TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ole Miss women’s tennis sophomore Vivian Vlaar rallied to defeat Texas A&M's Janine Erasmus in a third set tiebreaker to clinch a 4-3 win for the Rebels in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend here Saturday. The Rebels advance to play the winner of No. 18 Florida State/Ohio State Sunday at 1 p.m.
With the match tied at 3, it was up to Vlaar to stage a comeback, and she did just that. Down 4-2 in the third and decisive set, the Belgium native won three straight games to go up 5-4 and then dominated the tiebreaker 7-3 in just her fourth match of the year after having surgery on her wrist in the offseason.
“It was a great college tennis match with lots of momentum changes,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “We played very well in doubles and never really gave them much of an opportunity to get in the matches. But I have to give Texas A&M credit for coming back in singles and playing hard and pushing us to the brink.”
The Rebels won the doubles point, and that proved to be the difference in the match. The senior duo of Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie, ranked No. 4 in the nation, downed Cristina Sanchez Quintanar and Sun Wen 8-4 at No. 1 doubles and then Gabby Rangel and Erin Stephens topped Janelle Cuthbertson and Nazari Urbina 8-6 at No. 2 to clinch the point.
Ole Miss quickly went up 2-0 in singles as freshman Julia Jones led her A&M’s Cuthbertson 4-2 in the first set when the Aggie retired.
The Aggies then won three straight matches to pull ahead 3-2 in the overall match. In a battle between two of the nation’s top-ranked players at No. 1 singles, Sanchez-Quintanar, ranked No. 11, got the best of Boxx, ranked No. 12, 6-2, 6-2.
Santacroce squared the match with her straight 6-4, 6-2 win against Ole Miss’ Stephens at No. 4 singles.
The remaining three matches all went three sets. At No. 3 singles, Guthrie won the first set against A&M’s Wen, 6-3, but the Aggie rallied to take the final two sets 6-3, 6-4 to give her team the lead.
Rebel sophomore Caroline Rohde-Moe had to battle back in her match as well after dropping the first set 6-4 and falling behind early in the second set. She ended up winning the second set 7-5 and holding on the third set 6-4 to even the match at 3, setting up Vlaar’s match-clinching victory.
“We are proud of Vivian and Caroline for coming back after being a set down. In the end we needed both of those. It’s nice when you play for 4 1/2 hours or more and get the win. It was good for the freshmen to see that. We’re looking forward to another great match Sunday.”
The winner of Sunday’s match will advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Final 16 in Charlottesville, Va. Feb. 10-13. Live scoring of the match will be available at www.seminolesports.com.
Ole Miss meets Mississippi State on the hardwood the for 250th time Wednesday, which makes it the most-played rivalry in the Southeastern Conference. Like the rivalry in football, where the road team last won in 2010, the home team has... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 20-26, 2015Men's Basketball - Senior guard Jarvis Summers scored 4 points in the final 26.6 seconds to lift Ole Miss to a 72-71 victory over Florida Saturday. Summers scored a team-high 16 points, including... read more
Classes started on the Ole Miss campus this past week, as the men's and women's basketball teams enter the heart of Southeastern Conference play. Some of the spring sports have started their 2015 seasons, while others are gearing up for... read more
Former Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt capped an impressive week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, with a game-high five tackles in the game itself Saturday. His former teammate, cornerback Senquez Golson sat out the game with a hamstring... read more
Ole Miss closes out a three-game stretch in which they will have faced three consecutive ranked opponents when they welcome No. 18 Mississippi State on Thursday night. The Rebels are 1-1 through the first two games of the stretch, having... read more
Photo GalleryCody Prewitt and Senquez Golson will represent Ole Miss in the Senior Bowl, which will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. CT from Mobile, Alabama, and will be televised by the NFL Network. The duo have already had a busy... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 13-19, 2015Men's Basketball - Ole Miss thrashed No. 19 Arkansas 96-82 on Saturday. The Rebels picked up their first true road win over a ranked opponent since 2003 and scored the second-most points ever... read more
The Ole Miss men's and women's basketball teams both made some history, while the men's and women's tennis teams started their spring seasons. National Signing Day (Feb. 4) and the start of baseball season (Feb. 13) are less than a... read more
After an up-and-down non-conference slate that included wins over Creighton, Cincinnati and Oregon, all away from home, and losses to Charleston Southern and Western Kentucky, both at home, Ole Miss learned a lot about itself in the first week of... read more
Ole Miss football finished the 2014 football season with a 9-4 record and a top-20 final national rankings in both polls. The Rebels come in at No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 19 in the Amway Coach... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 6-12, 2015Women's Basketball - Ole Miss went 2-0 on the week with a road win at Florida and a win at home against Alabama, moving to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in SEC action while... read more
The Ole Miss men's basketball team opened SEC play, while the Ole Miss women's basketball team continued SEC play, as we enter the heart of college basketball season. Over the weekend, the men's and women's teams posted wire-to-wire wins on... read more
Ole Miss looks to reverse history, as the Rebels (9-4) travel to No. 1 Kentucky tonight (6 p.m., SEC Network), the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Ole Miss is 0-15 all-time against the nation's top ranked team, last playing... read more