May 13, 2013
By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Mavericks women’s tennis team concluded their 2013 season with a 7-13 overall record. UT Arlington went 6-4 in their first and last year in the Western Athletic Conference.
The 2013 schedule was no easy task for the Mavs as they faced five different ranked opponents throughout the season. But the tough competition helped prepare UT Arlington for WAC play and reach the conference tournament as the No. 4 seed.
“I think we started with a really rough schedule,” UT Arlington coach Diego Benitez said. “This was one of the best schedules we’ve put together as far as the level of competition. We played a lot of highly-ranked universities and that is good because you want to be exposed to that type of level. Whether you win or you lose, that’s the type of level you want to be accustomed to playing.”
The Mavericks were young, fielding a team without seniors. Junior Giada D’Ortona is the most veteran Maverick the team had to turn to.
“I have to give recognition to Giada, the captain, because she did a tremendous job talking to the girls and letting them know that good things are still ahead for the team. During the season you continue to press and don’t dwell on the losses. She helped us a lot," Benitez said.
UTA fell to Idaho 4-2 in the opening round of the WAC Tournament to conclude the 2013 campaign. The Mavs defeated the Vandals just weeks earlier by the same margin in San Antonio, but were unable to pull out a win to continue their season.
Despite the early end in the WAC Tournament, Elizabeth Thoms was named First Team All-WAC Singles at the No. 4 position. Thoms, a freshman from West Sussex, England, completed her first year as a Maverick by winning eight of her ten singles matches at the same spot in the lineup for UT Arlington.
The Mavericks will join the Sun Belt Conference for the 2013-14 season.