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Four Miners Set to Compete in Aggie Invitational

The UTEP women’s tennis team will head to Las Cruces, N.M. for its second tournament of the fall season. The Miners will take part in the annual NM State Aggie Invitational held Sept. 23-25 at the NM State Tennis Center.

NM State will be hosting Grand Canyon, Tarleton State, New Mexico, UT-Permian Basin and Western New Mexico in a multiple bracket event that will feature both doubles and singles.

Senior Daphne Visscher, junior Lois Wagenvoort and sophomores Raven Bennett and Maria Paula Medina will be making the trip to represent the Orange and Blue.

Doubles action will begin on Friday at 9 a.m. as Medina and Bennett pair up to face Grand Canyon’s duo of seniors Lana Rinaldi and Marie Deleval in the Crimson Flight Doubles bracket. In the White Flight Doubles bracket, the usual pairing of Visscher and Wagenvoort will take on Tarleton State juniors Ashleigh Elward and Erika Richarme.

In singles, Wagenvoort will partake in the Crimson Singles Flight in a matchup against New Mexico’s Cassie Chung, a freshman from Vancouver, Canada while Visscher and Medina will both see action in the White Singles Flight bracket. Visscher will battle it out versus TSU’s Richarme for the second time in the tournament and Medina will go against Andrea Villalobos, a sophomore from Chihuahua, Mexico.

Bennett will be part of the Gold Singles Flight bracket, facing Tori Simmons, a freshman from TSU.

Last weekend, UTEP travelled No. 101 Vivienne Kulicke and newcomers Milou Pietersz and Sophia Intert to the Midland Invitational, where the Miners finished out the opening weekend with a 2-1 record in doubles and a 5-2 mark in singles.

UTEP DRAWS: 

Crimson Flight Doubles (9 a.m. MT)

Medina/Bennett (UTEP) vs. Rinaldi/Deleval (GCU)

White Flight Doubles (9 a.m. MT)

Visscher/Wagenvoort (UTEP) vs. Elward/Richarme (TSU)

Crimson Singles Flight

Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) vs. Cassie Chung (UNM)

White Singles Flight

Daphne Visscher (UTEP) vs. Erika Richarme (TSU)

Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) vs. Andrea Villalobos (UTPB)

Gold Singles Flight

Raven Bennett (UTEP) vs. Tori Simmons (TSU)

UTEP Tennis Closes Out Midland Invite

MIDLAND, Texas – The UTEP women’s tennis team concluded the Midland Invitational on Sunday with a singles match in both singles and doubles play.

In singles, Vivienne Kulicke was handed a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 setback by Texas Tech’s Sabrina Federici in her semifinals match. Kulicke and Milou Pietersz fell, 8-7 (8), to Katelyn Jackson and Lynn Kiro also of Texas Tech in the quarterfinals.

“Overall it was a great tournament,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “Vivienne is becoming a stronger competitor by the day, and Milou’s learning curve has been impressive in both singles and doubles. She is improving quickly and I am very excited for the player she is becoming.”

The Miners finished the weekend with a record of 2-1 in doubles and 5-2 in singles. Next up for the UTEP squad is another tournament on the road. The Orange and Blue will compete in the New Mexico State Aggie Invitational on Sept. 24-25 in Las Cruces, N.M. in its second tournament of the season.

SUNDAY RESULTS

SINGLES:

Vivienne Kulicke
Semifinals lost to Sabrina Federici (Texas Tech) 4-6 6-4 6-3

DOUBLES:
Kulicke/ Pietersz
Quarterfinals lost to Jackson/ Kiro (Texas Tech) 8-7 (8)

UTEP Tennis Completes Day Two at Midland Invite

ARLINGTON, Texas – UTEP tennis’ Vivienne Kulicke advanced to the semifinals after winning a pair of singles matches during the second day at the Midland Invitational on Saturday.

Kulicke, ranked no. 101 in the women’s national singles rankings, defeated Texas Tech’s Lynn Kiro, 6-2, 6-2 in the round of 16, followed by a hard-fought victory against North Texas’ Maria Kononova, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, in the quarterfinals. Kulikce will advance to the semis to take on no. 122 Sabrina Federici of Texas Tech on Sunday.

In doubles action, Kulicke and Milou Pietersz registered an 8-5 victory against Abilene Christian’s Ansley Boarman and Lucile Pothier in the round of 16.

UTEP’s duo advanced to play Texas Tech’s Katelyn Jackson and Lynn Kiro in the quarterfinals on Saturday, but the match will be resumed on Sunday due to rain with the Red Raider pair up 4-2.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS:

Vivienne Kulicke

Round 16 def. Lynn Kiro (Texas Tech) 6-2 6-2

Quarterfinals def. Maria Kononova (North Texas) 4-6 6-0 6-3

Semifinals vs. Sabrina Federici (Texas Tech)

Milou Pietersz

Round of 16 BD lost to Samantha Smith (Penn State) 3-6 6-2 10-5

Kulicke/ Pietersz

Round of 16 def. Pothier/ Boarman (ACU) 8-5

Quarterfinals vs. Jackson/ Kiro (Texas Tech) 2-4 (Suspended for rain- to be resumed tomorrow)

UTEP Tennis’ Kulicke Ranked in ITA Preseason Poll

Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2016 Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Women’s Division I Preseason Rankings for the upcoming fall season.

UTEP Junior Vivienne Kulicke was ranked No. 101 in the women’s national singles rankings.

Kulicke paced the UTEP squad in 2015 with an overall record of 25-10 in singles action while recording 21 wins in straight sets. She ended the dual season with a 15-5 mark, playing the majority of the time at the No. 1 position.

She earned numerous accolades in her first year in an Orange and Blue uniform including, Conference USA Newcomer of the Year, First-Team All-C-USA Singles selection and C-USA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week (3/1/16).

Not only did she have an outstanding year on the court but in the classroom as well. Earlier this year, the UTEP women’s tennis team was named an ITA All-Academic team while Kulicke was given ITA Scholar-Athlete honors. She was also recognized to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and garnered a C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal.

UTEP Kicks off the fall season when the team travels to the Midland Open, which will be held Sept. 17-19.

UTEP’s Kulicke Selected for Pre-Qualifying Singles at Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships

UTEP women’s tennis standout Vivienne Kulicke will compete in the pre-qualifying round at the prestigious Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Los Angeles, Calif. taking place Oct. 2-9.

Kulicke, who finished 14th in the 2016 Oracle ITA Tennis Rankings in the Texas region earlier in the year, is the first in UTEP history to be invited to the Championships.

In her first year as a Miner, Kulicke totaled an overall record of 25-10 in singles action while registering 21 wins in straight sets. She spent most of her time at the No. 1 position in dual play, where she ended the season with a 15-5 mark.

The Hamburg, Germany native became the first nationally ranked tennis athlete for the Orange and Blue in over 20 years when she broke into the ITA rankings at the national level at No. 107 on Feb. 23 and she remained among the top-125 for nine-straight weeks.

Kulicke was honored by Conference USA earlier this year by being named the C-USA Newcomer of the Year and a First-Team All-C-USA Singles selection, becoming the first in school history to earn the awards since joining C-USA in 2005.

UTEP Women’s Tennis Adds Two To Staff

UTEP women’s tennis coach Roberto Aspillaga announced the addition of Rebeca Calvillo and Sergio Acosta to the coaching staff on Tuesday. Calvillo will serve as a graduate assistant and Acosta will join the staff as a volunteer assistant coach for the Miners.

“ I am extremely excited to have Rebeca and Sergio join our coaching staff,” said Aspillaga. “Rebeca was one of the most awarded players in the history of UTEP tennis, and her competitive background will contribute immensely to the program.”

Calvillo completed her final season for the Miners in 2014 recording a 20-14 record at the No. 1 position, including a 13-9 mark in dual-match competition. She also teamed with Davina Meza to forge a 23-9 doubles record on the No. 1 court, including finishing 15-4 during dual-match play. The Durango, Mexico native finished her career as the Miners’ all-time leader in doubles wins (74) and a two-time All-Conference USA singles third team selection.

“I am pleased to also welcome Sergio Acosta to the coaching staff,” Aspillaga said. “Sergio is one of the best junior coaches in the area and his expertise will be of great use in player development for our program”

Acosta is an El Paso native and is the Head Junior Development Director for the El Paso Tennis Club.

UTEP will begin tournament action at the Midland Open held Sept. 17-19.

UTEP Women’s Tennis Announces 2016 Fall Schedule

UTEP women’s tennis head coach Roberto Aspillaga announced his team’s 2016 fall schedule Thursday, which includes seven tournament appearances.

“Last year we had players show great individual results and signs of significant improvement in their development, Aspillaga said. “We are also incorporating two top-notch players to the team, which will add great depth to our squad.  This year’s fall schedule will be extremely competitive and will provide with opportunities for everyone to keep growing”

The Miners will open the fall schedule at the Midland Open from Saturday, Sept. 17 through Monday, Sept. 19. The next weekend, the Orange and Blue will be in Las Cruces, N.M. to take part in the New Mexico State Invite, Sept. 24-25.

UTEP will then travel to the Arizona Wildcat Invite held in Tucson, Ariz., Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. Following the trip to Arizona, selected members of the team will head to Los Angeles, Calif. for one of the four college grand slams, the All-American Championships, from Sunday, Oct. 2 through Saturday, Oct. 9.

The following week will have the squad in Albuquerque, N.M. for the ITA Regional Championships hosted by the New Mexico Lobos, Oct. 12-16.

The Orange and Blue’s next two tournaments on the schedule will travel selected Miners to Phoenix, Ariz. for the Grand Canyon Invite or back to Los Angeles, Calif. for the Jack Kramer Invitational, Nov. 4-6.

Four members have been awarded with invitations to participate at in the prestigious Jack Kramer Invitational, with participants from teams like Stanford, UCLA, Baylor and Pepperdine.

The 2016-17 roster includes two seniors (Duda Santos and Daphne Visscher), three juniors (Vivienne Kulicke, Lois Wagenvoort and transfer Milou Pietersz), two sophomores (Raven Bennett and Maria Paula Medina) and one freshman (Sophia Intert).

Aspillaga enters his second season at the helm of the program. Under his direction, the Miners finished the spring season with an 11-11 overall record and a 2-2 Conference USA mark.

During Aspillaga’s first season, a pair of Miners made names for themselves after garnering accolades. The first came on Jan. 26 when freshman Raven Bennett was named the C-USA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week. It was the first time in 10 years that a Miner earned such an honor.

Vivienne Kulicke dominated opponents in her first season with the Orange and Blue. Kulicke received a no. 107 ranking in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings on Feb. 23. She was the first Miner in 10 years to crack the ITA rankings. Kulicke followed the honor with another, as she was named the C-USA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week on March 1.

She finished the season ranked 14th in the 2016 Oracle ITA Tennis Rankings in the Texas Region. And following that, Kulicke was then named the 2016 C-USA Newcomer of the Year and earned a spot on the All-C-USA Singles first team. She was the first Miner to earn the tennis newcomer of the year award since UTEP joined C-USA in 2005.

Five UTEP Tennis Athletes Earn ITA Scholar-Athlete Status

The UTEP women’s tennis team was named an ITA All-Academic team and had five players honored as ITA Scholar Athletes, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Thursday.

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

The Miners earned team recognition by having a cumulative team grade point average of 3.53 on the year and student-athletes, Raven Bennett, Bethan Hayward, Vivienne Kulicke, Duda Santos and Lois Wagenvoort held a grade point average of 3.50 for the current academic year to secure the Scholar Athlete title.

Earlier this year, the entire eight-member team was placed on the 2016 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and claimed five C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medals. The squad was also awarded the Athletic Director’s Academic Award for its outstanding GPA at the 42nd annual Dinner with the Miners last month.

UTEP Tennis’ Kulicke Reaches Second Round of Future Nord Tournament

KALTENKIRCHEN, Germany – UTEP tennis junior Vivienne Kulicke made a successful run through the main draw of the ITF $10,000 Future Nord Tournament in Kaltenkirchen, Germany this past week. Kulicke earned the first WTA point of her career in the process.

Kulicke previously won another event to receive a wild card to the main draw of the Future Nord tournament by defeating Juliane Triebe (No. 48 in Germany) and Lena Greiner (16 U German Champion).

In the first round of the tournament this week, Kulicke defeated Linn Timmermann (2-6, 6-0, 6-1) to earn her first career victory in a pro match. Timmermann is from 48th-ranked Georgia State, where she played primarily at the top spot in singles and doubles for the 2016 season.

Kulicke’s amazing run finally came to an end when she dropped a hard-fought 0-6, 4-6 match to number one seed and WTA No. 429-ranked Katharina Lehnert in the second round of action. Lehnert is a Philippine Fed Cup player.

UTEP Tennis Adds Two To 2016 Class

The UTEP women’s tennis program and head coach Roberto Aspillaga have announced the addition of two student-athletes on Wednesday.

The Miners have added Milou Pietersz and Sophia Intert for the 2016-2017 season.

Pietersz, a transfer from Nicholls State, will most likely be playing primarily at Nos. 2 and 3 in singles for the Miners. The Arnhem, Netherlands native was a member of the Southland Conference Regular Season Co-Champion team in 2015.

“I chose to transfer to UTEP as I believe that a program like this can maximize my full potential,” Pietersz said. “I had good contact with some of the team members and a good click with coach Aspillaga.”

Pietersz was ranked No. 78 at the Dutch Open for all ages, as well as a career-best No. 6 ranking in juniors. Her father has worked as a coach for various tennis federations, including the Netherlands, Malasya as well as Sri Lanka.

” I am extremely excited to have Milou join the team,” said Aspillaga. “She is a strong competitor and an excellent teammate, two of the most important traits that we look for when recruiting new players. I got the chance to see Milou compete and saw the way she interacted with her teammates back in 2015 (while coaching at SFA), when we shared the Southland Conference regular season title with Nicholls State. I was very impressed with her from the first minute and I know she will not only make us better on the court, but will also help us become a stronger and closer team moving forward.”

Intert has a current junior ranking at No. 24 as well as a National Open ranking of No. 99 in Germany.

“I am so happy that Sophia is joining us,” Aspillaga said. “She is an incredibly nice person and an excellent student and tennis player. It is always exciting to add a player of the caliber of Sophia who already has a background playing team tennis. She will contribute to our depth and team chemistry immensely.”

The Hamburg, Germany native won the Sparda Bank Cup and Ostee Cup in 2016, taking down multiple Top 100 players from Germany. Her sister, Amelie Intert, plays in the pro circuit, while her other sister Luise Intert is an All-Atlantic Sun First Team selection at the University of North Florida.

“I am really excited to join UTEP,” said Intert. “Here in Germany, team tennis is huge and I really enjoy playing for my club. I am looking forward to joining my new team and starting a new chapter in my career in the U.S. I chose UTEP because every aspect regarding academics and the tennis program at UTEP seemed a perfect match for me.”

Both players will join a UTEP team that finished last year with an 11-10 overall record, including a 2-1 mark in Conference USA.

UTEP Tennis’ Kulicke Finishes 14th In ITA Texas Region Rankings

Due to her outstanding performance as a sophomore, UTEP tennis player Vivienne Kulicke finished 14th in the 2016 Oracle ITA Tennis Rankings in the Texas region, which were announced on Wednesday.

“This is important for Vivienne as the Texas region is one of the strongest regions in the country,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said.  “This will help her obtain a national pre-season ranking next fall. Starting next semester with a high national ranking will improve her chances to get into The All American Championships, which is one of four college grand slams.”

The Hamburg, Germany native became the first nationally ranked tennis athlete for the Orange and Blue in over 20 years when she broke into the ITA rankings at the national level at No. 107 on Feb. 23 and she remained among the top-125 for nine-straight weeks.

Kulicke was honored by Conference USA earlier this year by being named the C-USA Newcomer of the Year and a First-Team All-C-USA Singles selection, becoming the first in school history to earn the awards since joining C-USA in 2005.

In her first year as a Miner, Kulicke totaled an overall record of 25-10 in singles action while registering 21 wins in straight sets. She spent most of her time at the No. 1 position in dual play, where she ended the season with a 15-5 mark.

“I am incredibly excited about the fall,” Aspillaga said. “Everyone in the team has improved and we are in a position to play more challenging fall tournaments as compared to last year.”

Kulicke is one of three C-USA athletes recognized on the list of 20. Katherine Ip and Lindsey Hodge of Rice finished third and 12th, respectively.

UTEP Tennis’ Kulicke Honored by C-USA

IRVING, Texas – UTEP women’s tennis player, Vivienne Kulicke was recognized by Conference USA, collecting two awards announced by the league on Friday.

Kulicke was named the C-USA Newcomer of the Year and a First-Team All-C-USA Singles selection. She is the first in school history to earn the awards since UTEP joined C-USA in 2005.

The Hamburg, Germany, product totaled an overall record of 25-10 in singles play in her first year at UTEP, while registering 21 wins in straight sets. Kulicke went 15-5 at the No. 1 position in dual matches, picking up notable singles wins versus Iowa St., Wyoming, No. 56 New Mexico and Arizona State’s Desirae Krawczyk, who was ranked No. 34 at the time.

Kulicke went on a 10-match winning streak from Jan. 29 to Mar. 18 before dropping a match to Miriam Rosell of UTSA (Mar. 19).

The sophomore became the first nationally ranked tennis athlete for UTEP in over 20 years when she broke into the ITA national rankings on Feb. 23. She remained among the top-125 for nine-straight weeks with a career-best at No. 107.

The entire 2016 All-Conference USA Women’s Tennis selections and Specialty Awards can be seen below:

All-Conference USA Singles
1st Team
Nina Nagode, FIU
Maryna Verksler, FIU
Alexandra Starkova, Louisiana Tech
Derya Turhan, Marshall
Brittany Huxley, Middle Tennessee
Maria Kononova, North Texas
Tamuna Kutubidze, North Texas
Borislava Botusharova, Old Dominion
Savannah Durkin, Rice
Lindsey Hodge, Rice
Katherine Ip, Rice
Carolin Drescher, Southern Miss
Vivienne Kulicke, UTEP

2nd Team
Nerma Caluk, FIU
Andrea Lazaro, FIU
Carlotta Orlando, FIU
Jazmin Britos, Louisiana Tech
Anastasiya Shestakova, North Texas
Nikol Hristova, Old Dominion
Nataliya Vlasova, Old Dominion
Ingrid Vojcinakova, Old Dominion
Alison Ho, Rice
Emily Smith, Rice
Miriam Rosell Canudas, UTSA
Andreanna Christopoulou, WKU

3rd Team
Tai Martin, Charlotte
Macy Vonderschmidt, Charlotte
Bianca Biglione, Florida Atlantic
Ana Gutierrez, Florida Atlantic
Marta Sramkova, Louisiana Tech
Rachael Morales, Marshall
Anna Pomyatinskaya, Marshall
Adriana Rajkovic, Old Dominion
Solomiya Zinko, Rice
Alex Kitchen, Southern Miss
Rikeetha Pereira, Southern Miss
Pardis Kianoush, UAB

All-Conference USA Doubles
1st Team
Derya Turhan/Anna Pomyatinskaya, Marshall
Maria Kononova/Tamuna Kutubidze, North Texas
Katherine Ip/Emily Smith, Rice

2nd Team
Carlotta Orlando/Andrew Lazaro, FIU
Maryna Veksler/Nina Nagode, FIU
Nataliya Vlasova/Nikol Hristova, Old Dominion

3rd Team
Alexandra Starkova/Zoe Chen, Louisiana Tech
Brittany Huxley/Giulia Squadrin, Middle Tennessee
Savannah Durkin/Solomiya Zinko, Rice

Superlative Awards
Player of the Year: Derya Turhan, Marshall
Freshman of the Year: Maryna Veksler, FIU
Newcomer of the Year: Vivienne Kulicke, UTEP
Singles Player of the Championship: Alison Ho, Rice
Doubles Team of the Championship: Carlotta Orlando & Andrea Lazaro, FIU
Coach of the Year: Elizabeth Schmidt, Rice

Southern Miss Tops UTEP 4-1 at C-USA Women’s Tennis Championships

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The UTEP women’s tennis team’s run at the 2016 C-USA Tennis Championships ended in the first round of action, as the Miners dropped a 4-1 decision to Southern MissThursday morning at the Adams Tennis Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The Miners (11-11, 2-2 C-USA) were unable to get any momentum going against the Golden Eagles (17-3-1, 1-1 C-USA), who picked up the doubles point, before taking three singles matches to get the victory.

“Clearly it’s disappointing to finish the year this way,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “We lost a few matches this season where we had all sorts of chances and we don’t seem to know how to capitalize. We are a few games away from having a completely different season, and that can be frustrating. At the same time, in order to put ourselves in a position to win, you must compete well to start with.”

In doubles action, Southern Miss was able to use the early break at the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to take the lead. The Golden Eagles were able to open with a 6-2 win on court one, while the pair on court three finished off the doubles point with a 7-6 (7-3) win of their own.

The lead grew to 2-0 for Southern Miss after Lois Wagenvoort dropped her match on court two to Alex Kitchen, 6-1, 6-2. Duda Santos made it 2-1 for UTEP after taking down Rikeetha Pareira, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 3 spot. The Golden Eagles advanced to 3-1 after Raven Bennett was defeated on court six by Elena Roca, 6-3, 6-3.

No. 122 Vivienne Kulicke fought off numerous match points on court one, but Carolin Drescher clinched the match for Southern Miss with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win.

“I feel that there has been important growing completely within the team this year and the next step is to learn how to close matches,” Aspillaga said. “Overall, the team has gotten closer and we are getting better, that’s something I am happy about. This was one of the toughest schedules UTEP has had and the girls have represented the university in a very good way. I am excited for what is coming ahead and looking forward to a new season with the team.”

SINGLES COMPETITION

  1. Carolin Drescher (USMW) def. No. 122 Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
  2. Alex Kitchen (USMW) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-1, 6-2
  3. Duda Santos (UTEP) def. Rikeetha Pereira (USMW) 6-2, 6-3
  4. Tjasa Jerse (USMW) vs. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 3-6, 6-3, 5-2, unfinished
  5. Matilda Tench (UTEP) vs. Claudia Castella (USMW) no result
  6. Elena Roca (USMW) def. Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-3, 6-3

 

DOUBLES COMPETITION

  1. Alex Kitchen/Carolin Drescher (USMW) def. Vivienne Kulicke/Duda Santos (UTEP) 6-2
  2. Rikeetha Pereira/Claudia Castella (USMW) vs. Matilda Tench/Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 5-6, unfinished
  3. Tjasa Jerse/Elena Roca (USMW) def. Raven Bennett/Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 7-6 (7-3)

UTEP Tennis to Play Southern Miss in First Round of C-USA Tournament

The brackets for the 2016 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championships have been set, and No. 10 seeded UTEP (11-10, 2-1 C-USA) will square off with No. 7 Southern Miss (16-3-1, 0-0 C-USA) in the first round of action on Thursday at 9 a.m. (CT).

UTEP last played Southern Miss last season (3/29/15) in Hattiesburg, Miss. and came away with a 4-2 win over the Golden Eagles.

Hosted by Middle Tennessee at the Adams Tennis Center, the single-elimination tournament will span from the opening round on Thursday to the Championship match-up on Sunday.

If the Miners advance, they will face No. 2 seeded Rice (10-9, 2-0 C-USA) in the second round scheduled forFriday at 10 a.m. (CT). The Owls are ranked No. 41 on the ITA National Rankings as of April 12.

Vivienne Kulicke has played exceptionally well at the No. 1 spot, as she is currently 15-4 and ranked No. 122 on the ITA national rankings.

Lois Wagenvoort follows in suit at 8-10 playing mostly at No. 2 singles, while Duda Santos is 6-3 at No. 3.

On the doubles side, UTEP’s duo of Kulicke and Duda Santos leads the squad with a 7-8 record at No. 1 doubles.

No. 53 New Mexico Turns Away UTEP Tennis 4-1, on Senior Day

The UTEP women’s team pushed No. 53 New Mexico to the brink Saturday before falling, 4-1, at the El Paso Tennis Club on Senior Day.

“I am very proud of the girls for the way they dealt with adversity today,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “They played with a lot of heart and problem solved very well today. It was only appropriate, considering we all wanted to give Tilly a great last home match.”

With the loss, the Miners end the 2016 regular season with an overall record of 11-10.

“New Mexico is a very deep and disciplined squad,” Aspillaga said. “I have a lot of respect for the coaching staff and their players. They are a NCAA tournament caliber team for a reason.”

UNM took the early advantage by claiming the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. First off the court, sophomore Lois Wagenvoort and senior Matilda Tench dropped a 6-3 decision to Emily Olivier and Dominique Dulski on court one. The UNM team of Sharon Coone and Ludivine Burguiere closed out a 7-6 (7-2) win over the UTEP duo of Vivienne Kulicke and Maria Paula Medina.

The match on court two was stopped due to the claimed point.

UTEP did not fold however, coming back to take UNM to the end. The Miners got on the board when No. 122 Kulicke came back to beat Emily Olivier, 6-3, 6-1, on court one. UTEP had chances to make it even closer, as it forced UNM to third sets at Nos. 3, 4 and 6 singles.

The Orange and Blue fell behind when the Lobo’s Andrea Leblanc defeated Wagenvoort, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 2 and Coone topped Medina at No. 5, 6-0, 6-2.

UNM closed out the win at No. 3 with with Dulski coming back to win the third set and the match against Tench, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.

“After knowing Duda was out for injury, it would have been easy to go through the motions today and give up,” said Aspillaga. “But we did exactly the opposite. We made UNM earn every single point”

Next on the schedule is the 2016 C-USA Women’s Tennis Championship hosted by Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on April 20-24.

The Miners return everybody from this year except Tench, who celebrated her last match at the El Paso Tennis Club as a Miner.

“We are going to miss Tilly, not only for what she brings on court, but also for the intangibles she brings off court,” coach Aspillaga said. “She is constantly bringing positive energy and good humor, on top of taking care of her stuff. I think these attributes make her special and I am certain she will be very successful in life.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to coach her and to also have her join the team next year as a support staff.”

SINGLES COMPETITION

  1. No. 122 Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) def. OLIVIER, Emily (UNM) 6-3, 6-1
  2. LeBLANC, Andrea (UNM) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-3, 6-4
  3. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) vs. BURGUIERE, Ludivine (UNM) 3-6, 7-5, 1-5, unfinished
  4. DULSKI, Dominique (UNM) def. Matilda Tench (UTEP) 1-6, 7-5, 6-3
  5. COONE, Sharon (UNM) def. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-0, 6-2
  6. Raven Bennett (UTEP) vs. BHAT, Rachana (UNM) 7-5, 5-7, 5-1, unfinished

 

DOUBLES COMPETITION

  1. OLIVIER, Emily/DULSKI, Dominique (UNM) def. Matilda Tench/Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-3
  2. Raven Bennett/Daphne Visscher (UTEP) vs. LeBLANC, Andrea/BHAT, Rachana (UNM) 6-6, unfinished
  3. COONE, Sharon/BURGUIERE, Ludivine (UNM) def. Vivienne Kulicke/Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 7-6 (7-2)
GECU MTG PRECUAL 2020 728X90
EPCON_2020 728
Rugby Coming Soon 728
ENTERPRISE 728
West Texas Test Drive 728
Rhinos 2019/2020 728
Utep Football Generic 728
Mountains 728