TEMPE, Ariz.- UTEP women’s tennis doubles team of Vivienne Kulicke and Milou Pietersz were once again ranked in this week’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Division I rankings.
The Miners came in at No. 55 of the top 60 pairs in the country mentioned. The duo, which is 8-1 this spring season and 18-5 since the fall, were previously ranked No. 48 in the Feb. 8 ITA rankings.
Since the last rankings, Kulicke and Pietersz tallied a 6-1 win over Houston’s Tsveta Dimitrova and Cristina Rovira as well as a 6-2 victory over Nebraska Kearney’s Ana Royo and Camryn Parnell. Matches against Wyoming and Colorado were unfinished as the Miners had already clinched the doubles point.
The Miner duo has also registered wins over Abilene Christian, UT-Arlington, Tulane, Arizona, Sacramento State and, most notably, a 6-1 upset of TCU’s then-No. 16 ranked Donika Bashota and Olaya Garrido-Rivas. Bashota and Garrido-Rivas are now ranked No. 13 in doubles.
Oklahoma’s Lily Miyazaki, then-ranked No. 10, and Julie Byrne gave the duo its only loss, 6-3. Miyazaki is now No. 22.
Kulicke and Pietersz, who also play the No. 1 and 2 spots in singles respectively, won the USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Championship in October, marking the first time in program history that a doubles team claimed a championship at the event. The pair advanced to the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y. but ultimately fell in the consolation final to Michigan.
The Miners will return to action Friday (March 3) when they head to Flagstaff, Arizona to take on Northern Arizona in the first of three dual matches this weekend. First serve is at 2 p.m. MT.
IRVING, Texas- After two consecutive weeks of flawless play, UTEP women’s tennis star Vivienne Kulicke was named the Conference USA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 24.
The accolade comes after her efforts with partner Milou Pietersz to knock off the No. 16 nationally ranked (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) doubles team out of TCU Donika Bashota and Olaya Garrido-Rivas 6-1 and took down both her TCU and Abilene Christian opponents on Saturday.
The junior is now on a 5-0 start in the spring singles play, starting with her performance on Jan. 15 that garnered her the TCU Spring Invitational singles co-champion as well as 4-1 in doubles play with Pietersz.
The Hamburg, Germany, native was ranked No. 101 in the ITA preseason poll in September and will be anticipating breaking into the rankings this week. This is Kulicke’s first C-USA award of the season and the second of her career.
The UTEP women’s tennis team was named an ITA All-Academic team and had five players honored as ITA Scholar Athletes, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Thursday.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any program that fashions a team grade point average of 3.20 or above. In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must have a grade point average of at least 3.50, be a varsity letter winner and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
The Miners earned team recognition by having a cumulative team grade point average of 3.53 on the year and student-athletes, Raven Bennett, Bethan Hayward, Vivienne Kulicke, Duda Santos and Lois Wagenvoort held a grade point average of 3.50 for the current academic year to secure the Scholar Athlete title.
Earlier this year, the entire eight-member team was placed on the 2016 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and claimed five C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medals. The squad was also awarded the Athletic Director’s Academic Award for its outstanding GPA at the 42nd annual Dinner with the Miners last month.
KALTENKIRCHEN, Germany – UTEP tennis junior Vivienne Kulicke made a successful run through the main draw of the ITF $10,000 Future Nord Tournament in Kaltenkirchen, Germany this past week. Kulicke earned the first WTA point of her career in the process.
Kulicke previously won another event to receive a wild card to the main draw of the Future Nord tournament by defeating Juliane Triebe (No. 48 in Germany) and Lena Greiner (16 U German Champion).
In the first round of the tournament this week, Kulicke defeated Linn Timmermann (2-6, 6-0, 6-1) to earn her first career victory in a pro match. Timmermann is from 48th-ranked Georgia State, where she played primarily at the top spot in singles and doubles for the 2016 season.
Kulicke’s amazing run finally came to an end when she dropped a hard-fought 0-6, 4-6 match to number one seed and WTA No. 429-ranked Katharina Lehnert in the second round of action. Lehnert is a Philippine Fed Cup player.