ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The UTEP tennis team was tripped up by New Mexico, 6-1, on the road Saturday afternoon. The Miners (0-3) went back-and-forth with the Lobos (2-1) in doubles action, picking up a triumph at No. 3 but could not secure the team point. Freshman Rebeca Calvillo tasted victory at No. 5 singles but the Orange and Blue came up shy on the other courts.
“The ladies fought hard,” UTEP head coach Victor Aguilar said. “We just have to work harder in practice and step it up next time out.”
The match opened up with all the focus on doubles play. The Miners looked solid early on with their pairing of Marie LeBlond/Calvillo cruising past UNM’s representatives, Kristin Eggleston/Laura Richardson, 8-5, at No. 3.
It was also a tightly-contested match at No. 1, but this one went the way of the Lobos. The homestanding duo of Ashley Bonner/Anya Villanueva prevailed against UTEP’s top tandem of Martina Trierweiler/Carolina DeLuca, 8-6.
Ximena Fuentes/Gabi Vazquez locked up against Michaela Bezdickova/Nikolina Grbac in No. 2, and the duo was derailed by a final count of 8-2.
Action then switched to singles play, where the Miners would need to claim four of the six contests in order to secure the come-from-behind team triumph. That scenario did not come to fruition, though, despite the play of Calvillo.
She did her part against Richardson, and in thrilling fashion. She dropped the first set, 6-4, but rallied to stake the second set, 6-0. With the team outcome already having been decided due to results on other courts, a super tie breaker was utilized in place of the third set. Calvillo handled the format change with ease, en route to a 10-8 triumph.
Vazquez squared off against Eggleston at No. 3 singles, and she got off to a good start by staking the first set, 6-1. Her foe struck back to the tune 7-6 in the second stanza. In a super tiebreaker Vazquez fought hard only to be bounced, 10-5.
At No. 1 singles Trierweiler pushed Bezdickova to her limits in the first set but ultimately dropped it, 6-4. She wasn’t able to keep things as close in the second and final set, falling 6-1.
DeLuca could not find her rhythm against Grbac at No. 2 singles, with the final score checking in at 6-2, 6-1, in favor of UNM. Glebova was saddled with a comparable fate at No. 4 singles. She was sent packing by Villanueva, 6-2, 6-2.
Fuentes battled Michaela Oldani at No. 6 singles. The senior was doubled up, 6-3, in the first set. She regrouped to play better in the second stanza but it wasn’t quite enough in the 7-6 defeat.
1. Michaela Bezdickova (UNM) def. Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) 6-4, 6-1
2. Nikolina Grbac (UNM) def. Carolina DeLuca (UTEP) 6-2, 6-1
3. Kristin Eggleston (UNM) def. Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 1-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-5)
4. Anya Villanueva (UNM) def. Alexandra Glebova (UTEP) 6-2, 6-2
5. Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) def. Laura Richardson (UNM) 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-8)
6. Michaela Oldani (UNM) def. Ximena Fuentes (UTEP) 6-3, 7-6
1. Ashley Bonner/Anya Villanueva (UNM) def. Martina Trierweiler/Carolina DeLuca (UTEP) 8-6
2. Michaela Bezdickova/Nikolina Grbac (UNM) def. Ximena Fuentes/Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 8-2
3. Marie LeBlond/Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) def. Kristin Eggleston/Laura Richardson (UNM) 8-5