Season Ends for Ole Miss Women’s Tennis
May 25, 2017

ATHENS, Ga. – The 2017 season officially came to a close Thursday for the Ole Miss women’s tennis team, as Arianne Hartono lost in the NCAA second round of singles and later in the first round of doubles with Alexa Bortles at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Hartono concludes junior campaign…
Hartono faced Miami freshman Estela Perez-Somarriba in the second round. The match featured a lot of deciding points, and Somarriba came out on the winning end of most of them. 

Hartono led 2-0 in the first set, but lost a deciding point on her serve to get broken. At 3-3, Hartono lost another deciding point on her serve, but immediately broke back for 4-4. Somarriba broke again and then staved off multiple break points by Hartono to take the first set 6-4.

The second set featured a short rain delay and both players traded breaks in the first four games for 2-2. Unfortunately, Hartono got broken twice more to fall behind 5-2. She got one break back, but lost a deciding point on her serve, as Somarriba clinched the second set 6-3 to advance to the third round.

At the net with Hartono…
• This is the 11th year in a row for the Rebels to have a representative in the NCAA Individual
Championships
• This marked the second consecutive year for Hartono to reach the second round in singles
• Hartono ends her singles campaign at 20-15

First NCAA appearance for Hartono/Bortles…
In their first NCAA appearance as a duo, Hartono and Bortles dropped their first-round match to Denver’s 17th-ranked duo of Julia O’Loughlin and Maureen Slattery. Both Hartono and Bortles were broken to start and the Denver pair went on to win the opening set 6-1. 

Bortles and Hartono came back in the second set from an early break, but could not hold off the Denver duo. Despite having multiple game points serving at 5-6, Denver rallied and won the deciding point for 7-5 to clinch and advance to the second round.

At the net with Hartono/Bortles…
• Hartono and Bortles end the year at 7-7 after teaming up in late March
• They went from unranked to No. 21 and qualifying for the NCAA Championships
• Hartono and Bortles will both be back next year

The Rebels will return five of their top six players from this year in 2018 and add Czech Republic junior national champion Sabina Machalova in the fall.

Thoughts from head coach Mark Beyers…
On Arianne’s match
“It was a tough match that could have gone either way. Lots of close games. The Miami kid played the big points a little bit more consistent. All-in-all, a great year for Ari. She has definitely established herself as one of the top players in college tennis. There is no doubt Ari is continuing to improve and becoming a more complete player every day.”

On doubles
“Bad start today for us. Denver really jumped on us in the first set. We played a lot better in the second set and had quite a few opportunities to take it, but got a little bit unlucky and didn’t execute very well as some big moments.”

Results
NCAA Singles Championship
Second round – #40 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. #27 Arianne Hartono (OM) 6-4, 6-3

NCAA Doubles Championship
First round -- #17 O’Loughlin/Slattery (DU) def. Hartono/Bortles (OM) 6-1, 7-5

For more information on Ole Miss Women's Tennis, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWTennis, on Facebook at OleMissWTennis and on Instagram at OleMissWTennis.  Also follow Coach Beyers on Twitter, @MarkBeyers.


 

 

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