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UTEP Tennis adds Dibattista, Bonilla to roster

Freshmen Elena Dibattista and Lyric Bonilla have joined the Miner tennis team, UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez announced Thursday.

Dibattista will compete with the team in the 2020 spring season, while Bonilla will have to sit out after transferring from the University of Tennessee.

Lyric Bonilla – 5’2  |   San Antonio, Texas   |   Tennessee

Bonilla is a transfer who competed in the fall of 2019 at the University of Tennessee. While lthere, she collected four total wins (two singles, two doubles) in a pair of competitions with the Lady Vol.

A native of Texas , Bonilla was ranked in the top 10 of Texas Women’s Open Division, held national rankings for U12’s, U14’s and U16’s and has been playing tennis for seven years.

In high school, she was a four-year honor roll member, in addition to being a National Honor Society member, Spanish National Honor Society Member and graduated in the top-10 percent of her class.  Tennis runs in her family as her brother, Rudy, played tennis at UIW …

“Lyric…will bring a lot of experience and energy to this team,” UTEP tennis head coach, Ivan Fernandez shared.  “She is an extremely hard worker and extremely motivated to show everyone what she can do. She comes from a very close knit San Antonio family and I am very excited that she chose to come back home to Texas.”

Elena Dibattista 6’1   |   Agrigento, Italy  |   Istituto Comprensivo Rita Levi Montalcini

Dibattista won different tournaments in Italy, was a Sicilian champion when she was 16 and competed in a semifinal in a junior ITF event She also posted a straight set (6-3, 6-4 win) against Claudia Enache of Romania in an ITF event in Turkey in Sept. 2018 and bested Emma Mazzoni (France), 7-6, 6-4, in an ITF tournament in Norway in July 2018.

She took down fellow countrymate Emma Ferrini in the same month, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6, at a different ITF event; defeated Giuliana Di Peri, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in an IFT Tennis Europe event in Nov. 2016 and has been playing tennis for eight years.

“Elena is a very athletic and powerful player. Her game will fit in perfectly on our fast hard courts. She brings a lot of international experience and is a great addition to this program,” head coach Fernandez added.

Abrahim victorious as UTEP Tennis concludes action at ITA Mountain Regional

LAS VEGAS – Thássane Abrahim picked up a win in singles play as the UTEP tennis team wrapped up competition at the prestigious ITA Mountain Regionals on Friday.

“This event really showed us how much we need to work to be competitive in our region,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “The team is motivated to work hard to keep improving before our spring championship season.”

Abrahim set the tone for the Orange and Blue by dominating Leslie Fujitani (UNLV), 6-1, 6-0. Lina Sáchica locked up with Zara Ryan (Utah State). The junior secured the first set, 6-3, but couldn’t keep it going and fell, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3). Erandi Martinez was upended by Sydney Fitch (Air Force), 6-0, 6-4.

Eve Daniels was knocked off by Marta Magalhaes (Idaho), 7-6, 6-3. Kathleen Percegona was tripped up by Madison Wolfe (Northern Colorado), 6-2, 6-3.

The Miners have now concluded the fall portion of their schedule.

For complete coverage of UTEP tennis, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPWTennis (Twitter)@UTEP_Tennis (Instagram) and on Facebook or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

UTEP’s Valdez, Doubles Team emerge victorious on day one of ITA Mountain Regional

LAS VEGAS, Nv. –  Vanessa Valdez picked up a win in singles while UTEP also had a victory in doubles action on the opening day of the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament Wednesday.

“We had our ups and downs today,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We had some opportunities but could not capitalize on them. Thássane (Abrahim) and Erandi (Martinez) got a solid win in doubles but the No. 1 star today was Vanessa (Valdez) getting a solid win over UNLV in the top flight. We need to regroup and come out fighting tomorrow.”

The tournament commenced with doubles action. Erandi Martinez and Thássane Abrahim drilled Sandra Keta/Synclair Larson (Northern Colorado), 8-1, to advance in the main draw of doubles play. Valdez and Maria Aveiga fell, 6-3 retired, against Ana Fernandez/ Ana Royo (Wyoming).

Lina Sáchica and Eve Daniels were tripped up, 8-0, by Antonia Balzert/Maria Campos (Colorado).

Valdez showed off her resiliency by rallying past Connie Li (UNLV) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Sáchica was upended by No. 2 seed TJ Famagalli (Air Force), 6-2, 6-1. Martinez fell, 6-3, 6-1, to Balzert (Colorado).

The Miners will continue action at the tournament on Thursday.

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Sáchica Wins Flight Title at SDSU Fall Invite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UTEP will continue play at the event on Saturday.

For complete coverage of UTEP tennis, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPWTennis (Twitter)@UTEP_Tennis (Instagram) and on Facebook or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

UTEP Tennis to compete at SDSU Fall Classic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UTEP Tennis to compete at NM State Aggie Fall Invite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For complete coverage of UTEP tennis, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPWTennis (Twitter)@UTEP_Tennis (Instagram) and on Facebook or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

UTEP Tennis wraps up play at Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invitational

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For complete coverage of UTEP tennis, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPWTennis (Twitter)@UTEP_Tennis (Instagram) and on Facebook or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

UTEP Tennis Team Named ITA All-Academic Team

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

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

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

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

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

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Prelle Named To All-Conference USA Singles Second Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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