Women fall to GSU in semi-finals


After taking down the number three seed Coastal Carolina in an exciting quarterfinals match, the Warhawks looked to keep their hot streak going heading into the next round of the Sun Belt Tennis Championships.

But despite their valiant efforts, ULM wasn’t able to conquer the number two ranked Georgia State, as they fell 3-4 in the semifinals to cap off their season.

The loss wasn’t delivered to the number six ranked Warhawks easily though.

After rallying back for the win in yesterday’s match, the Warhawks looked as if they were going to pull it off again.

We had a tough loss today and they were very competitive.

“We should have been more focused coming into the match to take advantage of every opportunity,” senior Stefana Andrei said.

“I will be forever grateful for what my coaches did for me and for the chance of being a Warhawk,” she added.

After Florencia Salerno and Bianca Koen both picked up automatic walkover wins on courts five and six, the score was tied at 2-2 following a loss from ULM’s freshman Karolina Silwanowicz.

First-team All conference singles competitor, Stefana Andrei snatched the singles point from the 2018 Sun Belt play of the year, Kristin Rehse, in a 6-4, 6-1 victory.

The win gave the underdog Warhawks a 3-2 lead on the match and their first glimpse of glory as they stood only one win away from a trip to the finals.

However, a tight loss from sophomore Madalina Grigoriu in the next game would quickly tie things back up for GSU.

With the match tied, everything came down to the play of sophomore and second team all-conference singles player, Karolina Snita, as she took on Georgia State’s Daniela Ramirez on court number two.

The two battled back and forth as Snita dropped the first set 6-1, but came back to win set two with a score of 6-1 as well.

The final set was all Snita’s to win, with her up 4-1 on her opponent.

But a huge rally from Ramirez gave her the 6-4 set win and the overall match win for Georgia State, sending them to the finals.

The Warhawks finished their 2018 regular season with a positive record of 12-8, including a conference record of 4-2.

The ULM Tennis team will look to have another great year next season in 2019.