to knocking off Stephen F. Austin, 4-2, on the road Sunday afternoon.

The effort snaps a four-match skid for the Miners (4-9), who showed good heart in toppling the Ladyjacks (4-6) to secure their first road win against a division I program in two years (W, 4-2, at Colorado, Feb. 17, 2017).

“It was a solid start by winning the doubles point,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We got off to a really fast start in singles by winning the first set on five of the six courts. Kell (Kathleen Percegona) and Milena (Baigorria) played extremely well today, winning in straight sets to take us to 3-0. SFA came back with wins at No. 2 and No. 5 singles. Rine (Nozaki) fought back to win the second set after being down. Kirsten (Prelle) was down, 5-1, in the third set and came fighting back to clinch the match, 7-5. I’m super proud of these girls today. They fought all the way to the end. Kirsten showed great focus and determination to overcome that deficit.”

The match commenced in doubles, with the Miners taking the early 1-0 advantage. Kirsten Prelle and Vanessa Valdez bounced Kaja Ljubic and Gabi Guilarte, 6-4, at the top slot. Kathleen Percegona and Yvette Van Oijen were derailed by Kyndall Misak and Nida Kamal, 6-3, at No. 2 doubles. Rine Nozaki and Erandi Martinez clipped Armelle Cerdan and Darinka Tiboldi, 6-4, at No. 3 doubles to secure the doubles point for UTEP.

Percegona was locked in early and never looked back on the way to 6-2, 6-1 win against Ljubic at No. 3 singles. That was followed by Milena Baigorria rolling to a 6-3, 7-5 outcome vs. Misak at No. 6 singles.

Martinez squared off against Tiboldi at No. 2 singles. The sophomore took the first set, 6-2, before the SFA player rallied with 6-1, 6-1, outcomes in the final two sets. It was the same fate for Van Oijen against Kamal at No. 5 singles. She secured the opening set, 6-2, but couldn’t sustain the momentum with her foe taking the final two sets, 6-1, 6-1.

SFA would get no closer, though, with Prelle showing off her perseverance to clinch the match for the Orange and Blue against Guilarte at No. 1 singles. The freshman secured the first set, 7-5, before being edged in the second set, 7-5. She fell behind, 5-1, in the third set but caught fire by winning the next six games to clinch the set, 7-5, and the match (4-2) for the Orange and Blue.

Nozaki’s match at No. 4 singles against Cerdan went unfinished. The freshman dropped the first set, 6-1, but took the second set, 7-5. The third set was tied, 2-2, when the match was halted with the team outcome taken care of.

The Miners will shoot for their second win in as many days when they return to the courts against Sam Houston State at 12 p.m. MT Monday. They will then conclude the busy stretch by competing at Houston at 12 p.m. MT Wednesday).

UTEP 4, Stephen F. Austin 2  –  3/17/2019 at Nacogdoches, Texas

Singles competition

1. Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) def. Gabi Guilarte (SFA) 7-5, 5-7, 7-5
2. Darinka Tiboldi (SFA) def. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
3. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) def. Kaja Ljubic (SFA) 6-2, 6-1
4. Armelle Cerdan (SFA) vs. Rine Nozaki (UTEP) 6-1, 5-7, 2-2, unfinished
5. Nida Kamal (SFA) def. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
6. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) def. Kyndall Misak (SFA) 6-3, 7-5

Doubles competition

1. Kirsten Prelle/Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) def. Kaja Ljubic/Gabi Guilarte (SFA) 6-4
2. Kyndall Misak/Nida Kamal (SFA) def. Kathleen Percegona/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-3
3. Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Armelle Cerdan/Darinka Tiboldi (SFA) 6-4

Match Notes:

UTEP 4-9
Stephen F. Austin 4-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,6,2,5,1)

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UTEP Tennis To Return To Courts For Three Matches In Four Days

The UTEP tennis team will play three matches in four days in a busy stretch of action, competing at Stephen F. Austin (12 p.m. MT Sunday), against Sam Houston State (12 p.m. MT Monday) and at Houston (12 p.m. MT Wednesday).

The Miners (3-9) will be looking to recapture their form they displayed when they won two of three at home before being saddled with the current four-match skid.

“We are excited to be heading out on the road again,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We have three tough matches ahead of us. We continue to work hard and look to fight with everything we have to represent UTEP with class and pride.”

Setting the tone for the Miners will be freshman Kirsten Prelle at No. 1 singles. She has forged a mark of 7-4 in dual play at the top position, with three of those setbacks coming in super tiebreakers. Sophomore Erandi Martinez stands 5-5 in dual season, aided by going 5-3 at No. 3 singles.

Senior Yvette Van Oijen, who missed the fall portion of the campaign with an injury, has battled back to compile four wins in the spring. Freshmen Rine Nozaki and Kathleen Percegona each sport three dual victories while junior Vanessa Valdez has two triumphs this spring to her name.

Valdez and Van Oijen have teamed up to record a mark of 6-5 in doubles play this spring. That is followed by the freshmen pairing of Prelle and Percegona standing at 5-4. Martinez and Nozaki have worked together to produce three wins in doubles.

Stephen F. Austin has registered a mark of 4-5 in 2019 dual play, including 1-1 in home action. Sam Houston State boasts a record of 8-4 on the season, helped by winning five of the past six matches. Meanwhile Houston is a solid 9-5, including a stout mark of 7-2 when playing on its home courts.

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UTEP Tennis Upended At New Mexico 7-0

ALBUQUERQUE – The UTEP tennis team was derailed at New Mexico, 7-0, Saturday afternoon. The Miners (3-9) were bested in doubles play by the Lobos (5-7) and were unable to recover in singles competition.

“We will continue to work hard and improve little by little,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We have lots of tennis left to play. I know we will get it back.”

The match began with doubles action where homestanding UNM took the early lead. Ruth Copas and Danielle Quevedo snuck past Yvette Van Oijen and Vanessa Valdez, 6-3, at No. 1 doubles. Kirsten Prelle and Kathleen Percegona fell at No. 2 doubles to Hsiiang-Wen Huang and Yuelin Chen, 6-2. The Miners’ Rine Nozaki and Erandi Martinez were leading, 5-4, at No. 3 doubles against Bronte Murgett and Natasha Munday when the match was halted due to the team point having already been decided.

Action then turned to singles play, where Valdez was unable to compete due to an injury. Prelle squared off with Copas at No. 1 singles. She dropped the first set, 6-4, before rallying back to stake the second set, 6-4. In the super tiebreaker the freshman battled but was ultimately edged, 11-9.

Percegona was tripped up by Murgett, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2 singles. Martinez was clipped by Huang, 6-1, 7-5, at No. 3 singles.

Van Oijen fell at the hands of Quevedo, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 4 singles. Nozaki was knocked off by Munday, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 5 singles. Milena Baigorria was dispatched by Chen, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 6 singles.

The Miners will look to regain their winning ways when they play at Stephen F. Austin on March 17.

Tennis Match Results
UTEP at New Mexico
3/9/2019 at Albuquerque, N.M.
At New Mexico 7, UTEP 0

Singles competition
1. Ruth Copas (UNM) def. Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) 6-4, 4-6, 11-9
2. Bronte Murgett (UNM) def. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-2, 6-3
3. Hsiiang-Wen Huang (UNM) def. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-1, 7-5
4. Danielle Quevedo (UNM) def. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-1, 6-1
5. Natasha Munday (UNM) def. Rine Nozaki (UTEP) 6-1, 6-4
6. Yuelin Chen (UNM) def. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Ruth Copas/Danielle Quevedo (UNM) def. Yvette Van Oijen/Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) 6-3
2. Hsiiang-Wen Huang/Yuelin Chen (UNM) def. Kirsten Prelle/Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-2
3. Bronte Murgett/Natasha Munday (UNM) vs. Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 4-5, unfinished

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

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UTEP Tennis Upended At Colorado State 5-2

FORT COLLINS, Co. – The UTEP tennis team secured the doubles point while also getting a win in singles from freshman Kirsten Prelle, but it wasn’t enough in a 5-2 setback at Colorado State Sunday.

“It was a very disappointing loss today,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We started strong by winning doubles, but could not win any other singles (matches) other than Kirsten (Prelle) at No. 1. We had chances on other courts, but could not put it together. The team needs to find a way to believe in themselves when things aren’t going our way. We will continue to work hard.”

The match was played indoors due to weather, but the Miners had no problems early on in adjusting. The freshmen tandem of Prelle and Percegona cruised past Emily Luetschwager and Nancy Ghanem, 6-2, at No. 2 doubles. Vanessa Valdez and Yvette Van Oijen bested Stella Cliffe and Emily Kolbow, 7-5, at No. 1 doubles, resulting in the Orange and Blue taking the doubles point. Even though Rine Nozaki and Erandi Martinez were tripped up by Riley Reeves and Alyssa Grijalva, 6-2, at No. 3 doubles, UTEP carried the 1-0 lead into singles action.

Aside from Prelle, the Orange and Blue weren’t able to sustain the momentum as the Rams rallied for the win. Prelle looked to be in trouble early by dropping the first set at No. 1 singles to Luetschwager, 6-3. She refocused on won the next two sets, 7-5, 6-4, to complete the comeback for her sixth triumph in the past seven matches at the top spot.

Valdez started strong by winning the first set at No. 2 singles against Cliffe, 6-3. Her foe struck back, however, taking the final two sets, 6-1, 6-2. It was a similar story for Nozaki at No. 6 singles against Emma Corwin. The freshman won the first set, 6-3. She dropped the second set, 6-3, and then fell in the super tiebreaker, 10-4.

Martinez locked up with Grijalva at No. 4 singles. She lost the opening set, 6-2, but recovered nicely to take the second set, 6-4. It was back-and-forth in the final set, with the sophomore ultimately being edged, 7-6. Percegona was bounced at No. 3 singles by Ghanem, 6-2, 6-3. Van Oijen, who tasted victory against Wyoming on Saturday (March 2), couldn’t duplicate that success in a 6-0, 6-0 setback to Priscilla Palermo at No. 5 singles.

UTEP will look to apply the lessons learned from the pair of road matches this weekend when it returns to the courts to play at New Mexico at 2:30 p.m. MT on March 10.

UTEP vs Colorado State
3/3/2019 at Fort Collins, Colo.
(Fort Collins Country Club)
Colorado State 5, UTEP 2

Singles competition

1. Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) def. Emily Luetschwager (CSU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
2. Stella Cliffe (CSU) def. Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
3. Nancy Ghanem (CSU) def. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-2, 6-3
4. Alyssa Grijalva (CSU) def. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6
5. Priscilla Palermo (CSU) def. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-0, 6-0
6. Emma Corwin (CSU) def. Rine Nozaki (UTEP) 3-6, 6-3, 10-4

Doubles competition

1. Vanessa Valdez/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. Stella Cliffe/Emily Kolbow (CSU) 7-5
2. Kirsten Prelle/Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) def. Emily Luetschwager/Nancy Ghanem (CSU) 6-3
3. Riley Reeves/Alyssa Grijalva (CSU) def. Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-2

Match Notes:
UTEP 3-8
Colorado State 7-3
Order of finish: Singles (3,2,1,5,4,6)

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UTEP Tennis Falls At Wyoming 6-1

LARAMIE, Wy. – Senior Yvette Van Oijen rallied to taste victory in a super tiebreaker, but the UTEP tennis team fell at Wyoming, 6-1, on Saturday.

The Miners (3-7) were clipped in doubles play and couldn’t quite get on track in singles action against the Cowgirls (7-5).

Action commenced in doubles where Wyoming took the team point. Kirsten Prelle and Kathleen Percegona fell to Elisa Koonik and Tessa van Der Ploeg, 6-2, at No. 1 doubles. At No. 3 doubles Rine Nozaki and Erandi Martinez were downed by Maria Oreshkina and Ana Royo, 6-1. The match at No. 2 doubles went unfinished. Ida Krause and Mihaela Kaftanova were leading the Miners’ pairing of Van Oijen and Vanessa Valdez, 4-3, when it was stopped.

UTEP looked to rally back in singles play, but it wasn’t in the cards. The Miners did have some success, however, with Van Oijen picking up a win against Ana Fernandez at No. 5 singles. She lost the first set, 6-2, before taking the second set, 6-3. Van Oijen then claimed the super tiebreaker, 10-8, to complete the comeback.

Prelle’s five match-winning streak at No. 1 singles was halted by van Der Ploeg. Prelle won the first set, 6-3, but dropped the second set, 6-2. She then was tripped up in the super tiebreaker, 10-6.

Valdez fell to Koonik, 6-0, 6-4, at No. 2 singles. Martinez was downed by Oershkina, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3 singles. Milena Baigorria was bested by Kaftanova, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 6 singles.

UTEP will look to produce a split on the road trip when it competes at Colorado State at 8 a.m. MT Sunday. There will be live stats available at the following link: UTEP at Colorado State

UTEP at Wyoming  – March 2, 2019 at Laramie, Wyoming  |  (UW Indoor Courts)  |  Wyoming 6, UTEP 1

Singles competition

1. Tessa van Der Ploeg (WY) def. Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6)
2. Elisa Koonik (WY) def. Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) 6-0, 6-4
3. Maria Oreshkina (WY) def. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-1, 6-1
4. Ana Royo (WY) def. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-2, 6-4
5. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. Ana Fernandez (WY) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)
6. Mihaela Kaftanova (WY) def. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. Elisa Koonik/Tessa van Der Ploeg (WY) def. Kirsten Prelle/Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-2
2. Ida Krause/Mihaela Kaftanova (WY) def. Yvette Van Oijen/Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) 4-3
3. Maria Oreshkina/Ana Royo (WY) def. Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-1

Match Notes:

UTEP 3-7 overall
Wyoming 7-5 overall
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,2,4,1,6,5)

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UTEP Tennis Edged By Utah State 4-3

UTEP received singles victories from Kirsten Prelle, Erandi Martinez and Kathleen Percegona but visiting Utah State snuck past the Miners, 4-3, at the El Paso Tennis Club Sunday.

The Miners (3-6) were edged in the doubles point by the Aggies (4-6) and attempted to rally but ultimately came up one match shy in singles.

“I am extremely proud of the team,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We had a great weekend at home (won two of three). The fan support from the El Paso tennis club members made for an incredible environment. We competed very well all three matches and are constantly improving. It is very rewarding to see the team come together to fight like this. The coaches are very proud of this Miner tennis team.”

In doubles play Prelle and Percegona showed off a strong resolve with a 7-6 vanquishing of Hannah Jones and Alexandra Taylor at No. 1 doubles. The Miners’ pairing of Vanessa Valdez and Yvette Van Oijen battled only to fall, 7-6, against Sidnee Lavatai and Alexandra Pisareva at No. 2 doubles. Martinez and Rine Nozaki were dropped at No. 3 doubles, 6-1, by Annaliese County and Lucy Octave.

The Orange and Blue refocused for singles play. Prelle continued her hot streak by posting her fifth consecutive win. She toppled Pisareva, 4-6, 6-4, 10-7. It was an especially impressive win, with Pisareva rating fifth in the region. Martinez dropped Taylor, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 3 singles. Percegona also had a straight-set triumph, besting County, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 5 singles.

Van Oijen went down fighting at No. 6 singles, 6-4, 6-4, against Lavatai. Nozaki also lost by a 6-4, 6-4, margin against Gabrielle Dekkers at No. 4 singles. Valdez fell in the opening set to Jones, 6-4, before dropping the second set, 6-0.

UTEP will be back in action with a match at Wyoming at 11 a.m. MT Saturday.

Utah State vs UTEP
2/24/2019 at El Paso Tennis Club  |  Utah State 4, UTEP 3

Singles competition

1. Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) def. Alexandra Pisareva (US) 4-6, 6-4, 10-7
2. Hannah Jones (US) def. Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) 6-4, 6-0
3. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Alexandra Taylor (US) 6-4, 6-3
4. Gabrielle Dekkers (US) def. Rine Nozaki (UTEP) 6-4, 6-4
5. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) def. Annaliese County (US) 6-4, 6-3
6. Sidnee Lavatai (US) def. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition

1. Kirsten Prelle/Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) def. Hannah Jones/Alexandra Taylor (US) 7-6
2. Sidnee Lavatai/Alexandra Pisareva (US) def. Vanessa Valdez/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 7-6
3. Annaliese County/Lucy Octave (US) def. Erandi Martinez/Rine Nozaki (UTEP) 6-1

Match Notes:

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

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UTEP Tennis Defeats Central Oklahoma 5-2; Utah State Up Next on Sunday

The UTEP tennis team pushed its winning streak to two with a 5-2 victory against No. 11 (Division II) Central Oklahoma at the El Paso Tennis Club Saturday afternoon.

The Miners (3-5) rallied to win the doubles point against the Bronchos (2-2) before getting singles victories from Kirsten Prelle, Vanessa Valdez, Erandi Martinez and Yvette Van Oijen to cap the team triumph.

“This match was a challenge from start to finish,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “To come back from behind to win No. 3 doubles in a tiebreaker really set the way for the singles. UCO really pushed us all the way from beginning to end. Yvette (Van Oyen) played another solid match in singles. Kirsten (Prelle) had a great match, coming back from down in the second set to close out her match in straight sets. Erandi (Martinez) clinched the match for us today. She fought extremely hard and her resolve was impressive. It was also great to have Vane (Vanessa Valdez) back playing like I knew she could. I’m very proud of these girls in how they have grown and improved this semester. We have another tough match tomorrow. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going.”

The match began with doubles where UCO’s Paola Landin and Isabella Dunlap clipped Prelle and Kathleen Percegona, 6-3, at No. 1 doubles. The Miners struck back with Valdez and Van Oijen toppling Kirtana Bhat and Adel Abidullina, 6-2, at No. 2 doubles. UTEP then used a 7-6 come-from-behind victory by Martinez and Rine Nozaki against Nikki Boyar/Sarah Van Eeckhoudt at No. 3 doubles to secure the doubles point.

Percegona was bounced by Boyar, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 5 singles while Landin dispatched Nozaki, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 4 singles. The Orange and Blue took care of business on all of the other courts on the way to posting the 5-2 win.

At No. 1 singles Prelle continued her winning ways by besting Abidullina, 6-4, 7-5. Valdez won the first set against Dunlap, 6-3, before dropping the second set, 6-3. The transfer then won the super tiebreaker, 10-5, to take home the triumph at No. 2 singles.

Martinez downed Bhat, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 3 singles while Van Oyen cruised past Van Eeckhoudt, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 6 singles.

UTEP will look to make it three wins in as many days when it plays host to Utah State at 10 a.m. MT Sunday. There will be free admission to the match.

Central Oklahoma vs UTEP   2/23/2019 at El Paso Tennis Club

UTEP 5, Central Oklahoma 2
Singles competition

1. Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) def. Adel Abidullina (UCO) 6-4, 7-5
2. Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) def. Isabella Dunlap (UCO) 6-3, 3-6, 10-5
3. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Kirtana Bhat (UCO) 6-4, 6-4
4. Paola Landin (UCO) def. Rine Nozaki (UTEP) 6-1, 6-4
5. Nikki Boyar (UCO) def. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-0, 6-1
6. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. Sarah Van Eeckhoudt (UCO) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. Paola Landin/Isabella Dunlap (UCO) def. Kirsten Prelle/Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-3
2. Vanessa Valdez/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. Kirtana Bhat/Adel Abidullina (UCO) 6-2
3. Erandi Martinez/Rine Nozaki (UTEP) def. Nikki Boyar/Sarah Van Eeckhoudt (UCO) 7-6

Match Notes:

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

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UTEP Tennis Races Past Roadrunners 5-2; University of Central Oklahoma Up Next on Saturday

The UTEP tennis team won the doubles point before receiving singles victories from Erandi Martinez, Kirsten Prelle, Yvette Van Oijen and Kathleen Percegona on the way to besting Conference USA foe UTSA, 5-2, at the El Paso Tennis Club Friday.

The effort improves the Miners (2-5) to 2-0 on the season at home, and it also serves as their first Conference USA victory in three years. The result against the Roadrunners (5-6) was the first win of at least 5-2 against a league opponent since a 6-1 vanquishing against Southern Miss on Feb. 23, 2014.

“It was a great start in doubles where we played with a lot of intensity and confidence,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We also played solid in singles. Kirsten (Prelle) and Erandi (Martinez) got us going with singles wins. It was great that our senior Yvette (Van Oijen) was able to clinch the match. Then to cap it off, Kathleen (Percegona) was able to get her win after being so close in the last match. I’m very proud of the girls. We hope we can keep this confidence going the rest of the way.”

UTEP got the start it needed in doubles, claiming the point as result of victories at both the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Rine Nozaki and Martinez (UTEP) battled past Mariah Plauth and Catalina Cabrique, 7-5, at No. 3 doubles.

The tandem of Vanessa Valdez and Van Oijen took down Charleen Tiwari and Sophie Omoworare, 6-4, at No 2 to lock up the team point for the Miners. Miner freshmen Prelle and Percegona were leading in a tiebreaker in their match when it was halted due to clinch format being used for doubles.

After a short break, focus switched over to singles play. The Roadrunners struck back by having Lauren Cabrera topple Valdez, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 2 singles. Nozaki was clipped by Kylee Kato, 7-6, 6-1, at No. 4 singles but the rest of the day belonged to the Orange and Blue.

Martinez got the Miners on the board for singles action with a 6-4, 6-4, besting of Mariah Plauth at No. 3 singles. Prelle, urged on by the support of her mom in the stands, followed shortly thereafter. She defeated Jasmin Starr, 7-6, 6-4, at No. 1 singles. It marked the third consecutive victory for Prelle.

Fittingly enough lone senior Van Oijen clinched the team outcome by toppling Sophie Omoworare, 7-6, 6-4, at No. 6 singles. For the icing on the cake, Percegona rallied past Cabrique, 7-6, 7-5, at No. 5 singles.

The Miners will challenge No. 11 in Division II University of Central Oklahoma (2-0) at 12 p.m. Saturday and face regional opponent Utah State (3-5) at 10 a.m. Sunday to wrap up the three-match homestand.

Admission is free for each of the matches.

2/22/2019 at El Paso Tennis Club
UTEP 5, UTSA 2

Singles competition

1. Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) def. Jasmin Starr (UTSA) 7-6, 6-4
2. Laura Cabrera (UTSA) def. Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) 6-3, 6-1
3. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Mariah Plauth (UTSA) 6-4, 6-4
4. Kylee Kato (UTSA) def. Rine Nozaki (UTEP) 7-6, 6-1
5. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) def. Catalina Cabrique (UTSA) 7-6, 7-5
6. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. Sophie Omoworare (UTSA) 7-6, 6-4

Doubles competition

1. Kirsten Prelle/Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) vs. Jasmin Starr/Kylee Kato (UTSA) 6-6, unfinished
2. Vanessa Valdez/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. Charleen Tiwari/Sophie Omoworare (UTSA) 6-4
3. Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Mariah Plauth/Catalina Cabrique (UTSA) 7-5

Match Notes:

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

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UTEP Tennis Returns Home For Three Matches

The UTEP tennis team (1-5) will return home to play three matches in as many days at the El Paso Tennis Club this weekend.

The Miners will square off with Conference USA foe UTSA (5-5) at 10 a.m. MT Friday, challenge No. 11 in Division II University of Central Oklahoma (2-0) at 12 p.m. Saturday and face regional opponent Utah State (3-5) at 10 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free for each of the matches.

“We are very excited to be playing at home again this weekend at the El Paso Tennis Club,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. The three teams we are hosting this weekend will bring a high level of competition to our young team. We have been competing very well so far this season. We hope that this weekend will continue to show our progress.”

Three freshmen are among UTEP’s line-up for singles, including Kirsten Prelle at No. 1. Prelle went 2-0 and was leading the 81st-ranked player in the country (Aiwen Zhu, UNLV) in the third set when the match was halted during the Miners’ two days of competition in Las Vegas, Nev. (Feb. 8-9). Prelle also was 2-1 in doubles play on the trip while competing alongside fellow classmate Kathleen Percegona.

Freshman Rine Nozaki shares the team lead for dual-match wins with Prelle by standing at 3-3 while competing primarily at the No. 5 singles slot. She is coming off a straight-set victory against Lucia Zagar of Youngstown State (Feb. 9). Sophomore Erandi Martinez is 2-2 in dual-match play while holding down the No. 3 singles position. She also tasted victory in the most-recent weekend of competition, cruising past Cali Fuller from Weber State (Feb. 8).

Percegona, junior transfer Vanessa Valdez and senior Yvette Van Oijen all sport one dual-match win to their credit thus far on the campaign.

Last time out on the courts the Orange and Blue won the doubles point while also receiving singles victories from Prelle and Nozaki but were edged out on the other courts in a 4-3 neutral-site setback to Youngstown State (Feb. 9).

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UTEP Tennis Upended By Weber State 5-2

LAS VEGAS, Nv. – Freshman Kirsten Prelle and sophomore Erandi Martinez each picked up a win in singles play in the UTEP tennis team’s 5-2 defeat in a neutral-site match with Weber State on Friday

. Prelle also teamed forces with classmate Kathleen Percegona to emerge victorious in a doubles match

The doubles point was close but ultimately went to the Wildcats, and the Miners’ efforts to rally fell short in singles play.

“We had great chance to win the doubles point,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Kirsten (Prelle) and Kathleen (Percegona) played great at No. 1. We couldn’t close at No. 2. In the singles, we fought super hard. Kirsten and Erandi (Martinez) both won. They played extremely well and fought very hard. We had chances on many of the courts but couldn’t make it work. It was a great learning experience, and we are still getting better with every match.”

WSU’s Megan Lombardi and Cali Fuller bested Rine Nozaki and Erandi Martinez at No. 3 doubles play, 6-2, but UTEP countered. Prelle and Percegona were in top form, cruising past Yuuna Ukita and McKenna Lloyd, 6-1, at the top slot. That put the focus on No. 2 doubles where Vanessa Valdez and Yvette Van Oijen battled but came up just short, 6-4, against Sara Parker and Patty Kuo.

Following a brief break, singles play began. Prelle took care of business at No. 1, defeating Kuo, 7-6, 6-3. Martinez also got in the win column at No.3 singles, derailing Fuller, 6-4, 6-2.

Nozaki gave Lombardi everything she could handle at No. 5 singles. She dropped the first set, 6-2, before responding to take the second set, 7-6. It was a back-and-forth battle in the super tiebreaker, with Lombardi managing a 10-8 win. Valdez squared off with Ukita at No. 2 singles, falling 6-4, 6-2. Percegona was upended by Dickason, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 4 singles while Van Oijen was edged by Lloyd, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 6 singles.

UTEP will lock up with UNLV in a true road match at 11 a.m. MT Saturday.

Weber State 5, UTEP 2

Singles competition

  1. Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) def. Patty Kuo (WSU) 7-6, 6-3
  2. Yuuna Ukita (WSU) def. Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) 6-4, 6-2
  3. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Cali Fuller (WSU) 6-4, 6-2
  4. Morgan Dickason (WSU) def. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-4, 6-0
  5. Megan Lombardi (WSU) def. Rine Nozaki (UTEP) 6-2, 6-7, 10-8
  6. McKenna Lloyd (WSU) def. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-4, 7-5

Doubles competition

  1. Kirsten Prelle/Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) def. Yuuna Ukita/McKenna Lloyd (WSU) 6-1
  2. Sara Parker/Patty Kuo (WSU) def. Vanessa Valdez/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-4
  3. Megan Lombardi/Cali Fuller (WSU) def. Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-2

Match Notes:

Weber State 3-2

UTEP 1-3

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

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UTEP Tennis Falls In Rain-Shortened Match At North Texas 4-0

DENTON, Texas – The UTEP tennis team fell at fellow Conference USA foe North Texas, 4-0, in a match that was shortened to singles play and moved indoors due to inclement weather on Saturday.

The match was slated to begin at 11 a.m. MT but was delayed until 4 p.m. MT and moved indoors due to the weather. Due to a time crunch, the doubles portion of the match was cancelled. The homestanding Mean Green picked up victories at No. 1, No. 2, No. 5 and No. 6 to clinch the outcome against the Miners (1-2). The match-ups at No. 2 and No. 3 singles were halted.

“We lost 4-0, but competed super well under tough conditions,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “I’m very proud of the girls, and how they competed against one of the top teams in C-USA. It was great to experience where we want to be in a couple of years.”

Freshman Kirsten Prelle battled but fell, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles to Tamuna Kutubidze. Transfer Vanessa Valdez was upended, 6-1, 6-3, against Maria Kononova at No. 2 singles.

Senior Yvette Van Oijen was knocked off, 6-1, 6-3, by Ivana Babic at No. 6 singles. Freshman Rine Nozaki was dispatched by Minying Liang, at No. 5 singles.

UTEP will continue the stretch of having five straight matches outside of El Paso when it ventures to Las Vegas for three matches in as many days from Feb. 8-10. The Miners will lock up with Weber State (Feb. 8), at UNLV (Feb. 9) and against Youngstown State (Feb. 10).

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UTEP Tennis Battles In 6-1 Setback At UT-Arlington

ARLINGTON – Freshman Rine Nozaki tasted victory at No. 5 singles and the UTEP tennis team was competitive in the majority of the matches in a 6-1 setback at undefeated UT-Arlington Friday. The match was delayed several hours due to rain.

“There was great energy today,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “It was very close in the doubles, and we were in all the matches. It was much closer than the (team) score shows. We had chances at No. 1 and No. 3 (singles) that were lost in super tiebreakers. It was great to see the girls fighting so hard. This was a great test today.”

The Mavericks (3-0) claimed the doubles point but the Miners (1-1) made them work for it. At the No. 3 slot UTEP’s Erandi Martinez and Rine Nozaki were clipped, 6-4, by the pairing of Carla Vives and Almudena Boza. It was a similar story at the No. 2 position, with the Miner tandem of Vanessa Valdez and Yvette Van Oijen being edged, 6-4, by Carla Pons and Momoka Horiguchi. With the doubles point decided, the battle at No. 1 doubles between UTEP’s freshmen pairing of Kirsten Prelle and Kathleen Percegona and UTA’s Lucia Natal and Nanaka Takeuchi was halted, 5-5.

Action then switched to singles play, where Nozaki provided a win for the Orange and Blue against Vives. Nozaki won the first set, 7-5, dropped the second set by the identical score and then put things away with a 10-5 result in the super tiebreaker.

Prelle started strong by taking the first set, 6-3, against Horiguchi at No. 1 singles. She was dispatched by the same score in the second set and then came up short in the super tiebreaker, 10-3. A super tiebreaker was also required at No. 3 singles in the match-up between Pons and Martinez. The sophomore fell, 6-2, in the initial set before bouncing back to stake the second set, 6-4. In the super tiebreaker, Martinez was derailed, 10-3.

Valdez locked up with Natal at No. 2 singles. The transfer battled only to lose the first set, 6-4. She went down in the second set, 6-2. Milena Baigorria was saddled with a 6-0, 6-0 setback at the hands of Boza at No. 6 singles.

The Miners will be back in action Saturday, playing at fellow Conference USA foe North Texas (2-2) at 11 a.m. MT/12 p.m. CT.

Singles competition
1. Momoka Horiguchi (UTA) def. Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) 3-6, 6-3, 10-3
2. Lucia Natal (UTA) def. Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) 6-4, 6-2
3. Carla Pons (UTA) def. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-2, 4-6, 10-3
4. Nanaka Takeuchi (UTA) def. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-3, 6-2
5. Rine Nozaki (UTEP) def. Carla Vives (UTA) 7-5, 5-7, 10-5
6. Almudena Boza (UTA) def. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Kirsten Prelle/Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) vs. Lucia Natal/Nanaka Takeuchi (UTA) no result
2. Carla Pons/Momoka Horiguchi (UTA) def. Vanessa Valdez/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-4
3. Carla Vives/Almudena Boza (UTA) def. Erandi Martinez/Rine Nozaki (UTEP) 6-4

Match Notes:
UTEP 1-1
UT-Arlington 3-0
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,2,4,1,3,5)

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UTEP Tennis Topples Western New Mexico 7-0, In Dual-Match Opener

The UTEP tennis team turned in a strong performance across the board in a 7-0 win against Division II Western New Mexico to start the 2019 dual-match season on a high note at the El Paso Tennis Club Saturday afternoon.

The Miners (1-0) took the doubles point to secure the early lead before cruising to straight-set victories in singles action to topple the Mustangs.

“We had a solid day all around today,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “There was great energy from the doubles all the way through the singles. I’m very proud of this team and their effort. It’s nice to see all the hard work these last two weeks become reality. I’m looking forward to see where the rest of the spring takes us.”

Action commenced in doubles play, with the tandem of Vanessa Valdez and Yvette Van Oijen making quick work of Karina Diaz/Nicold Gonzalez, 6-0, at the No. 2 position. The Miners locked up the doubles point after Rine Nozaki and Erandi Martinez drilled Christine Roerick/Kaycie Cormier, 6-0, at No. 3 doubles. For good measure the freshmen pairing of Kirsten Prelle/Kathleen Percegona bested Camila Gomez/Julia Tozzi, 6-3.

Focus then switched to singles action, with the Orange and Blue continuing to cruise. Nozaki got things started with a 6-1, 6-2, vanquishing of Gonzalez at the fifth spot. Martinez bested Gomez, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 3 singles. Fittingly the senior Van Oijen, making her first appearance of the season after missing the fall, officially clinched the team triumph by defeating Roerick, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 6 singles.

Valdez tasted victory by toppling Jayci Fulgenzi, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 2 singles. Prelle knocked off Tozzi, 6-1, 6-3, at the top slot. Percegona, who arrived at UTEP earlier this month, picked up her first career singles win with a 6-4, 6-2 vanquishing of Diaz at No. 4 singles to put the finishing touches on the match.

UTEP will have a quick turnaround, taking to the road to lock up with UT-Arlington (Feb. 1) and North Texas (Feb. 2).
UTEP 7, WNMU 0
Singles competition
1. Kirsten Prelle (UTEP) def. Julia Tozzi~ (WNMU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) def. Jayci Fulgenzi (WNMU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Camila Gomez (WNMU) 6-0, 6-3
4. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) def. Karina Diaz (WNMU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Rine Nozaki (UTEP) def. Nicold Gonzalez (WNMU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. Christine Roerick (WNMU) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Kirsten Prelle/Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) def. Camila Gomez/Julia Tozzi~ (WNMU) 6-3
2. Vanessa Valdez/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. Karina Diaz/Nicold Gonzalez (WNMU) 6-0
3. Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Christine Roerick/Kaycie Cormier (WNMU) 6-0

Match Notes:
WNMU 0-0
UTEP 1-0

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

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Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

UTEP Tennis To Host To Western New Mexico In 2019 Dual-Match Opener Saturday

The UTEP tennis team will square off against Division II member Western New Mexico in its 2019 dual-match opener at the El Paso Tennis Club at 12 p.m. MT Saturday.

“After two weeks of practice we are ready to finally begin competing,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “The team has been working extremely hard in practice and they are very excited to get started. We are looking forward to getting our newcomer Kathleen (Percegona) on the court. I have been very impressed with the play of Erandi (Martinez) and Vanessa (Valdez) the last couple of weeks. Yvette (Van Oijen), who is coming off an injury, has made tremendous strides to recover and is also ready to play. It will be great to see how we compete as a team and to kick off our spring season.”

Admission is free, and there will be a free clinic with the team following the match.

It is the first of 19 dual matches on tap in the spring for the Miners, with seven slated for home. The other home contests include match-ups with UTSA (Feb. 22), the University of Central Oklahoma (Feb. 23), Utah State (Feb. 24), Boise State (April 5), UT-Tyler (April 6) and NM State (April 13).

Saturday’s match marks the second straight year that the Orange and Blue will open up the spring against the Lady Mustangs. UTEP posted a pair of 7-0 wins to start the season strong on Jan. 20, 2018.

Freshman Kirsten Prelle paced the Miners in the fall tournament season, posting a team-best singles record of 9-3. She won six straight matches at one point, including taking home a singles title at the Aggie Fall Invite. Fellow classmate Percegona arrived at UTEP in January, and will look to follow in her footsteps. Martinez and Valdez both picked up four wins in the fall while Nozaki secured three.

Following the match with WNMU, UTEP will take to the road to lock up with UT-Arlington (Feb. 1) and North Texas (Feb. 2).

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