The UTEP tennis team’s recent string of success against Memphis in postseason play came to a close by virtue of a 4-0 defeat at the hand of the Tigers in the opening-round of the 2011 Conference USA Championships at the Lake Cane Tennis Center Thursday morning.
The Miners (6-14) defeated the Tigers (16-9) in the first round of the league’s pinnacle event in both 2007 and 2009, but they could not conjure up that winning formula this year. The setback brings UTEP’s 2010-11 campaign to an end while Memphis advances to take on third-seeded and No. 52 Marshall at 8 a.m. MDT Friday.
It also marks the final matches in a Miner uniform for seniors Ximena Fuentes and Alexandra Glebova. During her four-year career Fuentes piled up 102 combined victories to rate tied for eighth all time at the school. Glebova registered 30 career singles triumphs in her two years with the Orange and Blue, including a team-leading 20 wins during the 2009-10 campaign.
Action initiated in doubles play, with the Miners looking to stake an early edge in the match. UTEP’s tandem of Martina Trierweiler/Rebeca Calvillo did its part by rolling past Courtney Collins/Kelly Gray, 8-1, at the No 1 position.
The Tigers would bounce back at the other courts, however, en route to locking up the doubles point. Mariya Slupska/Kathleen Hawkins (MEM) downed Glebova/Dariya Abdrakhmanova, 8-3, at No. 2 doubles while Stefanie Mikesz/Andrea Arques-Garcia bested Fuentes/Gabi Vazquez, 8-0, at No. 3.
UTEP regrouped in an attempt to get things going in singles play, but could never put it all together. Collins toppled Marina Trierweiler, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 1 singles. Calvillo, the freshman who entered the match with a team-best record of 19-7, ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Slupska at No. 2 singles. She was tripped up by a final count of 6-1, 6-3.Abdrakmanova came up shy against Mikesz at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-3.
The Miners were much sharper at the singles matches for No. 4, 5 and 6, but each was halted early due to the team outcome having been decided. Vazquez and Gray were locked up in a good one at No. 4 singles, with the score standing at 4-6, 6-3, 4-1 in favor of Gray when it was halted.
Glebova was in the early stages of a three-set match against Hawkins at No. 5 before action was stopped. The score was slightly tilted toward Hawkins, 6-3, 1-6, 1-0. Meanwhile Fuentes had secured the first set vs. Garcia at No. 6 singles, 4-6, but found herself down, 5-4, in the second when it was stopped.
1. Courtney Collins (MEM) def. Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) 6-3, 6-2
2. Mariya Slupska (MEM) def. Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) 6-1, 6-3
3. Stefanie Mikesz (MEM) def. Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) 6-1, 6-3
4. Kelly Gray (MEM) vs. Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 4-6, 6-3, 4-1, unfinished
5. Kathleen Hawkins (MEM) vs. Alexandra Glebova (UTEP) 6-3, 1-6, 1-0, unfinished
6. Andrea Arques-Garcia (MEM) vs. Ximena Fuentes (UTEP) 4-6, 5-4, unfinished
1. Martina Trierweiler/Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) def. Courtney Collins/Kelly Gray (MEM) 8-1
2. Mariya Slupska/Kathleen Hawkins (MEM) def. Alexandra Glebova/Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) 8-3
3. Stefanie Mikesz/Andrea Arques-Garcia (MEM) def. Ximena Fuentes/Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 8-0