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The UTEP tennis team will christen its fall season when it partakes in the NM State Aggie Invite Friday through Sunday (Sept. 17-19) in Las Cruces.
It marks the first fall tournament in two years for the Miners, who will join host NM State, Abilene Christian, Arizona Christian, New Mexico, New Mexico Military Institute and Western New Mexico to comprise the field.
“We have been working very hard the last three weeks to prepare for not only this weekend but for entire fall schedule,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “I am really looking forward to watching the team play this weekend against some very solid competition. Regardless of the results this weekend, we are very grateful to be playing again this fall. The experience from these tournaments will be crucial for our success in the spring.”
The tournament, which UTEP has been a staple in, is the first of four this fall for the Orange and Blue. The Miners will begin the month of October by competing at the SDSU Fall Invitational (Oct. 1-3). The prestigious ITA Mountain Region Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., will be held Oct. 13-17. UTEP wraps up its fall season at the North Texas Mean Green Invitational (Nov. 5-7).
The Miners have a veteran squad, with seven returnees leading the way. Freshman Laura Schmitz from Germany is the lone newcomer.