ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The UTEP women’s tennis team defeated Central Oklahoma 6-1 on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. The Orange and Blue is now 3-0 in 2016.
“Today the team found a way to get the job done against a very competitive Central Oklahoma,” head coach, Roberto Aspillaga said. “It wasn’t pretty, but being competitive isn’t that way at all times.”
The Miners got on the board early by continuing their remarkable doubles streak. Matilda Tench and Raven Bennett came out on top, 6-2 against UCO’s Alli Hodges and Anya Minakova at the No. 2 spot, while Duda Santos and Bethan Hayward topped Emilie Semo and Alix Williams, 6-2 at the No. 3 spot to give UTEP the match’s first point.
“We did a good job adjusting to a different and much faster court, it wasn’t easy but we found ways to pull through,” assistant coach, Oliver Sindayigaya said.
Lois Wagenvoort remains undefeated as she grabbed her first victory playing at the No. 1 spot for the first time in her career. The sophomore defeated Alli Hodges, 3-6, 6-2, 11-9, in a third set-breaker to claim the match for the Orange and Blue.
“I am especially proud of Lois for stepping up to the plate today. This match was her first time playing at number one and it certainly wasn’t easy,” Aspillaga said. “Even after starting behind in the match she was resilient in making the adjustments necessary to get in the match and finding a way to win. She closed the match in a high pressure third set breaker, and after having a few close losses in the fall, she is gaining the experience to close matches against high-level players. After this win, I feel that we are better prepared to face a talented Colorado squad tomorrow.”
The Miners will continue in action tomorrow, as they are set to take on Pac-12 opponent Colorado at 11 a.m. (MT).