ULM completes 4-game sweep in Bayou Bash

Jonah Bostick, Sports Editor

ULM beach volleyball (19-1) continues to have success in the 2023 season, this time with a sweep of the Bayou Bash series in Monroe. 

Game one of the series pitted the Warhawks against Southwest Baptist (6-9). Julia Blazek and Kaitlyn Nowak for the Warhawks win set one with scores of 21-14 and 21-15. ULM’s Avery Reynolds and Clarie Williamson swept their match with a 21-15 score in both sets. Brooke Hoven and Tamsie Black sealed the win for the Warhawks 21-17 and 21-14. Rylin Adams and Madelyn Marquez won their match to make the score 4-0, and Kaylie and Kaitlyn Beck won match five to complete the sweep over the Bearcats. 

The second Friday game featured Nicholls State (2-19), which has lost the two previous matchups against the Warhawks. Reynolds and Williamson won the first match with scores of 21-11 and 21-10. The Beck sisters earned the victory in match two, making the score 2-0. Hoven and Black clinched the game with a win in the third match with two scores of 21-10. The Warhawks won both matches four and five to complete another sweep to end day one of play. 

Saturday started with a matchup versus Texas A&M Kingsville (8-11). Reynolds and Williamson once again took the first match in two sets 21-10, 21-18. The Beck duo won the second match 21-12, 21-16. Blazek and Nowak won match three to put the Warhawks up 3-0, winning the game. The Javelinas avoided the sweep with Grace Gettys and Olivia Zeigler defeating Black and Hoven in three close sets in match five, but ULM came away with the win 4-1. 

ULM once again played Nicholls State, and the same result occurred, with the Warhawks sweeping the Colonels 5-0 to win game four. 

The Warhawks came into the series with a 3-1 record in the Mardi Gras Classic, where they received their first loss in game two. Before the loss, ULM had won its first 13 games to start the year. 

The 19 wins for the Warhawks in 2023 are tied for the most wins in a season in program history, and there are still 12 regular season games left on the schedule.