TUCSON, Ariz. – The UTEP women’s tennis team fell to Pac-12 power Arizona, 6-1, at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Miners fell to 1-4 during the spring campaign.
“I thought we played better than yesterday. Arizona is stronger than Tulane and we were more competitive than yesterday, so that’s already better,” second-year head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “We were just a few points away from winning the doubles point, and even though we lost the point, I felt like we played better than yesterday.”
Daphne Visscher tallied the Miners’ lone victory after the senior defeated Marie Van Aelst, 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) on court no. 5.
“Daphne played very well and has played good tennis for a while now,” Aspillaga said. “She had another good day and she’s playing solid.”
The Wildcats (4-0) remain undefeated after tallying the doubles point for the early 1-0 advantage. No. 18 Lauren Marker took down Vivienne Kulicke, 6-3, 6-2, on court no. 1. Milou Pietersz won the first set, 6-4, over no. 89 Samantha Czarniak, but Pietersz fell in the next two sets, 6-0, 1-0 (10-8), on court no. 2.
“In singles, we had some matches that were better than the day before,” Aspillaga said. “ Milou played much better, especially in the first set. She also played a good tiebreaker. Sometimes concentration goes away and she has to do a better job at playing more consistent, especially in neutral situations and getting those routine shots taken care of. (Vivienne) had a very good match against Marker who’s ranked no. 18 in the country. Even thought the score was 6-3, 6-2. But I give a lot of credit to Marker for playing a little more decisively under pressure.”
The duo of Kulikce and Pietersz, however, improved to 4-1 in the spring and 14-5 overall after defeating Czarniak/Marker, 6-2, on doubles court no. 1.
“If anything, the one constructive criticism is we still need to do a better job controlling defensive situations and we need to make our opponents earn it more and make them work harder,” Aspillaga added. “Especially when the execution of attack and transitions aren’t working well. We need to defend more and stay longer on the points and make our opponents work harder. We need to do better tomorrow; Sacramento State is a very tough team and if we want to come up with the win, we’re going to have to do much better.”
UTEP will finish out the weekend against Sacramento State on Super Bowl Sunday at 9 a.m. in Tuscon.
- #18 Marker (ARIZ) def. Kulicke (UTEP) 6-3, 6-2
- #89 Czarniak (ARIZ) def. Pietersz (UTEP) 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-8)
- Chypyha (ARIZ) def. Santos (UTEP) 6-0, 6-3
- Corley (ARIZ) def. Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-0, 6-3
- Visscher (UTEP) def. Van Aelst (ARIZ) 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)
- Wesbrooks (ARIZ) def. Medina (UTEP) 6-2, 6-0
- Kulicke /Pietersz (UTEP) def. Czarniak /Marker (ARIZ) 6-2
- Corley/Aelst Van (ARIZ) def. Santos/Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-2
- Chypyha/Wesbrooks (ARIZ) def. Bennett/Visscher (UTEP) 6-4