TUCSON, Ariz. – Women’s Tennis started off their season with a *insert score* win over UTEP in a windy match on Sunday, Jan. 15. in their first of 16 home matches.
Despite losing the doubles point, the Cats bounced back in singles play with six wins – five of which were won in straight sets. Sophomore Parker Fry clinched the match 6-1, 7-5 against Thassane Abrahim at No. 4 in the lineup and freshman Tanvi Narendran won her first dual singles match 6-4, 6-3 against Zuzanna Szczepanska.
Senior Kayla Wilkins battled Veronika Lebisova to three sets after falling 1-6 and coming back 6-2. The match was left unfinished due to inclement weather.
Today’s match marked the first time the Cats have hosted the Miners since 2017. The Wildcats have a perfect 8-0 record in their series against the Miners. In their last matchup on Jan. 31, 2022, Arizona swept UTEP 7-0.
Up next for the women’s team is the ITA Kickoff in College Station, Texas where they compete against No. 18 Florida in round one on Friday, Jan. 27.
University of Arizona 5, UTEP 1
1. Kayla Wilkins (ARIZ) vs. Veronika Lebisova (UTEP) 1-6, 6-2, unfinished
2. Salma Ziouti (ARIZ) def. Carlotta Mencaglia (UTEP) 6-1, 6-4
3. Tanvi Narendran (ARIZ) def. Zuzanna Szczepanska (UTEP) 6-4, 6-3
4. Parker Fry (ARIZ) def. Thassane Abrahim (UTEP) 6-1, 7-5
5. Lexi Ryngler (ARIZ) def. Elena Dibattista (UTEP) 6-1, 6-0
6. Belen Nevenhoven (ARIZ) def. Paloma Hennicaux (UTEP) 6-0, 6-2
1. Parker Fry/Belen Nevenhoven (ARIZ) def. Thassane Abrahim/Veronika Lebisova (UTEP) 6-3
2. Eve Daniels/Carlotta Mencaglia (UTEP) def. Kayla Wilkins/Lexi Ryngler (ARIZ) 6-3
3. Paloma Hennicaux/Elena Dibattista (UTEP) def. Salma Ziouti/Tanvi Narendran (ARIZ) 6-3