MINERS
UTEP Tennis Falls to Texas State

Freshman Daphne Visscher

Freshman Daphne Visscher

Feb. 1, 2014

SAN MARCOS, Texas - The UTEP women's tennis team fell victim to Texas State, 5-2, on Saturday at the Bobcat Tennis Complex.

"Today's match really is a heartbreaker. Similarly to yesterday, we had four three-set tie-breakers and very close matches across the board, but in the end it didn't go our way," head coach Myriam Sopel said. "This is by far the best level of tennis I've seen the girls play ever since I arrived. They played very well and fought very hard until the very last point. Again, it came down to a few points in these tie-breakers and this extra push of confidence we still need to acquire."

The Miners (0-2) lost the doubles point, falling in all three matches. UTEP newcomers, junior Davina Meza and freshman Daphne Visscher notched the only wins in singles play.

"I am so proud of the girls' level of effort and intensity today, and they showed so much resilience," Sopel said. "This loss is tough, but the tight scores show that this team has so much potential, and with an extra push of confidence on important points, we can beat any team on a given day."

Meza topped Monica Pieratt, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 2 position while Visscher earned her first-career dual match victory, defeating Katy Collins, 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 10-8, at the No. 5 spot.

The Miners will take on new Conference USA foe UTSA on Sunday (9 a.m. MT) in San Antonio, Texas.

"UTSA will be a tough one as they just come out of a good win against McNeese State," Sopel said. But I know the girls will We have to start strong and believe that we can actually compete with these teams and beat them."

Singles competition

1. Jessica Kahts (TXST) def. Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) 6-3, 3-6, 10-7

2. Davina Meza (UTEP) def. Monica Pieratt (TXST) 6-3, 6-3

3. Shannon Beckett (TXST) def. Marie LeBlond (UTEP) 7-6, 2-6, 10-8

4. Ana Laura Gutierrez (TXST) def. Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 3-6, 6-1, 12-10

5. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) def. Katy Collins (TXST) 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 10-8

6. Eva Dench (TXST) def. Matilda Rose Tench (UTEP) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles competition

1. Jessica Kahts/Ana Laura Gutierrez (TXST) def. Rebeca Calvillo/Davina Meza (UTEP) 6-3

2. Monica Pieratt/Shannon Beckett (TXST) def. Matilda Rose Tench/Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 7-6 (7-3)

3. Katy Collins/Eva Dench (TXST) def. Marie LeBlond/Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 6-4