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Prelle Named To All-Conference USA Singles Second Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UTEP Tennis Storms Back To Beat Boise State 4-3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UTEP 4, Boise State 3

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

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

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

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UTEP Tennis Falls At Northern Arizona 4-0

FLAGSTAFF – A short-handed UTEP tennis team was upended at Northern Arizona, 4-0, Saturday afternoon. The Miners (4-12) dropped the doubles point.

They also had to forfeit a match in singles play due to injuries, which gave the homestanding Lumberjacks (7-8) more help than they needed.

Yvette Van Oijen and Kathleen Percegona fell to Chiara Tomasetti and Adrianna Sosnowska, 6-2, at No. 1 doubles. Vanessa Valdez and Milena Baigorria were dispatched by Hanneke Lodewijks and Ellie Millard, 6-0, at No. 2 doubles. Rine Nozaki and Erandi Martinez squared off against Madi Moore and Emilie Haakansson at No. 3 doubles. The Orange and Blue duo was trailing, 3-2, when the match was halted due to the doubles point being decided.

Dressing only five players in singles, UTEP faced an uphill battle in its attempt to rally. It wasn’t in the cards, with NAU taking wins at No. 1 singles, No. 3 singles and No. 6 singles (by forfeit) to clinch the match. Percegona was tripped up by Tomasetti, 6-0, 6-1, at the top slot. Van Oijen was clipped by Sosnowska, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 3 singles.

Martinez dropped the first set to Millard, 7-6, (7-1), at No. 2 singles when the match went unfinished. Baigorria was trailing 6-1, 5-1, at No. 4 singles against Haakansson. That match was halted as well. Nozaki was down, 6-2, 3-0, against Moore at No. 5 singles when it too was stopped.

UTEP will look to regroup and bounce back when it faces Portland State in a neutral-site match in Flagstaff, at 10 a.m. Sunday.

UTEP at Northern Arizona 3/30/2019 at Flagstaff, Ariz.
(Aquatic and Tennis Complex)

Northern Arizona 4, UTEP 0

Singles competition

1. Chiara Tomasetti (NAU) def. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-0, 6-1
2. Ellie Millard (NAU) vs. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 7-6 (7-1), unfinished
3. Adrianna Sosnowska (NAU) def. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-2, 6-1
4. Emilie Haakansson (NAU) vs. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-1, 5-1, unfinished
5. Madi Moore (NAU) vs. Rine Nozaki (UTEP) 6-2, 3-0, unfinished
6. Sydney Roman (NAU) def. No player (UTEP), by forfeit

Doubles competition

1. Chiara Tomasetti/Adrianna Sosnowska (NAU) def. Yvette Van Oijen/Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-2
2. Hanneke Lodewijks/Ellie Millard (NAU) def. Vanessa Valdez/Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-0
3. Madi Moore/Emilie Haakansson (NAU) vs. Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 3-2, unfinished

Match Notes:
UTEP 4-12
Northern Arizona 7-8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,1,3)

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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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