NATCHITOCHES, La. - Play began at the Lady Demon Fall Invite hosted by Northwestern State on Friday and ULM Tennis continued its impressive play so far this fall. Sophie Rufyikiri, Medy Blankvoort, Silvia Tumova and Justyna Krol all won their first round matches, with all but one of those victories coming in straight sets.
In Flight One Singles, Rufyikiri defeated Marta Sans of New Orleans (6-4, 6-0) to advance to a second round battle with Tatiana Larina of Northwestern State on Saturday. Also in the first flight, Blankvoort knocked off Alicia Porte of Lamar (6-3, 6-1) to secure a second round contest with Malena Gordo of Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.
In Flight Two Singles, Tumova bested Alessandra Pennessi of Lamar (2-6, 6-4, 10-5) to advance to the second round where she will meet Valerie Terentyeva of Stephen F. Austin on Saturday. Also in the second flight, Krol clipped Sandra Alquist of UL-Lafayette (6-1, 6-2) to advance and face Soledad Arroyo of New Orleans in the second round.
In Flight One Doubles action, Rufyikiri and Krol made quick work of Katie Lanier and Lauren May of Southern Miss (8-1) and Gordo and Margot de Haan of Stephen F. Austin (8-5) and will face Polina Konop and Daniela Simonova of Northwestern State in the third round on Sunday.
Play continues throughout the weekend and ULMWarhawks.com will be the place for complete recaps and results after each day of competition. In addition, be sure to follow @ULMWarhawks on Twitter for midday updates on the action.
ULM Day One Results Summary
Flight One Singles
Sophie Rufyikiri def. Marta Sans (New Orleans) 6-4, 6-0
Medy Blankvoort def. Alicia Porte (Lamar) 6-3, 6-1
Flight Two Singles
Silvia Tumova def. Alessandra Pennessi (Lamar) 2-6, 6-4 (10-5)
Justyna Krol def. Sandra Alquist (UL-Lafayette) 6-1, 6-2
Flight One Doubles
Sophie Rufyikiri/Justyna Krol def. Katie Lanier/Lauren May (Southern Miss) 8-1
Sophie Rufyikiri/Justyna Krol def. Malena Gordo/Margot de Haan (Stephen F. Austin) 8-5