Rebels Travel to North Carolina and Arkansas to Kick Off the Season
Overall Record: 195-146/15 Record at Ole Miss: 145-138/12
2010, 2012 ITA South Region Coach of the Year
He's won two national championships in Division II and led a team to the SEC West Championship. He's coached numerous All-Americans and All-SEC players. His teams are notorious for excellence in the classroom. Mark Beyers has accomplished a lot in 15 years as a head coach, and with five of the top six returning from last year's squad, look for the Rebels rise to continue in 2014.
Youth was the name of the game in 2013, as the Rebels did not feature a senior on the team and only two juniors. They earned the program's 16th overall NCAA appearance, and junior Caroline Rohde-Moe participated in the NCAA Singles Championship as well as earned All-SEC honors for the second time. Off the court, the Rebels were one of the best, earning an APR Public Recognition Award and leading all sports at Ole Miss with a 3.64 team GPA in the spring.
In 2012, the Rebels earned their fourth straight NCAA appearance and a final national ranking of No. 18. It marked the third time in the last four years for the Rebels to end the year ranked in the Top 25. The Rebels (18-9) hosted the NCAA first and second rounds for the first time since 1999 and finished among the top four in the overall SEC standings for the second time in three years. The 18 wins are the most since the 1999 team posted 21. The Rebels also advanced to the National Team Indoor Final 16 for the first time since 2000. Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie earned All-America honors and were joined on the All-SEC team by Caroline Rohde-Moe and freshman Erin Stephens. Julia Jones made the All-Freshman team along with Stephens.
Beyers was named ITA Southern Region Coach of the Year for the second time in three years in 2012.
The Rebels enjoyed an excellent year in the classroom, earning the ITA All-Academic Team Award for the 16th consecutive time, while three players earned ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition. Gabby Rangel was a finalist for the SEC Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Scholarship and received a Taylor Medal (highest academic honor at University).
Despite dealing with injuries to key players in 2011, the Rebels earned their third straight NCAA bid. Kristi Boxx earned All-SEC first team honors for the third year in a row. Connor Vogel made the second team.
Off the court, the team received the ITA All-Academic Team Award as well as earning the Chancellor's Cup for the varsity team wtih the highest cumulative grade point average.
Ole Miss advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the eighth time in 2010, captured the SEC West Championship and reached the SEC tournament semifinals for the second year in a row. The Rebels ended the year ranked No. 17 in the nation, posted their best finish in the SEC (2nd) since 1999 and their best league record (8-3) since 2000. Kristi Boxx and Karen Nijssen earned All-America honors, while Boxx was one of only nine players in the nation to earn the honor in both singles and doubles. Laura van de Stroet and Connor Vogel joined Boxx and Nijssen on the All-SEC team.
Academic success continued for the Rebels as they earned the Chancellor's Cup for the women's varsity squad with the highest cumulative grade point average. They also received the ITA All-Academic Team Award for the 14th time, while four players were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
The Rebels ended the 2009 season ranked No. 21 in the nation and advanced to the NCAA second round. With three freshmen and two sophomores in the lineup, Ole Miss defeated five top 25 teams in league play and reached the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. Kristi Boxx and Karen Nijssen earned All-SEC honors and participated in the NCAA Doubles Championship. Boxx also made the singles championship.
Off the court, the Rebels earned the prestigious ITA All-Academic Team Award, and Gabby Rangel and Laura van de Stroet were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
In 2008, Karen Nijssen earned All-SEC honors in her first year with the Rebels. She also teamed with Nika Koukhartchouk to participate in the NCAA Doubles Championships. The pair ended the year ranked No. 32 in the nation.
Off the court, Ole Miss garnered the ITA All-Academic Team Award for the 12th time. Two members of the team were named ITA Scholar-Athletes. For the first time ever, the team also earned the Chancellor's Cup for the highest grade point average among all women's varsity sports at Ole Miss. Preethi Subramanian was named to the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars by the journal Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.
In 2007, senior Ilona Somers, earned All-SEC honors for the second year in a row, ended the year ranked No. 46 in the nation and qualified for the NCAA Singles Championship. In the classroom, Ole Miss received the ITA All-Academic Team Award. Four members of the team earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
In 2006, Ole Miss boasted the SEC Co-Freshman of the Year, in addition to Ilona Somers making the All-SEC second team. Off the court, the Lady Rebels received the distinction of being named an ITA All-Academic team. Also, the entire starting lineup earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors, believed to be not matched by any other squad in the country.
The 2005 season saw the Rebels capture the SEC Western Division Championship for the first time. In addition, the team made its 11th NCAA Championship appearance. Chloe Carlotti became the seventh All-American in the history of the program and joined an elite group of Division I players to earn that distinction at multiple schools. Carlotti and Virginia Tomatis earned All-SEC honors after going 8-3 in the league at No. 1 doubles.
The 2004 season saw the Lady Rebels narrowly miss making the NCAA Team Championships, but there were plenty of highlights to be noted. Chloe Carlotti and Virginia Tomatis teamed up to post an 8-3 record in the SEC at No. 1 doubles and earn All-SEC honors. Carlotti participated in the NCAA Championships in singles and teamed up with Tomatis in doubles. Off the court, the Lady Rebels were named an ITA All-Academic Team. Florencia Basile, Karem Harboe, Sabrina Peppl and Virginia Tomatis were named ITA Scholar-Athletes and to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
In 2003, current University of Wisconsin assistant coach Mira Radu completed an outstanding career by being named the NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Mississippi.
Radu earned All-America honors for the second consecutive year as well as All-SEC accolades. Radu finished her senior year ranked No. 18 in the nation and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championships. The winner of the 2003 ITA South Region Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, Radu became only the fourth Lady Rebel ever to record 100 wins for her career, finishing with a 108-52 career record. Radu was also the co-recipient of the Eugenia Conner Memorial Award, which is given to the most outstanding female athlete on the Ole Miss campus each spring.
Off the court in the 2003, the Lady Rebels earned the ITA All-Academic Team Award. Radu made the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and Florencia Basile, Karem Harboe and Virginia Tomatis were named ITA Scholar Athletes.
During his first season (2002) at the helm, Beyers guided the Lady Rebels to their seventh consecutive NCAA appearance and a final national ranking of No. 35. He also coached Mira Radu to All-America and All-SEC honors. Radu ended the year ranked among the top 20 singles players. Radu and 2002 graduate Camilla Gould earned the ITA Scholar-Athlete Award, while the squad was named an ITA All-Academic Team.
No stranger to women's tennis, Beyers, a native of Tilburg, Holland, spent three years (1992-95) as head coach of the women's tennis team at Armstrong Atlantic State in Georgia. During his three years, the team captured the NCAA Division II Championship, posted a 50-8 record and won the Peach Belt Conference each year. Beyers earned PBC Coach-of-the-Year honors in 1993, 1994 and 1995. In 1995, he received NCAA Division II South Regional Coach-of-the-Year honors. His teams ranked 10th, ninth and first respectively in the Division II national rankings.
Beyers came to Ole Miss in the fall of 1995 as the men's assistant coach. In his six years as an assistant coach with the Rebels, Ole Miss reached the final four twice (1997, 1999) and won three SEC titles (1996, 1997, 1999). In 1997, Beyers was the first recipient of the ITA Region III Assistant Coach-of-the-Year Award.
During his 20 years of coaching collegiate tennis as an assistant and head coach, Beyers has coached 24 All-Americans, 47 ITA Scholar-Athletes and 12 Academic All-America teams.
As a collegiate player at Armstrong Atlantic State, Beyers earned four letters, posted a 99-21 record and led his team to a national ranking of No. 4. He earned All-America honors twice in doubles and singles.
Beyers received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Armstrong Atlantic State in 1991. After graduating, Beyers enjoyed a brief professional career on the satellite tour before returning to his alma mater to coach the women's team.
In 1998, Beyers became the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Armstrong Atlantic State Athletic Hall of Fame. This past fall he was selected as one of 75 notable alumni for Armstrong Atlantic University's 75th anniversary.
In July of 2005, Beyers married the former Lauren Dorcheus. The couple resides in Oxford.
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