ULM (1-0) at McNeese State
Match 2 at McNeese State: Friday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.
Location: Lake Charles, La. / Nancy Hawk Tennis Center
MONROE, La. -- ULM (1-0) will hit the road and play at McNeese State after opening its season with a 6-1 win over Central Arkansas on Sunday.
Scouting the Cowgirls
Freshman Klaudia Gawlik received an ITA Southern Regional Preseason Ranking, ranked at No. 15, she is the first Cowgirl to be ranked in program history. McNeese State beat Jackson State 5-2 before falling to nationally ranked Houston, 6-1. The Cowgirls will meet Alcorn State on Thursday before hosting ULM. The Nancy Hawk Tennis Center was resurfaced in 2012.
McNeese State vs. ULM Series
ULM leads the all-time series 21-4 over McNeese State. The Warhawks opened last spring with a 6-1 win over the Cowgirls.
Last Time Out
ULM defeated Central Arkansas 6-1 on Sunday to begin its spring season. The Warhawks handled the doubles competition with ease taking the first two matches to collect the point. Singles were nearly as easy with Sophie Rufyikiri, Medy Blankvoort, Silvia Tumova, Justyna Krol and Petra Horakova picking up straight-set victories.
Medy Blankvoort went 7-1 in singles and 8-3 in doubles during the fall season. Sophie Rufyikiri went 6-0 in singles and 4-1 in doubles. Silvia Tumova went 7-0 in singles and 4-4 in doubles. Justyna Krol went 6-1 in singles and 6-2 in doubles. Iris Van Leeuwen went 3-5 in singles and 6-0 in doubles.
Junior forward Medy Blankvoort went 16-1 last season and pushed her career record to 46-16 on her way to an All-Sun Belt selection. Blankvoort collected a winning streak of 16 matches overall which included her victory over Denver's Emma Isberg in the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Blankvoort was also named to the 2011-12 Sun Belt Commissioner's List.
Coach Terrence De Jongh has not lost a home-opener in his six seasons at ULM. Last season, the Warhawks disposed of McNeese State 6-1. In his first season at ULM, his program cruised past Grambling State, 7-0.
The Warhawks do not have a senior on the roster but Coach De Jongh does posses a wealth of experience. All but one of the Warhawks have competed at ULM, freshman Petra Harakova joined the team at semester.
ULM's roster does not contain one player from the United States. The Warhawks boast student-athletes from five different countries. Furthest away from home is Sophie Rufyikiri who is 8,155 miles away from her hometown of Bujumbura, Burundi.
ULM will begin a three-match homestand with Jackson State on Friday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.