EL PASO, Texas– The UTEP tennis team celebrated “Senior Day” by smashing the University of Southwest, 7-0, at the El Paso Tennis Club on Sunday. The Miners won every match contested on the day, dropping only five games in singles and three in doubles in a dominating display. Seniors Kathleen Percegona and Lina Sachica were honored in a pre-match ceremony.
“This was a great sendoff for our seniors,” UTEP head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “I’m super proud of this team, and how hard they played this semester.”
UTEP set the tone for the day in doubles action. Veronika Lebisova and Thassane Abrahim were flawless in a 6-0 win against Kea Sandoval and Melanie Guzman at No. 1 singles. Carlotta Mencaglia and Eve Daniels drilled Sadie Miles and Chey Miles, 6-1, at No. 2 doubles while Kathleen Percegona and Elena Dibattista rolled past Gabriella Ruiz and Melissa McClain, 6-2, at No. 3 doubles.
The Miners continued to control once singles started. Sachica blanked Chey Miles, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2 singles. Dibattista didn’t drop a game in downing Ruiz, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3 singles while Lebisova also did so in her 6-0, 6-0, triumph against McClain at No. 4 singles.
Percegona only lost one game in her 6-0, 6-1, vanquishing at the top spot against Sandoval. Abrahim followed suit in dispatching Sadie Miles, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 1 singles while freshman Laura Schmitz got in the win column by waxing Guzman, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 6 singles.
The Miners will now turn their attention to the 2022 Conference USA Championships with first-round action commencing on Thursday.
Tennis Match Results
University of the Southwest vs UTEP
Apr 17, 2022 at El Paso, Texas
UTEP 7, University of the Southwest 0
1. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) def. Kea Sandoval (UNSW) 6-0, 6-1
2. Lina Sachica (UTEP) def. Chey Miles (UNSW) 6-0, 6-0
3. Elena Dibattista (UTEP) def. Gabriella Ruiz (UNSW) 6-0, 6-0
4. Veronika Lebisova (UTEP) def. Melissa McClain (UNSW) 6-0, 6-0
5. Thassane Abrahim (UTEP) def. Sadie Miles (UNSW) 6-0, 6-1
6. Laura Schmitz (UTEP) def. Melanie Guzman (UNSW) 6-3, 6-0
1. Veronika Lebisova/Thassane Abrahim (UTEP) def. Kea Sandoval/Melanie Guzman (UNSW) 6-0
2. Carlotta Mencaglia/Eve Daniels (UTEP) def. Sadie Miles/Chey Miles (UNSW) 6-1
3. Kathleen Percegona/Elena Dibattista (UTEP) def. Gabriella Ruiz/Melissa McClain (UNSW) 6-2