OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss women’s tennis team won the doubles point and two of the top three in singles before freshman Marija Milutinovic clinched the Rebels 24th straight win against Mississippi State, 4-1, here Friday at the Gillom Sports Center.
The match had to be played indoors due to inclement weather. It marked the fifth consecutive SEC home match to move inside. With the win, the Rebels improved to 8-9 overall and 4-5 in the SEC. They will host Southern Miss in a doubleheader Sunday at 9 a.m. and Noon.
The Rebels jumped on the Lady Bulldogs early in doubles at one and two and never let up. Erin Stephens and Iris Verboven dominated at No. 2, 8-0 and then Caroline Rohde-Moe and Milutitnovic won 8-3 at No. 1 to clinch the point.
Rohde-Moe, ranked No. 45 in the nation, gave Ole Miss a 2-0 lead, beating Georgiana Patrasc 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singles.
State got on the board when Alexandra Perper, who played No.1 for them last year, defeated sophomore Julia Jones 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.
Moments later, freshman Mai El Kamash finished off Naomi Tran 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3 singles to put the Rebels ahead 3-1.
Milutinovic looked impressive at No. 5 singles, dropping only one game to State’s Roseline Dion in a 6-1, 6-0 win to clinch the Rebel victory.
When play was stopped, Stephens was up a set and 3-0 in the second against Petra Ferancova, and Vief Vlaar trailed in her first set at No. 6.
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