UTEP Tennis Comes Up Short At Houston, 4-3
Feb. 13, 2011
HOUSTON, TEXAS- The UTEP tennis team picked up the doubles point while also getting singles triumphs from Rebeca Calvillo and Alexandra Glebova but it wasn't enough in a 4-3 loss at Houston in its Conference USA opener Sunday afternoon.
The Miners (0-7) rolled out to the early team lead behind victories at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Calvillo was dominant at No. 3 singles as was Glebova at the fourth slot but the Cougars (6-2) got it done at the other courts to post the come-from-behind triumph.
"Everyone played well," UTEP head coach Victor Aguilar said. "We just came up a little bit short in the end."
Glebova/Ximena Fuentes took care of business at No. 2 doubles against the pairing of Celia Fraser/Jo Garvey, with an 8-4 triumph. Also landing in the win column, which ensured the doubles point, were Calvillo/Marie LeBlond at the third spot. The duo secured a hard-fought 9-7 win against Elena Kazakova/Joanna Kacprzyk.
Martina Trierweiler/Carolina DeLuca could not get on track at the top position, falling by a final count of 8-2 against Giorgia Pozzan/Bryony Hunter.
Action then switched to singles where UTEP was looking to pick up three wins in order to register the team triumph. Calvillo did her part with a 6-1, retired victory over Hunter at No. 3 singles. Glebova cruised past Sanders in straight sets (6-3, 6-2), at No. 4 singles.
The home side was a bit better at the other courts, however. Trierweiler squared off against Fraser at No. 1 singles. Her foe snuck past her, 7-6, in the first set but the sophomore secured the second set, 6-4. She fought hard in the decisive set but came up shy, 6-3.
Also being saddled with a three-set setback was the senior, Fuentes, at No. 6 singles. Her foe, Kacprzyk, picked up the first set by a count of 6-1. Fuentes bounced back to win the second set, 6-4, but was tripped up in the third, 6-4.
DeLuca was tripped up by Pozzan, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 2 singles while LeBlond was taken down by Kazimieruk, 6-0, 6-4, at No. 5.
The Miners will open up a seven-match homestand when they play host to Seattle University at 1 p.m. MST on Friday. The match will be held at the El Paso Tennis Club, and admission is free.