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UTEP Tennis Battles Oklahoma Saturday, UTA Monday

The UTEP women’s tennis team will look to bounce back from a hard fought 0-2 weekend when they travel to Norman, Okla. to take on the Oklahoma Sooners (0-0) on Saturday and Arlington, Texas to face UT Arlington (1-0) on Monday.

First serve against the Sooners at the Headington Family Tennis Center is 4 p.m. MT. The Miners will compete against the Mavericks at 10 a.m. MT at the UTA Tennis Center.

Representing the Miners will be Vivienne Kulicke, Milou Pietersz, Daphne Visscher, Raven Bennett, Maria Paula Medina, Duda Santos and Lois Wagenvoort.

Kulicke, who was named the C-USA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, will be putting her undefeated record (5-0) on the line. The Hamburg, Germany, native has not lost a singles match since October 14, 2016, when she fell to Denver’s Bianca Mok 6-3, 6-4 at 2016 USTA/ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Mountain Regionals.

Fresh off an upset of the No. 16 ranked team out of TCU, Kulicke and Pietersz will look to improve on their 2-0 dual match record. Another notable UTEP pair is Bennett and Visscher, who hold a 1-1 record in dual matches.

Oklahoma boasts the No. 10 (ITA) ranked singles player in the nation in Lily Miyazaki. The junior from Tokyo, Japan, is one of only three Big 12 players ranked and is part of the No. 49 (ITA) ranked tandem with Julie Byrne. Miyazaki won the ITA Central Regional singles title in October, marking the first Sooner to claim it since 2009.

UT Arlington opened the 2017 campaign with a road win over a previously ranked Houston team. The Mavericks came away with a 4-2 victory. UT Arlington will look to protect its 23-match home winning streak against the Miners. UTEP leads the match series against the Mavericks 3-0.

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