MONROE, La. - ULM rolled through singles play to defeat Middle Tennessee 5-2 on Senior Day Friday afternoon at Heard Stadium. The victory extended the Warhawks' winning streak to nine matches and snapped an eight-match winning streak for Middle Tennessee.
"We beat a very good team today," ULM head coach Terrence De Jongh said. "After not getting the doubles point, our girls came out hungry for singles. It was a hard-fought match with a lot of intensity."
After dropping a thrilling doubles point, the Warhawks got straight-set victories from senior Vivian Polak at the No. 6 position, freshman Sophie Rufykiri at the No. 1 position and sophomore Medy Blankvoort at the No. 2 position to take a 3-1 advantage. Blankvoort's victory - a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Middle Tennessee's Lexi Brand - improved her to 15-0 on the season.
Senior Monica Winkel battled back from an early deficit to defeat Marietta Bigus 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5 singles to give ULM a 4-1 lead and seal the victory. Winkel is now 12-2 on the season, including 2-0 at the No. 5 position.
Flavia Nagayama picked up the Blue Raider's only victory in singles action, a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 decision over freshman Silvia Tumova at the No. 3 singles.
The match ended with freshman Ema Turudija pulling out a 6-4, 6-7, 12-10 victory in a tiebreak over Middle Tennessee's Nayara Moraes at the No. 4 spot.
"The crowd was great for senior day," De Jongh said. "I want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting this team and our two seniors."
ULM wraps up the regular season with a pair of Conference USA matches against UAB (April 13) and nationally-ranked Tulane (April 15) in Birmingham, Ala.
ULM 5, Middle Tennessee 2
1. Sophie Rufyikiri (ULM) def. Yuiri Nomoto (MT) 6-2, 6-3
2. Medy Blankvoort (ULM) def. Lexi Brand (MT) 6-2, 6-4
3. Flavia Nagayama (MT) def. Silvia Tumova (ULM) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
4. Ema Turudija (ULM) def. Nayara Moraes (MT) 6-4, 6-7, 12-10
5. Monica Winkel (ULM) def. Marietta Bigus (MT) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
6. Vivian Polak (ULM) def. Taylor Coffey (MT) 6-0, 6-3
1. Lexi Brand/Nayara Moraes (MT) def. Sophie Rufyikiri/Silvia Tumova (ULM) 9-8
2. Marietta Bigus/Yuiri Nomoto (MT) def. Medy Blankvoort/Monica Winkel (ULM) 8-6
3. Vivian Polak/Ema Turudija (ULM) def. Alex Dachos/Flavia Nagayama (MT) 8-4
Middle Tennessee 13-5