The UTSA Roadrunners (1-4) fell to the UTEP Miners (1-2) 4-3 as the Miners racked up their first win of the season in San Antonio on a chilly Sunday, Feb. 3, at the UTSA Tennis Facilities.
UTSA, coming off their first win of the season with an impressive 5-2 victory over the McNeese State Cowgirls (1-1) on Saturday, found the shivery temperatures almost unbearable from the beginning. The start of the match was delayed by an hour due to the inclement weather, but the players powered through the elements like warriors.
The Roadrunners struggled early on, when they were able to win only one of their three doubles matches. Roadrunners Lina Hallgren and Isabelle Jonsson stormed to a 6-1 victory against the UTEP duo of Matilda Rose Tench and Daphne Visscher. However, the Roadrunners duo of Jacobea Junger and Miriam Rosell Canudas weren’t so successful, losing a close match 7-5.
The UTEP Miners were able to fight off the slight UTSA run with singles wins at the number one, four and five spots.
Jonsson capped off her impeccable weekend with a 6-2, 6-3 conquest against Marie LeBlond on the third court, while Canudas defeated Davina Meza, 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 2 position.
Junior Roadrunner Irene Gandara Gonzalez won with great forehand swings against Tench in straight sets 6-3 and 6-1.
“It (the weather) affected me. It was hard to move,” junior Gonzalez said after the game. “The wind was bad. You would think the ball is going one place and it would end up in another. You have to be quick and be focused.”
UTSA will end its three-match home stand on Thursday, Feb. 6, when the Roadrunners host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-1) at 3 p.m.