Hot-handed Hawks take down Tigers in Monroe to start spring season

Maggie Eubanks and Cameron Jett

Coaching changes can be daunting, but starting with a win can put some worries to rest. In his ULM coaching debut, Abdelrahman Zaki helped guide the Warhawks to a 6-1 victory over their in-state rival Grambling State. This victory allowed Zaki to claim his first Division I coaching win. 

ULM closed out the frigid day by winning its last five matches and garnered praise from their new coach.

“I thought we did a good a job not taking the opponent lightly,” Zaki said. “The ladies were serious and focused tactically across the board.” 

The Warhawks prevailed through the cold weather as they got the win at home. ULM performed well across the board in an excellent team win. 

Sophomore Hala Badwy was the top performer for the Warhawks defeating her opponent in singles competition 6-0, 6-1. She also combined with her doubles partner freshman Alex Anghel to defeat the Tigers 6-3. 

Angel also had a successful weekend in singles’ competition after she defeated her opponent 6-2, 6-1. 

Juniors Madalina Grigoriu and Jimena Garbino defeated their doubles opponents 6-1, and their singles opponents 6-1, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-2 respectively. 

The last players for ULM that added to the successful weekend was sophomores Giovanna Pereira and Oleksandra Balaba. They teamed up to win the last doubles’ match 6-3 and Pereira won her singles’ match 7-5, 6-0.