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.
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