Warhawks split in-state showdown

Beau Benoit

Last week ULM took on two in-state rivals in hopes of finishing with a winning record. Unfortunately, the Warhawks dropped their first match against Louisiana Tech but they evened their record with a home win over Nicholls State.

Last Wednesday saw ULM travel to Ruston to battle I-20 rival LA Tech. Despite great weather, the Warhawks lost 4-3 against the Lady Techsters. In the doubles competition, the Techsters were able to establish a 1-0 lead at the end, but not without any obstacles. The Warhawk team of Daniela Hernandez and Madalina Grigoriu tied the competition with a 6-4 match win in an effort to put a stop to Tech’s early lead.

As for the singles competition, LA Tech secured their win when Bienzobas defeated Warhawk Alessandra Anghel 6-1, 7-6 (9). ULM did not give up and finished the day with Giovanna Pereira defeating Alexia Romero 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10) and a fearsome bout between Warhawk Jimena Garbino and Techster Najah Dawson 0-6, 7-6 (9), which sadly ended in Dawson’s withdrawal due to a debilitating muscle cramp. 

The Warhawks turned around and hosted Nicholls State Colonels last Saturday for a chilly in-state battle. The Warhawks had a fantastic start, as they were able to demolish the doubles competition and end with a 2-0 start after three matches. The Warhawk team of Hala Badwy and Anghel shut out Sofia Sara Safarova and Jessie Mount 6-0. Grigoriu and Giovanna Pereira followed up with a strong 6-2 win against Morgan Forshag and Constanza Cruz. The singles competition started strong for ULM thanks to Hala Bawdy triumphing over Simona Maksimovic 6-3, 6-0. Carla Bouygues answered right back for Nicholls, besting Giovanna Pereira (No. 5) 6-2, 6-2. Anghel delivered the fatal blow to Nicholls with a 7-6 (7), 6-2 victory against Sofia Safarova. Anghel’s win was the beginning of a three-match win streak that day, with the other two contributors being Grigoriu versus Forshag 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 and Brianna Gomez vs Jessie Mount (No. 3) 6-4, 6-3.