HUNTSVILLE – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley women’s tennis team opens its season against the Prairie View A&M Panthers in a neutral site match on Saturday at the McAdams Tennis Center.
Last Time Out
UTRGV closed out the fall season at the Islander Open, hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
UTRGV recorded three victories on the second day of the Islander Open. Freshman Anastasia Belyaeva posted a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Northwestern State’s Kateryna Avram in the second round of the back draw before falling in the third.
Sophomore Dominique Ibarra defeated UTSA’s Kylee Kato 6-2, 6-3 and freshman Amanda Guardia recorded a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Sam Houston State’s Diane Friedrich.
Scouting Prairie View A&M
Prairie View A&M opens competition this weekend with a match against Sam Houston State on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Prairie View A&M returns eight from last year’s squad including Timara Maxwell who went 9-10 last season. They also return Shaddae Findley and Neharika Rama who both posted six wins each for their squad.
Their top doubles team returns as Maxwell and Trinity Randolph will look to better their 5-11 doubles record form last year.
They are coming off of a season where they went 5-21 while going 3-4 in conference play and 3-6 in neutral site games.
The All-Time Series
UTRGV is 14-1 all-time against Prairie View A&M in a series that dates back to 1986.
The two teams faced off last year on March 12, 2016 as UTRGV picked up the 6-1 victory in Prairie View.
UTRGV is on a five match win streak against Prairie View A&M with the Panthers last getting a victory on April 16, 2012 in Prairie View.
Making a Debut
UTRGV will have three members of their squad make their spring debuts as Anastasia Belyaeva, Amanda Guardia and Chloe Leclere with get their first taste of dual match play.
UTRGV head coach Sonia Hahn will also be making her spring debut with the program after spending the last 19 seasons as the co-head coach at the University of Tennessee.
UTRGV currently has seven student-athletes on the roster representing six different countries, including the United States of America, France, Macedonia, Mexico, Russia and Spain.
UTRGV will be back in action on Sunday when they face Sam Houston State at 11 a.m. at the McAdams Tennis Center.