BOCA RATON, Fl.- After falling in the first set 6-1, Yvette van Oijen rallied to a 6-3 set two victory and won the tie-breaker 10-6 to take down FAU’s Kristen Thoms at the no. 5 position in singles play for the graduate-transfer’s second collegiate victory.
The win got the Miners on the board, but FAU ran away with the league match 6-1 at the FAU Tennis Complex in Boca Raton, Fla. on Thursday. The Miners are now 4-9 overall, 0-2 in Conference USA, while the Owls moved to 8-5-2 overall and 2-1 in league play.
The Owls took the doubles point after garnering wins at the no. 2 and no. 3 positions in the lineup. Maria Paula Medina and van Oijen battled Natalia Boltinskaya and Jemi Aguilar at the no. 2 spot, but fell 6-1. The no. 3 tandem in Chloe Purkiss and Erandi Martinez slipped against the Owls’ Ja’Cara Gillis and Thoms 6-1.
Lois Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett’s match against Aliona Bolsova and Marisa Ruiz was left unfinished, with the FAU duo up 4-3 at the top spot.
In other singles matches, Medina stayed competitive against Gillis at the no. 4 spot, but fell 6-3, 6-4. Wagenvoort, playing no. 1 for the Miners, was tested against the no. 6 ranked player in the country in Bolsova, but was defeated 6-0, 6-0. At the no. 2 position, Bennett battled Boltinskaya, but the Owl came out on top with a 6-2, 6-3 win.
Erandi Martinez, looking for her 18th overall singles win, took on Ruiz at the no. 3 spot, but was dropped 6-2, 6-0. At the no. 6 position, Chloe Purkiss was defeated by Jennifer Leib 6-0, 6-2.
The Miners will continue play in Florida when they travel to Davie for a match against Broward College on Saturday, March 17. First serve against the Seahawks is set for 10 a.m. EDT.
Tennis Match Results
UTEP vs Florida Atlantic
Mar 15, 2018 at Boca Raton, Fla. (FAU Tennis Complex)
Florida Atlantic 6, UTEP 1
1. #6 Aliona Bolsova (FAU) def. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) 6-0, 6-0
2. Natalia Boltinskaya (FAU) def. Raven Bennett (UTEP) 6-2, 6-3
3. Marisa Ruiz (FAU) def. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-2, 6-0
4. Ja’Cara Gillis (FAU) def. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-3, 6-4
5. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) def. Kristen Thoms (FAU) 1-6, 6-3, 10-6
6. Jennifer Leib (FAU) def. Chloe Purkiss (UTEP) 6-0, 6-2
1. Aliona Bolsova/Marisa Ruiz (FAU) vs. Lois Wagenvoort/Raven Bennett (UTEP) 4-3, unfinished
2. Natalia Boltinskaya/Jemi Aguilar (FAU) def. Maria Paula Medina/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-1
3. Ja’Cara Gillis/Kristen Thoms (FAU) def. Chloe Purkiss/Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,3,2,4,5)