The UTEP women’s tennis team picked up two singles victories on the opening day of the USTA/ITA Jack Kramer Invitational in Los Angeles, while Vivienne Kulicke and Milou Pietersz completed the first day of the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Raven Bennett, Daphne Visscher, Lois Wagenvoort and Maria Paula Medina represented the Orange and Blue in both singles and doubles action of the tournament.
In the singles round of 64, Bennett faced a tough match against Georgetown’s senior Victoire Saperstein, where she fell to the Las Vegas, Nev. native, 5-7, 1-6. Wagenvoort also faced a tough opponent in the opening round. The junior took on Brooke Rischbieth, a sophomore from Northwestern but also lost in the opening round, 4-6, 5-7.
Daphne Visscher picked a victory in the round of 64 as she defeated UC Riverside’s Sara Khattab, 6-3, 6-2. Medina also won her first-round matchup, taking down Cassidy Branstine from UC Irvine, 6-3, 6-3.
Visscher and Medina moved onto the round of 32, where Visscher was topped by Northestern’s Alexandria Chatt, 3-6, 2-6 and Medina lost, 2-6, 0-6, to South Carolina’s Caroline B. Dailey, the second seed in the tournament.
In doubles, Bennett and Visscher paired up for the Miners but they were defeated by Georgetown’s tandem, which included Risa Nakagawa and Saperstein, 3-8. The other UTEP team consisted of Wagenvoort and Medina, who were also topped, 2-8, by Georgia Lawson and Katerina Stloukalova.
The Jack Kramer Invitational will continue on Friday as the Miners compete in singles and doubles once again.
Meanwhile in New York, in the first round of competition, Kulicke and Pietersz faced seniors Diana Bogalii and Rosalie Willig of Lynn University. It was a close battle between the two teams but the Lynn duo came out with a 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory in the opening round.
“Vivienne and Milou played an excellent match in the first round”, head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “Unfortunately we did not serve well enough and our margins were slim. All the credit to a confident and talented Lynn team who came with a chip on their shoulder and out played us.”
Pietersz and Kulicke then moved on to the first round of doubles consolation to match up against seniors Kristina Hovsepyan and Alexandra Stanova from Maryland. The Miners defeated the Maryland team, 1-6, 7-6 (5), 1-0 (7) and will move on to the final round of the consolation bracket on Friday.
“After a very slow first set, Vivienne and Milou stepped up their serves and returns and started using lobs very effectively”, Aspillaga said. “Quality win for the girls as this Maryland duo was ranked as high as 42 in the country and had great wins over Virgina, Virgina Tech and VCU in order to win their regional championship and qualify.”
The next match up for UTEP will be against a pair from Michigan, Brienne Minor and Mira Ruder-Hook.
2016 Jack Kramer Inviational Results | Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
Singles Round of 64
Raven Bennett lost to Victoire Saperstein (Georgetown), 5-7, 1-6
Lois Wagenvoort lost to Brooke Rischbieth (Northwestern), 4-6, 5-7
Daphne Visscher def. Sara Khattab (UCR), 6-3, 6-2
Maria Paula Medina def. Cassidy Branstine (UCI), 6-3, 6-3
Singles Round of 32
Daphne Visscher lost to Alexandria Chatt (Northwestern), 3-6, 2-6
Maria Paula Medina lost to Caroline B. Dailey (2)(South Carolina), 2-6, 0-6
Doubles Round of 32
Bennett/Visscher lost to Nakagawa/Saperstein (Georgetown), 3-8
Medina/Wagenvoort lost to Lawson/Stloukalova (Fresno St.), 2-8
Day 1 Results | ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Doubles Main Draw
Kulicke/Pietersz lost to Bogalii/Willig (Lynn), 4-6, 6-7 (4)
Kulicke/Pietersz defeated Hovsepyan/ Stanova (Maryland), 1-6, 7-6, 10-7