LOS ANGELES – The No. 36 ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team dropped the doubles point against No. 26 Texas Tech, but the Rebels rallied in singles, picking up wins at six, five, one and the clincher at two from junior Julia Jones to knock off the Lady Raiders 4-3 in the first round of the NCAA Championships here Friday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
With the win, the Rebels (14-9) advance to the second round to face No. 5 UCLA, a 4-0 winner against Sacramento State, Saturday at 5 p.m. CT. Texas Tech ends its season at 17-9.
With the overall match tied at three, Jones extended her match to a third set against Tech’s Rashmi Teltumbde at No. 2 singles. Jones, ranked No. 97 in the nation and recently named to the All-SEC second team, lost a tight first set tiebreaker, 7-6(7), but she battled back to win the second set 6-4. After Teltumbde won the opening game of the final set, Jones kicked into gear, winning four straight games to take a 4-1 lead. She held serve twice more to win it 6-2 as the team celebrated. Jones improved to 27-10 overall and 5-2 at No. 2 singles.
“Every singles match was close,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “This was two really good teams battling out there. We knew it would be close, that it would be 4-3 one way or the other. We are happy that it’s us on the right side of the outcome.
“With the match on the line, Julia played great in the third set. She didn’t get nervous and she got off to a great start. She has the experience from having been there before. It was a great team effort in singles. We have to play better doubles, be more assertive and play more aggressive tomorrow. To come through in a match like this in the first round of the NCAAs is a great feeling.”
Texas Tech started the match off in command of the doubles, taking an 8-3 win at No. 1, followed by an 8-4 victory at No. 3.
The Lady Raiders built some leads on most of the singles courts early, but the Rebels’ experience of playing in the rugged SEC helped them battle back. Junior Iris Verboven evened the match with her 6-3, 6-3 win against Beatriz Santos at No. 6 to improve to 9-3 at that spot.
Moments later, junior Erin Stephens won her 11th straight match, defeating Lady Raider Samantha Adams 6-2, 7-5 on court five to give the Rebels a 2-1 lead.
Senior Caroline Rohde-Moe came back to take her first set against Tech’s Kenna Kilgo 7-5 and then won another close set, 6-4 in the second, to increase the Rebels’ lead to 3-1.
Texas Tech won a close match at No. 4 singles with Nikki Sanders topping sophomore Mai El Kamash 6-4, 7-6(4) to get within one. The Lady Raiders tied it when Lynn Kiro beat freshman Zalina Khairudinova 7-5, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, just as Jones had won the second set.
The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 4 - ULL (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.In case you missed it, The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 1, The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 2 and The Season: Ole Miss... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's time on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of the Rebels' open date and return to action on Saturday, Sept. 27 against Memphis.Freeze's time on the call begins at the 1:50:18 mark. For the... read more
NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., visited Ole Miss on Wednesday. The Olive Branch, Mississippi, native spoke to various student groups, including the football team. Stenhouse Jr. presented head coach Hugh Freeze with a firesuit, and Freeze presented him with an... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 8-14, 2014Volleyball- Ole Miss captured the Magnolia Invitational this past weekend to improve to 10-0, its best start in school history.- The Rebels downed UAB and Mercer 3-0 and then defeated Jacksonville State 3-1... read more
After a 56-15 win over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday, Ole Miss moved up four spots to No. 10 in the latest Associated Press poll, released on Sunday. Despite breaking into the top 10, the Rebels remain fifth among Southeastern Conference Western Division... read more
This is the third installment of Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations from the previous week in Ole Miss Sports. This week... read more
Leading 1-0 after controlling the play for much of the game, Ole Miss opened up a 3-0 lead on Middle Tennessee with a pair of goals in the final minute of the first half on the way to a 4-0... read more
Senior cornerback Senquez Golson has come a long way since he was a freshman. That season, he was most notably on the receiving end of a highlight reel juke from Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Three years later, as part... read more
Three areas to watch as Ole Miss faces Louisiana-Lafayette in its home opener Saturday. Wearing the Bull's-Eye After a 2-0 start with wins over Boise State and Vanderbilt, Ole Miss moved up to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll,... read more
With a chance to make history, Ole Miss dropped a first set for the first time this season. The Rebels answered the bell winning the next three sets to defeat Jacksonville State 3-1 and improve to 10-0 on the season,... read more
Rebel Nation goes into its home opener Saturday excited for the return of football at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, but also saddened by the loss of one of its most renowned voices.Stan Sandroni, 64, passed away of a heart attack late Wednesday.... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's time on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of the Rebels' home opener Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and will be televised on the SEC Network.Freeze's time... read more
Former Ole Miss football player Jody Hill has partnered with Square Books in Oxford to launch his book, "38: The Chucky Mullins Effect," celebrating the life and impact of his Ole Miss teammate Chucky Mullins. Hill will be signing copies... read more