No. 7 Rebels Drop 4-3 Match to Florida in SEC Opener
March 1, 2018

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OXFORD, Miss. – In the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams, the No. 7-ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team and defending NCAA Champion Florida went down to the wire, before the Gators prevailed 4-3 here Thursday night at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.

The Rebels faced a 3-1 deficit after dropping the doubles point and singles matches on courts two and three. 

Sophomore Anna Vrbenska defeated Florida’s Katie Kubicz 7-5, 6-1 at No. 6 singles to get Ole Miss on the board and then junior Tea Jandric played an impressive second set tiebreaker to win her match against McCartney Kessler, 6-4, 7-6(1) on court four

Senior Arianne Hartono, ranked No. 16, continued her outstanding play as well, finishing off a comeback against No. 9 Anna Danilina 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles to tie the overall match.

Florida closed out the win when Peggy Porter came back to defeat sophomore Alexa Bortles 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 on court five.

Quick Hits…
• The Rebels fell to 9-2 overall and 0-1 in the SEC.
• Senior Arianne Hartono won her 10th straight and improved to 8-0 at No. 1 singles. 
Anna Vrbenska remained undefeated in dual matches at 7-0 and has won eight straight.
• Junior Tea Jandric won her sixth in a row and improved to 7-1 in dual matches.

#34 Florida 4, #7 Ole Miss 3

1. #51 Anna Danilina/Victoria Emma (UF) def. #10 Arianne Hartono/Alexa Bortles (OM) 6-4
2. Josie Kuhlman/McCartney Kessler (UF) def. Natalie Suk/Anna Vrbenska (OM) 6-3
3. Sabina Machalova/Tea Jandric (OM) def. Peggy Porter/Katie Kubicz (UF) 6-3 
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1. #16 Arianne Hartono (OM) def. #9 Anna Danilina (UF) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
2. #46 Josie Kuhlman (UF) def. #115 Sabina Machalova (OM) 6-1, 6-2
3. #100 Victoria Emma (UF) def. Natalie Suk (OM) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Tea Jandric (OM) def. McCartney Kessler (UF) 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
5. Peggy Porter (UF) def. Alexa Bortles (OM) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
6. Anna Vrbenska (OM) def. Katie Kubicz (UF) 7-5, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 3, 4, 1, 5

Courtside with Head Coach Mark Beyers
“You’re always disappointed when you lose, we all hate to lose. Florida is a very good team, but we definitely had opportunities to get to four points. When you don’t convert on those opportunities, it kind of stings. I saw a lot of good things and I believe we are on the right track. I told the ladies, trust the process and keep doing what you’re doing. We can’t let one 4-3 loss stop us from doing that. If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll be just fine.”

On Ari’s win…
“It’s impressive how she lost the first set and was able to turn the match around. Obviously if you win in straight sets it’s easy and you’ll take it, but that doesn’t happen often in this league. Danilina is one of the best players in collegiate tennis.”

On South Carolina…
“South Carolina does a great job, they’re going to play with a lot of energy and fight hard. But we know that coming in, because that is what the next six weeks will be like. We’re going to have matches just like we had today, where one or two breaks is going to make the difference. As we play more outside, we’ll continue to get better.”

Next up…
The Rebels will welcome No. 13 South Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m. The match will be played at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center, and fans will enjoy free chicken.

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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