Miners Clip Cardinals, 6-1
Feb. 16, 2014
EL PASO, Texas – The UTEP tennis team won its eight straight home match dating back to last season, defeating Lamar, 6-1, on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the El Paso Tennis Club.
The Miners (3-5) downed Northern Arizona, 6-1, on Friday afternoon. The Orange and Blue finished with an undefeated record in Sun City during the 2013 campaign.
First-year head coach Myriam Sopel was excited to see her squad win back-to-back home matches.
“It feels great,” Sopel said. “It’s just exciting to be at home after being on the road for two weeks. We played really well and used the home crowd to our advantage – it was two great wins. This will help build our confidence having three matches next weekend (at home). I’m really proud of the girls, they played really well and fought hard.”
UTEP gained the early advantage (1-0), sweeping the doubles matches. Sophomore Matilda Rose Tench and senior Gabi Vazquez set the tone by defeating Anna Spengler and Katya Lapayeva, 8-3, on the no. 3 court. The Miners gained the doubles point after senior Marie LeBlond and freshman Daphne Visscher pummeled Dariya Dashutina and Hanna Elfving, 8-2, on court no. 2.
Senior Rebeca Calvillo and junior Davina Meza had to work hard for their fifth dual-match doubles win of the season. The two defeated Alicia Porte and Carolina Masó, 8-7 (7-5), but it was a fight. The Miners were up 7-6, but the Cardinals fought hard to tie the match and take it into a tiebreaker. Porte and Masó surged to a 3-0 lead, but the Calvillo and Meza took control to notch the victory.
On the singles side, Tench and LeBlond took care of business – fast. Tench won, 6-1, 6-0, against Lapayeva at the no. 6 position, while LeBlond outmatched Masó, 6-1, 6-2, on the no. 3 court. Miners took a 3-0 lead at that point of the match.
Calvillo, Meza and Vazquez all went to three sets.
“We had a lot of three-setters today – tough wins,” Sopel said. “These matches could’ve gone either way. The girls found a way to win, and they were great wins for us as a team.”
Meza clinched the team win after she defeated Porte, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, on court no. 2. Meza cramped up a few times, but fought through the pain. Calvillo beat Dashutina, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, in an intense match at the no. 1 position, and Vazquez capped off the successful day with a, 7-5, 0-6, 6-2, win over Elfving.
The Miners continue the home slate, taking on Abilene Christina on Saturday, Feb. 22 (9 a.m. MT). And in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day, UTEP will have a doubleheader against Southern Miss (10 a.m.) and UTPB (2 p.m.) on Sunday at the El Paso Tennis Club.
1. Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) def. Dariya Dashutina (LU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
2. Davina Meza (UTEP) def. Alicia Porte (LU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
3. Marie LeBlond (UTEP) def. Carolina Masó (LU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) def. Hanna Elfving (LU) 7-5, 0-6, 6-2
5. Anna Spengler (LU) def. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) 7-5, 6-4
6. Matilda Rose Tench (UTEP) def. Katya Lapayeva (LU) 6-1, 6-0
1. Rebeca Calvillo/Davina Meza (UTEP) def. Alicia Porte/Carolina Masó (LU) 8-7 (7-5)
2. Marie LeBlond/Daphne Visscher (UTEP) def. Dariya Dashutina/Hanna Elfving (LU) 8-2
3. Matilda Rose Tench/Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) def. Anna Spengler/Katya Lapayeva (LU) 8-3