No. 3 Rebels Post Third Straight Shutout

Feb. 24, 2018


OXFORD, Miss. – In their final non-conference match before Southeastern Conference play, the No. 3-ranked Ole Miss women's tennis team shut out Stephen F. Austin 4-0 Saturday afternoon at the Ole Miss Indoor Tennis Center to improve to 9-1. 

The Rebels secured the doubles point with wins on courts one and two and then picked up singles wins from Anna Vrbenska, Sabina Machalova and Arianne Hartono in straight sets to close out the Ladyjacks. 

Quick Hits…
• The Rebels improved to 9-1.
• The Rebels posted their third straight shutout. 
Anna Vrbenska remained undefeated in dual matches at 6-0. 
Sabina Machalova improved to 5-3 at No. 3 singles.
Arianne Hartono won her ninth straight and is now 7-0 at No. 1 singles

No. 3 Ole Miss 4, Stephen F. Austin 0

1. #10 Arianne Hartono/Alexa Bortles (OM) def. Darinka Tiboldi/Nida Kamal (SFA) 6-1
2. Natalie Suk/Anna Vrbenska (OM) def. Gabi Guilarte/Sian Payne (SFA) 6-2
3. Allie Sanford/Tereza Janatova (OM) vs. Armelle Cerdan/Vera Carvalho (SFA) 2-3, sus.
Order of Finish: 1, 2
1. #16 Arianne Hartono (OM) def. Sian Payne (SFA) 6-0, 6-3
2. Natalie Suk (OM) vs. Gabi Guilarte (SFA) 6-3, 4-3, sus.
3. #115 Sabina Machalova (OM) def. Darinka Tiboldi (SFA) 6-2, 6-1
4. Anna Vrbenska (OM) def. Armelle Cerdan (SFA) 6-3, 6-0
5. Tereza Janatova (OM) vs. Nida Kamal (SFA) 6-4, 3-1, sus.
6. Allie Sanford (OM) vs. Kaja Ljubic (SFA) 6-1, 4-2, sus.
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 1

Courtside with Head Coach Mark Beyers
“Before the weekend, we talked about working on the things that we’ve been working on in practice, and making sure that we’re focused, energetic and that the intensity level is there. Obviously, you want to win the match, but you want to try and improve as a player too and work on things for the rest of the season. I thought we did a good job of that.”

On the weekend as a whole…
“Both matches the energy level was good. I am glad we were able to play some other people today that haven’t had a chance to play as much, because we’re going to need everybody throughout the season. Overall it was a very productive weekend.”

On the first part of the season…
“If you told me at the beginning of the season we would be ranked No. 3 and 9-1 I would have signed on for sure. Now the SEC season starts, and we have two great teams coming here in Florida and South Carolina. It gets real right away.

Florida and South Carolina are very good, and they’re going to challenge us and make us feel uncomfortable. The way we handled those types of situations in Madison at the National Team Indoor and at the ITA Kick-Off was fantastic. There was a lot of ups and downs and momentum switches, and we really handled it well. We did a great job closing out matches. That’s what we’re going to have to do the next seven weeks in the SEC.”

Next up…
The Rebels welcome defending NCAA Champion Florida March 1 at 5 p.m. and No. 11 South Carolina March 3 at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center weather permitting.  

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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