FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.– The UTEP women’s tennis team fell to Utah State in a neutral site match at the Aquatic and Tennis Complex in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Aggies edged the Miners 4-3 in a down-to-the-wire match. The Miners are now 4-9 on the spring season while the Aggies improved to 8-3.
Tied at three apiece, the deciding match was between the Aggies’ Hannah Jones and UTEP’s Lois Wagenvoort on court five. Jones broke a tiebreaker in the first set, then ran away with the second set to secure the Utah State victory after a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win.
The Miners’ doubles tandem Vivienne Kulicke and Milou Pietersz, ranked No. 55 in Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, took down the Aggies’ Maggie O’Meara and Ekaterina Tugarinova 6-3 on court one, but Utah State garnered wins on courts two and three to earn the doubles point. Utah State’s Nini Guensler and Sabrina Demerath defeated Duda Santos and Lois Wagenvoort 6-4 and Lucy Octave and Jenna Kane beat Daphne Visscher and Raven Bennett 6-2.
Down 1-0, Kulicke quickly put the Miners on the board with her singles victory on court one. Kulicke dominated Nini Guensler in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. On court three, Visscher fell to Octave 6-3, 7-5 but Bennett, continuing her strong play this weekend, evened up the match again at two-all with her clutch 6-4, 7-5, victory over Demerath at the No. 6 spot.
Santos gave the Miners a brief lead after beating Monika Van de Vondel 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 on court four, another close match on court 2 went in the Aggies’ favor as Tugarinova slipped past Pietersz 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
That left the deciding match on court five, where Jones sealed the Utah State victory.
The Miners will return to action on Sunday, March 12, when they travel to Fullerton, Calif., to face off against Cal State Fullerton.