UTEP Dominates Sam Houston State, Faces SMU on Saturday

Gabi Vazqeuz and Matilda Rose Tench have enjoyed a 6-0 start in doubles action in 2014.

Feb. 28, 2014

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DALLAS, Texas - The UTEP women's tennis team won its fifth match in the last six after taking down Sam Houston State, 6-1, on Friday afternoon at the Northwood Country Club.

The Miners (6-6, 2-0 Conference USA) kept multiple winning streaks alive heading into Saturday's match against SMU (2 p.m. MT).

"The team did a great job today," first-year head coach Myriam Sopel said. "But the team is fired up and is looking forward to SMU. It's a great opportunity to show how strong we are and the team wants show that they can compete with them."

Marie LeBlond won her sixth straight match after defeating Kayla Stevenson, 6-2, 6-3, on the No. 3 court, while Rebeca Calvillo also extended her winning streak to six, taking down Olivia Battye, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 1 position.

Gabi Vazquez won her fifth straight match over Maddie Mortimore at the No. 4 spot, while Davina Meza and Daphne Visscher have each won three straight. Meza outmatched Imke Jagau, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 2 and Visscher beat Natalie Pataia, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) at No. 5.

Matilda Rose Tench suffered the team's only loss - but was on the winning end of a doubles match.

Tench and Vazquez kept their undefeated doubles record (6-0) intact, besting Jagau and Stevenson, 8-3, on the No. 2 court. Calvillo and Meza won their seventh straight, defeating Battye and Petaia, 8-3, at No. 1. The tandem is now 8-2 during the spring season (16-7 overall). LeBlond and Visscher improved to 4-2.

UTEP will also face No. 69 North Texas on Sunday (10 a.m.).

Singles competition

1. Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) def. Olivia Battye (SHSU) 6-1, 6-2

2. Davina Meza (UTEP) def. Imke Jagau (SHSU) 6-0, 6-2

3. Marie LeBlond (UTEP) def. Kayla Stevenson (SHSU) 6-2, 6-3

4. Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) def. Maddie Mortimore (SHSU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-0), retired

5. Daphne Visscher (UTEP) def. Natalie Petaia (SHSU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)

6. Karen Martinez (SHSU) def. Matilda Rose Tench (UTEP) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. Rebeca Calvillo/Davina Meza (UTEP) def. Olivia Battye/Natalie Petaia (SHSU) 8-3

2. Marie LeBlond/Daphne Visscher (UTEP) def. Imke Jagau/Kayla Stevenson (SHSU) 8-3

3. Matilda Rose Tench/Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) def. Isabella Costa/Karen Martinez (SHSU) 8-4



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