After a dominating victory against UT-Permian Basin on February 10, the UTEP tennis team will return to the court when it takes on NCAA Division II No. 21 Tarleton State on Sunday, February 25, at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club. First serve against the TexAnns is set for 10 a.m. MST.
“We’re just trying to play a lot and get used to competing again,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “I think its a little bit of a disadvantage for us to have last weekend off and not be able to play, but this week we started out pretty strong. We’ve been doing a lot of conditioning, playing a lot of points, and we know we’re going to have to play better than we did against UTPB in order to win. Unfortunately I don’t think we’re going to have our full lineup again, so that’s still something that we’ve been battling through, but everybody thats in the lineup is healthy and ready to go.”
The Miners (3-4 overall, 0-1 C-USA) are coming off a convincing 7-0 win over the Falcons, where they only dropped one match on the day in doubles play, but swept the Falcons in singles play without dropping a set.
The young UTEP squad found success in doubles play when they last took the court. The tandem of Milena Baigorria and Yvette van Oijen as well as fellow Miner pair Lois Wagenvoort and Maria Paula Medina each earned their first win in doubles. Another strong pair in Chloe Purkiss and Raven Bennett lead the Miners with two wins in doubles play.
With her straight-set victory over her UTPB opponent, freshman Erandi Martinez earned her fourth singles win in dual-match play to pace UTEP while Purkiss and Medina notched their third victory each in the spring. Wagenvoort, who has manned the top singles position for the Miners, picked up her second win in dual match play after squeezing out a 7-6, 6-1 win over UTPB’s Fernanda Orona, while Bennett and Baigorria matched her win total as well with victories of their own.
Tarleton State (2-0 overall, 0-0 LSC), earned close wins over Ouachita Baptist and Henderson State to open up its season, and will meet with New Mexico State on Saturday prior to its meeting with UTEP. Last season, the TexAnns fell in the LSC title game to Midwestern State, but earned a bid to the NCAA tournament before suffering a 5-1 loss to St. Mary’s.
The TexAnns return two players, Alicia Barbaroux and Erika Johnston, from last years’ squad while featuring four newcomers. In doubles play, the TexAnn tandem in Barbaroux and freshman Sherine Salem and teammates Neetika Sud and Shelby Fillingame are undefeated, with both pairs earning a 2-0 record.
Sud, playing the no. 2 spot in singles play, Salem, who plays the no. 3, and Fillingame, at the no. 4, each rolled through opening weekend with a 2-0 mark to pace Tarleton State.
Admission to the match is free, and UTEP will be celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day prior to the match by giving away NGWSD bags, free UTEP tennis team posters, and serving a light breakfast for fans.
After fighting through strong winds, the UTEP tennis team downed the UTPB Falcons 7-0 on Saturday at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club. The Miners only dropped one match on the day, in doubles play, but swept the Falcons in singles play without dropping a set. UTEP is now 3-4 on the season while UTPB is 0-1.
“We have to play in these conditions all the time anyway, so I just told the team to focus more on their footwork and try to control the ball and control the points as much as possible,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “I knew that this team [UTPB] was going to come out fighting hard against us, but we needed to just withstand their attack. I think that we were able to do that in a lot of the matches.”
The Miners earned the doubles point to start the morning, beginning with a 6-0 win on court no. 6 by Milena Baigorria and Yvette Van Oijen over UTPB’s Amelie Saint-Dizier and Julia Ramalho at the no. 3 spot. In a tight match on court no. 1 at the top doubles spot, Raven Bennett and Chloe Purkiss kept pace with Eugenia Sanchez and Madison Hoetling, but fell 6-4. With the doubles point and the match lead on the line, Lois Wagenvoort and Maria Paula Medina battled Fernanda Orona and Maria Briones on court no. 3, at the no. 2 doubles position. The Miner tandem worked for a 6-3 victory to seal the doubles point and put their team up 1-0.
“I’ve got a veteran on no. 1 and no. 2 doubles, so I think it helps a lot having somebody in there with one of the younger players to kind of keep it under control,” Fernandez said. “Lois and M.P. [Medina] knew that it was down to them and even though they started pretty shaky, they were able to get it under control and close out that doubles point for us. I really wasn’t that worried that they weren’t going to close that out, but the fact that they were able to do it with less mistakes showed a lot of courage. UTPB played really intensively in no. 1 doubles, and they outplayed us. I’m not going to say that we played poorly, they just played better than us.”
The wind was picking up as singles play was underway, but Bennett still handled business with a 6-0, 6-1 straight-set victory over the Falcons’ Saint-Dizier at the no. 2 position. Shortly after, Purkiss wrapped up her match at the no. 3 spot with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Briones on court no. 3. UTEP freshman Erandi Martinez, who only played singles, battled UTPB’s Sanchez at the no. 5 spot, and handed her opponent a 6-0, 6-2 loss to clinch the match for the Miners.
Finishing out play, Medina overwhelmed the Falcons’ Jessica Madamba 6-2, 6-1, while Baigorria pulled out a 6-4 win in the first stanza and came back for a 6-2 triumph in set two to beat UTPB’s Ramalho. Senior Lois Wagenvoort was playing in a marathon of a match against Orona at the top singles spot. Wagenvoort was able to squeeze out a 7-6 set one victory, then a convincing 6-1 win in set two to end the match.
‘I think individually it helped with our confidence, the unfortunate thing is that when its this windy, they [players] don’t really get to feel the ball the same way or feel as comfortable,” Fernandez said. “Even though we got the wins, they [players] didn’t feel that great about their shot selection or how they really played. The bottom line is, we came out on top and we have to keep fighting every match. ”
The Miners will return to action on Feb. 25 when they host Tarleton State at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club. First serve is set for 10 a.m. MST, admission is free.
The UTEP tennis team fell 5-2 against Northern Arizona University on Sunday at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club. The Miners notched two hard-fought singles wins, but the Lumberjacks ran away with the match to move to 3-2 on the season while the Miners dropped to 2-4.
“I feel like we were a little bit intimidated by this team,just because of how vocal they were and their energy,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “I think that kept us from getting off to the starts that we wanted.
Raven Bennett and Erandi Martinez put the Miners on the board with their singles victories, each with a 10-point tie-breaking set. Bennett battled Brandy Walker at the no. 3 position and dropped the first set 7-5 before storming back for a 6-3 victory in the second stanza and the decisive 10-2 tie-breaker. Martinez, the last Miner playing in a match that lasted more than an hour, took on NAU’s Ellie Millard at the no. 5 position. Martinez dropped a shaky 7-6 set in the first frame, but kept composure for a 6-4 win in the second set. In another evenly-matched game, Martinez fought for the 10-4 tie-breaker to earn her third win in dual-match play.
“I’m really happy for Raven to come back to win this match and to be able to make some corrections from Friday’s match, which she lost and it really crushed her, and be able to pull that win off,” Fernandez said. “Erandi is going to fight every single match, I just hope that she’s able to stay healthy because she does have to do a lot of running, and I just wish she wouldn’t make the matches more complicated than they need to be. She [Martinez] started the match okay, but she needed to play with a little more confidence from the very beginning.”
To start the morning, Lois Wagenvoort and Maria Paula Medina were tested on court no. 1 at the no. 1 position for doubles when they met with NAU’s no. 56 nationally-ranked Walker and Eirene Granville. The Miner tandem stayed competitive in the match, but fell 6-4. UTEP freshman duo Martinez and Alisa Morozova were paired at the no. 3 doubles position against Chiara Tomasetti and Madi Moore. The rookies were able to notch three points, but the Lumberjacks closed the game at 6-3. Bennett and Chloe Purkiss, who have garnered two dual match wins when paired, battled Hanneke Lodewijks and Millard at the no. 2 spot, but fell 6-0. The Lumberjacks won the doubles point.
“I knew that this team was very experienced and very tough coming into this match” Fernandez said. “I tried a brand new combination today at no. 1 with Lois [Wagenvoort] and M.P. [Medina] and the fact that they were able to compete that tough against a nationally-ranked team kind of showed me that that’s probably a good move to make for now. I really thought that number two and number three doubles would compete a little bit better and just give us a little bit more opportunity to get into the match.”
In singles play, Wagenvoort remained as the Miners’ no. 1, facing the Lumberjacks’ Tomasetti but fell 6-1, 6-1. Purkiss moved up to the no. 2 spot for the Miners, but slipped-up against Lodewijks 6-0, 6-1. At the no. 4 position, Medina met with Granville, but fell 6-1, 6-1. The Miners’ no. 6 was Morozova, who battled with NAU’s Madi Moore and stayed competitive but dropped the match 6-3, 6-3.
“Going into singles, it was the same thing, just too many matches where I felt like we started down from the very beginning and against an experienced team like this, they’re just not going to give you too many opportunities to let you back in,” Fernandez said. “The fact that we just weren’t able to get off to a good start, we needed to make more adjustments in the beginning and give ourselves an opportunity to compete better. The fact that we’re so young, I just hope that they [UTEP] learn from it and try not to let it happen again next time.
“Playing against a team that is used to winning, that has four returners, and conference championship match experience, it just gives them a little bit of an edge that we just don’t have. I think we’re competing well on some of the courts, we’re just not competing as well on all the courts, which is what we really need to do to give ourselves those opportunities.”
The Miners will continue their homestand as they take on UTPB at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club on Feb. 10. First serve against the Falcons is set for 12 p.m. MST. Admission is free.
After its first road trip of the spring, the UTEP women’s tennis team will return home for a month when this weekend’s matches against Abilene Christian and Northern Arizona kick off a six-match homestand.
The Friday, February 2 match against the Wildcats (2-2) is slated to begin at 2 p.m. MST while Sunday’s February 4 match against the Lumberjacks (0-2) will begin at 10 a.m. MST.
“We are very happy to be playing our next six matches back here at home at the El Paso Tennis Club,” first-year head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We had such tremendous fan support during our last home match that being here will certainly give us a home court advantage.”
The Miners (2-2) are looking to snap a two-match skid from last weekend and remain undefeated at home. UTEP fell to Louisville 7-0 and Conference USA opponent Western Kentucky 4-1 when they faced off in Louisville, KY on Jan. 26 and 27. The young UTEP squad has been paced by rookie Erandi Martinez, who holds a 11-6 overall singles record and a 1-1 mark in dual matches. Veterans Lois Wagenvoort, Raven Bennett and Maria Paula Medina have brought the upperclassman leadership and experience as well, while four other newcomers in Milena Baigorria, Alisa Morozova, Chloe Purkiss and Yvette Van Oijen have also been key with at least one win in dual matches each. Purkiss, who did not play last weekend due to illness, has a 2-0 mark. As a unit, the Miners have a 13-9 mark in dual matches this season.
Abilene Christian is coming off a 4-1 loss from SMU on Jan. 26, but is 2-2 on the season with shutout wins over Oral Roberts and Dallas Baptist. The only loss came at the hands of Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. The seven-women roster is led by Nini Memishishi, who has a team-best 5-1 overall record in singles play, including a flawless 4-0 mark in dual matches, playing primarily at the no. 5 position. Memishishi teams up with Lucile Pothler to make up the Wildcat’s no. 2 position tandem, and have notched a 5-3 overall record. Last season, the Wildcats finished with a 17-6 mark and 8-3 in the Southland Conference. The Miners and Wildcats last met on January 21, 2017 in Abilene, Texas, when ACU edged UTEP 4-3.
After meeting with two in-state Pac-12 rivals in Arizona State and Arizona, Northern Arizona will be looking for its first win of the season when it meets with NM State on Friday and Abilene Christian on Saturday prior to Sunday’s meeting with the Miners. NAU features the No. 53 ranked doubles pair in Hanneke Lodewijks and Chiara Tomasetti, who notched a convincing 6-2 win over the Sun Devils’ No. 28 ranked tandem in Savannah Slaysman and Tereza Kolarova. Tomasetti is the reigning Big Sky Freshman of the Year and ITA Rookie of the Year and was recently named Big Sky Athlete of the Week. Another nationally-ranked duo for the Lumberjacks is Brandy Walker and Eirene Granville, who come in at No. 56, and recorded a 6-3 win over Arizona’s Marie Van Aelst and Gitte Heynemans. The ‘Jacks and Miners last met on March 3, 2017, when NAU came out with the 5-2 win in Flagstaff, Ariz.
“We are facing two extremely tough opponents this weekend in ACU and NAU,” Fernandez said. “This will be a great learning experience for our young team as we continue to improve with every practice and every match. I know that our team will compete and fight with everything they have. As a coach, there is nothing more I can ask for. We are very close to putting all the pieces together and surprising a lot of people.”
Fans can get free popcorn and team posters during the match on Friday. Sunday’s theme is “Kid’s Club Day” and fans will receive UTEP bags filled with snacks. Family friendly music and a “Guess the Amount of Tennis Balls” game will be played pre-match and Paydirt Pete will make an appearance.
Admission to the matches is free.
UTEP vs Abilene Christian
Friday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.
UTEP vs NAU
Sunday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m.
All home matches are played at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club, admission is free
The UTEP tennis team slipped up against Conference USA opponent Western Kentucky in a neutral site match at the U of L Indoor Tennis Center on Saturday.
The Toppers got by the Miners 4-1 to move to 1-1 overall, 1-0 in C-USA play, while the Miners dropped to 2-2 and 0-1 in league play on the season.
“It was a very rough match today,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “WKU showed great composure and experience. We had several chances to win the doubles point but could not execute. In singles, we simply got outplayed. Our youth showed today but we certainly learned from the experience. We will continue to improve.”
The two league foes began the morning with a slate of doubles matches, with UTEP getting an edge on its competition due to a forfeit on court three due to WKU’s incomplete lineup. Lois Wagenvoort and Yvette Van Oijen clashed with WKU’s Moka Ito and Elpida Malamou at the no. 1 position, pushing the slate to extra points, but fell 7-5.
At the no. 2 spot., Miner tandem Milena Baigorria and Maria Paula Medina also kept the set close to fight for the doubles point against Natalia De Ugarte and Cindy Oest, but slipped 6-4, giving the doubles point to the Toppers.
Singles play saw Wagenvoort meeting with Malamou at the top of the lineup, but Malamou got by with a 6-1, 6-1 victory. At the no. 3 spot, Raven Bennett was turned away by WKU’s Violetta Shatalova 6-1, 6-1, and another Topper win at the no. 5 position, De Ugarte over Alisa Morozova by a score of 6-1, 6-0, ended the match.
Van Oijen’s battle with Ito on court two was left unfinished at a 6-4, 3-1 lead for WKU, as was Miner rookie Erandi Martinez’s showdown with Oest, which was left at 6-2, 4-1 with Oest leading. The Hilltoppers’ incomplete lineup left Medina with a win by forfeit at the no. 6 position.
The Miners were without Chloe Purkiss, who has seen action at both the no. 1 and no. 3 spot in the singles lineup, for the second time in as many days due to illness.
A six-match home-stand will commence when the Miners return to the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club to face Abilene Christian on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.and Northern Arizona on Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. UTEP, who will be looking to remain undefeated at home, will not leave for another road match until March 12. Admission to all matches is free.
Following a doubleheader sweep of Western New Mexico last Saturday, the UTEP tennis team will return to action January 26 and 27 when they travel to Kentucky to face Louisville and Conference USA foe Western Kentucky.
The Miners (2-0) will take on the Cardinals (2-0) at 9 a.m. MST on Friday and the Hilltoppers (0-1) at 10 a.m. MST on Saturday. Both matches will be played at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
In the spring home opener, the Miners worked to a 7-0 rout of WNMU in both outings. UTEP only surrendered one set to the Mustangs in both shutouts.
“Even though it wasn’t as tough of a match as I would have liked, it still allowed us to get an opportunity to compete against somebody else and to get our feet wet a little bit to get ready for these two matches against Louisville and Western Kentucky,” first-year head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We want to prepare for every match the same way.”
Louisville is coming off shutout victories of their own against Wright State and Dayton, both by a score of 7-0. A notable returnee for the Cardinals is Aleksandra Mally, who went 15-15 in singles play last season, including 10 wins at the no.1 position, and returns with a 2-0 record as a junior.
WKU opened its season on the road against Alabama and narrowly lost 4-3 to the Tide. The Hilltoppers notched three singles wins. Fourth-year head coach and reigning Conference USA Coach of the Year Jonatan Berhane helped lead the Lady Toppers to a 13-6 mark in 2017, where they reached the C-USA tournament semifinals. Freshman Moka Ito has been a steady force for WKU and will enter this weekend’s contests with a 10-4 overall record in her debut year. Saturday’s match will be the first of five conference matches slated for the Miners this season.
“We’re going to go out there and try to win both matches, obviously, regardless of whether they’re conference or just a regular season,” Fernandez said. “It’s two good matches so we’re ready to compete against some tougher competition and see how our young team does against these big schools.”
This weekend’s matches will be the first road trip of the spring season for Fernandez and his team, which returned three veterans and features four freshman and a graduate transfer.
“They [newcomers] really haven’t played in this kind of format [dual match] before, especially the two that just arrived this semester [Chloe Purkiss and Yvette Van Oijen], but its good for them to get the cobwebs out and to get an opportunity to get a match under their belt.”
Competing for the Miners will be Lois Wagenvoort, Raven Bennett, Maria Paula Medina, Erandi Martinez, Milena Baigorria, Alisa Morozova, Chloe Purkiss and Yvette Van Oijen. All eight Miners notched at least one win each in singles and doubles play against Western New Mexico, with the exception of Purkiss who ended her debut with two singles victories and a doubles win.
“We have a very young team, but everybody is practicing super hard,” Wagenvoort said.
The UTEP tennis team opened its spring season with a sweep of a doubleheader against Western New Mexico. The Miners held the Mustangs scoreless in both showings, running away with the matches 7-0, 7-0, respectively on Saturday at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club.
UTEP is now 2-0 on the season, while Western New Mexico fell to 0-2.
Due to Western New Mexico only having four active players, the match was changed into a doubleheader so every UTEP player could participate.
“It’s always nice to start out the season at home, even though we made this match a little more complicated than it needed to be because the girls were nervous and it was their first match,” first-year head coach Ivan Fernandez, who earned his first two UTEP victories said. “The fact that we had such great turnout with fans helped them play better, while it also put a little bit of pressure on them because they wanted to play well in front of our fans. We’re really glad to get this match under our belt. It gives us a really good idea of we’ve got to work on and what the lineup will probably be for the next matches coming up.”
In the first match of the doubleheader, veteran Lois Wagenvoort and Yvette Van Oijen, in her UTEP debut, put away Western New Mexico’s Nadia Justiniano and Karina Diaz 6-1 at the no. 1 doubles spot, while junior Raven Bennett and Chloe Purkiss took down Christine Roerick and Kaycie Cormier 6-2 at the no. 2 position. Junior Maria Paula Medina and Milena Baigorria won by forfeit.
In singles action, Wagenvoort got the Miners rolling with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Justiniano at the no. 1 spot, while Yvette Van Oijen followed suit with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Diaz in the no. 2 doubles position. At the no. 3 spot, Purkiss earned her first collegiate victory with a 6-4, 6-2 edge of Roerick. Medina made quick work of Cormier 6-1, 6-0, at the no. 4 to seal the victory. Erandi Martinez and Alisa Morozova won their singles matches by forfeit.
The Miners again took the doubles point in the final match of the day behind a 6-2 win by duo Medina and Baigorria over Western New Mexico’s tandem Justiniano and Diaz at the no. 1 spot, with Medina ending the match with an ace. Martinez and Morozova teamed up to seal the point with a 6-1 rout of the Mustang’s Roerick and Cormier. Purkiss and Bennett won their doubles match by forfeit.
Martinez blanked Diaz 6-0, 6-0, at the no. 2 singles position to earn her singles win of the day. Martinez had 10 wins in the fall season. At the no. 3 spot, another freshman power in Morozova turned away Roerick 6-3, 6-1, while fellow rookie force Baigorria easily followed suit with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Cormier at the no. 4 position. Medina and Bennett earned wins by forfeit.
Rounding out the day for the Miners was Purkiss, who earned her third victory of the day at the no. 1 spot in a hard-fought battle with Justiniano. Purkiss, who already had a singles and doubles win under her belt in her UTEP debut, edged Justiniano 6-4, 6-7, 10-8 for the set and match.
“For a freshman to be able to come in and play the first match at no. 3 and the second match at no. 1 and get both wins, it says a lot about Chloe’s fight and her determination,” Fernandez said. “I’m glad that we were able to get the nerves out, because she played a little bit nervous in the first match, but the last one she was able to relax a little bit.
Nadia [Justiniano of Western New Mexico] played really well and really took it to Chloe. The fact that she [Chloe] was able to compete was great to see.”
The Miners will now prep for two dual matches Jan. 26 and 27 against Louisville and Western Kentucky, respectively. UTEP will meet with the Cardinals Friday at 10 a.m. and the Hilltoppers Saturday at 11 a.m.. Both matches will be played in Louisville, KY.
Photos by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post
UTEP Tennis head coach Ivan Fernandez announced the finalized schedule for the spring 2018 season.
The 20-match slate includes 11 home matches and five Conference USA matches leading up to the C-USA Championships April 19-22, 2018 hosted by Old Dominion in Norfolk, VA. All home matches are played at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club.
“I really feel like I have created a balanced schedule that will allow us to play several regional and conference teams to best prepare us for the Conference USA tournament in April at Old Dominion,” Fernandez said.
The Miners will kick off the season at noon on Jan. 20 at home against Western New Mexico, then take off to Louisville, KY for two matches against ACC’s Louisville and C-USA foe Western Kentucky on Jan. 26 and 27, respectively. First serve against the Cardinal is set for 12 p.m. MT and the meeting with the Hilltoppers is set for 1 p.m. MT to round out the January competition.
A string of seven home matches will make up the February and early March schedule. The Miners will face Abilene Christian at 2 p.m. on Feb. 2 then a familiar foe in Northern Arizona on Feb. 4 at 10 a.m., a team they faced in three different tournaments in the fall.
UTPB will travel to the Sun City for a Saturday meeting with the Miners on Feb. 10 at noon, then a Tarleton State versus UTEP match is set for Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. A three-match home stand will bring Wyoming and UT Arlington to the Miners’ home court March 2 through the 4th. The Miners and Cowgirls will meet for a regional match at at 2 p.m. on March 2, and El Paso tennis fans will be able to catch a Wyoming versus UT Arlington match at noon on March 3. The weekend will be capped off with the Miners battling UT Arlington on March 4 at 10 a.m. MT.
The Miners will do a tour of Florida March 12 through the 18, taking on South Florida in Tampa Bay, Fla. at 1 p.m. to kick off the week. The team will then face Cincinnati on March 13 at 11 a.m. in Tampa Bay. Back-to-back conference matches will end the Florida trip, first with a meeting with Florida Atlantic at 2 p.m. in Boca Raton on March 15 and rounding it out with a matchup against FIU in Miami on March 18 at 11 a.m.
UTEP will return home for two matches against Angelo State and New Mexico. The Miners and Rams will meet on March 30 at noon, while the regional match against the Lobos is slated for noon on March 31.
An in-state trip to the Alamo City will see the Miners face two more league foes. UTEP will battle UTSA at 1 p.m. on April 6, then will face LA Tech on April 7 at 1 p.m., both in San Antonio, Texas.
The final home match will pit UTEP against Texas A&M Kingsville at noon on April 13. The Miners will then travel up Interstate-10 to face rival NM State on April 14 at 2 p.m. in Las Cruces, NM.
“I have managed to schedule 11 home matches for the first time in many years. If we can get the support from our fans at the El Paso Tennis Club, we look forward to showing our home court advantage here in El Paso.”
The Conference USA Championships will run from April 19 through the 22 in Norfolk, VA.
The start of the spring season will also bring two more players to the Miner squad in Chloe Purkiss and Yvette van Oijen, who both signed in the fall. UTEP will also return veterans Lois Wagenvoort, Raven Bennett and Maria Paula Medina as well as its strong rookie group in Milena Baigorria, Erandi Martinez and Alisa Morozova.
“We have seen several of these teams this semester which is to our advantage especially with two more players joining us in January to complete our team,” Fernandez said. “I am extremely excited to complete the team lineup in January and get ready for a great spring.
Although we are a very young team, I know that we will find a way to fight and come together. As long as everyone is on the same page with similar objectives, the results will come with hard work.”
TUSCON, Az.- In her second championship match of her young collegiate career, UTEP tennis rookie Erandi Martinez notched her first collegiate championship win at the Wildcat Invitational at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz. on Sunday.
The freshman prevailed in a tight battle over New Mexico’s Natasha Munday 7-5, 7-6(7) in the No. 2 singles draw final. The victory marked Martinez’s eighth win in the fall season.
“It was a very hard fought match, but Erandi never gave up and won,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said.
The Miners also saw a strong performance from fellow freshman Alisa Morozova, who was playing in the consolation final of the same bracket. Morozova came out strong to take the first set 6-2, but Utah State’s seasoned player in Sabrina Demerath, a senior, took the final two sets 6-3, 6-4 for the win.
“Alisa played a very experienced player from Utah State. This is the best I have seen Alisa play all semester,” Fernandez said. “I see a lot of positives going into the spring.”
In other singles action, freshman Milena Baigorria fell to another experienced Aggie in Maggie O’Meara, who took the match 6-0, 6-0.
The end of the Wildcat Invitational concluded the fall season for the Miners, who will return for the spring portion of play in January.
The UTEP tennis team will compete in its fourth fall tournament when it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to battle in the Lobo Invitational Friday, Oct. 27, through Sunday, Oct. 29 at the McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium and the Estes Tennis Center.
The Miners will join the four team field that consists of host New Mexico, NM State and Northern Arizona.
The Lobo Invitational, non-flighted, will have each competitor or team playing in a doubles match in the morning with a singles match to follow. For the format, one team will play another in doubles, and then flip around and play a different team in singles.
Doubles matches will begin at 10 a.m. each day, with the Miners’ Maria Paula Medina and Milena Baigorria teaming up for the Flight 4 doubles match against NAU’s Brandi Walker and Madi Moore to kick things off. Over in the Flight 5 doubles, Alisa Morozova and Erandi Martinez will battle Eirene Granville and Ellie Millard, also of NAU.
Singles matches will begin at the conclusion of doubles play, with Friday’s draw’s featuring a New Mexico versus UTEP line-up. Senior Lois Wagenvoort will face New Mexico’s Diana Wong in the Flight 1 singles draw, and teammate Martinez will take on the Lobo’s Ruth Copas in the Flight 2 matchup.
Flight 3 will see Medina and New Mexico’s Danielle Quevedo battle, while Morozova faces Hsiang-Wen “Albie” Huang in the Flight 4 match. Baigorria and the Lobo’s Bronte Murgett will compete in the Flight 5 singles to finish the day.
2017 LOBO INVITATIONAL DRAWS
Friday, October 27 Doubles (McKinnon)
Flight 1 – Danielle Quevedo/Diana Wong (UNM) vs. Yadira Rubio/Lindsay Harlas (NMSU)
Flight 2 – Ruth Copas/Hsiang-Wen “Albie” Huang (UNM) vs. Rebecca Keizjerwaard/Quinty Jannsen (NMSU)
Flight 3 – Bronte Murgett/Lauren Rich (UNM) vs. Vanessa Valdez/Helena Colvee (NMSU)
Flight 4 – Brandi Walker/Madi Moore (NAU) vs. Maria Paula Medina/Milena Baigorria (UTEP)
Flight 5 – Eirene Granville/Ellie Millard (NAU) vs. Alisa Morzova/Erandi Martinez (UTEP)
Flight 6 – Worthy Goldman/Cora-Lynn Von Dungern (NAU) vs. Yue Lin “Polly” Chen/Natasha Munday (UNM)
Flight 1 – Wong (UNM) vs. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP)
Flight 2 – Copas (UNM) vs. Martinez (UTEP)
Flight 3 – Quevedo (UNM) vs. Medina (UTEP)
Flight 4 – Huang (UNM) vs. Morozova (UTEP)
Flight 5 – Murgett (UNM) vs. Baigorria (UTEP)
Flight 6 – Rich (UNM) vs. Chen (UNM)
Flight 1 – Valdez (NMSU) vs. Walker (NAU)
Flight 2 – Keizjerwaard (NMSU) vs. Granville (NAU)
Flight 3 – Harlas (NMSU) vs. Moore (NAU)
Flight 4 – Rubio (NMSU) vs. Von Dungern (NAU)
Flight 5 – Arnaudova (NMSU) vs. Millard (NAU)
Flight 6 – Colvee (NMSU) vs. Goldman (NAU)
Saturday, October 28 Doubles (McKinnon)
Flight 1 – Danielle Quevedo/Diana Wong (UNM) vs. Maria Paula Medina/Milena Baigorria (UTEP)
Flight 2 – Ruth Copas/Hsiang-Wen “Albie” Huang (UNM) vs. Alisa Morzova/Erandi Martinez (UTEP)
Flight 3 – Bronte Murgett/Lauren Rich (UNM) vs. Chen/Munday (UNM)
Flight 4 – Yadira Rubio/Lindsay Harlas (NMSU) vs. Brandi Walker/Madi Moore (NAU)
Flight 5 – Eirene Granville/Ellie Millard (NAU) vs. Rebecca Keizjerwaard/Quinty Jannsen (NMSU)
Flight 6 – Vanessa Valdez/Helena Colvee (NMSU) vs. Worthy Goldman/Cora-Lynn Von Dungern (NAU)
Flight 1 – Wong (UNM) vs. Walker (NAU)
Flight 2 – Copas (UNM) vs. Granville (NAU)
Flight 3 – Quevedo (UNM) vs. Moore (NAU)
Flight 4 – Huang (UNM) vs. Von Dungern (NAU)
Flight 5 – Murgett (UNM) vs. Millard (NAU)
Flight 6 – Rich (UNM) vs. Goldman (NAU)
Flight 1 – Valdez (NMSU) vs. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP)
Flight 2 – Keizjerwaard (NMSU) vs. Martinez (UTEP)
Flight 3 – Harlas (NMSU) vs. Medina (UTEP)
Flight 4 – Rubio (NMSU) vs. Martinez (UTEP)
Flight 5 – Arnaudova (NMSU) vs. Baigorria (UTEP)
Flight 6 – Colvee (NMSU) vs. Chen (UNM)
Sunday, October 29 Doubles (McKinnon)
Flight 1 – Danielle Quevedo/Diana Wong (UNM) vs. Brandi Walker/Madi Moore (NAU)
Flight 2 – Ruth Copas/Hsiang-Wen “Albie” Huang (UNM) vs. Eirene Granville/Ellie Millard (NAU)
Flight 3 – Bronte Murgett/Lauren Rich (UNM) vs. Worthy Goldman/Cora-Lynn Von Dungern (NAU)
Flight 4 – Yadira Rubio/Lindsay Harlas (NMSU) vs. Maria Paula Medina/Milena Baigorria (UTEP)
Flight 5 – Rebecca Keizjerwaard/Quinty Jannsen (NMSU) vs. Alisa Morzova/Erandi Martinez (UTEP)
Flight 6 – Vanessa Valdez/Helena Colvee (NMSU) vs. Chen/Munday (UNM)
Flight 1 – Wong (UNM) vs. Valdez (NMSU)
Flight 2 – Copas (UNM) vs. Keizjerwaard (NMSU)
Flight 3 – Quevedo (UNM) vs. Harlas (NMSU)
Flight 4 – Huang (UNM) vs. Rubio (NMSU)
Flight 5 – Murgett (UNM) vs. Arnaudova (NMSU)
Flight 6 – Rich (UNM) vs. Colvee (NMSU)
Flight 1 – Walker (NAU) vs. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP)
Flight 2 – Granville (NAU) vs. Martinez (UTEP)
Flight 3 – Moore (NAU) vs. Medina (UTEP)
Flight 4 – Von Dungern (NAU) vs. Martinez (UTEP)
Flight 5 – Millard (NAU) vs. Baigorria (UTEP)
Flight 6 – Goldman (NAU) vs. Chen (UNM)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- Three wins were the highlight of UTEP’s second day of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Regional Tournament on Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Miners are playing in the consolation bracket of the tournament at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center.
“We competed much better today,” first-year head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We still have a lot of work to do.”
Freshman Erandi Martinez slipped by Southern Utah’s Mikala Lowrance, dropping the first set 2-6 but rallying to take the match with 7-5 set two win and followed with a 10-3 triumph in the third set. The win marked Martinez’s fifth win in the fall season.
Senior Lois Wagenvoort followed suit, handling Yadira Rubio, of rival NM State, 6-3, 7-5. Freshman Milena Baigorria completed the trio of victories with her 6-3, 6-2 dominance of Boise State’s Jovana Kuljanin.
In other action, junior Maria Paula Medina fell to Vanessa Timm of Boise State 6-4, 6-3, and freshman Alisa Morozova dropped to Weber State’s Tereza Plizova 6-2, 6-1.
The Miners will each play one more singles bout and two doubles matches tomorrow before heading back to El Paso on Saturday.
SAN DIEGO, Ca. – Freshman Erandi Martinez garnered her second win in as many days and her fourth win in a row as UTEP wrapped up the second day of the San Diego State University Fall Classic on Saturday at the Aztec Tennis Center in San Diego.
Martinez’s 6-2, 6-3 win over SDSU’s Berta Acero earned her a spot in the championship match of the White draw at the Classic, slated for Sunday at 11:15 a.m. (PT). Martinez will battle San Diego’s Carolin Nonnenmacher, who took care of Julie Vereecke from San Jose State 6-1, 6-1 on Saturday, for the draw’s title.
“Erandi has been playing singles extremely well,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “She is going for her fifth win in a row. It’s great to see a freshman in the finals of her draw, I’m really proud of how hard she is competing.”
Also competing in the White draw of the SDSU Fall Classic, freshman Milena Baigorria was defeated by Grand Canyon’s Kylie Waschuk 6-3, 6-3 in the consolation semifinals while Alisa Morozova fell to Loyola Marymount’s Sofiya Gaisina 6-1, 6-3 in the Gold bracket’s consolation semifinals.
Maria Paula Medina was forced to retire from her match in the Black draw consolation semifinals due to a stomach virus.
In the consolation semifinals in doubles action, Lois Wagenvoort and Martinez fell to San Diego’s tandem Carolin Nonnenmacher and Kati Kukaris 6-4 in the Red draw. Over in the Gold draw, Medina and Baigorria slipped against San Jose State’s Miyo Kobayashi and Savannah Sendar 6-1.
The Miners will wrap up the Classic beginning tomorrow at 9 a.m. (PT) with the final doubles matches. Wagenvoort and Martinez will face Grand Canyon’s duo of Martina Lo Pomo and Waschuk while Medina and Baigorria will take on San Jose State’s Sybille Gauvain and Tamara Culibrk at 9 a.m. (PT) in their respective draws.
Singles action will see three UTEP versus Grand Canyon match ups, first with Medina against Lana Rinaldi and Morozova taking on Autum Prudhomme, both at 10 a.m. (PT). Baigorria will battle Mya Etienne at 11:15 a.m. (PT) to round out the Miner and Antelope matches. Martinez’s championship match in the White draw is set for 11:15 a.m. (PT).
SAN DIEGO, Ca. – UTEP tennis freshman Erandi Martinez earned a win in the singles White bracket at the San Diego State University Fall Classic on Friday at the Aztec Tennis Center in San Diego.
Martinez took care of Grand Canyon’s Mya Etienne 6-2, 6-4 to move onto the semifinals of her bracket.
In the Black singles bracket, Maria Paula Medina fell to SDSU’s Jenny Moinard 6-2, 6-3 and Milena Baigorria slipped up against Julie Vereecke of San Jose State 6-1, 6-3 in the White bracket. In the Gold bracket, Alisa Morozova battled with the Aztecs’ Mia Smith, forcing a tie-breaker in set one before falling 7-6(4), 6-1.
In doubles action, Lois Wagenvoort and Martinez were defeated by San Jose State’s Vereecke and Jackie Wagner 6-2 in the Red bracket, while over in the Gold bracket, Medina and Baigorria lost a close one to SDSU’s Moinard and Smith 7-5.
“MP [Maria Paula] and Milena played very well in doubles but could not close it,” first-year head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We played better, but we’re still not getting enough of a balanced performance.”
Wagenvoort and Martinez will have a chance to bounce back when they continue the tournament in the consolation bracket Saturday at 9 a.m. (PT) against San Diego’s Kati Kukaras and Carolin Nonnenmacher. At the same time tomorrow, Medina and Baigorria will continue in the Gold draw against San Jose State’s Miyo Kobayashi and Savannah Sendar.
Continuing singles action, Martinez will be in the White draw battling Berta Acero of SDSU at 10 a.m. (PT) tomorrow for a spot in the bracket’s championship. In the same bracket at the same time, Baigorria will take on Kylie Washuk of Grand Canyon in the consolation semifinals. Morozova will face Loyola Marymount’s Sofiya Gaisina at 11:15 a.m. (PT) in the Gold draw’s consolation semifinals and Medina will have it out with Anna Romeka of Loyola Marymount at 10 a.m. (PT) for a spot in the Black bracket’s consolation semifinals.
The UTEP tennis team will travel to its second fall tournament when it competes against six other teams at the San Diego State University (SDSU) Fall Classic from Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1 in San Diego, California.
The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. each day with two doubles brackets and a doubles round-robin event. Five brackets of singles play will immediately follow doubles competition.
“We are looking forward to getting back out on the court for another tournament after a short week of practice,” first-year head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We got better with every match last week and I expect nothing less this weekend.”
In addition to SDSU, teams visiting the Aztec Tennis Center this weekend include SDSU Fall Classic returners Grand Canyon University, Cal State Northridge and Loyola Marymount, as well as San Diego, and San Jose State.
Doubles action will kick-off with Lois Wagenvoort and Erandi Martinez teaming up for a 9 a.m. (PT) showdown with San Jose State’s Julie Vereecke and Jacqueline Wagner in the Red doubles bracket. Over in the Gold bracket, Maria Paula Medina and Milena Baigorria will compete against SDSU’s Jenny Moinard and Mia Smith at 9 a.m. on Friday.
Medina will get the singles play started at 10 a.m. (PT) Friday when she battles Moinard in the singles Black bracket. At the same time, Alisa Morozova will compete in the singles Gold bracket against SDSU’s Smith. Baigorria and Martinez will take on Vereecke of San Jose State and Mya Etienne of Grand Canyon, respectively, in the singles White bracket at 11:15 a.m. (PT).
The Miners are coming off a successful weekend at the UNLV Invitational, where they saw match victories from freshman Erandi Martinez Hernandez and Alisa Morozova. Martinez powered her way to two wins in Las Vegas, first taking down Long Beach State’s Maren Helgo 4-6, 7-6, 6-0 and then making quick work of NAU’s Worthy Goldman 6-0, 7-5 to notch the win in the No. 4 singles draw consolation final. Morozova also handled NAU’s Goldman 6-2, 6-1 and returned to defeat NAU’s Eleanor Millard in the No. 3 singles draw 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 for a seventh place finish at the UNLV Invite.
“It will be another extremely competitive weekend but we are up for the challenge,” Fernandez said. “Alisa Morozova and Erandi Martinez are both coming off multiple singles victories last weekend at UNLV. Senior Lois Wagenvoort will only play doubles this weekend with Erandi [Martinez] due to a slight shoulder injury. Maria Paula Medina and Milena Baigorria competed extremely well last weekend and are playing better every day. I am confident this will be the tournament they get it going.”
LAS VEGAS, Nv.– The UTEP tennis team grabbed two more wins on the final day of the UNLV Invitational on Sunday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.
Erandi Martinez made quick work of NAU’s Worthy Goldman in straight sets, 6-0, 7-5, to notch a win in the consolation final in the No. 4 singles draw, marking the freshman’s second win in as many days.
Fellow freshman Alisa Morozova took down NAU’s Eleanor Millard in the No. 3 singles draw 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 for a seventh place finish at the Invite.
In the No. 2 singles draw, Maria Paula Medina fell to Leirene Granville of NAU in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0, while Milena Baigorria slipped up against Long Beach State’s Maren Helgo 7-6, 6-3 in the No. 4 singles seventh place match.
In the doubles matches, Medina and Baigorria were defeated by Boise State’s Anja Dokic and Lilian Poling 8-3 in the No. 1 draw’s seventh place match. The No. 2 doubles draw consolation final saw Martinez and Morozova lose a close one to NAU’s Granville and Cora Lynn Von Dungern 8-5.
“Today we again showed signs of improvement, it was better than yesterday,” first-year head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but I am confident we will get to where we want to be for the spring season.”
The Miners will now prep for another three-day tournament this weekend when they travel to San Diego, Calif., for the San Diego State University Invitational Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
2017 UNLV WOMEN’S TENNIS FALL INVITATIONAL
Day Three Results
FLIGHT ONE SINGLES
Natalia Munoz (LBSU) def. Bara Michalkova (WSU) 6-4, 6-4