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Miner Tennis Records Three Wins On Second Day of ITA Mountain Regional

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- Three wins were the highlight of UTEP’s second day of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Regional Tournament on Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Miners are playing in the consolation bracket of the tournament at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center.

“We competed much better today,” first-year head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We still have a lot of work to do.”

Freshman Erandi Martinez slipped by Southern Utah’s Mikala Lowrance, dropping the first set 2-6 but rallying to take the match with 7-5 set two win and followed with a 10-3 triumph in the third set. The win marked Martinez’s fifth win in the fall season.

Senior Lois Wagenvoort followed suit, handling Yadira Rubio, of rival NM State, 6-3, 7-5. Freshman Milena Baigorria completed the trio of victories with her 6-3, 6-2 dominance of Boise State’s Jovana Kuljanin.

In other action, junior Maria Paula Medina fell to Vanessa Timm of Boise State 6-4, 6-3, and freshman Alisa Morozova dropped to Weber State’s Tereza Plizova 6-2, 6-1.

The Miners will each play one more singles bout and two doubles matches tomorrow before heading back to El Paso on Saturday.

Martinez Gets Fourth Win In a Row As UTEP Tennis Concludes Saturday Action

SAN DIEGO, Ca. – Freshman Erandi Martinez garnered her second win in as many days and her fourth win in a row as UTEP wrapped up the second day of the San Diego State University Fall Classic on Saturday at the Aztec Tennis Center in San Diego.

Martinez’s 6-2, 6-3 win over SDSU’s Berta Acero earned her a spot in the championship match of the White draw at the Classic, slated for Sunday at 11:15 a.m. (PT). Martinez will battle San Diego’s Carolin Nonnenmacher, who took care of Julie Vereecke from San Jose State 6-1, 6-1 on Saturday, for the draw’s title.

“Erandi has been playing singles extremely well,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “She is going for her fifth win in a row. It’s great to see a freshman in the finals of her draw, I’m really proud of how hard she is competing.”

Also competing in the White draw of the SDSU Fall Classic, freshman Milena Baigorria was defeated by Grand Canyon’s Kylie Waschuk 6-3, 6-3 in the consolation semifinals while Alisa Morozova fell to Loyola Marymount’s Sofiya Gaisina 6-1, 6-3 in the Gold bracket’s consolation semifinals.

Maria Paula Medina was forced to retire from her match in the Black draw consolation semifinals due to a stomach virus.

In the consolation semifinals in doubles action, Lois Wagenvoort and Martinez fell to San Diego’s tandem Carolin Nonnenmacher and Kati Kukaris 6-4 in the Red draw. Over in the Gold draw, Medina and Baigorria slipped against San Jose State’s Miyo Kobayashi and Savannah Sendar 6-1.

The Miners will wrap up the Classic beginning tomorrow at 9 a.m. (PT) with the final doubles matches. Wagenvoort and Martinez will face Grand Canyon’s duo of Martina Lo Pomo and Waschuk while Medina and Baigorria will take on San Jose State’s Sybille Gauvain and Tamara Culibrk at 9 a.m. (PT) in their respective draws.

Singles action will see three UTEP versus Grand Canyon match ups, first with Medina against Lana Rinaldi and Morozova taking on Autum Prudhomme, both at 10 a.m. (PT). Baigorria will battle Mya Etienne at 11:15 a.m. (PT) to round out the Miner and Antelope matches. Martinez’s championship match in the White draw is set for 11:15 a.m. (PT).

UTEP Tennis Gets a Win at SDSU Fall Classic

SAN DIEGO, Ca. – UTEP tennis freshman Erandi Martinez earned a win in the singles White bracket at the San Diego State University Fall Classic on Friday at the Aztec Tennis Center in San Diego.

Martinez took care of Grand Canyon’s Mya Etienne 6-2, 6-4 to move onto the semifinals of her bracket.

In the Black singles bracket, Maria Paula Medina fell to SDSU’s Jenny Moinard 6-2, 6-3 and Milena Baigorria slipped up against Julie Vereecke of San Jose State 6-1, 6-3 in the White bracket. In the Gold bracket, Alisa Morozova battled with the Aztecs’ Mia Smith, forcing a tie-breaker in set one before falling 7-6(4), 6-1.

In doubles action, Lois Wagenvoort and Martinez were defeated by San Jose State’s Vereecke and Jackie Wagner 6-2 in the Red bracket, while over in the Gold bracket, Medina and Baigorria lost a close one to SDSU’s Moinard and Smith 7-5.

“MP [Maria Paula] and Milena played very well in doubles but could not close it,” first-year head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We played better, but we’re still not getting enough of a balanced performance.”

Wagenvoort and Martinez will have a chance to bounce back when they continue the tournament in the consolation bracket Saturday at 9 a.m. (PT) against San Diego’s Kati Kukaras and Carolin Nonnenmacher. At the same time tomorrow, Medina and Baigorria will continue in the Gold draw against San Jose State’s Miyo Kobayashi and Savannah Sendar.

Continuing singles action, Martinez will be in the White draw battling Berta Acero of SDSU at 10 a.m. (PT) tomorrow for a spot in the bracket’s championship. In the same bracket at the same time, Baigorria will take on Kylie Washuk of Grand Canyon in the consolation semifinals. Morozova will face Loyola Marymount’s Sofiya Gaisina at 11:15 a.m. (PT) in the Gold draw’s consolation semifinals and Medina will have it out with Anna Romeka of Loyola Marymount at 10 a.m. (PT) for a spot in the Black bracket’s consolation semifinals.

UTEP Tennis Competes in Seven Team Field at San Diego State University Fall Classic

The UTEP tennis team will travel to its second fall tournament when it competes against six other teams at the San Diego State University (SDSU) Fall Classic from Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1 in San Diego, California.

The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. each day with two doubles brackets and a doubles round-robin event. Five brackets of singles play will immediately follow doubles competition.

“We are looking forward to getting back out on the court for another tournament after a short week of practice,” first-year head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We got better with every match last week and I expect nothing less this weekend.”

In addition to SDSU, teams visiting the Aztec Tennis Center this weekend include SDSU Fall Classic returners Grand Canyon University, Cal State Northridge and Loyola Marymount, as well as San Diego, and San Jose State.

Doubles action will kick-off with Lois Wagenvoort and Erandi Martinez teaming up for a 9 a.m. (PT) showdown with San Jose State’s Julie Vereecke and Jacqueline Wagner in the Red doubles bracket. Over in the Gold bracket, Maria Paula Medina and Milena Baigorria will compete against SDSU’s Jenny Moinard and Mia Smith at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Medina will get the singles play started at 10 a.m. (PT) Friday when she battles Moinard in the singles Black bracket. At the same time, Alisa Morozova will compete in the singles Gold bracket against SDSU’s Smith. Baigorria and Martinez will take on Vereecke of San Jose State and Mya Etienne of Grand Canyon, respectively, in the singles White bracket at 11:15 a.m. (PT).

The Miners are coming off a successful weekend at the UNLV Invitational, where they saw match victories from freshman Erandi Martinez Hernandez and Alisa Morozova. Martinez powered her way to two wins in Las Vegas, first taking down Long Beach State’s Maren Helgo 4-6, 7-6, 6-0 and then making quick work of NAU’s Worthy Goldman 6-0, 7-5 to notch the win in the No. 4 singles draw consolation final. Morozova also handled NAU’s Goldman 6-2, 6-1 and returned to defeat NAU’s Eleanor Millard in the No. 3 singles draw 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 for a seventh place finish at the UNLV Invite.

“It will be another extremely competitive weekend but we are up for the challenge,” Fernandez said. “Alisa Morozova and Erandi Martinez are both coming off multiple singles victories last weekend at UNLV. Senior Lois Wagenvoort will only play doubles this weekend with Erandi [Martinez] due to a slight shoulder injury. Maria Paula Medina and Milena Baigorria competed extremely well last weekend and are playing better every day. I am confident this will be the tournament they get it going.”

Miner Tennis Wraps Up UNLV Invitational

LAS VEGAS, Nv.–  The UTEP tennis team grabbed two more wins on the final day of the UNLV Invitational on Sunday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

Erandi Martinez made quick work of NAU’s Worthy Goldman in straight sets, 6-0, 7-5, to notch a win in the consolation final in the No. 4 singles draw, marking the freshman’s second win in as many days.

Fellow freshman Alisa Morozova took down NAU’s Eleanor Millard in the No. 3 singles draw 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 for a seventh place finish at the Invite.

In the No. 2 singles draw, Maria Paula Medina fell to Leirene Granville of NAU in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0, while Milena Baigorria slipped up against Long Beach State’s Maren Helgo 7-6, 6-3 in the No. 4 singles seventh place match.

In the doubles matches, Medina and Baigorria were defeated by Boise State’s Anja Dokic and Lilian Poling 8-3 in the No. 1 draw’s seventh place match. The No. 2 doubles draw consolation final saw Martinez and Morozova lose a close one to NAU’s Granville and Cora Lynn Von Dungern 8-5.

“Today we again showed signs of improvement, it was better than yesterday,” first-year head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but I am confident we will get to where we want to be for the spring season.”

The Miners will now prep for another three-day tournament this weekend when they travel to San Diego, Calif., for the San Diego State University Invitational Sept. 29-Oct. 1.


Day Three Results




Natalia Munoz (LBSU) def. Bara Michalkova (WSU) 6-4, 6-4

Third Place

#83 Aiwen Zhu (UNLV) def. Chiara Tomasetti (NAU) 6-3, 6-2

Consolation Final

Lena Pacholski (LBSU) def. Lilian Poling (BSU) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6

Seventh Place

Hanneke Lodewijks (NAU) def. Anja Dokic (BSU) 6-0, 6-3




Anna Bogoslavets (UNLV) def. Tiffany Mylonas (WSU) 1-6, 7-5, 5-0 retired

Third Place

En-Pei Huang (UNLV) def. Aneta Miksovska (WSU) 6-3, 6-4

Consolation Final

Brandy Walker (NAU) def. Lalita Devarakonda (LBSU) 6-4, 6-2

Seventh Place

Leirene Granville (NAU) Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-2, 6-0




Jovana Kenic (UNLV) def. Melissa Ates (WSU) 6-4, 3-2 retired

Third Place

Juliet Zhang (UNLV) def. Georgia Gulin (LBSU) 6-1, 6-4

Consolation Final

Sadaf Sadeghvaziri (LBSU) def. Cora Lynn Von Dungern (NAU) 6-4, 6-2

Seventh Place

Alisa Morozova (UTEP) def. Eleanor Millard (NAU) 6-4, 1-6, 7-6





Izumi Asano (UNLV) def. Ege Tomey (WSU) 5-4 retired

Third Place

Madison Moore (NAU) def. Mercedes Lopez (UNLV) 6-3, 6-2

Consolation Final

Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Worthy Goldman (NAU) 6-0, 7-5

Seventh Place

Maren Helgo (LBSU) def. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 7-6, 6-3





Aiwen Zhu/En-Pei Huang (UNLV) def. Hanneke Lodewijks/Chiara Tomasetti (NAU) 8-5

Third Place

Barboa Michalkova/Melisa Ates (WSU) def. Sadaf Sadeghvaziri/Lalita Devarakonda (LBSU) 8-1

Consolation Final

Brandy Walker/Eleanor Millard (NAU) def. Lena Pacholski/Natalia Munoz (LBSU) 8-7

Seventh Place

Anja Dokic/Lilian Poling (BSU) def. Maria Paula Medina/Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 8-3





Tiffany Mylonas/Aneta Miksovska (WSU) def. Juliet Zhang/Izumi Asano (UNLV) 8-4

Third Place

Jovana Kenic/Mercedes Lopez (UNLV) def. Georgia Gulin/Maren Helgo (LBSU) 8-6

Consolation Final

Eirene Granville-Cora Lynn Von Dungern (NAU) def. Erandi Martinez/Alisa Morozova (UTEP) 8-5

UTEP Tennis Adds One More to Team

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

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

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

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

UTEP Tennis Named ITA All-Academic Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fernandez Adds Milena Baigorria to UTEP Tennis Team

UTEP women’s tennis head coach Ivan Fernandez announced the addition of Milena Baigorria to the team on Thursday.

“I am very excited to welcome Milena to the UTEP Miner Tennis family,” Fernandez said. “I know she will be a great addition to the team. Her tournament experience and warrior mentality is what I am looking for as I rebuild this team.”

Baigorria hails from Córdoba, Argentina, where she has been ranked as high as No. 6 in singles play and No. 13 in doubles for the 18-and-under division in all of Argentina. She has also been ranked No. 1 in her state and was a part of the National Tennis Academy Program, a tennis program for elite players sponsored by the Argentina Tennis Federation.

In 2016, the lefty won 12 National G3 events as well as the State of Cordoba Master’s Tournament for the under-18 division. Last December, she was named the top player in Cordoba by the Argentina Tennis Federation. She was also the singles champion at a national G-3 tournament in 2015 and a finalist in 2014.

Baigorria will suit up for the Miners in the upcoming 2017-18 season.

UTEP Tennis Pens Two for 2017-18 Season

New UTEP Tennis Head Coach Ivan Fernandez announced his first two signees on Friday. Erandi Martinez Hernandez and Alisa Morozova will join the Miners for the 2017-18 season.

Martinez Hernandez graduated from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, a prestigious high school in Mexico City. She has been ranked among the top-five under-18 players in Mexico and has won three Grade 1 tournaments in both singles and doubles.

Hernandez reached the semifinals of the Masters Championship, a qualifier for a Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tournament in Mexico, and reached the quarterfinals at the Tampico International Tournament last August, where she faced several players that are now playing Division I tennis.

“I have been recruiting Erandi for a couple of months already,” Fernandez said. “I know that she’s got a lot of wins in Mexico against players that are now in Division I, so I have a really good idea of the level that she’s going to bring to the program. She’s very solid in singles and doubles and I think that she’s going to be a great addition to this team, especially having competed against a lot of collegiate players. She’s going to come in with a lot of international experience and she has been highly ranked in Mexico for her whole career. I definitely expect her to make an immediate impact in the lineup.”

Morozova recently graduated from the Gusev Secondary School in Russia, where she has been ranked among the top under-18 players the last three years. Morozova represented the Yaroslavi Regional Team as the No. 3 singles player and has won more than 10 Russian Federation Tournaments in singles and doubles.

“I spoke with Alisa’s sister a little bit and she told me that if she had been playing here in the U.S. she would have a UTR [Universal Tennis Rating] of 9 or 10, which is a very high level,” Fernandez said. “Her sister, who played for four years at St. John’s and just graduated, told me that she would probably play in the middle of the lineup at St. John’s, who just won their conference and went to the NCAA Tournament. Alisa is a very young player but she is very well-rounded. She’s also going to be capable of playing in the middle of the lineup here. We’re very fortunate that we were able to get her in so quickly and get her signed right away. She’s a very solid player, she’s going to mature and keep developing and both she and Erandi will definitely be in the lineup as true freshmen.”

Ivan Fernandez Named UTEP Tennis Head Coach

Ivan Fernandez, who served as head coach at NM State for the last seven years and led the Aggies to four consecutive berths in the Western Athletic Conference championship match, has been named women’s tennis head coach at UTEP.

“Ivan is a great fit for us,” said UTEP Director of Athletics Bob Stull.  “He has annually had NM State in the Western Athletic Conference championship picture, and he’s looking forward to leading UTEP Tennis to a new level of achievement.  He brings a built-in knowledge of our program and players that will allow him to really hit the ground running, recruiting and planning for the 2017-18 season.  He and his wife love this part of the country.  He’ll bring stability to our program and he can’t wait to get started.”

“After more than 15 years in collegiate coaching, I am very excited to be named the next women’s tennis head coach at UTEP,” Fernandez said.  “I bring many years of experience as a head coach and much-needed stability to a program with a great history.  I have been part of the tennis community in this area for the last 12 years and know how important the community is to the success of any program.  I am committed to returning UTEP tennis to its former glory and with the continued support of UTEP, Director of Athletics Bob Stull, and the entire athletic department, I know that I will be provided all of the resources necessary to achieve this goal.”

Fernandez’s Aggies played for the WAC title in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.  In 2015 NM State captured the league crown and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament.  In 2016 the Aggies were the WAC regular season champions with an undefeated league mark.

NM State boasted the WAC Player of the Year in 2016 (Ashvarya Shrivastav) and 2017 (Rimpledeep Kaur).  Kaur was first team All-WAC this past season.  The Aggies also had a first team All-Conference doubles tandem in Kaur and Marie-Pier Thiffault.  In 2010, NM State had the first nationally ranked doubles tandem in school history in Aleksa Costa and Sophia Marks.

Overall, the Aggies tallied 18 All-WAC honors and 42 Academic All-WAC selections under his tutelage.  Fernandez has also coached numerous Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team members.

Under his direction, NM State women’s tennis received a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA in May for posting a perfect 1,000 multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR).  The Aggies fashioned a 3.5 grade point average, annually ranking among the best of the Aggie athletic teams in the classroom.

Fernandez also served as director of the NM State Tennis Center, which hosted the WAC Championship three times during his tenure as head coach.

Fernandez spent 12 years at NM State in all, including five as an assistant coach (2005-10).

He previously was a volunteer men’s and women’s assistant coach at NM State (2000-03), a women’s assistant coach at FIU (2003-04) and a men’s assistant coach at East Tennessee State (2004-05) prior to returning to Las Cruces.  The Buccaneers won the 2005 Southern Conference Championship with a 13-0 record and secured an NCAA Tournament bid.  Fernandez was a tennis professional in Las Cruces from 1999-2003.

Fernandez is a P1 Certified Tennis Professional with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and has taught tennis since 1990.

A Puerto Rico native, Fernandez received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas in 1996.  His wife’s name is Lausanne.

UTEP Tennis Falls To Marshall, 4-1 At 2017 C-USA Championships

DENTON, Texas– Maria Paula Medina posted a dominant straight set victory but a short-handed UTEP tennis team was upended by Marshall, 4-1, on Thursday in the first round of the 2017 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championship in Denton, Texas. The 14th seeded Miners (4-14), whose season has been plagued by injury, had to forfeit a double’s team on court three, giving the No. 3 Thundering Herd (14-9) a cushion in doubles play.

In doubles play, Raven Bennett and Duda Santos, both nursing injuries, forfeited their match on court three. The doubles point was decided when Milou Pietersz and Lois Wagenvoort fell to Anna Pomyatinskaya and Derya Turhan 6-2 on court one. Maria Paula Medina and Daphne Visscher’s close match with Rachael Morales and Maddie Silver was left unfinished at 4-4.

Though they were at a disadvantage going into doubles play, the Miners had a full line-up for singles play. Santos battled the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s No. 117 ranked singles player in Marshall’s Turhan, dropping 6-0, 6-1. On court four, Wagenvoort fell to Pomyatinskaya 6-2, 6-1.

The Miners’ first point came from Medina’s straight set dominance of the Herd’s Nikola Novackova, 6-3, 6-3 on court six. Bennett stole set one from Daniela Dankanych 7-5 but dropped the second set 6-2 at the No. 5 position. Pietersz, playing the No. 2, also won her first set against Silver 6-4, but slipped in a tight 6-5 set two.

Before Bennett and Pietersz’s matches were completed, Marshall’s Morales ended the match with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Visscher on court three, ending UTEP’s run in the tournament and 2016-17 season.

FINAL: No. 3 Marshall 4, No. 14 UTEP 1

Singles competition
1. #117 Derya Turhan (MAR) def. Duda Santos (UTEP) 6-0, 6-1
2. Maddie Silver (MAR) vs. Milou Pietersz (UTEP) 4-6, 6-5, unfinished
3. Rachael Morales (MAR) def. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 6-4, 6-2
4. Anna Pomyatinskaya (MAR) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-2, 6-1
5. Daniela Dankanych (MAR) vs. Raven Bennett (UTEP) 5-7, 6-2, 1-1, unfinished
6. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) def. Nikola Novackova (MAR) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Anna Pomyatinskaya/Derya Turhan (MAR) def. Milou Pietersz/Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-2
2. Rachael Morales/Maddie Silver (MAR) vs. Maria Paula Medina/Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 4-4, unfinished
3. Stephanie Smith/Daniela Dankanych (MAR) def. Raven Bennett/Duda Santos (UTEP), by forfeit

Match Notes:
No. 14 UTEP 4-14
No. 3 Marshall 14-9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,4,6,3)

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UTEP Tennis Seeded 14th at Conference USA Tournament

IRVING, Texas – The UTEP women’s tennis team will begin play at the 2017 Conference USA Championship on Thursday, April 20, as the 14th seed, the league announced Monday. The Miners (4-13, 0-1 C-USA) will face No. 3 seed Marshall (13-9, 1-1 C-USA) at 12 p.m. (CT) at Waranch Tennis Complex in Denton, Texas.

If the Miners win, they will face the winner between No. 6 WKU and No. 11 Florida Atlantic on Friday, April 21 in the quarterfinals. Defending tournament champion Rice and FIU earned a first round bye with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively. In the Intercollegiate Tennis Association team rankings, Rice is ranked No. 35 and FIU No. 37 among Division I schools.

All six Miners will make the trip to Denton. Milou Pietersz, Lois Wagenvoort, Raven Bennett, Daphne Visscher, Duda Santos and Maria Paula Medina fielded a full line up last Friday, when the Miners fell 4-3 to NM State. It was the first time since March 4 that the injury-plagued team had a full lineup, helping the squad to the doubles point and two singles wins against the Aggies.

The Miners are led by Pietersz and Wagenvoort, who link up for the No. 1 spot in doubles. The duo recorded their first shutout of the spring season when they blankedNM State’s Vanessa Valdez and Rebecca Keijzerwaard 6-0. In singles play, Pietersz had a comeback victory against Valdez in three sets (0-6, 6-1, 7-5) at the No. 2 spot, while Wagenvoort added to the Miners’ score with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory on court four. Bennett sports a team-best 5-5 singles record in dual match play primarily at the No. 6 position.

The Thundering Herd slipped by Old Dominion 4-3 on March 19, but fell to Rice, 4-1, on April 9 in Houston. The Herd has defeated four Power Five conference teams in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Virginia Tech and Penn State.

Five Marshall players have recorded at least 10 singles wins, led by senior Derya Turhan, who sports a 17-3 record at the No. 1 position. Stephanie Smith, who is 13-5 in singles at the No. 3 spot, pairs up with Daniela Dankanych at no. 3 doubles, earning Marshall’s top doubles record at 11-4.

The first round of the tournament will begin with No. 8 Southern Miss taking on No. 9 UTSA and No. 7 Charlotte facing No. 10 Louisiana Tech, with both matches at 9 a.m. (CT). The winner between Southern Miss and UTSA will face top-seeded Rice in the quarterfinals.

Other first round matchups include tournament host No. 5 North Texas battling No. 12 Middle Tennessee at 12 p.m. (CT) and No. 4 Old Dominion facing No. 13 UAB at 3 p.m. (CT).

The Conference USA Championship match will take place on Sunday at 10 a.m. CT.

2017 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championship

First Round – Thursday, April 20
Match 1: (8) Southern Miss vs. (9) UTSA – 9 a.m.
Match 2: (7) Charlotte vs. (10) Louisiana Tech — 9 a.m.
Match 3: (5) North Texas vs. (12) Middle Tennessee – 12 p.m.
Match 4: (3) Marshall vs. (14) UTEP — 12 p.m.
Match 5: (4) Old Dominion vs. (13) UAB — 3 p.m.
Match 6: (6) WKU vs. (11) Florida Atlantic — 3 p.m.

Quarterfinals – Friday, April 21
Match 7: Match 1 winner vs. (1) Rice – 10 a.m.
Match 8: Match 2 winner vs. (2) FIU – 10 a.m.
Match 9: Match 3 winner vs. Match 5 winner – 2 p.m.
Match 10: Match 4 winner vs. Match 6 winner — 2 p.m.

Semifinals – Saturday, April 22
Match 11: Match 7 winner vs. Match 9 winner – 12 p.m.
Match 12: Match 8 winner vs. Match 10 winner – 12 p.m.

Championship – Sunday, April 23
Match 13: Match 11 winner vs. Match 12 winner – 10 a.m.

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NM State Edges UTEP 4-3 On Senior Day

Though they were full of fight, the UTEP Miners were edged by Interstate-10 rival NM State 4-3 on Senior Day Friday to close out the tennis regular season.

The Miners, who had six players for the first time since March 4, were able to field a full lineup. That helped the team get an early lead in the match, claiming the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. First, at the No. 1 position, Milou Pietersz and Lois Wagenvoort powered past NM State’s Vanessa Valdez and Rebecca Keijzerwaard 6-0, their first shutout as a pair.

Maria Paula Medina and senior Duda Santos, returning from injury, helped the effort with a 7-6 (7-5) victory over Lindsay Harlas and Gabrielle Joyce on court three. Senior Daphne Visscher and Raven Bennett fell 7-6 (9-7) to the Aggies’ Rimpledeep Kaur and Marie-Pier Thiffault.

For the first time since their Feb. 19 victory over Pac-12’s Colorado, the Miners entered singles play with a 1-0 lead. The Aggies did not go down easily, however, getting wins on courts one and five due to Santos’ and Bennett’s retirement from injury, and a 6-3, 6-2 Keijzerwaard victory on court three from Visscher.

The Aggies clinched the match with a win on court six, as Harlas upended Medina 6-4, 6-1.

Though they trailed 4-1, the Miners battled to secure a couple more points. The relentless junior Pietersz dropped her first set against Valdez 6-0 but dominated set two with a 6-1 victory and followed with a 7-5 triumph in set three. Wagenvoort took set one in a 6-3 fashion, but Thiffault evened up play with a 6-4 victory of her own. In the deciding set, Wagenvoort was able to work her way to a 6-4 victory.

The Miners will now look to prepare for the Conference USA Championships beginning April 20 in Denton, Texas.

FINAL: New Mexico State 4, UTEP 3
Singles competition
1. Kaur, Rimpledeep (NMSU) def. Duda Santos (UTEP) 6-7, 1-2, retired
2. Milou Pietersz (UTEP) def. Valdez, Vanessa (NMSU) 0-6, 6-1, 7-5
3. Keijzerwaard,Rebecca (NMSU) def. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 6-3, 6-2
4. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) def. Thiffault,Marie-Pier (NMSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
5. Arnaudova, Eli (NMSU) def. Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-3, 3-2, retired
6. Harlas, Lindsay (NMSU) def. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Milou Pietersz/Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) def. Valdez, Vanessa/Keijzerwaard,Rebecca (NMSU) 6-0
2. Kaur, Rimpledeep/Thiffault,Marie-Pier (NMSU) def. Daphne Visscher/Raven Bennett (UTEP) 7-6 (9-7)
3. Maria Paula Medina/Duda Santos (UTEP) def. Harlas, Lindsay/Joyce, Gabrielle (NMSU) 7-6 (7-5)

UTEP Tennis Closes Out Regular Season Against NM State Friday

The UTEP women’s tennis team (0-1 C-USA, 4-12 overall) will look to end its regular season on a high note when it hosts Interstate-10 rival NM State (3-2 WAC, 8-12 overall) at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club on Friday, April 14. First serve is 11 a.m.

For the first time since March 4, the Miners will have six players at their disposal. The team has been besieged by injuries and has played its last three matches with only four players.

It will also mark the last time seniors Daphne Visscher and Duda Santos, who will return from an injury, will play in front of their home crowd. The two will be honored before the event.

Defending their court alongside Visscher and Santos will be Milou Pietersz, Raven Bennett, Lois Wagenvoort and Maria Paula Medina.

Last Sunday, the Miners fell 4-0 to UTSA in the only Conference USA match of the season, but not easily. Bennett and Visscher were leading the Roadrunners’ Sonia Medina Madronal and Denisa Ibrahimovic 5-3 before their match was called and left unfinished.

Pietersz battled with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s No. 99 ranked singles player in Miriam Rosell but fell short 6-1, 6-4. Wagenvoort was leading UTSA’s Charleen Tiwari 6-2, 4-3 before the match was called and Maria Paula Medina, who returned after being cleared from a concussion, took the first set from Linda Hallgren 6-3 and was playing in a 2-all set on court four before the match was called.

The Aggies boast the reigning Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week in freshman Rebecca Keijzerwaard, who went 3-0 last week in NM State’s non-conference action against Western New Mexico and UTSA. Keijzerwaard has a team-best 4-2 record in dual action and teams up with fellow freshman Vanessa Valdez at the No. 1 spot in doubles. The duo has recorded a 5-2 record.

Miners Fall to UTSA in Tennis

The short-handed Miners kept it close, but could not hang on to Conference USA foe UTSA, falling 4-0 Sunday at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club.

The Miners, who played with only four players due to injury, are now 0-1 in conference, 4-12 overall on the season while the Roadrunners improved to 1-1 in conference, 11-8 overall.

Doubles play began with the Roadrunners already having an early lead to the point due to a UTEP forfeit on court three because of the short lineup. Lois Wagenvoort and Milou Pietersz faced UTSA’s Miriam Rosell and Kylee Kato at the No. 1 doubles spot, with the Roadrunners prevailing 6-3 for the doubles point.

On court two, Raven Bennett and Daphne Visscher were leading the Roadrunners’ Sonia Medina Madronal and Denisa Ibrahimovic 5-3 before their match was called and left unfinished.

In singles action, Pietersz faced the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s No. 99 ranked singles player in Rosell and dropped the first set 6-1. Pietersz battled back in set two, but Rosell ended the set and match with a 6-4 victory. On court three, Wagenvoort was leading UTSA’s Charleen Tiwari 6-2, 4-3 before the match was called and Maria Paula Medina, who returned after being cleared from a concussion, took the first set from Linda Hallgren 6-3 and was playing in a 2-all set two on court four before the match was called.

The Miners will return to action Friday, April 14, when they face Interstate 10 rival NM State at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club. First serve is set for 11 a.m.

Final  results: UTSA 4, UTEP 0
Singles competition
1. Miriam RosellCanudas (UTSA) def. Milou Pietersz (UTEP) 6-1, 6-4
2. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) vs. Denisa Ibrahimovic (UTSA) 4-6, 3-3, unfinished
3. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) vs. Charleen Tiwari (UTSA) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
4. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) vs. Linda Hallgren (UTSA) 6-3, 2-2, unfinished
5. Laura Cabrera (UTSA) def. No player (UTEP), by forfeit
6. Kylee Kato (UTSA) def. No player (UTEP), by forfeit
Doubles competition
1. Miriam RosellCanudas/Kylee Kato (UTSA) def. Lois Wagenvoort/Milou Pietersz (UTEP) 6-3
2. Raven Bennett/Daphne Visscher (UTEP) vs. Sonia Medina/Denisa Ibrahimovic (UTSA) 5-3, unfinished
3. Linda Hallgren/Charleen Tiwari (UTSA) def. No player/No player (UTEP), by forfeit