No. 12 Rebels Rally again, Top No. 11 Texas 4-2

Feb. 11, 2018


MADISON, Wis. - After dropping the doubles point, the No. 12 ranked OIe Miss women's tennis team mounted another comeback behind strong singles play, this time rallying to defeat No. 11 Texas 4-2 Sunday, to conclude the ITA National Team Indoor 2-1.

Senior Arianne Hartono set up her teammate for the clinching win knocking off the nation's No. 1 ranked player, Bianca Turti, 6-2, 7-6(4) to give the Rebels a 3-2 lead. 

Freshman Sabina Machalova delivered the final point, finishing off a comeback against UT's 64th-ranked Petra Granic, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 singles to hand the Rebels their first ever win against Texas.

After dropping the doubles point where they had a match point to clinch, the Rebels won four first sets in singles, but Texas went ahead 2-0 with a straight set win on court two.

Tea Jandric gave the Rebels their first point of the day with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Bojana Markovic at No. 4 singles and then Alexa Bortles defeated Marta Perez-Mur 6-4, 6-3 at No. 5 singles to tie it and set up her teammates for the final two points.

Anna Vrbenska was up 2-1 in the third set on court six when Machalova clinched.

Quick Hits...
• The Rebels improved to 6-1 on the season.
• The Rebels notched their first ever win against Texas.
Arianne Hartono improved to 15-4 overall, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. She earned the biggest win of her
career beating the No. 1 ranked player in the nation.
Tea Jandric finished the weekend 3-0 in singles to improve to 13-6 overall and 6-1 in dual matches. 
• Freshman Sabina Machalova clinched her first dual match of her career.

#12 Ole Miss 4, #11 Texas 2

1. Bojana Markovic/Petra Granic (UT) def. #11 Arianne Hartono/Alexa Bortles (OM) 7-5
2. Bianca Turati/Marta Perez-Mur (UT) def. #27 Natalie Suk/Sabina Machalova (OM) 6-1
3. Tea Jandric/Tereza Janatova (OM) def. Dani Wagland/Anna Turati (UT) 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
1. #25 Arianne Hartono (OM) def. #1 Bianca Turati (UT) 6-2, 7-6(4)
2. #41 Anna Turati (UT) def. Natalie Suk (OM) 6-0, 6-1
3. Sabina Machalova (OM) def. #64 Petra Granic (UT) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. #124 Tea Jandric (OM) def. Bojana Markovic (UT) 6-2, 6-4
5. Alexa Bortles (OM) def. Marta Perez-Mur (UT) 6-4, 6-3
6. Anna Vrbenska (OM) vs. Katie Poluta (UT) 6-2, 4-6, 2-1, sus.
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 5, 1, 3

Courtside with Head Coach Mark Beyers...
"Amazing effort by our ladies in singles. We had a match point for the doubles point and weren't able to convert. To storm back after that in singles the way we did is extremely impressive. I am so happy for these ladies. They have worked extremely hard this spring and it is great to see that hard work play off."

On Singles play...
"We had some great individual efforts in singles today, none bigger than Arianne beating the No. 1 player in the country in straight sets."

Senior Arianne Hartono
“We had ups and downs in all three matches this weekend, but we showed great fight, battling until the end to get four points. Knowing that we beat some of the top teams without playing our best tennis is a great confidence boost and shows we still have lots of good things ahead of us.”

On Beating the No. 1 Ranked Player…
“Beating the No. 1 ranked player today was a challenge, both physically and mentally. My game plan was to fight for every single point and to not give anything away for free. It was thrilling to be out there playing and knowing I had to earn it to win.”

Next up...
The Rebels will travel to Waco, Texas Feb. 17 to face No. 16 Baylor at 1 p.m.

For more information on Ole Miss Women's Tennis, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWTennis, on Facebook at OleMissWTennis and on Instagram at OleMissWTennis.  Also follow Coach Beyers on Twitter, @MarkBeyers.






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