A Winning Combination

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Thumbnail image for Boxx_Guthrie_Egypt.jpgA little over a year since they teamed up to post a final collegiate tennis ranking of No.6 in the nation, Rebel alums Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie secured their first pro title as a duo, winning the F26 Futures title in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Saturday at the Jolie Ville Golf Resort on the coast.  The All-American duo entered the field as the No. 2 seed, and defeated the top seeded team of Anna Morgina (Russia) and Naomi Totka (Hungary) 6-1, 6-2, for the title.  Boxx and Guthrie were quite familiar with one half of their opponent, as Morgina played collegiate tennis at the University of South Carolina.

Boxx and Guthrie advanced to the final with a come from behind win in the semifinals.  After dropping the first set 7-5, to the unseeded pair from Greece and France, respectively, Boxx and Guthrie won a second set tiebreak 7-6(5) before wrapping up the match 10-3 in the final set.  That would be the only trouble the Reb duo faced the entire week, as they only dropped 12 games total in winning the other matches in straight sets.

Boxx and Guthrie will continue their stay in Egypt, playing another Futures event at the same site next week.  Current Rebel Mai El Kamash, who hails from Cairo, watched her fellow Rebels from the stands this week.  She has competed in singles and doubles of several prior Futures at this resort, but took the week off. 

A two-time All American in both singles and doubles for the Rebels, Boxx became the second player in Ole Miss history to achieve 200 wins combined in singles and doubles and became the second player in program history to earn All-SEC first team honors all four years.  

Guthrie also helped lead the Rebels to four straight NCAA tournament appearances.  She finished her senior year ranked No. 15 in the Southern Region in singles, while earning All-SEC honors.

Boxx graduated from Ole Miss in 2012, and Guthrie finished up her degree this past spring while also serving as a student assistant for the Rebels.

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