ULM Tennis Travels to Northwestern State on Friday
ULM (4-0) at Northwestern State (3-3)
Match 4 vs. Northwestern State: Friday, Feb. 22 at Noon
Location: Natchitoches, La. / Jack Fischer Tennis Complex
MONROE, La. -- ULM (4-0) will look to keep its early season success going at Northwestern State (3-3) on Friday. The Warhawks have swept its last two opponents, 7-0.
Scouting the Lady Demons
NSU enters Friday's match with a 3-3 record with wins over Abilene Christian, Southern Miss and at Texas State. Polina Konop and Natalya Krutova are both 5-1 to start the season. Tatiana Larina and Andrea Nedorostova are 5-1 at No. 1 doubles.
Northwestern State vs. ULM Series
ULM leads the all-time series 29-12 over Northwestern State. The most recent meeting was Feb, 18, 2011, which ULM won 5-2.
Last Time Out
ULM swept Alcorn State, 7-0. Iris Van Leeuwen made her spring debut with a dramatic, 6-7, 6-2, 11-9 victory, over Agoncha Punj in No. 6 singles.
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. This season, ULM handled Central Arkansas, 6-1, to continue De Jongh's streak.
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 stay on the road and play at Texas-San Antonio on March 1 at 11 a.m.