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UTEP women’s tennis lose to UTSA

Joel Molina
Senior Eve Daniels and sophomore Carlotta Mencagila give each other a fist pump during a break in play of a match against UTSA.

UTEP’s Conference-USA opener against the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Roadrunners at the El Paso Tennis Club resulted in a 4-3 overall loss. The Miners gave a strong effort, winning three of six singles matches. UTEP took losses in both doubles matches but won a third match by default due to a missing UTSA player. 

In the doubles matches junior Veronika Lebisova and senior Thassane Abrahim lost 6-4 against juniors Aleksandra Zlatarova and Alexandra Weir. Sophomore Carlotta Mencaglia and senior Eve Daniels lost 7-5 against freshman Fatima Gutierrez and junior Magda Tuells. 

The singles matches gave UTEP more of an edge over the competition. Abrahim won against Tuells (7-6, 3-6, 10-4), and junior Elena Dibattista won against junior Eve Beyebach (6-1, 7-5). However, Zlatarova defeated Lebisova (6-0, 2-6, 6-2), Weir defeated Sophomore Carlotta Mencaglia (6-3, 6-7, 7-5), and Gutierrez defeated sophomore Zuzanna Szczepanska (6-3, 6-2). Daniels took a singles default win. 

Although UTEP performed better in the singles matches, the early lead taken by UTSA in the two three-set doubles matches was enough to keep the Miners from a win.  

“Ele (Dibattista) and Tuca (Thassane Abrahim) were able to win today,” said Head Coach Ivan Fernandez. “I am really proud with how hard we played but UTSA was just a little stronger than us at the top.” 

UTEP will have the next two weeks to practice and prepare to turn their 1-4 season around. UTEP will face both Boise State and the College of Idaho Saturday Feb. 11 and Sunday Feb. 12. 

Nicholas Maes is contributor may be reached at  [email protected] 




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Nicholas Maes
Nicholas Maes, Editor-in-Chief
Nicholas Maes is the editor-in-chief for The Prospector. He is a senior majoring in history with a minor in commercial music. He plans to continue his academic career in history after earning his bachelor's degree.
Joel Molina
Joel Molina, Contributor/Photographer
Joel is a graduate creative writing student at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is a photo contributor and began his career at The Prospector in 2022. He hopes to continue providing the world and its people with different forms of storytelling that will hopefully make their day to day lives better.
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