Rebels Top Tennessee 5-2

Iris Verboven

March 7, 2014

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OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss women’s tennis team began a five match homestand with a 5-2 win over Tennessee here Friday at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.  The Rebels picked up their first SEC win as they get set to host No. 11 Georgia Sunday at 1 p.m.

Ole Miss (6-3, 1-2) got off to a little bit of a slow start in the doubles, but turned it around. Zalina Khairudinova and Julia Jones won 8-3 at No. 3 for their 10th win of the season and remain undefeated in the SEC at 3-0.  Caroline Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic trailed 3-1 at the start of their match at No. 2 doubles, but turned it around for an 8-4 to clinch the point.

Three straight set wins at two, three and six secured the Rebels’ fifth straight win at home.  Rohde-Moe took out Joanna Henderson 6-1, 6-2 at court two, then Julia Jones finished off Laurence Guevremont 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 to make it 3-0.  Iris Verboven ended the matter, serving out a 6-4, 6-3 win against Tiffany Tavares at No. 6.

“It’s good to be at home.  We had a nice crowd, good weather,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “To beat a good team like Tennessee is impressive.  We didn’t start off well in the doubles, got off to a slow start, but we were able to turn it around and get the point.  Tennessee gave us all we wanted in singles, but the girls battled and it was nice to get some straight setters.”

With the match in hand, the Rebels added another point when Khairudinova finished off a comeback win against 55th-ranked Eve Repic, 6-2, 4-6, 10-8.

Fans coming to Sunday’s match will receive a free Spring Break tank top and enjoy free ice cream sundaes between doubles and singles.

“We are looking forward to the match against Georgia,” Beyers said.  “We are excited to see how we play against a top 10 team.”

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