DENTON, Texas - A key rally by the team of Sophie Rufyikiri and Silvia Tumova earned the doubles point for the ULM tennis team, sparking the No. 5 Warhawks to a 4-0 sweep of No. 12 Western Kentucky Thursday in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Championships at the Waranch Tennis Complex.
After both teams split the opening doubles matches, Western Kentucky's (10-6-1) Monta Reinfelde and Madeline Phillips took a commanding 4-0 lead in the third and deciding contest. Rufyikiri and Tumova battled back to win eight of the next nine points, taking the match 8-5 and securing the crucial doubles point for ULM (15-3).
Tumova carried the steady play into singles, downing Carolina Barboza 6-0, 6-2 to extend the overall Warhawk lead to 2-0. Medy Blankvoort claimed the second straight set singles win for ULM with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Lady Topper Alex Crofford. Ema Turudija clinched the fourth and deciding match point with a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Western Kentucky's Katrina Vucina.
The Warhawks face No. 4 Denver (11-10) in the
second round of the SBC Championships Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Waranch
No. 5 ULM 4, No. 12 Western Kentucky 0
1. Sophie Rufyikiri (ULM) vs. Monta Reinfelde (WKU) 6-3, 5-1, unfinished
2. Silvia Tumova (ULM) def. Carolina Barboza (WKU) 6-0, 6-2
3. Medy Blankvoort (ULM) def. Alex Crofford (WKU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Ema Turudija (ULM) def. Katrina Vucina (WKU) 6-0, 6-1
5. Monica Winkel (ULM) vs. Madeline Phillips (WKU) 6-3, 3-1, unfinished
6. Vivian Polak (ULM) vs. Morgan Freeman (WKU) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
1. Rufyikiri/Tumova (ULM) def. Reinfelde/Phillips (WKU) 8-5
2. Barboza/Crofford (WKU) def. Winkel/Blankvoort (ULM) 8-2
3. Polak/Turudija (ULM) def. Vucina/Freeman (WKU) 8-2