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UTEP’s Kulicke Earns ITA National Ranking

UTEP women’s tennis player Vivienne Kulicke was ranked among the top college tennis players for this week’s edition of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. Kulicke received a No. 107 ranking in the nation for singles play.

“Vivienne has worked tirelessly on her game and has developed immensely in the last three semesters that I have coached her,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “I am proud of her for breaking in the rankings but I am even more proud of how much she has improved as a competitor. There is no doubt that she will continue to get better.”

Since her arrival at UTEP, Kulicke has made a tremendous impact on the team. The sophomore currently holds a team-best 5-2 record in singles, including a 1-2 record when facing ranked opponents. Her best performance this season has been against No. 36 Desirae Krawczyk from No. 24 Arizona State (1/29), where Kulicke came out with a 7-5, 0-6, 10-8 victory.

The Hamburg, Germany native has also registered a 1-3 record when paired with junior Duda Santos in doubles competition.

It has been 10 years since a Miner cracked the ITA rankings. Weronika Bloczynska was the last to make the cut (12/13/2006), when she was given a No. 28 ranking in the ITA Southwest Region rankings.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Miners Fall to Abilene Christian in Home Opener

The UTEP women’s tennis team lost 4-3, this time at the hands of Abilene Christian on Saturday at the Coronado Country Club.

The Wildcats won two doubles matches to earn the key team point. Duda Santos paired up with Vivienne Kulicke to win a game at doubles competition against Erin Walker and Whitney Williams, 6-2.

“We are disappointed for not taking advantage of all the opportunities we had to win the match, but we are especially not happy with the way we played the doubles,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said.  “We played too safe and that ultimately made the difference. The bigger picture is that we have to maintain a playing identity at all times, no matter who we play or how we feel. It is more important than winning or losing. We strive to play aggressive and purpose-driven doubles play here at UTEP and today we did not do that across the board.”

After dropping the match-point opportunity in doubles, the Miners picked up wins on three courts but it was not enough as ACU closed out the match, 4-3. Vivienne Kulicke defeated Erin Walker on court one (6-4, 6-3), while Matilda Tench beat Jordan Henry on court No. 5, (6-2, 6-5). Freshman standout, Raven Bennett, earned the last point for UTEP by taking down Whitney Williams (6-2, 7-5) on court No. 6.

“I felt that we did a great job coming back in singles,” Aspillaga said. “Daphne got herself in a position to close her singles match, playing the best tennis I have seen her play this year. Her level came down a bit at the time of closing, but a lot of credit goes out to ACU for stepping up their game under pressure. Ultimately, it would have been much easier for us to play the way we always do in doubles and take advantage of the opportunities we had then, rather than relying on Daphne to close that singles match. It was simply unnecessary for her to be in that position to begin with.”

“Now we have to rest, evaluate the footage and learn from this match. I am confident that the team will continue to grow and move forward,” said Aspillaga.

The Miners are next in action on Feb. 26 when they host Northern Arizona at The El Paso Country Club starting with doubles at1 p.m. (MT).

SINGLES COMPETITION

1. Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) def. Erin Walker (ACU) 6-4, 6-3

2. Kaysie Hermsdorf (ACU) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-4, 6-4

3. Nada Marjanovic (ACU) def. Duda Santos (UTEP) 6-2, 6-2

4. Lucile Pothier (ACU) def. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

5. Matilda Tench (UTEP) def. Jordan Henry (ACU) 6-2, 7-5

6. Raven Bennett (UTEP) def. Whitney Williams (ACU) 6-2, 7-5

DOUBLES COMPETITION

1. Duda Santos/Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) def. Erin Walker/Whitney Williams (ACU) 6-2

2. Lucile Pothier/Kaysie Hermsdorf (ACU) def. Daphne Visscher/Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-3

3. Andrea Crook/Nada Marjanovic (ACU) def. Matilda Tench/Raven Bennett (UTEP) 7-6 (8-6)

UTEP Tennis to Open 2016 Home Slate

The UTEP women’s tennis team will be playing in a new location this weekend, as it returns to action to take on Abilene Christian on Saturday at 2 p.m. (MT).

The Miners will be hosting their 2016 home opener at The Coronado Country Club after playing their first seven matches on the road.

The Orange and Blue are 2-4 overall and have yet to compete against a Conference USA opponent this season. UTEP was defeated by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6-1 (2/12) last weekend, where Vivienne Kulicke earned the only point for the Miners by defeating Hortense Boscher (6-3, 6-3) at the No. 1 position in singles competition.

This Saturday will be the ninth match between UTEP and ACU (6-4, 0-0 SLC). The last meeting between the two universities was on February 22, 2014 at The El Paso Tennis Club, where the Wildcats took home a 5-2 victory. ACU leads the series 6-2.

UTEP Drops Road Contest to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

The UTEP women’s tennis team dropped a match to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Midland, Texas on Friday.

The Orange and Blue move to a 3-4 record while TAMUCC remains undefeated at 6-0.

The Islanders captured the first point of the match by winning two sets in doubles action. UTEP’s duo of Vivienne Kulicke and Bethan Hayward defeated Celia Rodriguez and Maider Martin (6-2) on court No. 2. However, TAMUCC’s duo of Jelena Dzinic and Judit Vives won the set (6-4) against Lois Wagenvoort and Daphne Visscher on court one, while Matilda Tench and Raven Bennett fell to Hortense Boscher and Alexandra Bellle (6-4) on court three.

In singles competition, Vivienne Kulicke earned the only point for the Miners by defeating Hortense Boscher (6-3, 6-3) on court one. Lois Wagenvoort put up a good fight against Jelena Dzinic, but the Islander claimed the point (3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-8) on court No. 2. The Islanders continued to build momentum and picked up the final four points and ultimately won the match, 6-1.

Up next, the Miners will open the 2016 home slate as they take on Abilene Christian on Friday Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. (MT) at the Coronado Country Club.

SINGLES COMPETITION

  1. Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) def. Hortense Boscher (AMCC) 6-3, 6-3
  2. Jelena Dzinic (AMCC) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-8
  3. Judit Vives (AMCC) def. Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-0, 6-2
  4. Celia Rodriguez (AMCC) def. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
  5. Maider Martin (AMCC) def. Matilda Tench (UTEP) 7-5, 6-3
  6. Kerry Galhos (AMCC) def. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-0, 6-3

DOUBLES COMPETITION

  1. Jelena Dzinic/Judit Vives (AMCC) def. Lois Wagenvoort/Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 6-4
  2. Vivienne Kulicke/Bethan Hayward (UTEP) def. Celia Rodriguez/Maider Martin (AMCC) 6-2
  3. Hortense Boscher/Alexandra Belle (AMCC) def. Matilda Tench/Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-4

UTEP Tennis Team falls to No. 27 Arizona State 6-1

TEMPE, Ariz. – The UTEP tennis team fell to No. 27 Arizona State on Friday afternoon at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe, Ariz.

The loss dropped the Miners to a 3-3 overall record, while the Sun Devils improved to 2-1.

“I’m quite happy with the way we competed today,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “We told the team they had to do a better job at getting started earlier in the match, and they did just that. To go shoulder to shoulder in doubles and three out of six singles against a top 27 team is certainly a step in the right direction.”

ASU claimed the doubles point to take an early 1-0 match lead over UTEP. Freshman Raven Bennett and senior Matilda Tench fell to ASU’s Desirae Krawczyk and Gussie O’Sullivan, 6-1, at the No. 3 position. At the No. 1, Vivienne Kulicke and Duda Santos lost to a No. 39 nationally ranked team, Ebony Ponoho and Alexandra Osborne, 6-4. Lois Wagenvoort and Daphne Visscher also faced a ranked duo versus Sammi Hampton and Kassidy Jump (No. 42) but the set was unfinished due to ASU claiming the first match point.

In singles competition, Kulicke picked up UTEP’s only point of the match with a thrilling victory over Krawczyk who is ranked No. 75 in the nation in singles. Kulicke grabbed the first set, 7-5, but dropped the second, 6-0. The sophomore came back in the third to claim a 10-8 win over her tough opponent.

“Vivienne did a great job getting herself in the right mindset today,” Aspillaga said. “That allowed her to play decisively and to make better adjustments throughout the match. The most important part was her ability to regroup from a tough second set, to play purposeful and solid tennis to close a high-pressure third set tie-breaker.”

The Orange and Blue will have a week off, but will hit the road for a match against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 12 in Midland, Texas. The first serve is scheduled for 11 a.m. (MT).

SINGLES COMPETITION

  1. Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) def. Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) 7-5, 0-6, 10-8
  2. Kassidy Jump (ASU) def. Duda Santos (UTEP) 6-3, 6-4
  3. Ebony Ponoho (ASU) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-2, 6-0
  4. Sammi Hampton (ASU) def. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 6-2, 6-1
  5. Gussie O’Sullivan (ASU) def. Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-1, 6-1
  6. Alexandra Osborne (ASU) def. Matilda Tench (UTEP) 6-1, 4-6, 10-8

DOUBLES COMPETITION

  1. Ebony Ponoho/Alexandra Osborne (ASU) def. Vivienne Kulicke/Duda Santos (UTEP) 6-4
  2. Sammi Hampton/Kassidy Jump (ASU) vs. Daphne Visscher/Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) unfinished
  3. Desirae Krawczyk/Gussie O’Sullivan (ASU) def. Matilda Tench/Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-1

UTEP Tennis drops a match to Arizona; Now 3-2 overall

TUCSON, Arizona – The UTEP women’s Tennis team dropped a tough match at No. 65 Arizona on Thursday at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

UTEP dropped to 3-2 overall this spring with the loss, while Arizona picked up its first win of the season (1-1).

The Wildcats had the upper hand throughout the day, as they defeated then Miners, 7-0. Lois Wagenvoort forced a third set at No. 3 singles, but ultimately dropped her individual contest (0-6, 7-5, 6-10).

In the other five singles contests, the Orange and Blue failed to record a set victory. Over in doubles play, the No. 1 duo of Duda Santos and Vivienne Kulicke were locked-in to a thrilling 5-4 score but the match was halted due to Arizona already claiming the doubles team point.

Up next for the Miners is another tough match-up versus No. 27 Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. tomorrow. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. (MT) at Whiteman Tennis Center.

Bennett named C-USA Tennis Athlete of the Week

UTEP’s Raven Bennett was named the Conference USA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. The freshman earned her first award of her young career and the first honor for first-year head coach Roberto Aspillaga.

“Raven is very coachable and is a natural competitor,” Aspillaga said. “This recognition is only one of the many to come. Not only is she taking care of business on the court, but in the classroom as well. Her 3.8 GPA proves she is also a great student. I am extremely excited for her growth potential.”

Bennett won three of her four matches over the weekend. She helped UTEP to a victory over Central Oklahoma on Saturday and a hard fight versus Pac-12 opponent, Colorado.

UTEP’s Raven Bennett
UTEP’s Raven Bennett

The freshman started the weekend with wins over Central Oklahoma’s Shali Schoepflin, 6-4, 6-2, at singles and partnered up with Matilda Tench to top Alli Hodges and Anya Minakova, 6-2. Her strong efforts aided the team to post a 6-1 victory over the Bronchos.

The Mesquite, Texas native followed that performance with another singles win over Colorado’s Kyra Wojcik, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. On the season, Bennett is undefeated (4-0) in singles play and 3-1 in doubles competition while helping the Miners to a 3-1 start.

It has been 10 years since UTEP received its last C-USA Athlete of the Week honor. Teri Wilkerson was named Co-Athlete of the Week by the league on Jan. 31, 2006, as she shared her award with Houston’s Loli Gomez.

The last Miner to receive the Athlete of the Week honor alone was Weronika Bloczynska on Feb. 15, 2005 when UTEP was still a member of the Western Athletic Conference.

UTEP women’s tennis continues on the road this week as the team gets ready to face No. 64 Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. on Thursday at 1 p.m. (MT) and No. 27 Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. on Friday at 1 p.m. (MT).

Author: UTEP Athletics

UTEP Women’s Tennis team upsets Iowa State 4-3

AMES, IOWA – The UTEP women’s tennis team grabbed a huge upset over Iowa State with a 4-3 victory at the Ames Racquet and Fitness Center on Sunday.

The victory over the Cyclones is the first BCS win since the Orange and Blue beat No. 70 Colorado (5-4) on Feb. 26, 2000 in El Paso. This is the first Big 12 win for UTEP since winning (6-3) against Nebraska on Mar. 18, 1995.

The Miners took the doubles point to begin the match, picking up back-to-back 6-2 wins on courts two and three. Vivienne Kulicke and Duda Santos fell, 6-2, to Samantha Budai and Liza Buss at the No. 1 position.

“Our doubles is looking really solid and it is taking a lot of pressure away from singles,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “The team played with poise and great purpose across the board. Our team dynamic has improved immensely and the girls seem to be striving better together every day.”

In singles, freshman Raven Bennett topped Iowa State’s Alejandra Galvis, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. Kulicke followed by picking up a 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory against Budai at the No. 1 spot. Lois Wagenvoort sealed the match with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 win over Regina Espindola.

“Today resiliency was key. The team did a great job extending the points, making a huge difference in the outcome of the match,” assistant coach Oliver Sindayigaya said. “We played long and physical points and that pressured Iowa State in a major way.”

UTEP women’s tennis will continue on the road as it will face Central Oklahoma on Jan. 23 at 2:00 p.m. (MT) and Colorado onJan. 24 at 11 a.m. (MT) in Albuquerque, N.M.

UTEP 4, Iowa State 3

SINGLES COMPETITION

  1. Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) def. Budai, Samantha (ISU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
  2. Buss, Liza (ISU) def. Duda Santos (UTEP) 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
  3. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) def. Espindola, Regina (ISU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
  4. Kuuttila, Anna (ISU) def. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 6-3, 6-1
  5. Raven Bennett (UTEP) def. Galvis, Alejandra (ISU) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
  6. Bonadonna, Annabella (ISU) def. Bethan Hayward (UTEP) 6-0, 6-0

DOUBLES COMPETITION

  1. Buss, Liza/Budai, Samantha (ISU) def. Duda Santos/Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) 6-2
  2. Daphne Visscher/Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) def. Galvis, Alejandra/Bonadonna, Annabella (ISU) 6-2
  3. Matilda Tench/Raven Bennett (UTEP) def. Gasparovic, Ana/Kuuttila, Anna (ISU) 6-2

UTEP Women’s Tennis sweeps Northern Iowa in Spring Opener

AMES, IOWA- The UTEP women’s tennis team defeated Northern Iowa, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon in Ames, Iowa.

“Overall, the team did a good job handling the nerves that come with a season opener,” UTEP head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “They showed discipline and purpose driven execution today”.

The Miners secured the doubles point with wins from Lois Wagenvoort and Daphne Visscher at the No. 2 doubles spot (6-2) and Matilda Tench and Raven Bennett at No. 3 (6-2). The top doubles pairing of Duda Santos and Vivienne Kulicke was tied at three when the match was stopped after the Miners secured the doubles point.

Kulicke registered a 6-2, 6-2 win over UNI’s Jieke Stroobant at the No. 1 spot, while Lois Wagenvoort notched a 6-2, 6-2 win over Astrid Santos at No. 2 singles. Raven Bennet secured the match for the Miners with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Sydney Wolfe at the No. 4 singles spot.

“Everybody competed well today and we all looked ready for the season. It is really good to start off like this and this will give us a lot of confidence for the rest of the matches,” sophomore Lois Wagenvoort said.

Tomorrow, the goal will be to take more calculated risk when opportunities arise, which will be key to break down a tough Iowa State,” Aspillaga said.

UTEP women’s tennis will continue in action tomorrow against Iowa State at 8 a.m. (MT).

UTEP 4, UNI 0

SINGLES COMPETITION

  1. Kulicke, Vivienne (UTEP) def. Stroobant, Jieke (UNI) 6-2, 6-2
  2. Lopez, Elvira (UNI) vs. Santos, Duda (UTEP) 6-7, 1-3, unfinished
  3. Wagenvoort, Lois (UTEP) def. Santos, Astrid (UNI) 6-2, 6-2
  4. Kemper, Gisela (UNI) vs. Visscher, Daphne (UTEP) 3-6, 2-5, unfinished
  5. Bennett, Raven (UTEP) def. Wolfe, Sydney (UNI) 6-3, 6-4
  6. Hunt, Savannah (UNI) vs. Hayward, Bethan (UTEP) 0-3, unfinished

DOUBLES COMPETITION

  1. Stroobant, Jieke/Lopez, Elvira (UNI) vs. Kulicke, Vivienne/Santos, Duda (UTEP) 3-3, unfinished
  2. Visscher, Daphne/Wagenvoort, Lois (UTEP) def. Santos, Astrid/Wolfe, Sydney (UNI) 6-3
  3. Tench, Matilda/Bennett, Raven (UTEP) def. Kemper, Gisela/Hunt, Savannah (UNI) 6-2

Author: UTEP Athletics

UTEP Tennis finishes strong at Lobo Invite

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The UTEP women’s tennis team won all three doubles matches on the final day of the Lobo Invitational. The Miners concluded the fall season and will prepare for spring action.

In doubles action, the Miners were matched against NM State, while on the singles side, the Orange and Blue took on host New Mexico.

Vivienne Kulicke and Bethan Hayward notched their third win of the weekend, defeating Sarah Van Eeckhoudt and Elena Amaudova, 6-4. Kulicke and Hayward were paired for the first time this fall on Friday and fashioned a 3-0 record.

Daphne Visscher and Lois Wagenvoort defeated Erika Castillo and Chloe Jolliff, 7-6 (3). Visscher and Wagenvoort won two of three doubles matches during the weekend.

Matilda Tench and Raven Bennett won their second doubles match of the weekend after dominating Mia Brandt and Gabrielle Joyce, 6-0.

The Miners couldn’t muster up a singles win in their six matches on Sunday. Kulicke fell to Emily Olivier, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (5), as she ended her first fall season with a team-best 10 wins.

UTEP will continue competition in the spring of 2016.

SINGLES RESULTS

Olivier (UNM) def. Kulicke (UTEP) 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (5)

Leblanc (UNM) def. Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4

Copas (UNM) def. Visscher (UTEP) 6-2, 6-0

Coone (UNM) def. Tench (UTEP) 0-6, 6-2, 6-1

Burguiere (UNM) def. Bennett (UTEP) 6-4, 6-2

Bhat (UNM) def. Hayward (UTEP) 6-4, 6-2

DOUBLES RESULTS

Visscher/Wagenvoort (UTEP) def. Castillo/Joliff 7-6 (3)

Tench/Bennett (UTEP) def. Joyce/Brandt (NMSU) 6-0

Kulicke/Hayward (UTEP) def. Van Eeckhoudt/Amaudova (NMSU) 6-4

Author: UTEP Athletics

UTEP Tennis team ends Fall Season at UNM

The UTEP women’s tennis team will compete at the Lobo Invitational hosted by New Mexico on Oct. 30-Nov. 1. All matches will be played at the Linda Estes Tennis Complex and the McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium.

The three other schools include host New Mexico, NM State and Northern Arizona. The teams will compete in dual matches for the tournament, rather than round of tournament play individually.

The Lobo Invite will begin on Friday at 10 a.m.

The Miners are coming off some success at the USTA/ITA Texas Regional Championships in College Station (Texas A&M). Vivienne Kulicke and Duda Santos each posted first round singles victories, while the duo also chalked up a doubles win.

Kulicke and Santos were eventually eliminated in both singles and doubles. Lois Wagenvoort fell in her first round match, but rebounded to knock off Texas’ Chelsea Corvetti, 6-4, 6-2, in the consolation round. Wagenvoort’s second back draw match was cancelled due to heavy showers.

Overall this fall, multiple Miners were crowned champions. Kulicke and Santos won the Crimson Flight doubles championship at the Aggie Invitational (NM State) on Sept. 13. Kulicke was also victorious in the Zia Flight singles championship the same day in Las Cruces.

At the Wildcat Invitational on Oct. 4, Raven Bennett and Matilda Tench were crowned the Doubles Flight No. 2 champions, while Wagenvoort and Daphne Visscher captured the White Doubles Flight championship at SMU on Oct. 11.

Kulicke leads the squad with an 8-4 singles mark, while Wagenvoort is 7-6. Visscher and Bennett each are 6-5. In doubles action, Kulicke and Santos have forged an 8-4 record, while Visscher and Wagenvoort have won their last four doubles matches, fashioning a 6-4 mark. Bennett and Tench are 3-2 this fall.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Miners claim Doubles Championship on final day at SMU Invite

DALLAS, Texas – Daphne Visscher and Lois Wagenvoort defeated SMU’s Dashsa Sharapova and Anna Perez-Lopez 6-4 to claim the White Doubles Flight championship on Sunday on the final day at the SMU Invite.

Vivienne Kulicke and Duda Santos fell to Astrid Gehre and Elizabeth Thoms of UT-Arlington, 6-4, in the Red Doubles Championship, while Northwestern State’s Iryna Vardanian took down Raven Bennett in the SMU Singles Flight championship.

Next, UTEP will compete at the ITA Regionals hosted by Texas A&M on Oct. 21-25.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Doubles

Thoms/Gehre (UTA) def. Kulike/Santos (UTEP) 6-4

Tench/Bennett (UTEP) def. Jurasic/Breaux (Arkansas) 6-3

Wagenvoort/Visscher (UTEP) def. Perez-Lopez/Sharapova (SMU) 6-4

Zemunik/Savedra (UIW) def. Medina/Hayward (UTEP) 6-1

Singles

Smith (Rice) def. Kulicke (UTEP) 7-6

Garrido-Rivas (TCU) def. Santos (UTEP) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Durkin (Rice) def. Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-4, 6-1

Bago (K-State) def. Tench (UTEP) 6-4, 6-2

Elliott (SMU) def. Visscher (UTEP) 6-2, 6-4

Pineda (MWS) def. Hayward (UTEP) 7-6, 6-1

Vardanian (NSU) def. Bennett (UTEP) 6-0, 6-2

Boarman (ACU) def. Medina (UTEP) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4

Author: UTEP Athletics

Women’s Tennis Announces Fall Schedule

The Miners will compete in five tournaments during the fall season

EL PASO, Texas – UTEP women’s tennis head coach Roberto Aspillaga announced the 2015 fall schedule on Thursday. Aspillaga will begin his first season at the helm of the program.

“I think it’s going to be really important to get the girls used to the system and we’re going to focus on the process clearly,” Aspillaga said. “The fall is not like the spring season; we’re not looking to have a team record or anything of that matter but we are going to focus on the development of every player.”

The Miners will open the fall campaign in Las Cruces, N.M. at the Aggie Invitational on Sept 18-20. Next, the team will compete at the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Arizona in Tucson on Oct. 2-4. The SMU Invite will take place on Oct. 9-11 in Dallas, while UTEP will stay in the state of Texas for the ITA Regionals in College Station on Oct. 21-25. The fall season will complete in Albuquerque, N.M. at the Lobo Invitational on Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

“We have five high-level tournaments where we are going to have a chance to compete against really good players,” Aspillaga said. “We’re going to take our two best players to the ITA Regionals, which is the strongest tournament in the fall where all the best schools in Texas compete. The winner of that tournament gets an invitation to the national indoor championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.”

The 2015-16 roster will see four new faces, while four others will make their return with the Orange and Blue. Freshmen Raven Bennett, Bethan Heyward, Maria Paula Medina and sophomore transferVivienne Kulicke make up the newcomers. Lone senior Matilda Tench, juniors Duda Santos andDaphne Visscher makeup the upperclassmen, while sophomore Lois Wagenvoort returns for a second season.

“We’re going to have a lot of chances to compete at a high level but mostly it’s going to be an evaluation process,” Aspillaga said. “We’re going to focus on the development of the girls and prepare them physically and mentally for the spring where it all matters.”

Last fall, Visscher claimed a singles championship at the Aggie Invitational, while teaming up with Tench to earn a doubles championship at the Wildcat Invitational.

Author: UTEP

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