No. 12 Rebels Come up Short Against No. 3 North Carolina
Feb. 9, 2018


MADISON, Wis. – The No. 12-ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team lost the doubles point and four first sets in singles against No. 3 North Carolina in the ITA National Team Indoor first round, but rallied to make it a close match before coming up just short, 4-2, here Friday at the Neilsen Tennis Stadium.

North Carolina led 3-2, and with the No. 1 court locked at 4-4 in the third, Tar Heel All-American Sara Daavettila got the early break in the third set at No. 3, against Rebel freshman Sabina Machalova, to close out the win 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

Arianne Hartono and Alexa Bortles posted a 6-3 win at No. 1 doubles to remain undefeated there, but North Carolina picked up a 6-1 win at No. 2 and then closed out the point with a 6-4 win at No. 3 to go up 1-0. 

The Tar Heels claimed four first sets in singles and closed out a quick win at No. 2 to go up 2-0. Sophomore Anna Vrbenska answered with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Chloe Ouellet-Pizer at No. 6 singles to make it 2-1 UNC. Ole Miss fell behind 3-1 when Bortles lost to No. 78 ranked Alexa Graham at No. 5 singles.

Junior Tea Jandric, ranked No. 124, kept the Rebels alive with a huge 6-3, 6-4 win on court four against No. 21 Jessie Aney.

Hartono, ranked No. 25, rallied to get to a third set against No. 6 ranked Alle Sanford, but the match was suspended at 4-4 once the Tar Heels clinched.

Quick Hits…
• The Rebels suffered their first loss of the season now at 4-1.
• Hartono and Alexa Bortles improved to 13-5 overall and 4-0 at No. 1 doubles.
Tea Jandric improved to 11-6 overall and 4-1 in dual matches.

#3 North Carolina 4, #12 Ole Miss 2 

1. #11 Arianne Hartono/Alexa Bortles (OM) def. #30 Jessie Aney/Alexa Graham (UNC) 6-3
2. #20 Alle Sanford/Sara Daavettila (UNC) def. #27 Natalie Suk/Sabina Machalova (OM) 6-1
3. Makenna Jones/Marika Akkerman (UNC) def. Tea Jandric/Tereza Janatova (OM) 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1. #25 Arianne Hartono (OM) vs. #6 Alle Sanford (UNC) 3-6, 6-2, 4-4, sus.
2. #10 Makenna Jones (UNC) def. Natalie Suk (OM) 6-2, 6-1
3. #52 Sara Daavettila (UNC) def. Sabina Machalova (OM) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
4. #124 Tea Jandric (OM) def. #21 Jessie Aney (UNC) 6-3, 6-4
5. #78 Alexa Graham (UNC) def. Alexa Bortles (OM) 6-2, 6-2
6. Anna Vrbenska (OM) def. Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) 6-3, 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 5, 4, 3

Courtside with Head Coach Mark Beyers
“Tough loss today. We definitely had our chances. North Carolina showed why they have made the finals of this event three years in a row, and they were able to turn around the momentum one more time. We have to regroup and get ready for another big assignment tomorrow.”

Next up…
The Rebels will face No. 13 UCLA Saturday at 9 a.m. in consolation play. The Bruins lost to No. 8 Texas Tech 4-2. 

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