Tennis starts off season with force as ULM hosts Fall Tournament

Josh Dean

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The Warhawk tennis team celebrated two individual champions Saturday after concluding a home fall tournament to begin the season. ULM hasn’t hosted a fall tournament since 2010, and they wasted no time in making the most of the opportunity. Senior Petra Horakova and freshman Loana Popescu each won championships in singles play.

The first day of tournament action Friday saw Horakova continue her dominant play of last season. She started off powerfully taking down New Orlean’s Soledad Calderon 6-0, 6-2 before defeating Southern Miss’ Carolin Drescher 7-5, 6-1.

Her freshman counterpart in singles action mirrored her commanding performances.

Popescu knocked off her Nicholls State opponent 6-1, 7-6 before defeating rival UL Lafayette’s Alexandra Way 6-1, 2-6, 6-1.

Tiffany Mylonas and Caitlyn Herb each won their first couple matches before falling in singles play.

On the doubles side Mylonas and Horakova won their first match before losing to a Nicholls State pair 7-6 in the quarterfinals.

Herb and Popescu also fell in each of their matches in the back draw of doubles flight A.

The final day of action saw Horokova take down two players from rival LA Tech on a 16-0 run in singles play. Popescu also defeated a Tech player to end her championship day.

The Warhawks travel to Arkansas for the UCA Fall Tournament Frday.