The UTEP tennis team fell 4-0 to no. 38 FIU in a Conference USA match on Monday at the FIU Tennis Courts in Miami, Fla. to close out a week-long Florida road trip. The Miners moved to 5-10 overall, 0-2 in C-USA, while the Panthers hold a 10-1 overall, 3-0 C-USA mark.
“It was a tough road trip but it gave us a great reality check on how much work we need to do as a team to get over this hurdle,” head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “Today we fought hard, but FIU is one of the top teams in the nation and in the conference and it showed.”
The point-clinch match started with Maria Paula Medina and Yvette van Oijen facing Andrea Lazaro and Nerma Caluk at the no. 2 spot in doubles play, with the Miner duo slipping 6-0. At the no. 3 spot, Erandi Martinez and Chloe Purkiss were pitted against Mina Markovic and Sandra Bozinovic, but the Panthers got the 6-1 win, clinching the doubles point and the 1-0 match lead. Lois Wagenvoort and Raven Bennett were battling the ninth-ranked doubles tandem in the country in FIU’s Ulyana Grib and Maryna Veksler, but their match was left unfinished.
In singles action, van Oijen fell 6-1, 6-2 to Clauk at the no. 5 position in the lineup, while Martinez slipped up to Grib 6-2, 6-1 at the no. 2 spot. The Panthers clinched the match with Bozinovic’s 6-2, 6-2 win over Medina at the no. 4 position. Wagenvoort had her work cut out against Andrea Lazaro, ranked no. 4 in the nation in singles play, but their match was left unfinished, as was Bennett’s at the no. 3 position and Purkiss’s at the no. 6 spot.
The Miners will return home for a two-match homestand March 30th and 31st against Angelo State and New Mexico, respectively. First serve for both matches is slated for noon at the El Paso Tennis and Swim Club, admission is free.
UTEP vs FIU
Mar 19, 2018 at Miami, Florida
(FIU Tennis Courts)
#38 FIU 4, UTEP 0
1. Andrea Lazaro (FIU) vs. Lois Wagenvoort (UTEP) unfinished
2. Ulyana Grib (FIU) def. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) 6-2, 6-1
3. Maryna Veksler (FIU) vs. Raven Bennett (UTEP) unfinished
4. Sandra Bozinovic (FIU) def. Maria Paula Medina (UTEP) 6-2, 6-2
5. Nerma Caluk (FIU) def. Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-1, 6-2
6. Mina Markovic (FIU) vs. Chloe Purkiss (UTEP) unfinished
1. Ulyana Grib/Maryna Veksler (FIU) vs. Lois Wagenvoort/Raven Bennett (UTEP) unfinished
2. Andrea Lazaro/Nerma Caluk (FIU) def. Maria Paula Medina/Yvette Van Oijen (UTEP) 6-0
3. Mina Markovic/Sandra Bozinovic (FIU) def. Erandi Martinez/Chloe Purkiss (UTEP) 6-1
FIU 10-1; National ranking #38
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,2,4)