BOULDER, Colo.- The UTEP women’s tennis team had a stellar showing against Colorado, defeating the Buffaloes 4-2 at the CU South Campus Tennis Complex in Boulder, Colorado, on Sunday. The win improved the Miners to 4-7 on the spring season while the Buffaloes marked their second loss, giving them a 7-2 record.
“Hats off to the girls for getting up from a tough loss to Wyoming, where the conditions were very difficult and we had everything going against us, and all the credit to our players for just getting up and competing really hard today,” second-year head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “I’m very proud of each one of them.”
The Miners jumped out to a quick start on the match, taking victories on courts two and three to earn the doubles point. Duda Santos and Lois Wagenvoort defeated Colorado’s Nuria Ormeño Ruiz and Kyra Wojcik 6-2 at the No. 2 spot for doubles, while Daphne Visscher and Raven Bennett handled Annabelle Andrinopoulos and Brigitte Beck 6-2 to clinch the point in favor of the Miners. Vivienne Kulicke and Milou Pietersz’s match on court one against the Buffaloes’ Louise Ronaldson and Chole Hule was unfinished.
Bennett continued her winning ways in singles play, grabbing another point for the Miners on court 6 by taking out Colorado’s Beck in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
“Raven did incredible, she just competed really hard and did everything she had to do to make her opponent uncomfortable,” Aspillaga said. “Her energy could be heard from every corner of this facility. I think that her finishing her singles match first just carried on to every court and gave a lot of confidence to the rest of the team to compete and push and get it done.”
The Buffs’ got their first match points on courts three and four when Andrinopoulos defeated Santos 7-6, 6-3 and Hue won 6-4, 6-4 over Visscher, but UTEP’s No. 1 Kulicke extended the Miner’s lead to 3-2 when she took down Ormeño Ruiz 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Pietersz, playing at the No. 2 spot for the Miners, was leading Ronaldson 6-4, 4-6, 5-2 before her match was left unfinished.
“Vivienne played one of the best players in the country, in my opinion, and just stayed tough in a high quality match,” Aspillaga said. “It came to the wire at the very end and she was able to pick up her serve and squeeze through her with a lot of toughness.
“Milou did phenomenal today, what makes me the most happy about her match is the consistency she played. She played at a high level throughout the entire match and didn’t have any ups-and-downs, she was in a position to close for us if she had more time so I’m really, really happy with her performance as well.”
Wagenvoort put the finishing touches on the UTEP victory, sealing the match with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Wojcik.
“Lois played a very disiplined match,” Aspillaga said. “Her clinching the match speaks on how poised she was throughout the whole match.“
The Miners will return to action March 3 when they head to Flagstaff, Ariz., to dual against Northern Arizona. First serve is set for 2 p.m. MT.