COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 29 ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team had the match against No. 10 Texas A&M on their racquet, but the Aggies rallied to snatch victory from the Rebels Friday night at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The Rebels will travel to Columbia, Mo., for a 1 p.m. against Missouri Sunday followed by the SEC Tournament there next week.
The match came down to No. 2 singles, where junior Julia Jones came in riding a six-match win streak. Jones, who entered the singles rankings this week at No. 91, won the first set 6-2, but 65th-ranked Saska Gavrilovska rallied to win the second set 6-3. Jones led 4-2 in the final set before Gavrilovska won four straight games to take the match and deliver the 4-3 win for her team.
“I thought we played great about 99 percent of the match,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “Obviously we weren’t able to close out the match, but I felt it was an amazing team effort on our part to get to that point. There are so many things we did well in that match, and that’s what we need to focus on for these next matches.”
A&M tied the match when No. 8 ranked Cristina Stancu defeated Rohde-Moe 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. The Rebels regained the lead when Mai El Kamash finished off Stefania Hristov 6-3, 6-4 on court four.
The Aggies tied it up again as Jana McCord topped Iris Verboven 7-5, 6-2 at No. 6 singles, with the three remaining matches in third sets.
Erin Stephens won her ninth match in a row and put the Rebels ahead 3-2 when she finished a rally against Anna Mamalat 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on court five.
At No. 3 singles, Khairudinova rallied to get her match to a third set against A&M’s Rutuja Bhosale. At 5-5 in the third set, Bhosale broke Khairduinova and then served it out 7-5 to square the overall match at 3, setting up the final outcome at No. 2.
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewAug. 25-31, 2014Football- No. 18 Ole Miss opened the 2014 season with a 35-13 win over Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.- The Rebels led 7-6 entering the fourth quarter... read more
The SEC Storied documentary "It's Time," centered on the the inspirational friendship between former Vanderbilt football player Brad Gaines and former Ole Miss football player Chucky Mullins, will premiere on Tuesday on the Vanderbilt campus and will debut on... read more
This is a new concept we've created for the Ole Miss Sports Blog that we're calling Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations... read more
The No. 18 Ole Miss football team won the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game defeating Boise State 35-13. The Rebels move into Southeastern Conference next week with a road test at Vanderbilt from Nashville's LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. The... read more
ATLANTA -- Boise State had been the highest scoring team in the nation, averaging 40.2 points per game dating back to the 2000 season. Highlighted by four interceptions, eight tackles for loss and big hits by several different players, the... read more
ATLANTA -- After an up-and-down first half, which included a touchdown and three interceptions, senior quarterback Bo Wallace and the Ole Miss offense found their stride in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter. Leading 7-6 early in the... read more
Three areas to watch as Ole Miss opens its 2014 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Boise State from Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Contrast in Experience Boise State has one of the youngest teams in the country with 67 freshmen... read more
Here are three pieces to keep in mind as we look ahead to the Ole Miss volleyball team's season-opening weekend in Buffalo, New York, starting with Canisius on Friday morning, the first of four matches over three days at the... read more
For high school football players in Georgia, all roads lead to the Georgia Dome and the state championships. For a handful of Rebels, those roads lead home, as Ole Miss opens the 2014 season against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A... read more
ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy asked each of the 65 coaches from the Power Five conferences to describe their team in one word. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's word? Relentless. The same can be said of the Ole Miss defense. And... read more
After playing 110 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Georgia on Friday night, Ole Miss responded with a gutsy 1-0 win over Iowa State on Sunday afternoon. The defense, led by senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick was the story of the... read more
Big time crowd for @SECNetwork live sports event debut. Record attendance of 1,823 for @OleMissSoccer Let's finish strong.-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August 23, 2014 Ole Miss kicked off the 2014 season in thrilling fashion, rallying to a 1-1 draw with... read more