Trio of Warhawks triumph in Demon’s den

The Warhawks put on their second straight impressive showing of the season last weekend at Northwestern State’s Lady Demon Collegiate Invitational. Senior Madalina Grigoriu and the doubles tandem of Oleksandra Balaba and Brianna Gomez won their respective brackets at last weekend’s invitational. 

This win from Grigoriu continues her undefeated streak from the 2020 season. 

Grigoriu started the weekend beating Southern Mississippi’s Sarah Medik, 6-1, 6-4, and Northwestern State’s Mariella Minetti, 7-6, 2-6, 10-6. She carried on with this success on Saturday gaining a 6-2, 6-4 win over SFA’s Nyah Kauders in the championship of the Purple Singles Draw.

Balaba and Gomez also started off strong by winning their first matchup 6-4 against Southern Mississippi’s Das and Ebru Yazgan, 6-4. The pair won the championship on Saturday after beating Southeastern Louisiana’s Sofya Kanarskaya and Oborina 6-4 in the semifinals and Stephen F. Austin’s Elena Bleicher and Elise Frigout 7-5 in the finals.

Other Warhawks that drew some success this weekend were junior Jimena Paula Garbino, senior Brianna Gomez and sophomore Giovanna Pereira. 

Garbino placed second in the Orange Singles Draw after beating NSU’s Dorora Szczygielska 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 in the semifinals after receiving a first round bye. Unfortunately, Garbino dropped a hard-fought championship match to Southeastern’s Kate Orbina 3-6, 6-4, 10-6.

Gomez placed second in the Black Singles draw after topping Southern Mississippi’s Suhana Das in the semifinals 6-4, 2-6, 10-5 and dropping the championship 3-6, 4-6 to Northwestern’s State’s Tjasa Klevisar. Gomez also received a first round bye. 

The Warhawks will look to continue this early success at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regionals in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Oct. 14-19.