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UTEP Tennis Concludes Saturday Action

TUCSON, Ariz. – The UTEP women’s tennis team completed the second day of the Wildcat Invitational with four victories in singles and two in doubles.

Milou Pietersz and Lois Wagenvoort went up against Ludivine Burguire and Ruth Copas from UNM, but lost, 7-5, in the semi-final round of the Red Flight Doubles bracket. The duo then defeated Miriam Rosell and Kylee Kato, 6-2, for a third-place finish in the bracket.

In Blue Flight Doubles, Daphne Visscher and Raven Bennett battled it out against Vanessa Valdez and Lindsay Harlas of NM State but dropped the semi-final match, 6-3, to the pair of Aggies. Visscher and Bennett took on Maggie Cohen and Sophia Thomas from Arizona in their second doubles match, which determined the third-place winner of the bracket. The pair won the match with a 6-3 score over the Wildcat duo for a top-three finish.

Both Visscher and Pietersz saw victories in their singles matches in the consolation round of the Red Flight Singles bracket. Visscher topped Marta Lewandowska, 6-1, 6-2, while Pietersz defeated Lina Hallgren of UTSA, 6-1, 6-2.

Medina and Bennett had similar results in Blue Flight Singles. Medina defeated Arizona’s Alex Taylor, 6-4, 6-1, in the consolation semi-final round and Bennett won her match against Sophia Thomas, 6-4, 6-3, and will move on to the championship round on Sunday against NAU’s Hailey Rochin.

Vivienne Kulicke also competed Saturday at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Los Angeles, Calif. The junior dropped her first-round match, 3-6, 6-4, 1-6, to Ohio State’s Miho Kowase. In her second match, Kulicke fell to Shannon Hudson of Arkansas, 6-3, 6-1.

Action will continue Sunday at the Wildcat Invitational with a round of doubles and a round of singles

*Wildcat Invitational Day 2 Results*
RED FLIGHT DOUBLES
Milou Pietersz/Lois Wagenvoort lost to Ludivine Burguiere/ Ruth Copas (UNM), 7-5

Milou Pietersz/Lois Wagenvoort def. Miriam Rosell/Kylee Kato (UTSA), 6-2

 

BLUE FLIGHT DOUBLES
Daphne Visscher/Raven Bennett lost to Vanessa Valdez/Lindsay Harlas (NM State), 6-3

Daphne Visscher/Raven Bennett def. Maggie Cohen/Sophia Thomas (Arizona), 6-3

 

RED FLIGHT SINGLES
Daphne Visscher def. Marta Lewandowska (NAU), 6-1, 6-2

Milou Pietersz def. Lina Hallgren (UTSA), 6-1, 6-0

 

BLUE FLIGHT SINGLES
Maria Paula Medina def. Alex Taylor (Arizona), 6-4, 6-1

Raven Bennett def. Sophia Thomas (Arizona), 6-4, 6-3

 

*Riviera/ITA All-American Championships*
No. 101 Vivienne Kulicke lost to No. 99 Miho Kowase (Ohio State), 3-6, 6-4, 1-6

No. 101 Vivienne Kulicke lost to Shannon Hudson (Arkansas), 6-3, 6-1

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