UTEP Tennis Falls to No. 20 Texas Tech
March 22, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - The UTEP tennis team played a hard-fought match against No. 20 Texas Tech but fell, 7-0, at the McLeod Tennis Center.
The Miners (8-8) were winning all three doubles matches over the Lady Raiders (11-4), but came up short.
"This was a good match for us. Texas Tech shows why they are a Top 25 team by fighting hard for every point and not giving away free points," first-year head coach Mark Roberts said. "This was a great challenge for us and we were right there in many of the matches, we just didn't find a way to win the big points."
Juniors Gabi Vazquez and Marie Leblond won their doubles match, 8-1, over Elizabeth Ullathorne and Caroline Starck at the No. 2 spot. But Sandra Dynka and Nikki Sanders topped sophomore Anastasiya Sylenko and freshman Matilda Rose Tench, 8-5. The doubles point was clinched when the third match ended on the No. 1 court. Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo, who are ranked No. 34, came back to beat senior Martina Trierweiler and Rebeca Calvillo, 8-6.
The Lady Raiders took all six singles matches, but without a fight. Trierweiler took Kilgo to the limit in the first set, but fell, 7-5, 6-3, while Vazquez came up short 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. Tench fought hard taking her match to a third set but lost by a score of, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 1-0 (10-7).
"We fought hard and I am proud of our team effort, but also want the girls to realize that they are capable of great things, they just have to earn their right to be a great player," Roberts added."Making a lot of balls, fighting for every point and believing they can win are things we have to keep doing in order to keep improving as a team."
Miners continue their road trip when they play two more matches on Saturday. The Orange and Blue will take on Abilene Christian (8 a.m. MT) and Texas Permian-Basin (12:30 p.m.) in Abilene, Texas.