LUBBOCK, Texas — The UTEP tennis team went head-to-head 7-0 at BIG 12 member Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon.
It was the second game in three days for the Miners (1-1) who blew up Western New Mexico at their home game on Jan. 20.
“We played very hard against them today,” said UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez. “We had match points at #1 and #2 doubles but couldn’t close them. In the singles we did well in many places, but we were just overwhelmed. It was great to see us fight like this. If we can bring that kind of energy to every game, we can expect good things this spring.”
The action started in doubles, where the Red Raiders (3-0) saved match points in doubles #1 and #2 to secure the point and an early lead in the contest.
Eve Daniels and Carlotta Mencaglia were held back 7-6 (8-6) in a back-and-forth match against Olivia Peet and Cristina Tiglea in doubles No. 2. Thassane Abrahim and Veronika Lebisova had a chance to complete their match but went unfinished in doubles #1 against Metka Komac and Avelina Sayfetdinova (6-6).
Elena Dibattista and Zuzanna Szczepanska were turned on their heads 6-3 by Arina Oreshchenkova and Camryn Stepp in doubles No.3.
UTEP tried to turn things around in the singles game, but despite being full of energy, they couldn’t make a comeback. Mencaglia was cut off at No. 2 singles by Komac, 6-3, 7-5. Szczepanska went down 6-4, 6-4 in 3rd place singles against Tiglea.
Lebisova was held off by Sayfetdinova 6-2, 6-4 in No. 1 singles.
Abrahim was beaten by Oreshchenkova 6-2, 6-4 in 4th place in singles.
Dibattista was defeated 6-0, 6-3 by Camryn Stepp in 5th place singles. Daniels was dropped 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6 in singles by Andreea Lila.
UTEP will aim to put the setback at the Red Raiders in the rearview mirror when it hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday at 11 a.m. MT.
With a win, the Miners would be 2-0 at home.
UTEP vs. Texas Tech
January 22, 2023 in Lubbock, Texas
(McLeod Tennis Center)
Texas Tech 7, UTEP 0
competition in singles
1. Avelina Sayfetdinova (TTU) defeated. Veronica Lebisova (UTEP) 6-2, 6-4
2. Metka Komac (TTU) defeated. Carlotta Mencaglia (UTEP) 6-3, 7-5
3. Cristina Tiglea (TTU) defeated. Zuzanna Szczepanska (UTEP) 6-4, 6-4
4. Arina Oreshchenkova (TTU) defeated. Thassane Abrahim (UTEP) 6-2, 6-4
5. Defeated Camryn Stepp (TTU). Elena Dibattista (UTEP) 6-0, 6-3
6. Andreea Lila (TTU) defeated. Eve Daniels (UTEP) 6-0, 6-1
competition in doubles
1. Metka Komac/Avelina Sayfetdinova (TTU) vs. Thassane Abrahim/Veronika Lebisova (UTEP) 6-6 (2-0), unfinished
2. Olivia Peet/Cristina Tiglea (TTU) def. Eve Daniels/Carlotta Mencaglia (UTEP) 7:6 (8:6)
3. Arina Oreshchenkova/Camryn Stepp (TTU) defeated. Elena Dibattista/Zuzanna Szczepanska (UTEP) 6-3
Texas Tech 3-0
Order of Finish: Doubles (3.2); Single (6,4,1,5,2,3)