CARY, N.C. – Several members of the Ole Miss women’s tennis team began the fall season Friday, earning doubles and singles wins at the Duke Fab Four Invitational.
Play began with the Rebels splitting a pair of doubles matches. After dropping their first match to Ester Goldfeld and Marainne Jodoin of Duke, 8-2, juniors Erin Stephens and Iris Verboven defeated Anna Mamalat and Jana McCord of Texas A&M, 8-5 in the Black Draw.
Junior Julia Jones and sophomore Mai El Kamash also dropped their first match, but rebounded to post a dominating 8-1 win over Leeza Nemchinov and Nabila Farah of William & Mary.
In singles, Stephens cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win against Farah in the Black Draw. She will face her first round doubles opponent, Jodoin of Duke, in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Both Verboven and El Kamash lost tight three-setters in the first round. Verboven dropped the first set to Oklahoma State’s Kanyapat Narattana 7-5, and then won the second 6-1, before dropping the final set 7-5.
After winning her first set, El Kamash, ranked No. 85 in the nation, lost to Florida freshman Kourtney Keegan 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Julia Jones fell to 52nd-ranked Stephanie Wagner (Miami) 6-2, 6-2.
Play continues Saturday with two doubles and singles.
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