April 18, 2013
STARKVILLE, Miss. —The No. 9 seed Ole Miss Women’s tennis team defeated No. 8 seed South Carolina on Thursday, in the second round of the SEC Tournament, at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
With the win, the Rebels improve to 16-12 overall and will play the No. 1 seed, Georgia Friday at 8 am CT.
South Carolina took the first lead of the match by winning the doubles point, at courts one and two. The Rebels came back in singles winning four first sets, and were able to defeat the Gamecocks 4-3. Rhode- Moe, who is ranked No. 44, clinched the victory for Ole Miss by defeating No. 83 nationally ranked Jaklin Alawi of USC in three sets.
“It was a great comeback win after losing the doubles point,” Head coach Mark Beyers said. “ South Carolina is a very solid team, and it took an amazing effort from all of our players to beat them. We are looking forward to playing Georgia tomorrow.”
Sophomore Erin Stephens closed out Elixane Lechemia 6-4,6-0 at No. 3 singles to give the Rebels their first point of the match. Freshman Mai El Kamash followed up with a win against Dominika Kaanakova at No. 4 singles. Kamash won the match with a tiebreaker in the second set, 6-0, 7-6 (8). Julia Jones won the third point for the Rebels by defeating No. 105 nationally ranked Katerina Popova 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.
With the score knotted at three, all eyes turned to Rhode-Moe and Alawi who were starting their third set. Rhode-Moe took the lead in the third set 3-1 and then Alawi broke back, Rhode-Moe answered winning four straight games for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win to clinch the victory.
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#9 Ole Miss 4, #8 South Carolina 3
1. #33 Alawi/Kanakova (USC) def. Verboven/Stephens (OM) 8-4
2.Popova/Andersson (USC) def. #40 Rhode-Moe/Milutinovic (OM) 8-6
3. Robbins/Jones (OM) vs. Siles Luna/Lechemia (USC) 4-6, sus.
Order of Finish: 2, 1
1. #44 Caroline Rohde-Moe (OM) def. #83 Jaklin Alawi (USC) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
2. Julia Jones (OM) def. #105 Katerina Popova (USC) 6-4, 6-3
3. Erin Stephens (OM) def. Elixane Lechemia (USC) 6-4, 6-0
4. Mai El Kamash (OM) def. Dominika Kanakova (USC) 6-0, 7-6(8)
5. Ximena Siles Luna (USC) def. Marija Milutinovic (OM) 6-4, 6-4
6. Josefin Andersson (USC) def. Iris Verboven (OM) 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 5, 4, 2, 1