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UTEP Tennis To Compete At ITA Mountain Regional Tournament

The UTEP tennis team will join other top teams in its region when it competes at the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament (Las Vegas, Nv.) from Tuesday through Sunday.

“This tournament is what we have been working towards these last six weeks,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “The team is coming off some good results, and we are looking forward to see how we compete with all the teams in the region.”

The Miners have amassed 17 singles wins in a trio of fall tournaments thus far. Freshman Kirsten Prelle paces the unit at 7-2 but Vanessa Valdez (four wins), Erandi Martinez and Rine Nozaki (three victories each) have also shown flashes.

Prelle, who became the first Miner freshman to win a flight tournament title since 2010, has joined forces with Valdez to forge a mark of 6-3 in doubles action. Martinez and Nozaki have teamed up to go 2-2 in doubles play.

The tournament will pit the Orange and Blue against other high-quality competition from the Mountain Region.

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UTEP Tennis Has Solid Final Day At SDSU Fall Invite

SAN DIEGO – Kirsten Prelle/Vanessa Valdez secured third place in the top flight of doubles action with a 7-5 conquest of Meredith Jones/Ashleigh Harvey (Air Force) to highlight the action for the UTEP tennis team on the last day of competition at the San Diego State University Fall Invite Sunday.

Individually Prelle garnered runner-up accolades after coming up short in a three-set battle, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, to Nnena Nadozie (SDSU) in the finals.

“Overall we had a solid finish to the weekend,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “It was great to see everyone fighting hard and showing a lot of Miner pride in the last day of this event. This is three weekends in a row of great competition and solid results from everyone. We are learning a lot and will continue to improve. We have a couple of days off before we get back to training for the ITA Regional Tournament on Oct. 10.”

Sophomore Erandi Martinez toppled Ludovica Infantino (Grand Canyon), 6-3, 6-3, to clinch the consolation back draw in her flight. Freshman Rine Nozaki followed suit by knocking off Valentina Mokrova (Grand Canyon), 6-4, 6-4, to claim the crown in her back draw.

Milena Baigorria was upended, 6-4, 6-2, by Ludovica Infantino (SDSU). Valdez was dispatched, 6-2, 6-2, against Celia Morel (Grand Canyon).

In doubles play Baigorria/Nozaki had a close call but fell, 7-6 (3) vs. Abbie Mulbarger/ Aesha Patel (SDSU)

The Miners will return to the courts when they play at the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament from October 10-14.

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Prelle Punches Ticket To Championship Round At SDSU Fall Classic

SAN DIEGO, Ca. – Freshman Kirsten Prelle picked up her sixth consecutive singles win while also securing a spot in the finals with a thrilling three-set victory to lead the way for the UTEP tennis team on the second day of the San Diego State University Fall Classic Saturday.

Prelle started strong by taking the first set against Jolene Coetzee (Cal State Northridge), 6-1. Coetzee struck back to secure the second set, 6-2. Prelle regrouped and found another gear to win the final set and the match, 6-1. She will lock up with Nnena Nadozie (SDSU) in the finals on Sunday.

“I wish that we had competed a little bit better in doubles, but again this is a work in progress,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez. “As long as they fight and support each other, I know that the results will come.”

Sophomore Erandi Martinez showed off her mettle by rallying for a three-set triumph, 0-6, 7-5, 6-3, against Agustina Rimoldi Godoy (SDSU) in the consolation round. Freshman Rine Nozaki also regained her winning ways in the back draw, dropping Lauren Anderson (SDSU), 6-3, 7-6 (5).

Valdez was upended, 6-3, 6-2, by Emilia Occhipinti (Grand Canyon). Milena Baigorria fell, 6-1, 6-1, to Ludovica Infantino (Grand Canyon).

In doubles play Baigorria/Nozaki were downed, 6-3, by Lauren Anderson/ Ellie Ashley (SDSU). Prelle/Valdez were dispatched in a close call, 7-6 (4), by TJ Fumagalli/Kristin Kerrigan (Air Force). The duo will vie for third place on Sunday.

The Miners will wrap up the tournament on Sunday.

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UTEP Tennis To Play At San Diego State University Fall Classic This Weekend

The UTEP tennis team will compete in its third fall tournament in as many weeks when it plays at the San Diego State University Fall Classic from Friday through Sunday.

The Miners will join Air Force, Cal State Northridge, Grand Canyon and host SDSU to help comprise the field.

The tournament will begin at 10 a.m. (MT) each day with two doubles brackets. There will be five brackets of singles play that will immediately follow the doubles competition on all three days of the event.

“We are very excited for this event,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We have been going for many years, and it is always great competition. Kirsten (Prelle) and Vanessa (Valdez) are coming off a solid weekend at NM State. I am glad to have Milena (Baigorria) back from her injury and am looking forward to having her competing again. Erandi (Martinez) finished last weekend with two good wins. I know she is finding her rhythm again. Rine (Nozaki), who was also impressive last weekend, will pair up with Milena (Baigorria) in doubles this weekend. Our goal to keep improving every week is our main focus for this invite so we can hopefully be in peak form for the ITA Regional Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., in two weeks.”

Prelle enters the weekend at 5-1 in singles play on the season, which includes four straight wins. She claimed the singles flight title at the NM State Aggie Fall Invite (Sept. 23-25), which allowed her to become the first UTEP freshman to achieve the feat since Rebeca Calvillo also did it in 2010.

Valdez follows with four singles victories. Prelle/Valdez have also teamed up to produce the top mark (4-2) on the squad in doubles play.

Nozaki picked up a pair of singles wins in her collegiate debut at the NM State Aggie Fall Invite. She also joined forces with Martinez to secure two triumphs on the doubles courts at the event. Martinez enters this weekend riding a two-match win streak in singles play. Baigorria will be back in action after missing the NM State Aggie Fall Invite with an injury.

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Prelle Claims Singles Crown On Final Day Of NM State Aggie Invite

LAS CRUCES – Freshman Kirsten Prelle defeated Natasha Munday (New Mexico), 6-4, 6-2, to win the singles championship on the UTEP tennis team’s final day of competition at the NM State Aggie Invite Sunday.

It is the first fall flight title by a Miner since 2016 when Raven Bennett also topped the field at the event.

In doubles play the tandem of Prelle/Vanessa Valdez garnered runner-up accolades following a 3-6, 6-4, 10-5, setback in the final vs. Lindsay Harlas/Harsha Challa (NM State).

“Kirsten (Prelle) composed herself after doubles and played with focus and determination,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Kirsten is continually getting better. I’m very proud of her and the rest of the team for an incredibly positive weekend. I know Vanessa (Valdez) and Kirsten (Prelle) learned a lot from this loss (in the finals). The next time they are in this position, I know they will handle it differently.”

Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 doubles win vs. Chloe Gavino/Nadia Justiniano (NM State). Martinez continued her winning ways in singles action, waxing Carolina Torrico (WNMU), 6-0, 6-0.

Nozaki was bested by Clara Rizea, 6-2, 6-0, in the battle for third place. Valdez lost in a close three-set affair, 7-5, 4-6, 10-6, in the consolation final against Bhargavi Kalaga (NM State).

The Miners will be back on the courts when they take part in the San Diego State University Invite from Sept. 28-30.

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UTEP Tennis Shines On Second Day Of NM State Aggie Invite

LAS CRUCES – Kirsten Prelle and Vanessa Valdez punched a ticket to the championship round in doubles play while Prelle did so in singles action on a quality second day of competition for the UTEP tennis team at the NM State Aggie Invite Saturday.

“It was a solid showing today in both singles and doubles,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Kirsten (Prelle) and Vanessa (Valdez) were very solid in doubles and singles today. Having a Miner in both the singles and doubles finals shows that the hard work we are putting in at practice is paying off. Regardless of the results we are getting better with every match. I’m very proud of this Miner team.”

Prelle/Valdez ousted Rebecca Keijzerwaard/Bhargavi Kalaga (NM State), 6-3, 7-5, in the semifinals. It marked the duo’s third consecutive win at the event. The tandem will face Lindsay Harlas/Harsha Challa (NM State) in the finals on Sunday.
Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez played well only to fall in a close contest, 6-4, 3-6, 10-3, at the hands of Yadira Rubio/Neus Torregrosa (NM State).

Prelle, a freshman, impressed by sinking senior and the No. 1 player for New Mexico (Ruth Copas), 5-7, 6-3, 10-6. For an encore she took down the No. 1 player from homestanding NM State (Keijzerwaard), 6-2, 6-0, to advance to the finals on Sunday.

Nozaki dispatched Madison Hoelting (UTPB) in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. In the ensuing round she was bounced by Chloe Gavino (NM State), 6-1, 6-1.

Valdez toppled Carolina Torrico (WNMU), 6-2, 6-2. She won by default over Neus Torregrosa (NM State) to reach the finals of the consolations.

Martinez fell to Bhargavi Kalaga (NM State), 6-3, 6-0. She regrouped nicely with a 6-3, 6-2, triumph vs. Sabrina Sanchez Chavez (Mesa Community College).

UTEP will wrap up the event on Sunday.

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UTEP Thrives In Doubles Play On Opening Day Of NM State Aggie Invite

LAS CRUCES – Kirsten Prelle and Vanessa Valdez claimed a pair of doubles matches to highlight play for the UTEP tennis team on the first day of competition at the NM State Aggie Invite.

“We started out the day incredibly positive in the doubles, lots of energy and communication,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “The fact that Kirsten and Vanessa were able to pull out the second match the way that they did was great. They just stepped up and took care of business. We knew we weren’t going to have any easy matches (in singles play). We showed a lot of improvement from last week to this week. I’m very happy with the core of this team. I like the direction that we are going in for sure.”

Action commenced with doubles, with a unique format of best two out of three sets (to six). The change didn’t affect UTEP, which cruised to victories in both of its matches. Prelle/Valdez blanked Brooke MacLay/Sabrina Sanchez-Chavez (Mesa Community College), 6-0, 6-0. On the other court the Orange and Blue’s Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez rolled to a 6-0, 6-3, win vs. Fulgenzi-Roerick (WNMU).

Prelle/Valdez kept things going in round two, knocking off Quinty Janssen/ Clara Rizea (NMSU) by a final score of 7-6, 6-2.

Nozaki/Martinez had a compelling second-round match-up with Yuelin Chen/ Natasha Munday (UNM). It went back-and-forth before the Lobo pair claimed the contest, 4-6, 6-4, (10-3).

Nozaki put together a quality performance in her collegiate singles debut. She blasted Nadia Justiniano (NM State), 6-1, 3-0 (retired).

Valdez squared off with Chen (UNM). She got off to a good start in the opening set but ultimately dropped it, 7-5. Chen secured the match with a 6-1 result in the second set.

Martinez battled but was dispatched by Harsha Challa (NM State), 6-2, 6-2.

UTEP will continue play at the event Saturday.

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UTEP Tennis To Play At NM State Aggie Invite

The UTEP tennis team will take part in the NM State Aggie Invite (Friday-Sunday). It marks the second fall tournament for the Miners.

The Orange and Blue join host NM State, New Mexico, UTPB, Mesa Community College and Western New Mexico to fill out the field.

“We are very excited to play in the NM State Aggie Invite this weekend,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We have worked hard again this week, and look forward to continued improvement after Midland (Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invite). Rine Nozaki will be playing in her first collegiate event. It will be great to see her out there competing.”

Transfer Vanessa Valdez set the tone for the Miners at the season-opening Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invitational (Sept. 14-16). The junior won the consolation championship, and she enters this weekend having posted three consecutive victories.

Freshman Kirsten Prelle had a solid start to her collegiate career, posting a 2-1 record in singles play. She also forged a 1-1 mark in doubles action, playing alongside Valdez.

Sophomore Erandi Martinez finished 1-1 in singles play in the event.

Freshman Rine Nozaki will debut for the Orange and Blue. She was ranked as the second-best player in Okayama, Japan, in 2017.

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UTEP Tennis Opens Fall Season At Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invitational

Sophomores Erandi Martinez and Milena Baigorria as well as newcomers Kirsten Prelle and Vanessa Valdez will represent the UTEP tennis team in its opening tournament of the fall campaign by partaking in the Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invitational Friday through Sunday.

UTEP will be competing alongside the likes of Penn State, Texas Tech, Arizona, Utah State, UT Arlington, UAB, Abilene Christian and Tyler Jr. College. It will be the first of five fall tournaments for the Miners, who will also take part in the NM State Aggie Invite (Sept. 21-23), the San Diego State University Invitational (Sept. 28-30), the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament (Oct. 10-14) and the GCU Invitational (Nov. 2-4).

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to take four players to this tournament that has a longstanding history of great participants,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Erandi Martinez, Vanessa Valdez, Kirsten Prelle and Milena Baigorria will be making the trip with me and will be making the trip with me. It is great to finally get to see them compete after a couple of weeks of practice.

“The team has been working very hard to prepare for this tournament. I am looking forward to watching them compete against players from these established programs. This will give us a good idea of how we compare to them and how much more we need to work to build the successful UTEP tennis program that we aspire to be.”

Martinez paced the Miners in 2017-18 with a 20-10 overall singles record in her collegiate debut year, playing primarily the No. 3 position. Baigorria posted five total wins last year, including coming on strong in the spring by going 4-1 in dual-match play.

Valdez is a transfer from NM State, who thrived under Fernandez during the 2016-17 season. She was a first-team All-WAC performer after pacing the Aggies in singles victories (16). She will have two years of eligibility with the Orange and Blue.

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UTEP Tennis Team Named ITA All-Academic Team

The UTEP tennis team has been named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic team, it was revealed by the organization Tuesday.

Additionally a pair of returning Miners (Maria Paula Medina and Yvette van Oijen secured ITA Scholar-Athlete status.

It marked the third consecutive year and fourth time on record that the UTEP tennis team has been recognized by the ITA for its hard work in the classroom. The program was also previously a recipient in 1996, 2016 and 2017.

“I am really proud of the team for being named to the ITA All Academic Team once again and especially proud of the ones that were recognized as Scholar Athletes,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “It is not easy to manage school and tennis while doing well at both. I want to thank the staff of the MAAC for their incredible academic support of the student athletes to make these awards happen for us.”

It is not the first academic honor of the year, which secured the grade point award at the 44th-Annual “Dinner with the Miners” banquet on May 3, 2018. Additionally seven Miners were placed on the 2018 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll on April 12, 2018, while one individual earned a C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal on April 13, 2018.

To garner the ITA All-Academic team honor the program must sport a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or better (on a 4.00 scale). The 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.

In all, 735 teams and 4,328 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis were honored.

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UPDATE: UTEP’s Tennis Season Ends In Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. – The UTEP tennis team saw its season come to an end at the 2018 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championships after suffering a 4-0 loss to third-seeded and No. 44 Old Dominion at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk, Va. on Thursday.

The Miners (6-15, 0-5 C-USA), the 14th seed in the tournament, were forced to forfeit No. 3 doubles and the No. 6 singles spot to the nationally-ranked Monarchs (18-4, 6-0 C-USA) due to injury.

During the doubles slate, Lois Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett were leading ODU’s Victoria Olivarez and Nataliia Vlasova 4-3 at the No. 1 doubles spot in their effort to tie the battle for the point. However, Maria Paula Medina and Milena Baigorria slipped up 6-2 to Holly Hutchinson and Natalya Malenko at the No. 2 doubles position, sealing the doubles point to the tournament host and leaving the top doubles match unfinished.

Fighting a 2-0 deficit heading into singles play, Medina, battling through injury, was able to notch a point in her match against Olivarez at the No. 4 spot in the lineup, but was forced to retire. Wagenvoort, playing in her final conference championships as the lone senior on the team, slipped to Hutchinson 6-0, 6-2 at the top singles position, ending the match. Bennett was fighting in her match on court two against Vlasova after falling in the tight first set, but it was left unfinished at 6-4, 2-2. On court three, Erandi Martinez had a 2-1 advantage in the second stanza against Yuila Starodubtseva and Baigorria was battling back from a 2-0 debt to Adriana Rajkovic before the match was called.

The young UTEP team finished the year with six wins and will return seven of their eight players next season. Wagenvoort ended her UTEP career with 37 wins, ranking ninth on UTEP’s career wins list, while Martinez’s 20 singles wins in her debut year already placed her in the top-20 of that same list.

“I want to thank Lois [Wagenvoort] for her hard work and commitment to UTEP tennis these last four years,” head coach Ivan Fernandez. “It was my honor to get to coach her this year. Lois and the rest of the girls played with a lot of heart. Under the circumstances, we did all we could to represent UTEP with pride and dignity. I will continue to rebuild and we will keep striving to get better every day.”

Tennis Match Results – UTEP vs Old Dominion
Apr 19, 2018 at Norfolk, Va. (Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center)  #44 Old Dominion 4, UTEP 0

Singles competition

1. Holly Hutchinson (ODU) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-0, 6-2
2. Nataliia Vlasova (ODU) vs. Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
3. Yulia Starodubtseva (ODU) vs. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-3, 1-2, unfinished
4. Victoria Olivarez (ODU) def. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 5-1, retired
5. Adriana Rajkovic (ODU) vs. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-3, 2-0, unfinished
6. Louie McLelland (ODU) def. No player (UTEP), by default
Doubles competition
1. Victoria Olivarez/Nataliia Vlasova (ODU) vs. Lois Wagenvoort/Raven Bennett (UTEP) 3-4, unfinished
2. Holly Hutchinson/Natalya Malenko (ODU) def. Maria Paula Medina/Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-2
3. Adriana Rajkovic/Yulia Starodubtseva (ODU) def. No player/No player (UTEP), by default

Match Notes:

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

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IRVING, Texas – The UTEP tennis team will open the 2018 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championship with a bout against No. 3 seed and tournament host Old Dominion on Thursday, April 19, at 12 p.m. ET.

The four-day tournament will begin on April 19 and conclude with the championship match on Sunday, April 22, all matches will be played at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk, Virginia.

“The great thing about the conference tournament is that anything can happen,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Regardless of what happened during the regular season, every team has a chance.”

UTEP is the no. 14 seed in the championship, while the top-two seeds No. 1 FIU and No. 2 Rice earned first-round byes.

The Miners, who have been fighting through injury, wrapped up regular-season play against NM State, where they were edged 4-1 by the Aggies. Freshman Erandi Martinez put the Miners on the board after taking down the Aggies’ Quinty Janssen. Martinez leads the team with a 20-10 overall record, including a 4-1 mark at the No. 3 spot in the lineup, where she primarily plays.

The Miners have also seen strong play and fight from Raven Bennett, who has notched two wins as the Miners’ No. 2 as well as Maria Paula Medina, who has anchored the No. 4 spot in the lineup with three wins. Milena Baigorria has earned five wins this season, and veteran Lois Wagenvoort has battled for two wins at the top of the lineup.

The No. 44 nationally ranked Old Dominion squad (17-4) is riding a six match winning streak and has won nine of its last 10 matches, including a 6-1 victory over No. 42 ranked William & Mary this past weekend. On the season, ODU compiled a 12-2 record at home, a 5-2 record on the road and an undefeated 5-0 record in Conference USA play. The Monarchs have an overall singles record of 91-21, an overall doubles record of 38-12.

Pacing the team is Yulia Starodubtseva, who holds a 18-2 singles record, and Nataliia Vlasova, who is 16-2 on the year. In doubles play, Monarch tandem Victoria Olivarez and Vlasova have complied a 11-4 record to lead the team.

The winner between UTEP and ODU’s match will move on to face the winning team from “Match 6”, a clash between North Texas and UAB. That match, which would be played on Friday, April 20, would be the final matchup in the quarterfinals round.

Opening round action commences at 9 a.m. ET with (8) Southern Miss facing off against (9) Charlotte for a chance to play (1) FIU in the quarterfinals. Also at 9 a.m., (7) WKU will square off against (10) Louisiana Tech for a crack at (2) Rice in another quarterfinal bout.

Playing at the same time as the Miners, (4) Florida Atlantic and (13) Marshall will meet at 12 p.m. ET. The final two first-round matchups feature (5) Middle Tennessee taking on (12) UTSA and (6) North Texas playing (11) UAB.

Semifinals will begin the following day, April 21, when the final four teams compete for a berth into the C-USA Tournament Championship. The C-USA Championship will be played on Sunday, April 22 at 10 a.m. EST. Both the Semifinals and the Championship rounds will be broadcasted live on CUSA TV.

Schedule of Events:

First Round – Thursday, April 19
Match 1: (8) Southern Miss vs. (9) Charlotte – 9 a.m.
Match 2: (7) WKU vs. (10) Louisiana Tech – 9 a.m.
Match 3: (4) Florida Atlantic vs. (13) Marshall – 12 p.m.
Match 4: (3) Old Dominion vs. (14) UTEP – 12 p.m.
Match 5: (5) Middle Tennessee vs. (12) UTSA – 3 p.m.
Match 6: (6) North Texas vs. (11) UAB – 3 p.m.

Quarterfinals – Friday, April 20
Match 7: Match 1 winner vs. (1) FIU – 10 a.m.
Match 8: Match 2 winner vs. (2) Rice – 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 21
Match 11: Match 7 winner vs. Match 9 winner – 12 p.m. (CUSA TV)
Match 12: Match 8 winner vs. Match 10 winner – 12 p.m. (CUSA TV)

Championship – Sunday, April 22
Match 13: Match 11 winner vs. Match 12 winner – 10 a.m. (CUSA TV)

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UTEP Tennis Drops Regular-Season Finale At I-10 Rival NM State

LAS CRUCES – The short-handed UTEP tennis team was edged, 4-1, in its regular-season finale at I-10 rival NM State Saturday.

The Miners’ (6-14) victory came in No. 3 singles where standout Erandi Martinez was awarded the point when Quinty Janssen was unable to compete. But the Aggies (8-14) took advantage of the Miners being down to just five players to pick up the team triumph.

At No. 1 singles Lois Wagenvoort’s match vs. Rebecca Keijzerwaard was called in the third set (2-6, 6-3, 2-5, unfinished). That was also the case in the No. 5 singles tilt between Milena Baigorria and Eli Arnaudova (6-4, 3-6, 1-2, unfinished).

UTEP forfeited the point in No. 6 singles. The Miners also conceded a match in doubles play (No. 3 doubles). Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett battled Keijzerwaard and Lindsay Harlas at No. 1 doubles before falling, 6-3, to clinch the doubles point for the Aggies. Baigorria and Maria Paula Medina had their doubles match at No. 2 against Yadira Rubio and Eli Arnaudova halted early (5-2, unfinished).

It was an extremely competitive affair at No. 4 singles where Medina gave Rubio everything she wanted in a narrow setback, 5-7, 6-7 (6-8).

Bennett ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Harlas at No. 2 singles, falling 6-2, 6-0.

The Miners will regroup and return to the court for the 2018 C-USA Championships (April 19-22).
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UTEP Tennis Hosts Final Home Match, Meets Rival NM State This Weekend

The UTEP tennis team will conclude its regular-season slate with two matches this weekend, first hosting Texas A&M-Kingsville on April 13, then meeting with rival NM State in Las Cruces, NM on April 14.

First serve against the Javelinas on Friday is set for 12 p.m. at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club, while the Interstate-10 foes will meet at 2 p.m. at the NMSU Tennis Center. Both matches are free.

“This team has really shown a lot of courage and heart,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Although we are playing shorthanded due to injuries out of our control, I know they will fight with everything they have to represent UTEP the best way possible. We will try our hardest in our final matches of the spring and control what we can.”

UTEP (6-13, 0-5 C-USA) wrapped up a two-match stand in San Antonio last weekend, falling against league foes UTSA and LA Tech while also sacrificing points from an incomplete lineup due to injuries. However, freshman Erandi Martinez reached 20 wins after taking down the Roadrunners’ Ivana Ilic in a 6-1, 6-1 fashion. Martinez, who has a 4-1 mark at the no. 4 spot in singles action this spring, moved to 20-10 on the year and a 10-5 record in dual match play. The Miners also got strong play from their top doubles tandem in Lois Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett. The pair notched a dominating 6-2 win over LA Tech’s Karla De La Luz and Andrea Perez-Lopez during doubles action.

TAMUK (11-10, 3-2 LSC), creeped into the top-50 of the Oracle/ITA Division II Women’s Rankings, checking in at no. 47 as of April 4. Friday’s match will mark the first-ever meeting between the Miners and Javelinas since the program was created at TAMUK in 2011. The Javelinas are riding a three-match winning streak after taking out Laredo, UT Permian Basin and Angelo State in their road swing. The team has seen steady play from junior Phonephathep Philavong, who tallied a 3-0 mark at the no. 2 position in the lineup during the road trip.

NM State (7-14, 2-3 WAC) has dropped its last four matches, but garnered a 4-3 win over Grand Canyon on March 25. The last time the two foes met was April 14, 2017, at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club, where the Aggies edged the Miners 4-3. Pacing NM State is Yadira Rubio, who has posted a team-best 10 wins in dual match play, including a 7-8 mark at the no. 4 position in singles action.

Close behind is Lindsay Harlas, who has a 9-8 mark in the spring with shared time at both the no. 2 and no. 3 spot. The pair make up the no. 1 doubles team for the Aggies, earning a 4-8 record this spring.

The Miners will be celebrating Wagenvoort prior to first serve on Friday in honor of Senior Day. Wagenvoort arrived at UTEP in 2014 and made an immediate impact in the Miner lineup, finishing her rookie year with 10 wins. Success followed her into her sophomore and junior year, as she tallied a combined 25 wins.

This year, she has helped the Miners to six team wins, playing primarily at the no. 1 position. With 37 total wins in her career as a Miner as of April 7, Lois ranks in the program’s top-10 in most career singles wins while also ranking no. 9 in career doubles wins with 40 triumphs.

“It is always bittersweet when it comes to Senior Day,” Fernandez said. “While we are sad that their collegiate career is coming to an end, they are beginning the rest of their lives. I wish that I had been able to coach Lois all four years. She has been a great asset to the team and we will miss her tremendously. I want to thank her for her willingness to accept me as her coach in her final year of tennis.”

Miners Fall to LA Tech in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The short-handed UTEP tennis team fell 4-0 to LA Tech in a neutral-site match on Saturday at the UTSA Tennis Center, wrapping up a two-match conference road trip. The Miners are now 6-13 overall, 0-5 in Conference USA while the Lady Techsters moved to 9-8 on the season and 1-2 in C-USA play.

Doubles play began with the Lady Techsters advantage after the Miners were forced to forfeit no. 3 doubles due to an incomplete lineup. The Miners’ top tandem Lois Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett notched a dominating 6-2 win over LA Tech’s Karla De La Luz and Andrea Perez-Lopez to even the playing field for the doubles point.

The decisive match for the point was at no. 2 doubles, where Maria Paula Medina and Milena Baigorria fought, but fell 6-4 to the Lady Techsters’ Angela Lorenzo and Nadia Manjon.

Another forced forfeit on court six during singles play put the Miners in a 2-0 disadvantage. Medina was battling Lorenzo on court no. 4, but slipped 6-1, 6-0.

On court no. 2, Bennett stayed competitive in her tangle with Sonia Chen, who was working for her 12th straight singles win which would match the LA Tech record for longest winning streak. Bennett notched four points in the final frame, but slipped 6-2, 6-4 to Chen. Wagenvoort, who took the first set 6-4 over Manjon at the no. 1 spot, Erandi Martinez, and Baigorria’s matches were left unfinished as LA Tech clinched the match.

The Miners will turn to their final home match of the season when they host Texas A&M-Kingsville on Friday, April 13 at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club. First serve against the Javelinas is set for 12 p.m. and the team will be celebrating Senior Day for lone senior Wagenvoort.

Tennis Match Results  |  UTEP vs Louisiana Tech  |  4/7/2018 at San Antonio, Texas  |  (UTSA Tennis Center)
Louisiana Tech 4, UTEP 0  Singles competition

1. Nadja Manjon (TECH) vs. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 4-6, 3-2, unfinished
2. Sonia Chen (TECH) def. Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-2, 6-4
3. Karla De La Luz (TECH) vs. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-3, 5-1, unfinished
4. Angela Lorenzo (TECH) def. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-1, 6-0
5. Claudia Oravcova (TECH) vs. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
6. Andrea Perez-Lopez (TECH) def. No player (UTEP), by default

Doubles competition

1. Lois Wagenvoort/Raven Bennett (UTEP) def. Karla De La Luz/Andrea Perez-Lopez (TECH) 6-2
2. Angela Lorenzo/Nadja Manjon (TECH) def. Maria Paula Medina/Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-4
3. Claudia Oravcova/Sonia Chen (TECH) def. No player/No player (UTEP), by default

Match Notes:
UTEP 6-13 (0-5 C-USA)
Louisiana Tech 9-8 (1-2 C-USA)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,2)

UTEP Tennis Heads to San Antonio For Two Conference Matches

The UTEP tennis team will head to San Antonio, Texas for a two-match slate against league foes UTSA and LA Tech on April 6 and 7 at the UTSA Tennis Center.

The Miners will meet the Roadrunners on Friday at 1 p.m. CT and will return to action for a Saturday matchup against LA Tech, slated for a 1 p.m. CT start.

“Although we are shorthanded due to some injuries, we are ready to fight as much as possible for these two conference matches,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “This group has shown a lot of heart thus far and we are up for the challenge.”

The Miners (6-11 overall, 0-3 C-USA) are fresh off a 1-1 weekend after notching a 5-2 win over Angelo State, but falling short against New Mexico. Due to injuries, the team was forced to play with an incomplete lineup against the Lobos, but were able to stay competitive in the point-clinch match.

Against Angelo State, Miner freshmen Erandi Martinez and Milena Baigorria, paired together for the first time this season in doubles play, dominated the Belles’ Melanie Dreux and Lucie Maitrot 6-3 at the no. 3 doubles position, while Maria Paula Medina and Yvette van Oijen pulled out a 6-4 win at the no. 2 spot over Virginie Becht and Zoe Gubbels to seal the doubles point for the Miners.

The Orange and Blue then kept its momentum into singles play as five Miners notched set one wins leading to four singles victories. The Miners have seen solid play from Martinez, who has tallied 19 total singles wins, including a 3-1 mark playing the no. 3 spot in the lineup, while Baigorria remains strong in dual match play with a 4-1 record.

The Roadrunners (6-10 overall, 0-0 C-USA) are coming off a 4-1 loss to Marquette at home and are 2-3 in their last five contests with wins over Lamar and New Mexico State. The in-state rivals last met on April 9, 2017 at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club, with the Roadrunners running away with the 4-0 victory over the Miners.

Pacing UTSA is Laura Cabrera, who has accumulated a 12-4 overall record in singles play, including five wins playing the no. 2 spot and a flawless 4-0 at the no. 4 position.

The Runners’ Charleen Tiwari has also been strong at the no. 4 spot in the lineup with a 9-4 mark and is 10-6 overall. Tiwari pairs with Ivana Ilic in doubles play, and the tandem has a team-best six wins at the no. 3 position in the lineup.

The Lady Techsters (7-8 overall, 0-2 C-USA) host Grambling State at home on Thursday before Saturday’s matchup with the Miners in the Alamo City. LA Tech and UTEP last met on March 14, 2009 at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club, where the Miners earned the shutout 4-0 win.

Leading the Lady Techsters is Sonia Chen, who is 24-8 overall and 11-3 in dual match play, playing primarily at the no. 3 position.

Chen notched LA Tech’s lone point in a 4-1 loss to Northwestern State on Monday to extend her win streak to 10. Chen notched an ITA Regionals championship in the fall and is part of a team-high eight doubles wins with Claudia Oravcova.

The weekend’s slate will be the final regular season road trip for the Miners. They will return home for Senior Day against Texas A&M-Kingsville on April 13 at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club.

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