Miners Lose Doubles Point, but Bounce Back to Beat Rams, 4-3

Junior Marie LeBlond

Junior Marie LeBlond

March 3, 2013

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EL PASO, Texas - The UTEP tennis team improved to 3-0 at the El Paso Tennis Club during the spring season after beating Colorado State, 4-3, on a bright and warm Sunday afternoon. Junior Marie Leblond proved to be the deciding factor yet again.

The Miners (6-6) were in a 2-0 hole to the Rams (1-6) after they lost the doubles point and senior Martina Trierweiler fell to Abby Stevens, 6-3, 6-0, at the No. 2 singles spot. But the Orange and Blue fought hard as a team to overcome the deficit.

"It was a good win today," head coach Mark Roberts said. "It was another match that could've gone either way and the girls competed and kept competing. A lot of us through the lineup were not playing well and not feeling good about their games, but they kept trying to find a way to compete and it resulted in a win."

Freshman Matilda Rose Tench got the Miners on the board with a, 6-2, 6-4, win over Lauren Pick at the No. 6 singles spot which started a domino effect. Junior Gabi Vazquez won her match at the No. 3 spot over Kendall Heitzner, 6-1, 6-4, that tied the match 2-2.

Junior Rebeca Calvillo remained undefeated at the No. 1 singles spot by beating Natalie Heffron in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, improving to 6-0 (10-2 overall).

The stage was set for LeBlond, who lost the first set, 6-4, to Adriana Wojakowska with the match tied 3-3. The rest of the team gathered around the No. 4 court to cheer on their teammate, as she was triumphant in the next two sets, 6-4, 6-4, lifting UTEP to its sixth victory in 2013.

The Miners continue their home stand when they take on Tarleton State (1 p.m. MT) on Friday afternoon.