No. 24 Rebels Down SMU 6-1 In Home Opener

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Erin Stephens
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Freshman Erin Stephens
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 18, 2012

Results

OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 24 ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team downed SMU 6-1 in their home opener here Saturday at the Gillom Sports Center.  With the win, the Rebels improved to 5-4 on the season.

“We’re excited about getting our first home win.  We had a lot of positives.  I was really happy with the doubles. It was a good start to the match,” head coach Mark Beyers said.  “Their top three players are obviously good players.  It’s different when you only have three players out there.  If we’re playing on six courts, we probably win four, five and six a little quicker and it would be tough for them (SMU) to be as pumped up as they were.”

As Beyers noted, he was pleased with the doubles, and with good reason.  The Rebels dominated all three spots dropping only five games total to improve to 5-1 on the year when they win the point.

SMU made some noise at the top three spots in singles, and the Rebels had to earn the two points they did get at two and three.  

First off the court, SMU’s Edyta Cieplucha defeated 20th-ranked Kristi Boxx 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1.  Sophomore Caroline Rohde-Moe continued her great play, defeating Mustang senior Heather Steinbauer 6-3, 7-5 at No. 2 to make it 2-1.  Rohde-Moe found herself down 5-3 in the second, but won four straight games to move to 7-1 at No. 2.

Freshman Erin Stephens came up with a huge win at No. 3, rallying to defeat Elena Fayner in three sets.  After dropping the first set 6-4, Stephens won the second set 6-3.  She served for the match at 5-3 in the final set, but Fayner broke and held serve.  Stephens won the final two games to put the Rebels up 3-1 in her home debut.

“They did a good job and pushed us, but I am proud of Erin for coming back from a set down and Caroline from 5-3 in the second set to win. Any time you win close matches or close sets it’s awesome,” Beyers said.

The lower half of the lineup was dominate. First off the court was senior Abby Guthrie, who clinched the victory by shutting out SMU’s Perri Anderson 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles.  Freshman Julia Jones also won her home debut, downing Kris Roberts 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4, and then sophomore Vivian Vlaar finished it off cruising 6-0, 6-2 against Erika Marschall.

“We’re proud of the girls in the lower half of the lineup.   Even though the matches were one-sided, we got to work on a lot of things and they didn’t get complacent.  They did a great job of staying focused,” Beyers said.  “With Julia and Vivian, we’ve been working hard on their serves, and that showed today.  With Abby she got to work on her approach shots and come in a lot.  All-in-all it was a very good day, and now we’re looking forward to playing Southern Miss and Tulsa next weekend, hopefully in our new facility.”

Next Friday’s match against Southern Miss is set for 1 p.m. at the newly renovated Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.  

Follow Ole Miss women’s tennis on twitter at @OleMissWTennis and on facebook at www.facebook.com/OleMissWTennis.

#24 Ole Miss 6
#56 SMU 1

Doubles
1. Boxx/Guthrie (OM) def. Cieplucha/Steinbauer (SMU) 8-2
2. Rangel/Stephens (OM) def. Turpin/Fayner (SMU) 8-1
3. Jones/Rohde-Moe (OM) def. Roberts/Anderson (SMU) 8-2
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
Singles
1. Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) def. Kristi Boxx (OM) 6-4, 6-1
2. Caroline Rohde-Moe (OM) def. Heather Steinbauer (SMU) 6-3, 7-5
3. Erin Stephens (OM) def. Elena Fayner (SMU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
4. Julia Jones (OM) def. Kris Roberts (SMU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Abby Guthrie (OM) def. Perri Anderson (SMU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Vivian Vlaar (OM) def. Erika Marschall (SMU) 6-0, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 5, 4, 6

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • PHOTOS: Ole Miss Snow Day 2015

      Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - Athletics

      Here's a collection of snow days photos from Ole Miss Athletics Photographer Josh McCoy (@OleMissPix):The Pavillion at Ole Miss in winter! #SnowDay2015 #WAOM @OleMissSports @OleMissMBB @OleMissWBB pic.twitter.com/nHyhVPlDvG-- OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) February 25, 2015 Awweeee.... #SnowDay2015 #WAOM @OleMissSports @OleMissFB pic.twitter.com/R1BDZ0shvS-- OleMissPix (@OleMissPix)... read more

    • VIDEO: The Flagship Football Promo

      Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - Football

      read more

    • Rebels Ready for Rematch with Georgia

      Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      If recent history is any indication, Ole Miss and Georgia are likely to go down to the wire on Wednesday night. Four of the last five meetings over the last three seasons have been decided by five points or less,... read more

    • VIDEO: The Pavilion Time Lapse

      Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      read more

    • Golson, Prewitt Compete at NFL Combine

      Monday, February 23, 2015 - Football

      The defensive backs, including former Ole Miss players Senquez Golson and Cody Prewitt, participated in on-field workouts at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine on Monday in Indianapolis. Looking ahead, Ole Miss will hold its annual pro day on March 5... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Feb. 17-23, 2015)

      Monday, February 23, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review Feb. 17-23, 2015 Men's Basketball - Ole Miss posted a 2-0 mark last week with a 71-65 win at Mississippi State and a 59-57 victory over Tennessee. The Rebels improved to 10-4 in the... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Feb. 22

      Sunday, February 22, 2015 - Athletics

      Despite winter weather that affected many teams, it was a busy week for Ole Miss athletics. The men's basketball completed a 2-0 week and has positioned itself well entering the last two weeks of the regular season. The baseball, women's... read more

    • Bramlett Impresses in First Two Starts Back

      Sunday, February 22, 2015 - Baseball

      After missing the end of the 2013 season and the entire 2014 season due to recovery from a torn labrum, sophomore right-hander Brady Bramlett has been brilliant in his first two outings back in 2015, fanning 19 batters through 12.0... read more

    • VIDEO: Rebel Locker Room by Lids

      Saturday, February 21, 2015 - Athletics

      read more

    • Rebels Look to Complete Thursday-Saturday Sweep

      Saturday, February 21, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      For the second time in as many weeks, Ole Miss embarks on a Thursday-Saturday swing, returning home to host Tennessee on Saturday after a 71-65 win on Thursday at Mississippi State. During the previous week, Ole Miss was on the... read more

    • Moody's Career Night Lifts Ole Miss Past MSU

      Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The game hung in the balance.  Mississippi State had just regained a 54-52 lead with 6:25 left, taking advantage of a 6-0 run. Head coach Andy Kennedy challenged his team, and junior guard Stefan Moody answered the... read more

    • Rundown of Ole Miss Future Football Schedules

      Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss and Cal will play a home-and-home football series in 2017 and 2019, the schools and ESPN announced Thursday. It marks the Rebels' first matchup with a Pac-12 school in football and will be only the program's second visit... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Feb. 10-16, 2015)

      Monday, February 16, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewFeb. 10-16, 2015Men's Basketball- Ole Miss saw its six-game winning streak snapped with a one-point loss to No. 23 Arkansas Saturday night. Junior guard Stefan Moody and senior forward M.J. Rhett each scored 16 points... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Feb. 15

      Sunday, February 15, 2015 - Athletics

      The men's basketball team marches on toward March, the baseball team opened the 2015 season with a series win over William & Mary and the softball team prepares for its home opener under first-year head coach Mike Smith. The winter... read more

    • Rebels, Razorbacks Set for Marquee Matchup

      Saturday, February 14, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Riding a six-game winning streak, Ole Miss hosts No. 24 Arkansas in a battle for sole possession of second place in the SEC standings. The Rebels are looking for its fourth season sweep of Arkansas in the last five attempts,... read more