The UTEP tennis season came to an end as the Miners (12-12, 1-2 C-USA) fell to No. 51 SMU (13-9, 2-2) on Thursday morning in first-round action at the 2013 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championship at the John E. Hoff Courts on the University of Houston campus.
First-year head coach Mark Roberts came to El Paso in late June 2012 to take over a struggling program (eight wins combined the previous two seasons). Roberts’ coaching talents were put into work in the fall season where junior Rebeca Calvillo and senior Martina Trierweiler won the 2012 Aggie Women’s Invitational. Trierweiler claimed the white singles main draw, while Calvillo took the crimson singles main draw.
“Today our season came to an end against a solid SMU team. We fought hard but didn’t play well enough to beat a ranked team,” Roberts said. “This was a great year for UTEP tennis. Less than a year ago, I met a group of young ladies for the very first time. The relationships we built, fights we fought and memories we made this year were unforgettable. I am soproud of every single one of them for their commitment and effort for each other and their team.”
The Miners improved from two to 12 victories, the biggest differential since winning six in 1994 to 16 in 1995.
Calvillo, Trierweiler, juniors Gabi Vazquez, Marie LeBlond and sophomore Anastasiya Sylenko played on last season’s squad, all set career highs in singles wins this year, while freshmen Jamie-Leigh Michau and Matilda Rose Tench showed improvement throughout the campaign.
“The student athletes on this team have only scratched the surface of what they are capable of and I can’t wait to lead them again next year,” Roberts said. “Life and tennis are similar in that there are ups and downs, but the most important aspect is the positive attitude and fight youbring every single day. I look forward to the battles we will face as a team next year and know my players will come out firing and give everything theyhave to give.”
Calvillo finished with a team-high 23 overall singles wins, including 16 in dual match play and 12 at the No. 1 spot. Trierweiler set career highs in overall victories (19) and dual match wins (12) to close her career on a high note. LeBlond and Vazquez combined for 31 wins, while Vazquez tied Calvillo for most dual match triumphs on the season. Rose prevailed in eight matches andMichau ended her first season on a three-match winning streak.
On the doubles side, the team of LeBlond/Vazquez was victorious in 15 doubles matches at the No. 2 spot, while Calvillo/Trierweiler won 13 at No. 1. Tench and Sylenko captured five at the No. 3 spot.