MONROE, La. -- ULM won its fourth straight match of the season with a 7-0 sweep of Alcorn State. It was the Warhawks' second sweep of an opponent in as many matches.
The Warhawks (4-0) took the doubles point with commanding victories in the second and third flights. Silvia Tumova and Petra Horakova blew past Alcorn State's (0-4) Merilin Tipp and Kate Potapova, 8-0, in the second flight. Medy Blankvoort and Justyna Krol surpassed Victoria Kozachuck and Agoncha Punj 8-1 at third doubles. Sophie Rufyikiri and Ema Turudija did not finish their top flight matchup with Arielle Buchman and Kersten Vanem.
At singles, Horakova remained perfect on the day with a clean 6-0, 6-0 victory over the Lady Braves' Chan Rutherford at the fifth flight. Rufyikiri and Blankvoort each recorded 6-1, 6-0 victories over Vanem and Buchman in the top two flights, respectively.
The Warhawks saved all the drama for the final singles flight of the day. Iris Van Leeuwen, appearing in her first competition of the spring, dropped the first set to Punj, 6-7. Van Leeuwen rallied to win the second set 6-2 to force the super tiebreaker. Van Leeuwen and Punj battled back-and-forth in the tie-breaking set, but Van Leeuwen emerged victorious, 11-9.
ULM is next in action Feb. 22 at Northwestern State.
|1. Sophie Rufyikiri (ULM) def. Kersten Vanem (ALCW) 6-1, 6-0|
|2. Medy Blankvoort (ULM) def. Arielie Buchman (ALCW) 6-1, 6-0|
|3. Silvia Tumova (ULM) def. Victoria Kozachuk (ALCW) 6-2, 6-0|
|4. Justyna Krol (ULM) def. Merilin Tipp (ALCW) 6-2, 6-2|
|5. Petra Horakova (ULM) def. C. Rutherford (ALCW) 6-0, 6-0|
|6. Iris Van Leeuwen def. Agoncha Punj (ALCW) vs.(ULM) 6-7, 6-2, 11-9|
|1. Sophie Rufyikiri/Ema Turudija (ULM) vs. Arielie Buchman/Kersten Vanem (ALCW) unfinished|
|2. Silvia Tumova/Petra Horakova (ULM) def. Merilin Tipp/Kate Potapova (ALCW) 8-0|
|3. Medy Blankvoort/Justyna Krol (ULM) def. Victoria Kozachuk/Agoncha Punj (ALCW) 8-1|