The UTEP tennis team (4-7) won all three doubles matches before picking up wins at positions three through six in singles action on the way to a 5-2 home vanquishing of Montana State (2-8) Saturday afternoon.
“We got off to a great start by winning all three doubles matches,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “I knew the singles were going to be a battle. Lina (Sáchica) was able to get her win quickly followed by Elena (Dibattista) getting her first win of her career…then Thássane (Abrahim) fought back after losing the first set to clinch the match for us in three sets. Kell (Kathleen Percegona) was also able to win in three sets. It was a solid team effort today. It was great to win from 3-6 in the lineup, which is something we have not done this semester. I’m very proud of the girls and the effort they gave today.”
Vanessa Valdez and Lina Sáchica started things off by toppling Caitlin Ward and Evi Buijsen, 6-3, at No. 2 doubles. Kathleen Percegona and Maria Aveiga followed suit with a 6-3 dispatching of Laura Mary and Linnea Fristam at the No. 1 position.
For good measure Eve Daniels and Thássane Abrahim made it a clean sweep with a 7-6 dispatching of Mirte Van Baelen and JJ Chen at No. 3 doubles.
UTEP kept things going once singles action commenced, with Sáchica cruising to a 6-1, 6-2, triumph over Van Baelen at No. 3 singles. The Miners extended the lead to 3-0 after the Italian Dibattista took down Daphne Haverkamp, 6-3, 6-1, for her first career victory. The effort came at No. 6 singles.
MSU got a win at No. 1 singles after Mary snuck past Valdez, 6-2, 6-2, but the Orange and Blue immediately struck back. Abrahim dropped the first set to Chen, 6-0, at No. 5 singles, but she regrouped and claimed the final two sets, 6-4, 6-4, to clinch the match for the home side.
UTEP then got another three-set victory, this time with Percegona besting Ward, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, at No. 4 singles.
Martinez battled only to come up shy in three sets to Fristam, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 2 singles, but by that point UTEP had already clinched the match.
UTEP will shoot for its second straight win when it plays host to Wyoming at 10 a.m. MT Sunday. The match will be contested at the El Paso Tennis Club, and admission is free.
Montana State vs UTEP
Feb 29, 2020 at El Paso, Texas
(El Paso Tennis Club)
UTEP 5, Montana State 2
- Laura Mary (MSU) def. Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) 6-2, 6-2
- Linnea Fristam (MSU) def. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
- Lina Sáchica (UTEP) def. Mirte Van Baelen (MSU) 6-1, 6-2
- Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) def. Caitlin Ward (MSU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
- Thássane Abrahim (UTEP) def. JJ Chen (MSU) 0-6, 6-4, 6-4
- Elena Dibattista (UTEP) def. Daphne Haverkamp (MSU) 6-3, 6-1
- Kathleen Percegona/Maria Aveiga (UTEP) def. Laura Mary/Linnea Fristam (MSU) 6-3
- Vanessa Valdez/Lina Sáchica (UTEP) def. Caitlin Ward/Evi Buijsen (MSU) 6-3
- Eve Daniels/Thássane Abrahim (UTEP) def. Mirte Van Baelen/JJ Chen (MSU) 7-6
Montana State 2-8 | UTEP 4-7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,6,1,5,4,2)