The UTEP women’s team defeated Northern Arizona 5-2 on Friday at the El Paso Country Club.
“This is a good win for us,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “NAU is a well-coached team with new players at the top of their lineup. They were coming from a great win against the Big Sky champ, Idaho, and I knew it was going to be a challenging match”
The Miners lost the doubles point as NAU won at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. No. 107 Vivienne Kulicke and Duda Santos fell at the top spot, 6-3. Daphne Visscher and Lois Wagenvoort then downed NAU’s No. 2 doubles, 7-6. The Lumberjacks claimed the doubles point in the match with their 6-1 win at No. 3 doubles over Matilda Tench and Raven Bennett.
“We have to do a better job communicating and imposing plays on our terms in doubles, but the singles were very good across the board,” said Aspillaga.
The Orange and Blue bounced back to win five of the six singles matches.
No. 107 Kulicke started things off for UTEP with her 6-1, 6-1, win at No. 1 singles over Hanneke Lodewijks to even the match score at 1-1.
Santos gave the Miners a 2-1 edge with her 6-4, 6-4, win over Marta Lewandowska at No. 3 singles.
The Lumberjack’s Hailey Rochin tied the match at 2-2 with her 6-4, 6-4, win at No. 4 singles over Visscher. It was the last scoring in the match for NAU.
At No. 5 singles, Tench defeated Jordan Denesik, 6-2, 7-6, as UTEP regained the match lead, 3-2, with two matches still playing. Bennett closed out Eirene Granville, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, at No. 6 singles to secure the match win for the Miners.
Wagenvoort’s match with Blanka Szavay at No. 2 singles was the last match being played. Wagenvoort won the first set, 6-4, lost the second set, 4-6, and won the third set tie-breaker, 7-6, to complete the match score at 5-2.
“A big thank you to El Paso Country Club for hosting us today. We enjoyed playing there and we look forward to doing more events with them in the future.”
UTEP Women’s Tennis will continue in action on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the El Paso Tennis Club in a matchup against the Wyoming Cowgirls.