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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.”


  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



  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.”


  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



  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)

UTEP Tennis Knocks Off NM State 4-1

After battling the windy weather, the UTEP women’s tennis team came out with a 4-1 victory in its second match of the season against I-10 rival NM State on Friday. With the win, UTEP ended the Aggie’s eight-match winning streak.

The last time UTEP and NM State met twice during a season came in 2004.

UTEP defeated NM State, 4-3, in the first match-up (3/05) at the NMSU Tennis Center. Friday’s win marked the first time the Miners beat the Aggies twice in a season since 1999.

“This was a great win for the team,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “Everyone overcame a great deal of adversity today with winds over 20 miles per hour. It was crucial to problem-solve at a high level in order to win this match. On top of the weather conditions, NM State is a well-coached team coming from an eight-match winning streak.”

Although the Aggies picked up the first win at doubles, UTEP responded with wins at courts three and one.

At court three, Daphne Visscher and Raven Bennett topped NM State’s duo of Lindsay Harlas and Eli Arnaudova, 6-3, while Vivienne Kulicke and Duda Santos defeated Erika Lopez Castillo and Gabrielle Joyce, 7-5, at the top spot of doubles.

In singles action, NM State picked up the first point after Santos suffered an injury and had to retire her match at No. 3 singles. The Orange and Blue quickly fought back holding off the Aggies from scoring any more points in the match.

On court No. 5, Tench picked up a 6-3, 6-0 victory versus Eli Arnaudova. Visscher followed in suit with a win at No. 4 singles against Mia Brandt, 6-0, 6-2, while Kulicke sealed the match at the No. 1 spot with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 win over Ashvarya Shrivastava.

“We knew this was going to be a tougher match than the one we had against them in March, so I am proud of the girls for stepping up and getting the job done,” Aspillaga said.

The Miners will close out the regular season in a Saturday morning match versus No. 53 New Mexico at the El Paso Tennis Club, where the team will honor senior Matilda Tench.


  1. Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) def. Ashvarya Shrivastava (NMSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
  2. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) vs. Rimpledeep Kaur (NMSU) 7-5, 3-6, unfinished
  3. Erika Lopez Castillo (NMSU) def. Duda Santos (UTEP) 4-1, retired
  4. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) def. Mia Brandt (NMSU) 6-0, 6-2
  5. Matilda Tench (UTEP) def. Eli Arnaudova (NMSU) 6-3, 6-0
  6. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) vs. Lindsay Harlas (NMSU) 2-6, 5-4, unfinished


  1. Vivienne Kulicke/Duda Santos (UTEP) def. Erika Lopez Castillo/Gabrielle Joyce (NMSU) 7-5
  2. Ashvarya Shrivastava/Rimpledeep Kaur (NMSU) def. Lois Wagenvoort/Matilda Tench (UTEP) 6-0
  3. Daphne Visscher/Raven Bennett (UTEP) def. Lindsay Harlas/Eli Arnaudova (NMSU) 6-3

UTEP Women’s Tennis to Host Final Home Matches of the Season

The UTEP women’s tennis team will host its final home matches of the season at the El Paso Tennis Club, as NM State and No. 53 New Mexico come to town.

First, the Miners will host NM State (10-7, 5-0 WAC) on Friday with the match scheduled to start at 4 p.m. MT. On Saturday UTEP (10-9, 2-1 C-USA) will take on New Mexico (11-6, 4-0 Mountain West) in its final home match scheduled at 11 a.m.

The team will honor senior Matilda Tench at the New Mexico match.

Tench’s current singles record is 45-64 with her best season as far as wins and winning percentage coming in 2016 where she has gone 10-18 for a .555 winning percentage. As a doubles player, Tench found her best success with Duda Santos as they combined a doubles record of 14-12 in 2015 for a .577 winning percentage.

The Miners dropped their final road match of the season, 6-1, to SMU at the SMU Tennis Complex in Dallas, Texas. But freshman Maria Paula Medina shined earning the only match point for the Orange and Blue with a 6-3, 6-4 victory at the No. 6 spot.

UTEP Tennis Stumbles at SMU, 6-1

DALLAS, Texas – The UTEP women’s tennis team dropped its final road contest of the regular season against SMU by a score of 6-1 at the SMU Tennis Complex on Sunday.

UTEP falls to 10-9 for the year, while the Mustangs advance to 13-9.

“SMU is a very talented squad and brought its A-game for Senior Day,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said.

SMU stormed through the doubles portion of the match picking up wins on courts one and three.

The Mustangs kept rolling to start singles play as Hristina Dishcova toppled No. 109 Vivienne Kulicke on the No. 1 court, 7-5, 6-2, and Duda Santos dropped her match to Vaszilisza Bulgakova on the No. 2 position, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. Lois Wagenvoort fought a tough match at the No. 3 position but ultimately lost, 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.

The Miners dropped contests at courts four and five at singles but Maria Paula Medina avoided the sweep by picking up a 6-3, 6-4 victory at the No. 6 spot.

“The fact that we were able to push their seniors against the ropes in the top of the lineup says a lot about the direction this team is taking,” Aspillaga said. “There is still incredible room for improvement for us as we return our top four players next year. It was also great to see Maria Paula get a hard-fought win today. We still have two great opportunities to close the season well and we will get back to work to finish strong.”

The Orange and Blue will return to the El Paso Tennis Club next week to compete in its final two matches of the regular season. The Miners will host NM State on Friday at 4 p.m. MT and will close out the weekend against New Mexico on Saturday at 11 a.m., where Matilda Tench will celebrate her Senior Day.


  1. Hristina Dishkova (SMU) def. Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) 7-5, 6-2
  2. Vaszilisza Bulgakova (SMU) def. Duda Santos (UTEP) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
  3. Yana Erkeeva (SMU) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-4, 3-6, 10-7
  4. Dasha Sharapova (SMU) def. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 6-4, 6-1
  5. Ana Perez-Lopez (SMU) def. Matilda Tench (UTEP) 6-3, 6-1
  6. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) def. Macie Elliott (SMU) 6-3, 6-4


  1. Vaszilisza Bulgakova/Hristina Dishkova (SMU) def. Duda Santos/Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) 6-1
  2. Dasha Sharapova/Mary Wright (SMU) vs. Daphne Visscher/Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 4-5, unfinished
  3. Macie Elliott/Ana Perez-Lopez (SMU) def. Raven Bennett/Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-2

UTEP Tennis Notches 4-0 win over Vaqueros; 5th Shutout of Year

DALLAS, Texas – The UTEP women’s tennis team notched its fifth shutout of the season Saturday morning with a 4-0 victory over Texas Rio Grande Valley at the SMU Tennis Complex.

With the win, the Miners improve to 10-8 overall and 2-1 in conference action, while the Vaqueros fall to 9-8 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

“The team did a good job getting into a competitive mindset after not playing for two weeks,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “The doubles were a bit flat, and some healthy nerves came into play, but ultimately they stepped up in singles and clinched the match by playing good tennis.”

The duo of Vivienne Kulicke and Duda Santos pucked up their third consecutive win by beating Tara Donaho and Reegan Greenwood, 6-2, at the top spot of doubles play, while Lois Wagenvoort and Matilda Tench topped Natacha Minc and Dominique Esparza, 6-4, at No. 2 doubles to wrap up the point for the Miners.

The solid play continued in singles as No. 109 Kulicke beat Reegan Greenwood, 6-2, 6-4. Santos defeated UTRGV’s Esparza, 6-2, 6-2 and Wagenvoort picked up the fourth point for UTEP with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Minc.

The Miners will look to repeat the effort Sunday when they take on SMU at 10 a.m. MT at the SMU Tennis Complex.


  1. #109 Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) def. Reegan Greenwood (UTRGV) 6-2, 6-4
  2. Duda Santos (UTEP) def. Dominique Esparza (UTRGV) 6-2, 6-2
  3. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) def. Natacha Minc (UTRGV) 6-1, 6-3
  4. Dominique Ibarra (UTRGV) vs. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) unfinished
  5. Doris Aleksovska (UTRGV) vs. Matilda Tench (UTEP) unfinished
  6. Tara Donaho (UTRGV) vs. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) unfinished


  1. Vivienne Kulicke/Duda Santos (UTEP) def. Tara Donaho/Reegan Greenwood (UTRGV) 6-2
  2. Lois Wagenvoort/Matilda Tench (UTEP) def. Natacha Minc/Dominique Esparza (UTRGV) 6-4
  3. Doris Aleksovska/Dominique Ibarra (UTRGV) def. Maria Paula Medina/Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 6-2

Miner Tennis Team Returns to Action in Dallas

The UTEP women’s tennis team travels to Dallas this weekend for a pair of matches at the SMU Tennis Complex.

The Miners open with a Saturday morning match versus Texas Rio Grande Valley at 10 a.m. MT and will end the weekend on Sunday against SMU at 10 a.m. MT.

UTEP (9-8, 2-1 C-USA) is coming off a two-week break after defeating Incarnate Word, 4-0, (3/17) and UTSA, 4-1, (3/19) in San Antonio, Texas, while dropping a match to Texas State, 3-4, (3/18) in San Marcos, Texas.

TRGV holds an 8-7 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the Western Athletic Conference. The Vaqueros last defeated Seattle University, 4-3, on Saturday (4/2) and Laredo Community College, 6-1, on Monday (4/4).  UTEP and TRGV have never competed against each other.

SMU enters the weekend with a 12-8 record overall and is 3-2 in the American Athletic conference. The last time out was on March 1, 2014, where the Mustangs topped the Miners 5-2 in Dallas. SMU sports a 5-16 advantage in the series.

The Mustangs have won their last three matches picking up wins against Memphis (5-2), Texas Permian-Basin (7-0) and No. 68 North Texas (4-3). The Miners will face a tough match-up at doubles against SMU’s duo of Hristina Dishkova and Vaszilisza Bulgakova who were given a ranking of No. 62 in the Apr. 5 edition of the ITA national rankings.

Miners Hold Off UTSA 4-1

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The UTEP women’s tennis team downed Conference-USA foe UTSA, 4-1, on Saturday at the UTSA Tennis Center.

The Miners (9-8) got the day started by picking up victories at the bottom of the lineup in doubles.

Freshmen Raven Bennett and Bethan Hayward paired up and dominated court three, 6-3. Matilda Tench and Lois Wagenvoort finished off the doubles point for UTEP by taking a 6-4 win on court two.

UTSA responded by taking its only win of the day on court one, where No. 119 Vivienne Kulicke was defeated by Miriam Rosell, 6-0, 6-1. Kulicke had not lost a singles match since Jan. 28.

Daphne Visscher took care of business on court four by taking down Charleen Tiwari of UTSA, 6-4, 6-1. Senior Duda Santos contributed a match point with her 7-5, 6-4 win over Alena Shichkova, while Wagenvoort sealed the match for the Miners with her 6-4, 7-5 victory on court two against Jacobea Junger of the Roadrunners.

“The team did a great job executing with purpose today,” coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “It was all about trying some things that we were not so comfortable doing in some courts, which ultimately broke down our opponents. We also did a better job keeping our concentration throughout the whole match. That was the difference between a great win today and a disappointing loss yesterday.”

Up next, UTEP will face I-10 rival NM State on Wednesday, Apr. 6 at 11 a.m. at the El Paso Tennis Club. This will be the second matchup between the two schools in 2016.


  1. Miriam Rosell (UTSA) def. #119 Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) 6-0, 6-1
  2. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) def. Jacobea Junger (UTSA) 6-4, 7-5
  3. Duda Santos (UTEP) def. Alena Shichkova (UTSA) 7-5, 6-4
  4. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) def. Charleen Tiwari (UTSA) 6-4, 6-1
  5. Lina Hallgren (UTSA) vs. Matilda Tench (UTEP) unfinished
  6. Nicole Karaklis (UTSA) vs. Raven Bennett (UTEP) unfinished


  1. Duda Santos/Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) vs. Jacobea Junger/Miriam Rosell (UTSA) unfinished
  2. Matilda Tench/Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) def. Alena Shichkova/Sonia Madronal (UTSA) 6-4
  3. Bethan Hayward/Raven Bennett (UTEP) def. Charleen Tiwari/Lina Hallgren (UTSA) 6-3

UTEP Women’s Tennis Downed by Texas State, 4-3

SAN MARCOS, Texas – The UTEP women’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 matchup against Texas State on Friday at the Bobcat Tennis Complex.

UTEP won the doubles point to open the match, with wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles. At court one, Vivienne Kulicke and Duda Santos defeated the Bobcat’s duo of Ana Perez and Yadira Rubio, 6-2, while Matilda Tench and Raven Bennett won their court three contest, 6-1, against Katy Collins and Ammaarah Tim.

In singles competition, No. 119 Kulicke picked up her 10th straight win with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Eva Dench at No. 1 to give the Miners a 2-0 advantage.

Perez earned the first point for the Bobcats defeating Tench on court four, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. UTEP responded with a win at No. 3 singles, where Lois Wagenvoort topped Yadira Rubio of Texas State, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

The Bobcats rallied back, picking up victories at Nos. 6, 2 and 5 singles to ultimately win the match, 4-3, despite the Miners’ strong efforts.

The Orange and Blue will round up the weekend as it heads back to San Antonio to face conference rival UTSA Saturday at 10 a.m. (MT) at the UTSA Tennis Center.


  1. #119 Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) def. Eva Dench (TXST) 6-2, 6-2
  2. Pippa Carr (TXST) def. Duda Santos (UTEP) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
  3. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) def. Yadira Rubio (TXST) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
  4. Katy Collins (TXST) def. Matilda Tench (UTEP) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
  5. Ana Perez (TXST) def. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 7-5, 0-6, 7-5
  6. Ammaarah Tim (TXST) def. Bethan Hayward (UTEP) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3


  1. Vivienne Kulicke/Duda Santos (UTEP) def. Ana Perez/Yadira Rubio (TXST) 6-2
  2. Pippa Carr/Eva Dench (TXST) vs. Matilda Tench/Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 4-5, unfinished
  3. Raven Bennett/Bethan Hayward (UTEP) def. Katy Collins/Ammaarah Tim (TXST) 6-1

UTEP Tennis Faces Three Road Contests

The UTEP women’s tennis team looks to get back in the winning column this weekend when it travels to face Incarnate Word, Texas State and Conference USA opponent UTSA. Those matches will run Thursday through Saturday, respectively, and are all set for 10 a.m., MT.

UTEP is currently 7-7 overall and 1-1 in C-USA as it picked up a 4-3 victory over Florida Atlantic on Tuesday (3/8) but fell to Florida Gulf Coast (3-4) on Wednesday (3/9) and to No. 57 Florida International (0-4) on Friday (3/11).

The Orange and Blue’s first match-up will be against Incarnate Word on Thursday at the Clarence Mabry Tennis Center. The Cardinals enter Thursday’s match with a record of 2-11 and 0-2 in the Southland Conference. This will be the first meeting between UTEP and UIW.

Friday’s match will be played against Texas State at the Bobcat Tennis Complex. Texas State has an overall record of 4-8 overall and 0-1 in Sun Belt Conference action. The last meeting between the teams was in 2014, where Texas State defeated UTEP 5-2. A match-up between the two schools was scheduled for Mar. 30, 2015 but it was cancelled due to rain.

The Miners will round up the weekend on Saturday against the UTSA Roadrunners. UTEP holds a 4-3 mark in the all-time ledger against UTSA (7-8, 0-0 C-USA). The teams last competed on Apr. 16, 2015 in the first round of the C-USA Championship, where UTSA defeated UTEP 2-4.

UTEP Tennis Edged by Florida Gulf Coast 4-3

MYERS, Fla. – The UTEP women’s tennis team (7-6, 1-0 C-USA) fell short at Florida Gulf Coast (5-5)on Wednesday, as the Eagles pulled out a 4-3 victory at the FGCU Tennis Complex.

FGCU earned the first point of the match in doubles competition. Duda Santos and Vivienne Kulicke suffered their sixth loss of the season in No. 1doubles play, falling to Breana Stampfli and Joselyn Treyes, 6-1. The Nos. 2 and 3 Miner tandems were also taken down.

In singles action, No. 119 Vivienne Kulicke breezed by FGCU’s Stampfli, 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 1 spot. Wagenvoort took on Treyes of the Eagles in a three-set thriller but was unable to deliver a point, falling 5-7, 7-5, 7-5.

At court three, Santos defeated Julia Ascua in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Visscher gained another point for the Miners at No. 4, as she took down Elizabeth Means, 6-0, 6-1. Matilda Tench fell at No. 5 to Juliana Curtis, 6-2, 6-4, while Maria Paula Medina was defeated by Laura Falceto, 6-2, 6-0.

The Miners will round up the week on Friday in Miami, Fla., competing against C-USA foe Florida International at 9 a.m. (MT).


  1. Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) def. Breana Stampfli (FGCU) 6-0, 6-1
  2. Joselyn Treyes (FGCU) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 5-7, 7-5, 7-5
  3. Duda Santos (UTEP) def. Julia Ascua (FGCU) 6-3, 6-3
  4. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) def. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) 6-0, 6-1
  5. Julianna Curtis (FGCU) def. Matilda Tench (UTEP) 6-2, 6-4
  6. Laura Falceto (FGCU) def. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-2, 6-0


  1. Breana Stampfli/Joselyn Treyes (FGCU) def. Duda Santos/Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) 6-1
  2. Julia Ascua/Julianna Curtis (FGCU) def. Daphne Visscher/Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-3
  3. Laura Falceto/Elizabeth Means (FGCU) def. Matilda Tench/Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-4

Author: UTEP Athletics

UTEP Women’s Tennis Rolls Past FAU

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The UTEP women’s tennis team defeated Florida Atlantic, 4-3, Tuesday afternoon in its first conference match of the season.

The Miners earned the decisive doubles point thanks to Daphne Visscher and Lois Wagenvoort as well as Matilda Tench and Bethan Hayward, defeating their opponents, 7-5 apiece at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Duda Santos and Vivienne Kulicke nearly made it a sweep but lost, 6-3, on court one.

Leading 1-0 going into singles play, the Orange and Blue fought for their victory picking up wins at courts one, three and five. Kulicke took down Jazz Whittaker of FAU, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-0, at the top spot, while Santos picked up another match point at No. 3 against Cassie Pough (7-6 (9-7), 7-5).

Tench sealed the win for the Miners with her victory over Marisa Ruiz, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

UTEP, now 7-5, resume play tomorrow when they face Florida Gulf Coast in Ft. Myers, Fla. at 9 a.m. (MT).


  1. Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) def. Jazz Whittaker (FAU) 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-0
  2. Ana Gutierrez (FAU) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-4, 6-3
  3. Duda Santos (UTEP) def. Cassie Pough (FAU) 7-6 (9-7), 7-5
  4. Bianca Biglione (FAU) def. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
  5. Matilda Tench (UTEP) def. Marisa Ruiz (FAU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
  6. Jennifer Leib (FAU) def. Bethan Hayward (UTEP) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3


  1. Lyndsey Boos/Ana Gutierrez (FAU) def. Duda Santos/Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) 6-3
  2. Daphne Visscher/Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) def. Cassie Pough/Alexis Crenshaw (FAU) 7-5
  3. Matilda Tench/Bethan Hayward (UTEP) def. Jazz Whittaker/Jennifer Leib (FAU) 7-5

Author: UTEP Athletics

UTEP Women’s Tennis Posts Win over NM State, 4-3

The UTEP women’s tennis team won its third straight match posting a 4-3 win over NM State at the NM State Tennis Center on Saturday.

UTEP picked the first point of the match at doubles. At No. 1 Doubles, Duda Santos and No. 107 Vivienne Kulicke downed NM State’s Rimpledeep Kaur and Ashvarya Shrivastava, 6-1. Miners Daphne Visscher and Lois Wagenvoort defeated the Aggie’s No. 2 tandem, Chloe Joliff and Lindsay Harlas, 6-1. UTEP’s Matilda Tench and Bethan Hayward were competing on court three against Marie-Pier Thiffault and Erika Lopez-Castillo, but the match was not finished because UTEP had already claimed the point.

Kulicke, playing at No. 1 singles, defeated NM State’s Kaur, 6-1, 6-3 for UTEP’s 2-0 lead in the match. Santos increased the match lead to 2-0 with her 6-1, 6-0 (7-5) win at No. 3 singles over Joliff of the Aggies. Tench topped NM State’s Mia Brandt, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 5 spot at singles.

NM State gained its first point of the match when Shrivastava beat Wagenvoort at the second spot, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 11-9. Lopez-Castillo won at the No. 4 spot over UTEP’s Visscher, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5). At No. 6 singles, NM State’s Harlas and Hayward battled through three sets with Harlas winning, 3-6, 6-3, 10-4.

Up next, the Orange and Blue is set to travel to Florida for three matches. First, UTEP will take on Conference USA foe Florida Atlantic on Tuesday at 9 a.m. (MT) in Boca Raton, Fla., followed by Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday at 9 a.m. (MT) in Ft. Myers, Fla. The third match will be played in Miami, Fla. against Florida International at 9 a.m. (MT).


  1. Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) def. Rimpledeep Kaur (NMSU) 6-1, 6-3
  2. Ashvarya Shrivastava (NMSU) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 11-9
  3. Duda Santos (UTEP) def. Chloe Jolliff (NMSU) 6-1, 6-0 (7-5)
  4. Erika Lopez Castillo (NMSU) def. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5)
  5. Matilda Tench (UTEP) def. Mia Brandt (NMSU) 6-3, 6-2
  6. Lindsay Harlas (NMSU) def. Bethan Hayward (UTEP) 3-6, 6-3, 10-4


  1. Duda Santos/Vivienne Kulicke (UTEP) def. Rimpledeep Kaur/Ashvarya Shrivastava (NMSU) 6-1
  2. Daphne Visscher/Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) def. Chloe Jolliff/Lindsay Harlas (NMSU) 6-1
  3. Marie-Pier Thiffault/Erika Lopez Castillo (NMSU) vs. Matilda Tench/Bethan Hayward (UTEP) unfinished
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