ULM wins first ever Sun Belt Women’s Tennis Championship

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NEW ORLEANS – No. 1 seed ULM outlasted No. 2 seed South Alabama to win its first Sun Belt Conference women’s tennis championship in program history.

With the win, the Warhawks earn the league’s automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship.

ULM outlasted South Alabama in a 3 hour, 46 minute thriller that came down to the No. 5 singles match between ULM’s Karolina Snita and South Alabama’s Laura Matuskova. With all matches complete, Snita and Matuskova battled in a 3 hour, 34 minute duel which Snita claimed in three sets 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to deliver the match-clinching victory.

South Alabama claimed the early lead by dominating doubles. The Jaguars won 6-2 at the third position and 6-3 at the second position to grab the early lead.

ULM’s Patricia Villar gave the Warhawks their first point with a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles. South Alabama struck back with back-to-back wins at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions by Alexandria Stiteler (3-6, 6-3, 6-1) and Laura Valkova (6-2, 3-6, 6-3).

The Warhawks proceeded to win each of the three remaining singles matches as Madalina Grigoriu won 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at No. 6 and Petra Horakova won 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 at No. 5 before Snita’s match clincher.

The NCAA Women’s Tennis team selection show will air on Tuesday, May 5 at 4:30 p.m. CT on NCAA.com.

Tennis Match Results
South Alabama vs ULM
Apr 23, 2017 at New Orleans, La.
(City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center)
ULM 4, South Alabama 3

Singles competition
1. Stiteler, Alexandria (USA) def. Andrei, Stefana (ULM) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
2. Valkova, Laura (USA) def. Mylonas, Tiffany (ULM) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
3. Villar, Patricia (ULM) def. Mitta, Monica (USA) 6-3, 6-0
4. Horakova, Petra (ULM) def. Martins, Patricia (USA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
5. Snita, Karolina (ULM) def. Matuskova, Laura (USA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
6. Grigoriu, Madalina (ULM) def. Zolotareva, Alina (USA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Andrei, Stefana/Horakova, Petra (ULM) vs. Martins, Patricia/Valkova, Laura (USA) 4-4, unfinished
2. Mitta, Monica/Stiteler, Alexandria (USA) def. Grigoriu, Madalina/Snita, Karolina (ULM) 6-3
3. Matuskova, Laura/Zolotareva, Alina (USA) def. Mylonas, Tiffany/Stanciu, Luana (ULM) 6-2

Match Notes:
South Alabama 21-5
ULM 16-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,2,6,4,5)

2017 Sun Belt Women’s Tennis Championship
Championship Match
#1 ULM vs. #2 South Alabama
Official: Dale Williamson T-3:46 A-111

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