Aggie Women's Tennis Claims Doubles Title At UNLV

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS - The New Mexico State women's tennis team claimed the flight three doubles championship on the final day of the UNLV Women's Tennis Fall Invitational at the Runnin' Rebels' Fertitta Tennis Complex Sunday.

The NM State pairing of sophomore Annemieke Witte and junior Jodie Williams won the flight three doubles championship in extra games, edging Morgan Bechtel and Bettina Botha of Florida Gulf Coast 9-7 in Sunday's final.

Playing in the flight two singles championship, Junior Ginet Pinero suffered her first loss of the fall season after a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Ania Jeczmionka of Long Beach State.

Freshman Denise Van Der Ben also lost her first match of the season 6-4, 6-4 at the hands of Gyanna Mandic of Florida Gulf Coast. Van Der Ben was one of three Aggies to earn a semifinal spot in singles flight three. But she did not play a final Sunday because Aggie sophomore Ros-Polly Nguyen and Witte did not play their semifinal match Saturday. As a result, the Aggies won the flight.

One day after her first loss of the season, Ros-Polly won a three-set match over Bettina Botha of Florida Gulf Coast 7-5, 5-7, 6-2. Witte also ended the Invitational with a singles win after a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Karolina Rozenberg of Long Beach State. Senior Manon Sylvain also won on the final day with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Abby Guthrie of Ole Miss.

Freshman Mandy Mallen fell in three sets to Ole Miss' Paige Keating 3-6, 6-0, 6-4. Williams dropped her singles match to UNLV's Manon de Lanlay 6-2, 6-2. Senior Natalia Salum fell in straight sets to Rachel Manasse of Long Beach State 6-3, 6-3.

In doubles play, Pinero and Sylvain posted an 8-3 win over Julia Jones and Iris Verboven of Ole Miss.

Salum and Van Der Ben also faced an Ole Miss pairing but fell 9-7 to Guthrie and Keating.

"I am very happy with the results this weekend," said head coach Ivan Fernandez. "These are most wins we have ever had in this tournament. The level of competition was extremely high and we showed that we deserved to be here."

The Aggies joined players from six other schools in Las Vegas for the individual tournament including host UNLV, Ole Miss, Utah, Long Beach State, Northern Arizona and Florida Gulf Coast.

NM State is back in action next weekend at the San Diego State Invitational beginning Friday, Sept. 30.