OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 16 nationally ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis took care of business Friday in their continued quest to earn a top four seed in the SEC Tournament as well as host an NCAA Regional, by defeating No. 23 Vanderbilt 5-2 at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center/Galtney Courts.
With the win, the Rebels improved to 14-7 overall and 6-3 in the SEC. They gained sole possession of fourth overall.
The Rebels will host Kentucky Sunday at 1 p.m. on Senior Day to close out the regular season home schedule. The first 200 fans will receive a collector’s poster of senior Gabby Rangel. The Rebels will honor their three seniors prior to the start of the match.
Ole Miss won a huge doubles point against Vanderbilt to take the early 1-0 lead. Vanderbilt took the No. 2 match 8-6, and then Julia Jones and Iris Verboven won 8-5 at No. 3 doubles. It came down to No. 1 between the sixth-ranked duo of Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie against 27th-ranked Jackie Wu and Lauren Mira. Boxx and Guthrie were able to break to win it 8-6 and improve to 8-1 in the SEC.
With the doubles point in hand, the Rebels won four first sets. First off the court, sophomore Vivian Vlaar downed VU’s Megan Gornet 6-2, 6-0 at No. 6 to make it 2-0 Rebels.
Guthrie put the Rebels within one of winning, coming back to defeat Nelly Radeva at No. 5 singles. Guthrie got off to a slow start dropping the first set 6-3, but bounced back to win the final two sets 6-1, 6-0.
Vanderbilt got on the board when Mira defeated sophomore Caroline Rohde-Moe 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles to make it 3-1 Rebels.
With Ole Miss needing just one more point to clinch, Boxx, ranked No. 12 in the nation, finished off a straight set win against 34th-ranked Wu at No. 1 singles. Boxx won a huge first set 7-5 and then raced out to a 5-2 lead in the second. Wu came back to make it 5-4, but Boxx finally held to clinch and improve to 7-1 in the SEC.
Jones got the final point for the Rebels, winning in three sets at No. 4 singles.
Admission to all home matches is free, and with no concessions, fans may bring their own food and drink.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- With an opportunity to perhaps lock itself into the NCAA Tournament, or at the very least enhance its resume, Ole Miss lost back-to-back games for the first time all season, falling on the road at LSU... read more
Despite the most recent home loss to Georgia on Wednesday night, Ole Miss remains a team projected to be solidly in the field, as the Rebels put their school record four-game SEC road winning streak on the line when they... read more
Here's a collection of snow days photos from Ole Miss Athletics Photographer Josh McCoy (@OleMissPix):The Pavillion at Ole Miss in winter! #SnowDay2015 #WAOM @OleMissSports @OleMissMBB @OleMissWBB pic.twitter.com/nHyhVPlDvG-- OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) February 25, 2015 Awweeee.... #SnowDay2015 #WAOM @OleMissSports @OleMissFB pic.twitter.com/R1BDZ0shvS-- OleMissPix (@OleMissPix)... read more
If recent history is any indication, Ole Miss and Georgia are likely to go down to the wire on Wednesday night. Four of the last five meetings over the last three seasons have been decided by five points or less,... read more
The defensive backs, including former Ole Miss players Senquez Golson and Cody Prewitt, participated in on-field workouts at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine on Monday in Indianapolis. Looking ahead, Ole Miss will hold its annual pro day on March 5... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review Feb. 17-23, 2015 Men's Basketball - Ole Miss posted a 2-0 mark last week with a 71-65 win at Mississippi State and a 59-57 victory over Tennessee. The Rebels improved to 10-4 in the... read more
Despite winter weather that affected many teams, it was a busy week for Ole Miss athletics. The men's basketball completed a 2-0 week and has positioned itself well entering the last two weeks of the regular season. The baseball, women's... read more
After missing the end of the 2013 season and the entire 2014 season due to recovery from a torn labrum, sophomore right-hander Brady Bramlett has been brilliant in his first two outings back in 2015, fanning 19 batters through 12.0... read more
For the second time in as many weeks, Ole Miss embarks on a Thursday-Saturday swing, returning home to host Tennessee on Saturday after a 71-65 win on Thursday at Mississippi State. During the previous week, Ole Miss was on the... read more
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The game hung in the balance. Mississippi State had just regained a 54-52 lead with 6:25 left, taking advantage of a 6-0 run. Head coach Andy Kennedy challenged his team, and junior guard Stefan Moody answered the... read more
Ole Miss and Cal will play a home-and-home football series in 2017 and 2019, the schools and ESPN announced Thursday. It marks the Rebels' first matchup with a Pac-12 school in football and will be only the program's second visit... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewFeb. 10-16, 2015Men's Basketball- Ole Miss saw its six-game winning streak snapped with a one-point loss to No. 23 Arkansas Saturday night. Junior guard Stefan Moody and senior forward M.J. Rhett each scored 16 points... read more