UTEP Tennis Comes Up Shy Vs. Southern Miss, 4-2
April 14, 2012
JONESBORO, Ark.– Martina Trierweiler and Dariya Abdrakhmanova each recorded straight set victories but the UTEP tennis team was upended by Southern Miss, 4-2, in the squad’s regular-season finale Saturday morning.
The Miners (2-17, 0-1 C-USA) were vying to build some momentum for the upcoming 2012 Conference USA Championships (April 19-22) only to come up just shy against the Golden Eagles (3-17, 0-1 C-USA).
The doubles portion of the match was not held, and action instead initiated with singles play. Trierweiler set a solid tone at the top position, waxing Alexus Coats, 7-5, 6-1.
Abdrakhmanova did her part as well by bouncing Moorea Williams, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 5.
The balance of the match swung at No. 2 singles, where Rebeca Calvillo locked up with Elja van Berlo. USM’s van Berlo managed a 6-4 win in the first set but Calvillo bounced back in the second (5-7). She ran out of steam late, though, falling in the final set 6-1.
Gabi Vazquez squared off against Kate Lanier, and she could not get on track in a 6-1, 6-2, setback at No. 3 singles. Freshman Anastasiya Sylenko was saddled with a similar fate vs. Mackenzie Oskin in a 6-0, 6-2, defeat at the fourth position.
Marie LeBlond, who boasts a team-high 21 triumphs on the campaign, was cooled off by Alex Bradley, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 6 singles.
UTEP will return to the Sun City and look to get in some quality practices prior to starting play at the league’s pinnacle event.
1. Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) def. Alexus Coats (USM) 7-5, 6-1
2. Elja van Berlo (USM) def. Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
3. Kate Lanier (USM) def. Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 6-1, 6-2
4. Mackenzie Oskin (USM) def. Anastasiya Sylenko (UTEP) 6-0, 6-2
5. Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) def. Moorea Williams (USM) 6-1, 6-4
6. Alex Bradley (USM) def. Marie LeBlond (UTEP) 6-3, 6-2