Warhawks match up at Championships


Mariah Mitchell

With just five players the tennis team defeated Appalachian State 4-3 in the opening round of the Sun Belt Championships.

Coach Terrence De Jongh was pleased with the way his team battled as stated in a press release.

“It was definitely a tough match coming in with five players. But the girls fought. I think the girls can perform even better,” Joghn said.

The difference for the Warhawks came in doubles, where one of the three matches was forfeited due to the small game roster.

The Tiffany Mylonas/Luana Stanciu and Ioana Popescu/Patricia Villar tandems each picked up for each other with 6-2 and 7-6 ,7-5 wins there to start ULM off on the right foot.

App State picked up the free point on No. 6, and Mylonas routed her No. 2 court opponent with a 6-1, 6-0 decision.

“We’re excited becuase tomorrow we have the opportunity to show what type of team we are,” Mylonas said.

The two teams’ trading of points continued with Stanciu’s 6-2, 6-1 win on No. 5 and Villar’s gutsy 7-5, 7-5 score in the clincher.

The Warhawks turned to face No. 46 Georgia State on Friday.

Georgia State defeated ULM 6-1 and ended the Warhawks’ season in the Sun Belt Championship Quarterfinals.

ULM was able to finish 13-6-1. The squad also competed with a freshman-only lineup the entire spring, while ranking as high as No. 72 nationally by the ITA.

The Warhawks reached the quarterfinals for the fourth time in the past five years and sixth of the previous eight.

Tiffany Mylonas and Luana Stanciu, the team’s top doubles pair, fell for just the third time all spring.