The New Mexico State women’s tennis team played spoiler Saturday afternoon at the El Paso Tennis Club with a 5-2 win over Battle of I-10 rival UTEP on its senior day.
The host Miners (7-13) took an early 1-0 lead in doubles action when Harsha Challa and Gavi Kalaga were bested at the top position 6-1. However, the Aggie (13-9) duo of Chloe Gavino and Rebecca Keijzerwaard took down Rine Nozaki and Erandi Martinez 6-4 on court No. 3 before seniors Lindsay Harlas and Yadira Rubio took down their counterparts 7-5 for the doubles point.
UTEP knotted things up in singles action when Keijzerwaard was defeated at the top singles slot 6-0, 6-2. Challa then made it a 2-1 in favor of the Crimson & White with a 6-1, 6-4 ousting on court No. 3 before Rubio gave New Mexico State the 3-1 advantage with a 6-2, 7-6 victory at the No. 5 singles slot.
Harlas, a fellow senior with Rubio, followed suit with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Vanessa Valdez to clinch the match for NM State on court No. 2. Gavino finished moments later, grabbing a 7-6, 6-2 beating of UTEP’s Milena Baigorria on court No. 6 before UTEP took court No. 4 to make it a 5-2 final in favor of the Aggies.
New Mexico State will now get a few days at home to get ready before leaving for the WAC Tournament, which is hosted by UT Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville, Texas, April 26-28, The Aggies will play as the No. 2-seed and battle the winner between No. 3 Kansas City and No. 6 Seattle U on Saturday, April 27, at noon (MT).