The UTEP tennis team will kick off its 2017 fall season when it travels to Las Vegas, Nev. to compete in the UNLV Invitational under the direction of Ivan Fernandez in his debut as the Miners’ head coach.
Fernandez , who served as head coach at NM State for seven years and led the Aggies to four consecutive berths in the Western Athletic Conference championship match, was named women’s tennis head coach at UTEP on June 5, 2017.
The UNLV Invitational will run from Friday, Sept. 22, through Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex in Las Vegas, Nev. The Miners will be joined by host UNLV, Long Beach State, NAU, Washington State and Boise State.
“This is a very exciting time for UTEP tennis. The start of a new era,” Fernandez said. “The team has been working hard these last few weeks and is ready for some competition. I know with our dedication and commitment to keep improving, we will get better every day.”
Making the trip for UTEP are returners senior Lois Wagenvoort and junior Maria Paula Medina, who will be joined by freshman newcomers Erandi Martinez, Milena Baigorria, and Alisa Morozova.
The UNLV Invitational will feature five flights of singles and three flights of doubles.
Medina and Baigorria will team up for UTEP’s first doubles draw on Friday at 10 a.m. (PT) and will battle it out with UNLV’s Aiwen Zhu and En-Pei Huang while Martinez and Morozova will take on Long Beach State’s Sadaf Sadeghvaziri and Maren Helgo in the second doubles draw, also at 10 a.m. (PT).
The No. 2 singles draw will pit Wagenvoort against the Rebel’s Huang on Friday at 11 a.m. (PT) and Medina will battle it out with Long Beach State’s Georgia Gulin in the No. 3 singles draw at 12:30 p.m. (PT) that same day.
Martinez and Baigorria will both compete in the No. 4 singles draw on Friday at 12:30 p.m. (MT). Martinez will face UNLV’s Izumi Asano and Baigorria will take on Washington State’s Ege Tomey.
All doubles matches will be played as eight-game pro sets. Friday will represent the quarterfinal round of the invitational in all six draws, with the semifinals and finals to follow on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. There will also be a consolation draw in each bracket, guaranteeing three matches for every player/pair for the weekend.
2017 UNLV WOMEN’S TENNIS FALL INVITATIONAL
FRIDAY-Play begins at 10:30 a.m. PT
SATURDAY-Play begins at 10 a.m. PT
SUNDAY-Play begins at 10 a.m. PT