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UTEP Thrives In Doubles Play On Opening Day Of NM State Aggie Invite

LAS CRUCES – Kirsten Prelle and Vanessa Valdez claimed a pair of doubles matches to highlight play for the UTEP tennis team on the first day of competition at the NM State Aggie Invite.

“We started out the day incredibly positive in the doubles, lots of energy and communication,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “The fact that Kirsten and Vanessa were able to pull out the second match the way that they did was great. They just stepped up and took care of business. We knew we weren’t going to have any easy matches (in singles play). We showed a lot of improvement from last week to this week. I’m very happy with the core of this team. I like the direction that we are going in for sure.”

Action commenced with doubles, with a unique format of best two out of three sets (to six). The change didn’t affect UTEP, which cruised to victories in both of its matches. Prelle/Valdez blanked Brooke MacLay/Sabrina Sanchez-Chavez (Mesa Community College), 6-0, 6-0. On the other court the Orange and Blue’s Rine Nozaki/Erandi Martinez rolled to a 6-0, 6-3, win vs. Fulgenzi-Roerick (WNMU).

Prelle/Valdez kept things going in round two, knocking off Quinty Janssen/ Clara Rizea (NMSU) by a final score of 7-6, 6-2.

Nozaki/Martinez had a compelling second-round match-up with Yuelin Chen/ Natasha Munday (UNM). It went back-and-forth before the Lobo pair claimed the contest, 4-6, 6-4, (10-3).

Nozaki put together a quality performance in her collegiate singles debut. She blasted Nadia Justiniano (NM State), 6-1, 3-0 (retired).

Valdez squared off with Chen (UNM). She got off to a good start in the opening set but ultimately dropped it, 7-5. Chen secured the match with a 6-1 result in the second set.

Martinez battled but was dispatched by Harsha Challa (NM State), 6-2, 6-2.

UTEP will continue play at the event Saturday.

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UTEP Tennis To Play At NM State Aggie Invite

The UTEP tennis team will take part in the NM State Aggie Invite (Friday-Sunday). It marks the second fall tournament for the Miners.

The Orange and Blue join host NM State, New Mexico, UTPB, Mesa Community College and Western New Mexico to fill out the field.

“We are very excited to play in the NM State Aggie Invite this weekend,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “We have worked hard again this week, and look forward to continued improvement after Midland (Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invite). Rine Nozaki will be playing in her first collegiate event. It will be great to see her out there competing.”

Transfer Vanessa Valdez set the tone for the Miners at the season-opening Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invitational (Sept. 14-16). The junior won the consolation championship, and she enters this weekend having posted three consecutive victories.

Freshman Kirsten Prelle had a solid start to her collegiate career, posting a 2-1 record in singles play. She also forged a 1-1 mark in doubles action, playing alongside Valdez.

Sophomore Erandi Martinez finished 1-1 in singles play in the event.

Freshman Rine Nozaki will debut for the Orange and Blue. She was ranked as the second-best player in Okayama, Japan, in 2017.

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UTEP Tennis Opens Fall Season At Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invitational

Sophomores Erandi Martinez and Milena Baigorria as well as newcomers Kirsten Prelle and Vanessa Valdez will represent the UTEP tennis team in its opening tournament of the fall campaign by partaking in the Midland Racquet Club Intercollegiate Invitational Friday through Sunday.

UTEP will be competing alongside the likes of Penn State, Texas Tech, Arizona, Utah State, UT Arlington, UAB, Abilene Christian and Tyler Jr. College. It will be the first of five fall tournaments for the Miners, who will also take part in the NM State Aggie Invite (Sept. 21-23), the San Diego State University Invitational (Sept. 28-30), the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament (Oct. 10-14) and the GCU Invitational (Nov. 2-4).

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to take four players to this tournament that has a longstanding history of great participants,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Erandi Martinez, Vanessa Valdez, Kirsten Prelle and Milena Baigorria will be making the trip with me and will be making the trip with me. It is great to finally get to see them compete after a couple of weeks of practice.

“The team has been working very hard to prepare for this tournament. I am looking forward to watching them compete against players from these established programs. This will give us a good idea of how we compare to them and how much more we need to work to build the successful UTEP tennis program that we aspire to be.”

Martinez paced the Miners in 2017-18 with a 20-10 overall singles record in her collegiate debut year, playing primarily the No. 3 position. Baigorria posted five total wins last year, including coming on strong in the spring by going 4-1 in dual-match play.

Valdez is a transfer from NM State, who thrived under Fernandez during the 2016-17 season. She was a first-team All-WAC performer after pacing the Aggies in singles victories (16). She will have two years of eligibility with the Orange and Blue.

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UTEP Tennis Team Named ITA All-Academic Team

The UTEP tennis team has been named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic team, it was revealed by the organization Tuesday.

Additionally a pair of returning Miners (Maria Paula Medina and Yvette van Oijen secured ITA Scholar-Athlete status.

It marked the third consecutive year and fourth time on record that the UTEP tennis team has been recognized by the ITA for its hard work in the classroom. The program was also previously a recipient in 1996, 2016 and 2017.

“I am really proud of the team for being named to the ITA All Academic Team once again and especially proud of the ones that were recognized as Scholar Athletes,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “It is not easy to manage school and tennis while doing well at both. I want to thank the staff of the MAAC for their incredible academic support of the student athletes to make these awards happen for us.”

It is not the first academic honor of the year, which secured the grade point award at the 44th-Annual “Dinner with the Miners” banquet on May 3, 2018. Additionally seven Miners were placed on the 2018 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll on April 12, 2018, while one individual earned a C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal on April 13, 2018.

To garner the ITA All-Academic team honor the program must sport a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or better (on a 4.00 scale). The ITA Scholar-Athlete recipients need to be a letter winner, boast a GPA of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the academic year and have been enrolled at the institution for a minimum of two semesters.

In all, 735 teams and 4,328 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis were honored.

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UPDATE: UTEP’s Tennis Season Ends In Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. – The UTEP tennis team saw its season come to an end at the 2018 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championships after suffering a 4-0 loss to third-seeded and No. 44 Old Dominion at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk, Va. on Thursday.

The Miners (6-15, 0-5 C-USA), the 14th seed in the tournament, were forced to forfeit No. 3 doubles and the No. 6 singles spot to the nationally-ranked Monarchs (18-4, 6-0 C-USA) due to injury.

During the doubles slate, Lois Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett were leading ODU’s Victoria Olivarez and Nataliia Vlasova 4-3 at the No. 1 doubles spot in their effort to tie the battle for the point. However, Maria Paula Medina and Milena Baigorria slipped up 6-2 to Holly Hutchinson and Natalya Malenko at the No. 2 doubles position, sealing the doubles point to the tournament host and leaving the top doubles match unfinished.

Fighting a 2-0 deficit heading into singles play, Medina, battling through injury, was able to notch a point in her match against Olivarez at the No. 4 spot in the lineup, but was forced to retire. Wagenvoort, playing in her final conference championships as the lone senior on the team, slipped to Hutchinson 6-0, 6-2 at the top singles position, ending the match. Bennett was fighting in her match on court two against Vlasova after falling in the tight first set, but it was left unfinished at 6-4, 2-2. On court three, Erandi Martinez had a 2-1 advantage in the second stanza against Yuila Starodubtseva and Baigorria was battling back from a 2-0 debt to Adriana Rajkovic before the match was called.

The young UTEP team finished the year with six wins and will return seven of their eight players next season. Wagenvoort ended her UTEP career with 37 wins, ranking ninth on UTEP’s career wins list, while Martinez’s 20 singles wins in her debut year already placed her in the top-20 of that same list.

“I want to thank Lois [Wagenvoort] for her hard work and commitment to UTEP tennis these last four years,” head coach Ivan Fernandez. “It was my honor to get to coach her this year. Lois and the rest of the girls played with a lot of heart. Under the circumstances, we did all we could to represent UTEP with pride and dignity. I will continue to rebuild and we will keep striving to get better every day.”

Tennis Match Results – UTEP vs Old Dominion
Apr 19, 2018 at Norfolk, Va. (Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center)  #44 Old Dominion 4, UTEP 0

Singles competition

1. Holly Hutchinson (ODU) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-0, 6-2
2. Nataliia Vlasova (ODU) vs. Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
3. Yulia Starodubtseva (ODU) vs. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-3, 1-2, unfinished
4. Victoria Olivarez (ODU) def. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 5-1, retired
5. Adriana Rajkovic (ODU) vs. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-3, 2-0, unfinished
6. Louie McLelland (ODU) def. No player (UTEP), by default
Doubles competition
1. Victoria Olivarez/Nataliia Vlasova (ODU) vs. Lois Wagenvoort/Raven Bennett (UTEP) 3-4, unfinished
2. Holly Hutchinson/Natalya Malenko (ODU) def. Maria Paula Medina/Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-2
3. Adriana Rajkovic/Yulia Starodubtseva (ODU) def. No player/No player (UTEP), by default

Match Notes:

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,1)

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IRVING, Texas – The UTEP tennis team will open the 2018 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championship with a bout against No. 3 seed and tournament host Old Dominion on Thursday, April 19, at 12 p.m. ET.

The four-day tournament will begin on April 19 and conclude with the championship match on Sunday, April 22, all matches will be played at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk, Virginia.

“The great thing about the conference tournament is that anything can happen,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Regardless of what happened during the regular season, every team has a chance.”

UTEP is the no. 14 seed in the championship, while the top-two seeds No. 1 FIU and No. 2 Rice earned first-round byes.

The Miners, who have been fighting through injury, wrapped up regular-season play against NM State, where they were edged 4-1 by the Aggies. Freshman Erandi Martinez put the Miners on the board after taking down the Aggies’ Quinty Janssen. Martinez leads the team with a 20-10 overall record, including a 4-1 mark at the No. 3 spot in the lineup, where she primarily plays.

The Miners have also seen strong play and fight from Raven Bennett, who has notched two wins as the Miners’ No. 2 as well as Maria Paula Medina, who has anchored the No. 4 spot in the lineup with three wins. Milena Baigorria has earned five wins this season, and veteran Lois Wagenvoort has battled for two wins at the top of the lineup.

The No. 44 nationally ranked Old Dominion squad (17-4) is riding a six match winning streak and has won nine of its last 10 matches, including a 6-1 victory over No. 42 ranked William & Mary this past weekend. On the season, ODU compiled a 12-2 record at home, a 5-2 record on the road and an undefeated 5-0 record in Conference USA play. The Monarchs have an overall singles record of 91-21, an overall doubles record of 38-12.

Pacing the team is Yulia Starodubtseva, who holds a 18-2 singles record, and Nataliia Vlasova, who is 16-2 on the year. In doubles play, Monarch tandem Victoria Olivarez and Vlasova have complied a 11-4 record to lead the team.

The winner between UTEP and ODU’s match will move on to face the winning team from “Match 6”, a clash between North Texas and UAB. That match, which would be played on Friday, April 20, would be the final matchup in the quarterfinals round.

Opening round action commences at 9 a.m. ET with (8) Southern Miss facing off against (9) Charlotte for a chance to play (1) FIU in the quarterfinals. Also at 9 a.m., (7) WKU will square off against (10) Louisiana Tech for a crack at (2) Rice in another quarterfinal bout.

Playing at the same time as the Miners, (4) Florida Atlantic and (13) Marshall will meet at 12 p.m. ET. The final two first-round matchups feature (5) Middle Tennessee taking on (12) UTSA and (6) North Texas playing (11) UAB.

Semifinals will begin the following day, April 21, when the final four teams compete for a berth into the C-USA Tournament Championship. The C-USA Championship will be played on Sunday, April 22 at 10 a.m. EST. Both the Semifinals and the Championship rounds will be broadcasted live on CUSA TV.

Schedule of Events:

First Round – Thursday, April 19
Match 1: (8) Southern Miss vs. (9) Charlotte – 9 a.m.
Match 2: (7) WKU vs. (10) Louisiana Tech – 9 a.m.
Match 3: (4) Florida Atlantic vs. (13) Marshall – 12 p.m.
Match 4: (3) Old Dominion vs. (14) UTEP – 12 p.m.
Match 5: (5) Middle Tennessee vs. (12) UTSA – 3 p.m.
Match 6: (6) North Texas vs. (11) UAB – 3 p.m.

Quarterfinals – Friday, April 20
Match 7: Match 1 winner vs. (1) FIU – 10 a.m.
Match 8: Match 2 winner vs. (2) Rice – 10 a.m.
Match 9: Match 3 winner vs. Match 5 winner – 2 p.m.
Match 10: Match 4 winner vs. Match 6 winner – 2 p.m.

Semifinals – Saturday, April 21
Match 11: Match 7 winner vs. Match 9 winner – 12 p.m. (CUSA TV)
Match 12: Match 8 winner vs. Match 10 winner – 12 p.m. (CUSA TV)

Championship – Sunday, April 22
Match 13: Match 11 winner vs. Match 12 winner – 10 a.m. (CUSA TV)

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UTEP Tennis Drops Regular-Season Finale At I-10 Rival NM State

LAS CRUCES – The short-handed UTEP tennis team was edged, 4-1, in its regular-season finale at I-10 rival NM State Saturday.

The Miners’ (6-14) victory came in No. 3 singles where standout Erandi Martinez was awarded the point when Quinty Janssen was unable to compete. But the Aggies (8-14) took advantage of the Miners being down to just five players to pick up the team triumph.

At No. 1 singles Lois Wagenvoort’s match vs. Rebecca Keijzerwaard was called in the third set (2-6, 6-3, 2-5, unfinished). That was also the case in the No. 5 singles tilt between Milena Baigorria and Eli Arnaudova (6-4, 3-6, 1-2, unfinished).

UTEP forfeited the point in No. 6 singles. The Miners also conceded a match in doubles play (No. 3 doubles). Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett battled Keijzerwaard and Lindsay Harlas at No. 1 doubles before falling, 6-3, to clinch the doubles point for the Aggies. Baigorria and Maria Paula Medina had their doubles match at No. 2 against Yadira Rubio and Eli Arnaudova halted early (5-2, unfinished).

It was an extremely competitive affair at No. 4 singles where Medina gave Rubio everything she wanted in a narrow setback, 5-7, 6-7 (6-8).

Bennett ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Harlas at No. 2 singles, falling 6-2, 6-0.

The Miners will regroup and return to the court for the 2018 C-USA Championships (April 19-22).
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UTEP Tennis Hosts Final Home Match, Meets Rival NM State This Weekend

The UTEP tennis team will conclude its regular-season slate with two matches this weekend, first hosting Texas A&M-Kingsville on April 13, then meeting with rival NM State in Las Cruces, NM on April 14.

First serve against the Javelinas on Friday is set for 12 p.m. at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club, while the Interstate-10 foes will meet at 2 p.m. at the NMSU Tennis Center. Both matches are free.

“This team has really shown a lot of courage and heart,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Although we are playing shorthanded due to injuries out of our control, I know they will fight with everything they have to represent UTEP the best way possible. We will try our hardest in our final matches of the spring and control what we can.”

UTEP (6-13, 0-5 C-USA) wrapped up a two-match stand in San Antonio last weekend, falling against league foes UTSA and LA Tech while also sacrificing points from an incomplete lineup due to injuries. However, freshman Erandi Martinez reached 20 wins after taking down the Roadrunners’ Ivana Ilic in a 6-1, 6-1 fashion. Martinez, who has a 4-1 mark at the no. 4 spot in singles action this spring, moved to 20-10 on the year and a 10-5 record in dual match play. The Miners also got strong play from their top doubles tandem in Lois Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett. The pair notched a dominating 6-2 win over LA Tech’s Karla De La Luz and Andrea Perez-Lopez during doubles action.

TAMUK (11-10, 3-2 LSC), creeped into the top-50 of the Oracle/ITA Division II Women’s Rankings, checking in at no. 47 as of April 4. Friday’s match will mark the first-ever meeting between the Miners and Javelinas since the program was created at TAMUK in 2011. The Javelinas are riding a three-match winning streak after taking out Laredo, UT Permian Basin and Angelo State in their road swing. The team has seen steady play from junior Phonephathep Philavong, who tallied a 3-0 mark at the no. 2 position in the lineup during the road trip.

NM State (7-14, 2-3 WAC) has dropped its last four matches, but garnered a 4-3 win over Grand Canyon on March 25. The last time the two foes met was April 14, 2017, at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club, where the Aggies edged the Miners 4-3. Pacing NM State is Yadira Rubio, who has posted a team-best 10 wins in dual match play, including a 7-8 mark at the no. 4 position in singles action.

Close behind is Lindsay Harlas, who has a 9-8 mark in the spring with shared time at both the no. 2 and no. 3 spot. The pair make up the no. 1 doubles team for the Aggies, earning a 4-8 record this spring.

The Miners will be celebrating Wagenvoort prior to first serve on Friday in honor of Senior Day. Wagenvoort arrived at UTEP in 2014 and made an immediate impact in the Miner lineup, finishing her rookie year with 10 wins. Success followed her into her sophomore and junior year, as she tallied a combined 25 wins.

This year, she has helped the Miners to six team wins, playing primarily at the no. 1 position. With 37 total wins in her career as a Miner as of April 7, Lois ranks in the program’s top-10 in most career singles wins while also ranking no. 9 in career doubles wins with 40 triumphs.

“It is always bittersweet when it comes to Senior Day,” Fernandez said. “While we are sad that their collegiate career is coming to an end, they are beginning the rest of their lives. I wish that I had been able to coach Lois all four years. She has been a great asset to the team and we will miss her tremendously. I want to thank her for her willingness to accept me as her coach in her final year of tennis.”

Miners Fall to LA Tech in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The short-handed UTEP tennis team fell 4-0 to LA Tech in a neutral-site match on Saturday at the UTSA Tennis Center, wrapping up a two-match conference road trip. The Miners are now 6-13 overall, 0-5 in Conference USA while the Lady Techsters moved to 9-8 on the season and 1-2 in C-USA play.

Doubles play began with the Lady Techsters advantage after the Miners were forced to forfeit no. 3 doubles due to an incomplete lineup. The Miners’ top tandem Lois Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett notched a dominating 6-2 win over LA Tech’s Karla De La Luz and Andrea Perez-Lopez to even the playing field for the doubles point.

The decisive match for the point was at no. 2 doubles, where Maria Paula Medina and Milena Baigorria fought, but fell 6-4 to the Lady Techsters’ Angela Lorenzo and Nadia Manjon.

Another forced forfeit on court six during singles play put the Miners in a 2-0 disadvantage. Medina was battling Lorenzo on court no. 4, but slipped 6-1, 6-0.

On court no. 2, Bennett stayed competitive in her tangle with Sonia Chen, who was working for her 12th straight singles win which would match the LA Tech record for longest winning streak. Bennett notched four points in the final frame, but slipped 6-2, 6-4 to Chen. Wagenvoort, who took the first set 6-4 over Manjon at the no. 1 spot, Erandi Martinez, and Baigorria’s matches were left unfinished as LA Tech clinched the match.

The Miners will turn to their final home match of the season when they host Texas A&M-Kingsville on Friday, April 13 at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club. First serve against the Javelinas is set for 12 p.m. and the team will be celebrating Senior Day for lone senior Wagenvoort.

Tennis Match Results  |  UTEP vs Louisiana Tech  |  4/7/2018 at San Antonio, Texas  |  (UTSA Tennis Center)
Louisiana Tech 4, UTEP 0  Singles competition

1. Nadja Manjon (TECH) vs. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 4-6, 3-2, unfinished
2. Sonia Chen (TECH) def. Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-2, 6-4
3. Karla De La Luz (TECH) vs. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-3, 5-1, unfinished
4. Angela Lorenzo (TECH) def. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-1, 6-0
5. Claudia Oravcova (TECH) vs. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
6. Andrea Perez-Lopez (TECH) def. No player (UTEP), by default

Doubles competition

1. Lois Wagenvoort/Raven Bennett (UTEP) def. Karla De La Luz/Andrea Perez-Lopez (TECH) 6-2
2. Angela Lorenzo/Nadja Manjon (TECH) def. Maria Paula Medina/Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-4
3. Claudia Oravcova/Sonia Chen (TECH) def. No player/No player (UTEP), by default

Match Notes:
UTEP 6-13 (0-5 C-USA)
Louisiana Tech 9-8 (1-2 C-USA)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,2)

UTEP Tennis Heads to San Antonio For Two Conference Matches

The UTEP tennis team will head to San Antonio, Texas for a two-match slate against league foes UTSA and LA Tech on April 6 and 7 at the UTSA Tennis Center.

The Miners will meet the Roadrunners on Friday at 1 p.m. CT and will return to action for a Saturday matchup against LA Tech, slated for a 1 p.m. CT start.

“Although we are shorthanded due to some injuries, we are ready to fight as much as possible for these two conference matches,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “This group has shown a lot of heart thus far and we are up for the challenge.”

The Miners (6-11 overall, 0-3 C-USA) are fresh off a 1-1 weekend after notching a 5-2 win over Angelo State, but falling short against New Mexico. Due to injuries, the team was forced to play with an incomplete lineup against the Lobos, but were able to stay competitive in the point-clinch match.

Against Angelo State, Miner freshmen Erandi Martinez and Milena Baigorria, paired together for the first time this season in doubles play, dominated the Belles’ Melanie Dreux and Lucie Maitrot 6-3 at the no. 3 doubles position, while Maria Paula Medina and Yvette van Oijen pulled out a 6-4 win at the no. 2 spot over Virginie Becht and Zoe Gubbels to seal the doubles point for the Miners.

The Orange and Blue then kept its momentum into singles play as five Miners notched set one wins leading to four singles victories. The Miners have seen solid play from Martinez, who has tallied 19 total singles wins, including a 3-1 mark playing the no. 3 spot in the lineup, while Baigorria remains strong in dual match play with a 4-1 record.

The Roadrunners (6-10 overall, 0-0 C-USA) are coming off a 4-1 loss to Marquette at home and are 2-3 in their last five contests with wins over Lamar and New Mexico State. The in-state rivals last met on April 9, 2017 at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club, with the Roadrunners running away with the 4-0 victory over the Miners.

Pacing UTSA is Laura Cabrera, who has accumulated a 12-4 overall record in singles play, including five wins playing the no. 2 spot and a flawless 4-0 at the no. 4 position.

The Runners’ Charleen Tiwari has also been strong at the no. 4 spot in the lineup with a 9-4 mark and is 10-6 overall. Tiwari pairs with Ivana Ilic in doubles play, and the tandem has a team-best six wins at the no. 3 position in the lineup.

The Lady Techsters (7-8 overall, 0-2 C-USA) host Grambling State at home on Thursday before Saturday’s matchup with the Miners in the Alamo City. LA Tech and UTEP last met on March 14, 2009 at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club, where the Miners earned the shutout 4-0 win.

Leading the Lady Techsters is Sonia Chen, who is 24-8 overall and 11-3 in dual match play, playing primarily at the no. 3 position.

Chen notched LA Tech’s lone point in a 4-1 loss to Northwestern State on Monday to extend her win streak to 10. Chen notched an ITA Regionals championship in the fall and is part of a team-high eight doubles wins with Claudia Oravcova.

The weekend’s slate will be the final regular season road trip for the Miners. They will return home for Senior Day against Texas A&M-Kingsville on April 13 at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club.

Miner Tennis Slips Against Lobos

The injury-plagued UTEP tennis team fell in a regional match to New Mexico at the El Paso Tennis and swim Club on Saturday.

Forced to forfeit one doubles match and one singles match due to an incomplete lineup from injuries, the Miners lost the 4-0 tilt to the Lobos to move to 6-11 on the season, while New Mexico evened up to a 6-6 mark.

“I think considering the situation that we’ve been under, I think we fought as hard as we could,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said.

The Lobos entered doubles play already with an advantage with the UTEP forfeit at the no. 3 doubles, but Lois Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett, paired at no. 1 doubles, and Maria Paula Medina and Milena Baigorria at the no. 2 spot, remained battling for the point.

Taking on New Mexico’s Hsiang-Wen Huang and Danielle Quevedo, Wagenvoort and Bennett worked to secure a point for the Miners, but fell 6-1. Baigorria and Medina’s match against Natasha Munday and Diana Wong was called at a 4-3 score as the doubles point went to the Lobos.

“We had a lot of opportunities at number one doubles and we just couldn’t capitalize,” Fernandez said. “I thought that we had a chance to win at number two [doubles], but playing with only two doubles instead of three puts a little bit of added pressure on everybody to try to play as perfectly as possible, knowing that’s not really realistic. We came out fighting in the doubles and showed a lot of energy and a lot of heart.”

Another forced forfeit on court six left UTEP down 2-0 in the match. Medina took on the Lobos’ Bronte Murgett at the no. 4 position, but slipped 6-0, 6-2. On court no. 5, Baigorria battled Quevedo but fell 6-2, 6-2, sealing the win for the Lobos.

Erandi Martinez notched a convincing 6-1 set one win against Yue Lin Chen at the no. 3 position, but was down 5-2 in set two when her match was left unfinished.

Bennett fell in a competitive 6-4 set one against Ruth Copas and was fighting in a 3-2 set two score before her match was left unfinished. Veteran leader Wagenvoort, playing the top position in the lineup, kept pace but fell to Wong 6-4 in set one and was leading set two 5-3 before play was called.
“We started out a little shaky on some of the singles courts, but we had our opportunities,” Fernandez said. “I think overall, we did as well as we could. Being down two-zero after doubles makes a little more pressure to be able to fight back and know that we have to win four out of the five singles, so the fact that we competed hard and we were able to hear everybody yelling and supporting each other on all the courts is really all that I can ask for in a situation like this.”

The Miners will head to the Alamo City for a two-match Conference USA slate April 6 and 7, both slated for noon-time starts. The Miners will face state-rival UTSA on April 6, then meet with LA Tech on April 7 at the UTSA Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results New Mexico vs UTEP
Mar 31, 2018 at El Paso, Texas –  El Paso Tennis and Swim Club
New Mexico 4, UTEP 0

Singles competition

1. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) vs. WONG, Diana (NM) 4-6, 5-3, unfinished
2. Raven Bennett (UTEP) vs. COPAS, Ruth (NM) 6-4, 3-2, unfinished
3. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) vs. CHEN, Yue Lin (NM) 6-1, 2-5, unfinished
4. MURGETT, Bronte (NM) def. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-0, 6-2
5. QUEVEDO, Danielle (NM) def. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) 6-2, 6-2
6. HUANG, Hsiang-Wen (NM) def. No player (UTEP), by forfeit

Doubles competition

1. HUANG, Hsiang-Wen/QUEVEDO, Danielle (NM) def. Lois Wagenvoort/Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-1
2. Maria Paula Medina/Milena Baigorria (UTEP) vs. MUNDAY, Natasha/WONG, Diana (NM) 4-3, unfinished
3. MURGETT, Bronte/RICH, Lauren (NM) def. No player/No player (UTEP), by forfeit

Match Notes:

New Mexico 6-6  |  UTEP 6-11

Miners Roll Past Belles 5-2

The UTEP tennis team jumped to a quick lead by claiming the doubles point and never looked back, taking down Angelo State 5-2 on Friday at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club. The win moved the Miners to 6-10 on the season, while Angelo State is now 12-5.

“It was a great group effort today,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “It was one of the first times in a while that we really had everybody come together and it was really exciting to hear all the cheering and all the energy from all six courts.”

Freshman duo Erandi Martinez and Milena Baigorria, paired together for the first time this season, dominated the Belles’ Melanie Dreux and Lucie Maitrot 6-3 at the no. 3 doubles position, while Maria Paula Medina and Yvette van Oijen pulled out a 6-4 win at the no. 2 spot over Virginie Becht and Zoe Gubbels to seal the doubles point for the Miners. Angelo State got a win on court one at the no. 1 position, as Lois Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett fell 6-3 to Maria Delgadillo and Ena Ovcina.

With the advantage in the match, UTEP kept its momentum into singles play as five Miners notched set one wins leading to four singles victories. Bennett, playing no. 2 in the lineup, made quick work of Yasmine Ansari 6-3, 6-0, while Martinez followed with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Zoe Gubbels at the no. 3 position to notch her 19th win of the year. Baigorria, playing on court no. 6, remained flawless in dual match play after slipping by Melanie Dreux 6-3, 7-6. With her match-clinching win, Baigorria is now 4-0 on the spring season. Medina pulled out a 6-4, 4-6, 10-2 win at the no. 4 position over the Belles’ Virginie Becht as the matches played out.

Yvette van Oijen, serving the game-clinching point in her match, was forced to retire due to injury during play. Van Oijen won the first set 6-2, but dropped set two 6-2, and was leading 5-4 in set three before sustaining her injury.

“We never want to finish a match like this with somebody getting injured, it’s very painful to watch that happen,” Fernandez said. “[Yvette] showed a lot of heart by trying to finish the match and doing everything she could for the good of the team.”

Lois Wagenvoort, playing at the top of the lineup, dropped a close match against Maria Delgadillo on court one. Wagenvoort stayed competitive throughout the match, but slipped 7-5, 7-6.

“I’m impressed with how hard Lois fought all the way to the end,” Fernandez said. “Raven played a great match, she’s been kind of on the edge these last couple of matches so I’m glad she was able to get over the hump and really finish out in a decisive way. I’m really proud of how everybody fought and how they came together. It really shows that they care about the team and they care about each other. We’re just hoping we can get some quick recovery time and be ready for the Lobos tomorrow.”

The Miners will return to action tomorrow when they host New Mexico. First serve against the Lobos is set for 12 p.m. at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club, admission is free.

Tennis Match Results : Angelo State vs UTEP  |  Mar 30, 2018 at El Paso, Texas
(El Paso Tennis and Swim Club)

UTEP 5, Angelo State 2

Singles competition

1. Maria Delgadillo (ASU) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 7-5, 7-6
2. Raven Bennett (UTEP) def. Yasmine Ansari (ASU) 6-3, 6-0
3. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Zoe Gubbels (ASU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) def. Virginie Becht (ASU) 6-4, 4-6, 10-2
5. Lucie Maitrot (ASU) def. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-2, 2-6, 4-5, retired
6. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) def. Melanie Dreux (ASU) 6-3, 7-6

Doubles competition

1. Maria Delgadillo/Ena Ovcina (ASU) def. Lois Wagenvoort/Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-3
2. Maria Paula Medina/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. Virginie Becht/Zoe Gubbels (ASU) 6-4
3. Erandi Martinez/Milena Baigorria (UTEP) def. Melanie Dreux/Lucie Maitrot (ASU) 6-3

Match Notes:
UTEP 6-10


UTEP Tennis Hosts Angelo State, Rival New Mexico

The UTEP tennis team will host a two-match home slate when Angelo State and New Mexico roll into the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club this weekend.

The Miners will battle the Rams at noon on Friday, March 30, and will take on the Lobos at noon on Saturday, March 31.

The Miners (5-10 overall, 0-3 Conference USA) are coming off a five-match stretch in Florida, where they got a win over Broward College among the stiff competition. Freshman Erandi Martinez went 2-3 during the trip with wins over Cincinnati’s Caroline Morton and Broward’s Bojana Petrovic to extend her singles win total to 18.

Yvette van Oijen also nabbed two wins, including a Conference USA victory over FAU’s Kristen Thoms. Raven Bennett and Lois Wagenvoort were paired throughout the run and kept pace with their doubles competition, but their matches were left unfinished in the point-clinch format. Alisa Morozova is closing in on 10 wins in her rookie year, as her triumph over Andrea Nevola of Broward bumped her to seven wins overall.

The freshman is undefeated on courts no. 3 and no. 4, while she holds a 1-1 record on court no. 5. Milena Baigorria is riding a three-match win streak and will look to go for four this weekend. The freshman is 3-0 in dual match play including a 2-0 mark at the no. 6 position. Baigorria worked for a 6-0, 6-3 straight-set decision over Broward College’s Mariela Declet.

The Rams (11-5 overall, 0-1 Lone Star Conference) will meet with Cameron University prior to Friday’s match, and have won seven of their last 10 matches. Angelo State is paced by sophomore Maria Delgadillo, who leads the team with a 12-3 record. Her performance in singles earned her the No. 58 spot in all of Division II women’s tennis from the ITA/Oracle rankings.

Delgadillo also boasts an 8-8 doubles record with partner Ena Ovcina, and the pair has been ranked in the top-50 in Division II this season.

Ovcina also plays a key role for the Rams, tallying a 10-5 record on court one. The Rams have also seen success at the no. 4 position from Zoe Gubbels, who is 9-4 at the spot and 12-4 overall. Gubbels is riding a nine-match win streak in singles play.

New Mexico (5-6 overall, 0-0 Mountain West) is coming off a convincing 6-1 win over Western New Mexico on March 24. The Miners and Lobos last met in a dual match on March 24, 2017, when New Mexico won 4-0 on its home court. The Lobos feature Diana Wong and Natasha Munday as its no. 1 doubles tandem.

The duo is coming off a 6-4 win over its WNM opponents, while Hsiang-Wen Huang Natasha Munday, Lauren Rich and Bronte Murgett all have 12 doubles wins. Rich holds the best winning percentage at .667 (12-6). Ruth Copas, Huang and Chen are all tied for the team lead in singles play with 11 wins this season.

Admission to both matches is free and free popcorn and team posters will be given to fans in attendance.

UTEP Tennis Takes Down Broward College

DAVIE, Fl. – Behind four singles victories, the UTEP tennis team took down Broward College 4-3 on Saturday at the Central Campus Tennis Courts in Davie, Fla. The win improved the Miners to 5-9 on the season.

Alisa Morozova got the singles run going with her 6-1, 6-0 straight-set win over Broward’s Andrea Nevola at no. 5 in the lineup. Making her debut at the top of the lineup this spring, Erandi Martinez took out the Seakhawks’ Bojana Petrovic 6-2, 6-3, while at the no. 6 spot, Milena Baigorria handled Mariela Declet 6-0, 6-3 to remain flawless in dual match play at 3-0.

The match was clinched by Yvette van Oijen’s hand at the no. 3 position as she defeated Andrea Ladera 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

“We got off to a slow start in the doubles without our no. 1 team in the lineup,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Due to some lingering injuries Lois [Wagenvoort] and Raven [Bennett] did not play singles either. Erandi [Martinez] did a great job at no. 1, winning in straight sets, followed by Alisa [Morozova] and Milena [Baigorria] at no. 5 and no. 6 singles. Yvette clinched the match for us, she was down in the deciding match and fought back to win it. I’m glad we were able to hold on for the win.”

In other singles action, Maria Paula Medina fell 6-1, 6-3 to Bianca Vitale at the no. 2 position, while Chloe Purkiss slipped up against Camille Portalier 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 at the no. 4 spot in the lineup.

In doubles play, Baigorria and Morozova were paired at the no. 3 spot and worked for an 8-6 win over Declet and Nevola. Medina and van Oijen were moved to the no. 1 position in the lineup for the first time, and fell 8-2 to Petrovic and Ladera. At the no. 2 spot, Purkiss and Martinez slipped 8-3 to Vitale and Portalier.

The Miners will close out their stand in Florida with a 1 p.m. meeting with FIU on Monday, March 19, in Miami, Fl.
Tennis Match Results
Broward College vs UTEP
Mar 17, 2018 at Davie, Fl.
(Central Campus)
UTEP 4, Broward College 3

Singles competition
1. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Bojana Petrovic (BROWARD) 6-2, 6-3
2. Bianca Vitale (BROWARD) def. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-1, 6-3
3. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. Andrea Ladera (BROWARD) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
4. Camille Portalier (BROWARD) def. Chloe Purkiss (UTEP) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Alisa Morozova (UTEP) def. Andrea Nevola (BROWARD) 6-1, 6-0
6. Milena Baigorria (UTEP) def. Mariela Declet (BROWARD) 6-0, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Bojana Petrovic/Andrea Ladera (BROWARD) def. Maria Paula Medina/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 8-2
2. Bianca Vitale/Camille Portalier (BROWARD) def. Chloe Purkiss/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 8-3
3. Milena Baigorria/Alisa Morozova (UTEP) def. Mariela Declet/Andrea Nevola (BROWARD) 8-6

Yvette Van Oijen Wins On Court No. 5, Miner Tennis Falls To FAU

BOCA RATON, Fl.- After falling in the first set 6-1, Yvette van Oijen rallied to a 6-3 set two victory and won the tie-breaker 10-6 to take down FAU’s Kristen Thoms at the no. 5 position in singles play for the graduate-transfer’s second collegiate victory.

The win got the Miners on the board, but FAU ran away with the league match 6-1 at the FAU Tennis Complex in Boca Raton, Fla. on Thursday. The Miners are now 4-9 overall, 0-2 in Conference USA, while the Owls moved to 8-5-2 overall and 2-1 in league play.

The Owls took the doubles point after garnering wins at the no. 2 and no. 3 positions in the lineup. Maria Paula Medina and van Oijen battled Natalia Boltinskaya and Jemi Aguilar at the no. 2 spot, but fell 6-1. The no. 3 tandem in Chloe Purkiss and Erandi Martinez slipped against the Owls’ Ja’Cara Gillis and Thoms 6-1.

Lois Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett’s match against Aliona Bolsova and Marisa Ruiz was left unfinished, with the FAU duo up 4-3 at the top spot.

In other singles matches, Medina stayed competitive against Gillis at the no. 4 spot, but fell 6-3, 6-4. Wagenvoort, playing no. 1 for the Miners, was tested against the no. 6 ranked player in the country in Bolsova, but was defeated 6-0, 6-0. At the no. 2 position, Bennett battled Boltinskaya, but the Owl came out on top with a 6-2, 6-3 win.

Erandi Martinez, looking for her 18th overall singles win, took on Ruiz at the no. 3 spot, but was dropped 6-2, 6-0. At the no. 6 position, Chloe Purkiss was defeated by Jennifer Leib 6-0, 6-2.

The Miners will continue play in Florida when they travel to Davie for a match against Broward College on Saturday, March 17. First serve against the Seahawks is set for 10 a.m. EDT.

Tennis Match Results
UTEP vs Florida Atlantic
Mar 15, 2018 at Boca Raton, Fla. (FAU Tennis Complex)
Florida Atlantic 6, UTEP 1
Singles results:
1. #6 Aliona Bolsova (FAU) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-0, 6-0
2. Natalia Boltinskaya (FAU) def. Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-2, 6-3
3. Marisa Ruiz (FAU) def. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-2, 6-0
4. Ja’Cara Gillis (FAU) def. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-3, 6-4
5. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. Kristen Thoms (FAU) 1-6, 6-3, 10-6
6. Jennifer Leib (FAU) def. Chloe Purkiss (UTEP) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles results:
1. Aliona Bolsova/Marisa Ruiz (FAU) vs. Lois Wagenvoort/Raven Bennett (UTEP) 4-3, unfinished
2. Natalia Boltinskaya/Jemi Aguilar (FAU) def. Maria Paula Medina/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-1
3. Ja’Cara Gillis/Kristen Thoms (FAU) def. Chloe Purkiss/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-1

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,3,2,4,5)

Erandi Martinez Notches Seventeenth Overall Singles Victory, Miners Fall To Bearcats 6-1

TAMPA, Fl.- After a straight-set victory over her Cincinnati opponent, freshman Erandi Martinez notched her 17th singles victory in her rookie year, and her seventh in dual match play this spring.

Martinez took out Caroline Morton 6-0, 6-4 at the no. 3 spot in the lineup to move to 17-8 overall, but the Bearcats got by the Miners 6-1 on Tuesday at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts in Tampa, Fla. The win put Cincinnati to 8-6 on the season, while the Miners moved to 4-7 this spring.

“Another tough loss today,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Doubles are still a work in progress. Erandi was the star today winning her match. On most of the courts we competed well in the first sets, but then we let it slip away. It is a great learning experience to play against teams from these tough conferences.”

The doubles point went to Cincinnati with wins on all three courts. Lois Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett were paired against the Bearcats’ Ioana Guna and Morton at the top of the lineup, but after earning three points for the Miners, the Cincinnati tandem pulled away for a 6-3 win. At the no. 2 position, Yvette Van Oyen and Maria Paula Medina faced Antonella Bramato and Alexia Coutino, but slipped 6-2.

Milena Baigorria and Alisa Morozova battled Emma Miceli and Ali Miller at the no. 3 spot, falling in a 6-1 tilt.

In singles action, van Oyen returned to play full of fight, pushing Cincinnati’s Emma Miceli to three sets at the no. 5 position. The graduate transfer took the first set in a convincing 6-2 fashion, but fell in the second and decisive third set 6-0, 6-1, respectively. At the top spot, Wagenvoort faced Guna, keeping pace but ultimately falling 6-3, 6-3.

Bennett, playing no. 2, was pitted against Coutino, which led to a competitive set one but ended in a 6-4, 6-1 win for the Bearcats. Playing the no. 4 position, Medina kept pace with Bramato in the first frame, but slipped 6-4, 6-0. Morozova took on Anna Philp at the no. 6 spot, but fell 6-2, 6-2. The Miners will continue their Florida tour when they head to Boca Raton to face Conference USA for Florida Atlantic on Thursday, March 15. First serve against the Owls is set for 12 p.m. MST.

Tennis Match Results  – Cincinnati vs UTEP 

Mar 13, 2018 at Tampa, Fla. (USF Varsity Tennis Courts) – Cincinnati 6, UTEP 1

Singles results:

  1. Guna, Ioana (CIN) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-3, 6-3
    2. Coutino, Alexia (CIN) def. Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-4, 6-1
    3. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Morton, Caroline (CIN) 6-0, 6-4
    4. Bramato, Antonella (CIN) def. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-4, 6-0
  2. Miceli, Emma (CIN) def. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 2-6, 6-0, 6-1
    6. Philp, Anna (CIN) def. Alisa Morozova (UTEP) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles results:

  1. Guna, Ioana/Morton, Caroline (CIN) def. Lois Wagenvoort/Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-3
    2. Bramato, Antonella/Coutino, Alexia (CIN) def. Yvette Van Oijen/Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-2
  2. Miceli, Emma/Miller, Ali (CIN) def. Milena Baigorria/Alisa Morozova (UTEP) 6-1
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