Scores: ULM 5, UT Martin 0
ULM 3, UAB 2
Teams: ULM (13-8)
UT Martin (0-5)
Location: Joelton, Tenn.
MONROE, La. - The ULM beach volleyball team closed the weekend in Tennessee with two more wins over UAB and UT Martin to complete the Governors Beach Bash undefeated.
-The Warhawks opened the day against UT Martin, sweeping the Skyhawks 5-0 as each set was closed in two sets with a forfeit at the five position.
-ULM evened the score this season against UAB with a 3-2 win this weekend. The teams were tied at two apiece as the two pairs dualed it out to a third set. Claire Crossfield and Kori Simpson held their ground and captured the win that the team needed to take the match. Two of the top five matches went to three sets in the two and five positions.
-Rebecca Brown and Catherine Griffith continued their success on the sand, as they upped their winning streak to 13 games. Today the pair competed in the four position.
-With the changes at the one and two positions the number one pair of Tara Jenkins and Hadley Swartz went 3-1 on the weekend and the number two pair of Kori Simpson and Claire Crossfield went 4-0.
FROM COACH HILTZ
"In my five years of coaching beach I've never seen a match like the one we played against UAB today. Every match had at least one set go to extra points. For us to come away with the win is a testament to the girls' resiliency and determination. Becca and Cat refused to quit even though they were down by four and five points late in both of their sets. To win both in extra points really set the tone for the rest of the pairs as they took the court for their matches.
Our new pairs really came though for us. Hadley and Tara saved their best performance for last as they looked rock solid. Claire and Kori continued to play like seasoned veterans and refused to get rattled. I was confident that they would find a way to win the match for their team and that's exactly what they did.
I'm proud of the girls for avenging a earlier loss to UAB this season back in week one. The win shows how much we've improved and that improvement is a reflection of every one of these young ladies' hard work. I'm also proud of the way we maintained our emotional control during the match. That was a huge factor for us pulling out the win. The entire weekend the team seemed determined to be positive no matter what and just go have fun. That attitude made a huge difference. I have no doubt we can carry this feeling and that attitude with us into next weekend at LSU where opportunity awaits us."
-The Warhawks travel to Baton Rouge next week to compete in the Battle on the Bayou against LSU, Spring Hill, Georgia State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas A&M-Kingsville.