UTEP Tennis Edged Out By Northern Arizona, 4-3

Feb. 3, 2012

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EL PASO, TEXAS– Marie LeBlond extended her win streak to three while Rebeca Calvillo and Dariya Abdrakhmanova also picked up victories but UTEP was ultimately held off by Northern Arizona, 4-3, at the El Paso Tennis Club Friday afternoon.

The Lumberjacks (1-1) claimed the doubles point and the early lead, but the Miners (1-3) made things interesting with a renewed effort in singles action. UTEP received triumphs at No. 2, No. 5 and No. 6 singles, but was saddled with three-set losses at No. 3 and No.4 to go along with its top player (Martina Trierweiler) being forced to retire.

“We are getting better every match,” UTEP head coach Victor Aguilar said. “Northern Arizona is a good team. We fought hard, and are getting there.”

Trierweiler/Calvillo set the tone at doubles with a resounding 8-2 win against Malia Wahinepio/Nicole Perez at the top slot. It would not be enough, however, with Johanna Vang/Hannah Stone downing Gabi Vazquez/Carolina DeLuca, 8-2, at the No. 2 position and Alice Pacaut/Ghizelena Doballah dispatching Abdrakhmanova/LeBlond, by the same score at No. 3.

The Miners regrouped and looked much sharper in singles play. LeBlond cruised past Pacaut, 6-3, 7-5, at No. 6 while Calvillo handled Stone, 7-5, 6-1, at No. 2. Abdrakhmanova won the points when they mattered most in a 6-4, 7-6 conquest against Perez at No. 5 singes, putting the Miners just one win shy of completing the rally.

It did not come to fruition, though, with Trierweiler retiring after dropping the first set to Doballah, 7-6. Wahinepio lost the first set against DeLuca, 2-6, only to strike back in the second and third sets, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 3 singles. Vazquez was stricken with a similar fate, coming up shy, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, to Vang at No. 4.

The Miners will look to bounce back when they play host to Air Force at 12 p.m. MST Sunday.

Northern Arizona 4, UTEP 3

Singles competition

1. DOBALLAH, Ghizelene (NAU) def. Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) 7-6, retired

2. Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) def. STONE, Hannah (NAU) 7-5, 6-1

3. WAHINEPIO, Malia (NAU) def. Carolina DeLuca (UTEP) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5

4. VANG, Johanna (NAU) def. Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1

5. Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) def. PEREZ, Nicole (NAU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)

6. Marie LeBlond (UTEP) def. PACAUT, Alice (NAU) 6-3, 7-5

Doubles competition

1. Martina Trierweiler/Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) def. PEREZ, Nicole/WAHINEPIO, Malia (NAU) 8-2

2. VANG, Johanna/STONE, Hannah (NAU) def. Gabi Vazquez/Carolina DeLuca (UTEP) 8-2

3. DOBALLAH, Ghizelene/PACAUT, Alice (NAU) def. Dariya Abdrakhmanova/Marie LeBlond (UTEP) 8-2



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