Texan Tennis drops nailbiter in final non-conference match of season

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EL PASO – Tarleton suffered a 4-3 loss to UTEP Thursday afternoon. The Texans will now turn their attention to back-to-back WAC matches against Dixie State and Seattle University in Las Cruces, New Mexico to close out the season.

“It was an exciting match,” said head coach Elianne Miron. “Mihaela (Codreanu), Martha (Makantasi) and Elsa (Boisson) were extremely tough in the big moments. It came down to the wire and we fought hard on every court, but we’ll learn from it and come back stronger.”

DOUBLES
1. Jemi Aguilar/Martha Makantasi (TAR) def. Thassane Abrahim/Veronika Lebisova (UTEP) 6-4
2. Vanessa Valdez/Lina Sachina (UTEP) def. Mihaela Codreanu/Faustine Palatte (TAR) 6-4
3. Lyric Bonilla/Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) def. Elsa Boisson/Hadley Jones (TAR) 6-3

SINGLES
1. Mihaela Codreanu (TAR) def. Vanessa Valdez (UTEP) 6-4, 7-6
2. Erandi Martinez (UTEP) def. Jemi Aguilar (TAR) 7-5, 6-3
3. Martha Makantasi (TAR) def. Lina Sachina (UTEP) 6-2, 6-2
4. Elsa Boisson (TAR) def. Kathleen Percegona (UTEP) 6-4, 6-0
5. Veronika Lebisova (UTEP) def. Celia Vaudiau (TAR) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
6. Elena DiBattista (UTEP) def. Rose Watanabe (TAR) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2

With the win in No. 3, Martha Makantasi improves to 14-2 on the season and wins her fifth consecutive singles match. With one more singles win, Makantasi can become the fifth Tarleton player since 2013 to win 15 matches in a season – Karla Martinez (2013), Alicia Perez (2014), Erika Richarme (2016) and Nathalie Ulander (2019). No Tarleton player has won more than 15 singles matches in a season since Martinez in 2013 won 17 matches on her way to winning the LSC Player of the Year award.

Tarleton will close out the season over the next two days with conference matches against Dixie State tomorrow and Seattle U Saturday at New Mexico State. Tarleton enters the weekend’s matches in second place in the WAC standings.

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