Rebels Fall At Texas Tech 4-3

Kristi Boxx

Feb. 4, 2012


LUBBOCK, Texas – Playing its first indoor match of the season, the No. 18 nationally ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a tough 4-3 decision to No. 42 Texas Tech here Saturday night at the Lubbock Country Club.

The Rebels led 3-1 in the match, but Texas Tech would win the final three points at four, five and six singles to secure the upset.  The match came down to No. 6 singles, where Lady Raider Nikki Sanders defeated Rebel freshman Julia Jones 6-1, 6-1.  

“It was a very disappointing performance by us in the middle and bottom of the lineup,” head coach Mark Beyers said.  “Texas Tech deserved to win at those positions; they played better than we did. It shows again how much parity there is in college tennis.”

Ole Miss built the lead first by taking the doubles point with a pair of 8-6 wins at the top two spots.  The No. 4 ranked senior duo of Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie improved to 5-0 at No. 1 with their win over Texas Tech’s Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo.   Senior Gabby Rangel and freshman Erin Stephens moved to 4-1 at No. 2 with their win over the Lady Raider duo of Sanders and Caroline Starck.

Boxx, ranked No. 12 in the nation, wasted little time putting the Rebels up 2-0 as she downed Adams 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles to improve to 14-4 overall and 4-1 at the top spot.

The Lady Raiders got their first point when Starck defeated Stephens 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.      Ole Miss’ Caroline Rohde-Moe increased the lead to 3-1 holding off TT’s Elizabeth Ullathorne 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.  Rohde-Moe remains undefeated at No. 2 with a 5-0 record.

Shortly after that, Texas Tech pulled to within 3-2 as Guthrie dropped her match to Rashmi Teltumbde 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4.  The Lady Raiders tied it up when Kenna Kilgo beat the SEC Player of the Week, Vivian Vlaar, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5 singles, setting up the final outcome at six.

The Rebels head to Charlottesville, Va., next week for the ITA National Indoor. They will face the No. 1 seed, Duke, in the first round Friday at 8 a.m. CT.  

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#42 Texas Tech 4
#18 Ole Miss 3

1. Boxx/Guthrie (OM) def. Adams/Kilgo (TT) 8-6
2. Rangel/Stephens (OM) def. Sanders/Starck (TT) 8-6
3. Teltumbde/Ullathorne (TT) def. Rohde-Moe/Jones (OM) 8-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
1. Kristi Boxx (OM) def. Samantha Adams (TT) 6-2, 6-0
2. Caroline Rohde-Moe (OM) def. Elizabeth Ullathorne (TT) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
3. Caroline Starck (TT) def. Erin Stephens (OM) 6-1, 6-3
4. Rashmi Teltumbde (TT) def. Abby Guthrie (OM) 6-2, 6-0
5. Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. Vivian Vlaar (OM) 6-2, 6-0
6. Nikki Sanders (TT) def. Julia Jones (OM) 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2, 4, 5, 6

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