No. 24 Rebels Fall To South Carolina

Julia Jones

April 4, 2014

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OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 24 ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team lost the doubles point to South Carolina and couldn’t recover, dropping a 4-2 match to the Gamecocks here Friday at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.  

With the loss, the Rebels fell to 11-6 overall and 5-5 in SEC play, while the Gamecocks improved to 13-8 overall and 4-6 in league play. The Rebels must regroup fast, as No. 7 Florida comes to town Sunday for a 10 a.m. match.

"South Carolina played a great match today," head coach Mark Beyers said.  "They outfought us at certain times, and that is disappointing.  I know as a team we can play better than this, and we need to regroup and try to accomplish that against a very good Florida team on Sunday.  There were a lot of really upset players in the locker room, who care a lot about Ole Miss tennis, so I have no doubt we'll be ready to go Sunday."

Julia Jones and Zalina Khairudinova won 8-3 at No. 3 doubles for their 14th victory of the season, but the Gamecocks earned a pair of 8-4 wins at the top two courts for the 1-0 lead.

Each team won three first sets in singles. Jones was able to break and win the first set 6-3 and then cruised 6-0 in the second to put the Rebels on the board and win her fourth in a row. She improved to 10-4 at No. 3 singles.

South Carolina regained the lead when Katarina Popova defeated Khairudinova 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.  

Mai El Kamash briefly tied the match at 2, when she defeated Meghan Blevins 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4 singles to win her eighth in a row.  

However, the Gamecocks finished off the other matches where they won first sets, at No. 1 and 6 singles for the final 4-2 score.

Fans coming to Sunday’s match will receive an Ole Miss Tennis pint glass while supplies last, and one lucky fan will win a brand new Wilson tennis racquet.

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#44 South Carolina 4, #24 Ole Miss 2
Women's Singles Results
No. 1
#117 Elixane Lechemia (USC) def. Caroline Rohde-Moe (OM)
6-1, 6-4
No. 2
Katerina Popova (USC) def. Zalina Khairudinova (OM)
6-2, 6-2
No. 3
Julia Jones (OM) def. Brigit Folland (USC)
6-3, 6-0
No. 4
Mai El Kamash (OM) def. Meghan Blevins (USC)
6-4, 6-4
No. 5
Erin Stephens (OM) vs. Caroline Dailey (USC)
6-4, 2-6, 1-1, sus.
No. 6
Ximena Siles Luna (USC) def. Iris Verboven (OM)
6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish
3, 2, 4, 1, 6
Women's Doubles Results
No. 1
Kanakova/Lechemia (USC) def. Stephens/Verboven (OM)
No. 2
Blevins/Popova (USC) def. Rohde-Moe/Milutinovic (OM)
No. 3
#76 Khairudinova/Jones (OM) def. Folland/Dailey (USC)
Order of Finish
3, 2, 1
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