Miners Fall to Blazers, 4-3, in Tight Match
April 7, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UTEP tennis team fought till the end, but came up short to UAB, 4-3, at George Ward Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Miners (11-11, 1-2 C-USA) split the first two doubles matches, but the Blazers (12-6, 2-1 C-USA) took court No. 2 to gain the point. On the singles side, UTEP took the first singles point, but lost the next three matches - its sixth one-point loss this spring.
“Today we lost another extremely close 4-3 match,” head coach Mark Roberts said. “I am proud of the girls fight and this was once again a match we could have won, but we didn’t play well enough to win four matches.”
Elaine Simon and Isabal Fernandez teamed up to beat sophomore Anastasiya Sylenko and freshman Matilda Rose Tench, 8-2. Senior Martina Trierweiler and junior Rebeca Calvillo struck back with a victory, 8-5, over Rachel Daniell and Menanteau Moolman, but Sarah Witkowski and Caroline Faught clinched the doubles point with a close, 8-6, win over juniors Gabi Vazquez and Marie Leblond.
With UAB up 1-0, UTEP freshman Jamie-Leigh Michau won her second straight singles match, 6-3, 6-3 over Elaine Simon at No. 6 to tie the score. Michau has won four of the last five singles matches.
The Blazers caught fire and won the next three matches to gain the team win. Daniell beat Trierweiler, 6-1, 6-2, Fernandez handled Calvillo, 6-0, 6-4, and Moolman took three sets to claim victory over Tench and the Miners, 2-6, 7-5, 10-5.
“We have improved so much this year and we have all grown a lot as a team,” Roberts said. “We are looking forward to our last home match this Thursday against Utah State, I am sure it will be another close battle and hopefully we come out on top.”
The Miners close out the regular season when they host Utah State on April 11 at 2 p.m.