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Tennis program nationally ranked after Tulane victory

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Members of the ULM  tennis team pose for a picture on the bayou.

Members of the ULM tennis team pose for a picture on the bayou.

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photo courtesy ULM athletics

Members of the ULM tennis team pose for a picture on the bayou.

Jerimee Washington, [email protected]

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The Warhawk tennis team defeated Texas State, shutting them out 4-0 in Friday’s conference matchup. Before this great performance, the Warhawks earned a spot in the rankings after defeating No. 40 Tulane in last Saturday’s matchup. Now, the newly ranked No. 50 Warhawks went into this game riding an eight-game winning streak.

Last season, the Warhawks were ranked No. 72 as they posted a 7-0 mark. This season, they are led by Petra Horakova, who is off to a 9-0 start this year. She also had a single win over 15th-ranked Auburn.

The Warhawks are also led by Coach Terrance De Jongh, who has led them to a 9-1 start three times during his tenure. In the 2010-2011 seasons, the Warhawks dominated the field finishing the season 18-2.

Their confidence was at an all-time high heading into doubles action. The Warhawks were dominating the Bobcats as Stefana Andrei and Petra Horakova shut out Texas State 6-0. The Bobcats just couldn’t find an answer for their pace and attack as the Warhawks overwhelmed them with effort and great strategy.

Luana Stanciu and Tiffany Mylonas won their match as well, overwhelming the Bobcats with effort and energy, winning the match 6-2. Texas State showed some fight in doubles action as they defeated Grigoriu, Madalina and Karolina Snita 4-2.

In singles action, the Warhawks were led by Stefana Andrei. She gave the Bobcats a fight, being aggressive from the start. They tried to recover, but it was too little, too late as they lost this matchup 6-2, 6-2. Tiffany Mylonas, who has also had a great season, was also successful in her match against the Bobcats winning 6-3, 6-2.

The Warhawks prevailed when Patricia Villar won her singles match with a 6-3, 6-2 score to improve the Warhawks’ record to 9-1 on the season, stretching their winning streak to eight. All of the final scores in doubles action showed some similarities as the Warhawks collectively dominated Texas State putting the team away early.

The Warhawks are now 9-1 on the season and 2-0 in conference play. They will put their eight-game winning streak on the line in their next match at home against conference foe Georgia Southern. The first serve is slated for Saturday, April 1 at 1:30p.m. at Raymond Heard Stadium.

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