LA Tech improved to 2-1 on the spring
Season opener is Saturday at noon at Nicholls State
Team combines for 18 singles wins and six doubles wins in two-day tournament
Matches will be played all day Friday and Saturday
A total of 124 Tech athletes earned the academic honor
The Lady Techsters opened up the 2015 fall season in nearby Monroe at the Warhawk Invitational.
FALL 2015: Went 2-5 in singles ... Both victories came in the first fall tourney of the season at the Warhawk Invitational ... Lost opening round match in three sets in Flight No. 3, but won the back draw with straight-set victories over Northwestern State's Barbora Kollarova and ULL's Melissa Burckhartt ... Partnered with Alba Escalona Perny to go 0-2 in doubles, both losses coming at the ITA Southern Regionals.
SPRING 2015: Went 2-4 in singles while playing all matches at No. 6 ... Two victories came in straight sets over ASA Junior College and Tyler Junior College with both teams ranked one and two in NJCAA ... Partnered with Taylor Capannolo for one doubles match, a 6-2 loss at No. 19 Texas Tech.
FALL 2014: Finished fall with 7-9 singles record ... Won first career match as a Lady Techster at Solinco Houston Open, the first tournament of the fall, at Flight No. 4 ... Picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win over McNeese State's Andrea Nenu at Flight No. 2 of Rice Invitational ... Champion of Flight No. 6 at Ragin' Cajuns Tennis Classic with wins versus Southeastern Louisiana, McNeese State and Nicholls State ... Picked up two victories against Lamar and Prairie View A&M at Jason's Deli Collegiate Invitational ... Partnered with Taly Merker and Taylor Capannolo to go 3-2 in doubles.
Prior to LA Tech: Lettered five years at Ouachita Christian School ... Coached by Greg Hearn of the Shreveport-Bossier Tennis Academy ... Ranked No. 2 in G18's and in G16's in state of Louisiana by USTA ... Three-star prospect ranked as high as 50th in G18's in the Southern Section and 19th by tennisrecruiting.net out of the Gulf States ... Named All-Region from 2010-14 and All-State from 2011-14 ... State runner-up in singles and doubles ... Quarterfinalist of College ITA Tournaments at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas-Arlington ... Placed second in three STA level 3 tournaments in 2014 ... Endorsed by Louisiana for the Southern Closed Tournament from 2011-14 ... Invited to participate in the Southern Cup, representing Team Louisiana in 2014 ... Won 6-8 matches for Team Louisiana at event ... Selected to play National Hard Court Championship in G18's twice.
Personal: Full name is Haley Nicole Ballinger ... Daughter of Michael and Teresa Ballinger ... One brother, Parker ... Grandfather, Tony Montalbano, lettered in track and football at McNeese State ... Chose Louisiana Tech over Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Miss and Northwestern State ... Born Feb. 13, 1996 in Monroe, La.