ULM Tennis Records Sun Belt Road Win at Ragin ‘Cajuns, 4-3

LAFAYETTE, La. – The ULM women’s tennis team improved its Sun Belt Conference record to 2-1 with a 4-3 victory Friday over the Ragin ‘Cajuns on their home courts. Overall, the Warhawks (5-6) have won three of their last four matches.

The Ragin ‘ Cajuns (5-5, 1-2 Sun Belt) captured the first doubles match as the No. 1 combination of Carla Urchoeguia and Momoko Yoshimura defeated Oleksandra Balaba and Alessandra Anghel, 6-0. ULM rebounded to post back-to-back wins at the No. 3 and No. 2 positions to secure the doubles point. The Warhawks’ No. 3 duo of Hala Badwy and Jimena Garbino came through with a 6-2 victory over Angel Santiago and Nikol Dobrilova6-2, and the No. 2 pairing of Giovanna Pereira went Madalina Grigoriu followed with 7-6 (7-4) win over Catarina Zheng and Tanisha Kashyap.

ULM extended its lead to 2-0 as Balaba opened singles play with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Lucie Raquin at the No. 3 position. The Ragin ‘ Cajuns got back-to-back wins at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions to tie the match at 2-all. At No. 4, Urchoeguia defeated Grigoriu6-3, 6-1, and Yoshimura followed with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Garbino at No. 5.

The Warhawks regained the lead at 3-2 when Badwy delivered at 6-2, 6-4 victory over Zheng at the No. 1 position, but the Ragin ‘ Cajuns evened the match at 3-all with Kashyap’s three-set win over Anghel at No. 2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

While making her Sun Belt Conference debut in singles play, Pereira clinched the decisive match point with a three-set victory over Santiago at the No. 6 position, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

“I’m so proud of my team and how they competed,” first-year ULM tennis coach Abdelrahman Zaki said. “The just gave all they had on the courts. They played with a lot of energy and fighting spirit out there.

“This is a team that defeated us twice, home and away, last year. So, to be able to beat them on their home courts with a shortened lineup due to injuries is quite an accomplishment. It was a great job by our team. A lot of credit also goes to our No. 6 singles player, Giovanna Pereira who played in her first-ever conference match today, and came through with the decisive win against our in-state rival. “

ULM concludes its Sun Belt Conference weekend schedule on Sunday, March 20 at 10 am when Arkansas State visits Heard Stadium.

ULM 4, Ragin ‘Cajuns 3
Doubles
1. Carla Urchoeguia / Momoko Yoshimura (ULL) def. Oleksandra Balaba/Alessandra Anghel (ULM), 6-0
2. Giovanna Pereira/Madalina Grigoriu (ULM) def. Catarina Zheng / Tanisha Kashyap (ULL), 7-6 (7-4)
3. Hala Badwy/ Jimena Garbino (ULM) def. Angel Santiago / Nikol Dobrilova (ULL), 6-2
Order of Finish: Doubles 1,3,2 *
Clinched the doubles point

Singles
1. Hala Badwy (ULM) def. Catarina Zheng (ULL), 6-2, 6-4
2. Tanisha Kashyap (ULL) def. Alessandra Anghel (ULM), 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
3. Oleksandra Balaba (ULM) def. Lucie Raquin (ULL), 6-4, 6-1
4. Carla Urchoeguia (LLU) def. Madalina Grigoriu (ULM), 6-3, 6-1
5. Momoko Yoshimura (LLU) def. Jimena Garbino (ULM), 6-2, 6-4
6. Giovanna Pereira (ULM) def. Angel Santiago (ULL), 6-1, 4-6, 6-4

Match Notes:
ULM 5-6, 2-1 Sun Belt
ULL 5-5, 1-2 Sun Belts
Order of Finish: Singles 3,4,5,1,2,6 ^
^ Clinched the overall match

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