ABILENE, Texas- Miner duo Vivian Kulicke and Milou Pietersz upset TCU’s No. 16 ranked (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) doubles team of Donika Bashota and Olaya Garrido-Rivas, but the UTEP tennis team fell to both TCU and Abilene Christian University on Saturday.
UTEP VS TCU
Kulicke and Pietersz brought the highlight of the day by taking down TCU’s No. 16 doubles tandem in Bashota and Garrido-Rivas 6-1. It was the only doubles win against TCU for the Miners, as the Horned Frogs claimed the final two doubles matches 7-5 and 6-4.
In singles play, the sole win for UTEP came from Kulicke, who defeated TCU’s Bashota 6-2, 6-4.
TCU took the 5-1 win over the Miners.
UTEP VS ACU
The Miners took a 3-0 lead but could not hold on, falling to ACU 4-3 in the final dual match in Abilene.
Kulicke and Pietersz stayed flawless throughout the day, grabbing another doubles win against ACU’s Whitney Williams and Lucile Pothier 7-5. Also tallying a win in doubles play was Daphne Visscher and Raven Bennett, taking out the Wildcat duo of Autumn Crossnoe and Jordan Henry 6-4.
Kulicke had her second consecutive undefeated weekend, sealing it with a win in singles play over Lucile Pothier 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Lois Wagenvoort was the only other singles win for the Miners by defeating Williiams 6-4, 6-4.
The Miners will be back in action Jan. 28 against Oklahoma. First serve in Norman, Okla. will be at 9 a.m. MT.