BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ole Miss senior women's tennis player Kristi Boxx punched her ticket to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships next month in New York with a win over Alabama's Mary Anne Macfarlane in the final of the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Monday.
The 64-player singles draw came down to the top two seeds, as Boxx came in ranked No. 22 in the nation, and Macfarlane ranked No. 27. The two had played three times previously with Macfarlane winning all three. They met in the semifinals of this tournament last year and during the regular season meeting, before facing each other again at the Duke Invitational earlier this fall.
In her last Southern Regional tournament of her career, Boxx took it to Macfarlane from the beginning, winning the first set 6-2. With Boxx up 4-1 in the first set, Macfarlane summoned the trainer and then after dropping the set, she retired.
"This was a great win for Kristi. She's had a tough time against Macfarlane. To get a win like this in the finals of the regional is a testament to the work she's put in. We're excited for her to win this tournament in her senior year," head coach Mark Beyers said.
Boxx only dropped one set in all five matches played to improve to 9-2 this fall and notch her 75th career singles win. This was the second time for Boxx to reach the final, also making it in 2009. Last year, the All-American reached the semifinals.
The win marks another successful regional tournament for the Rebels, who had two in the singles semifinals and one doubles team in the semis.
The USTA/ITA National Indoor will take place Nov. 3-6 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
USTA/ITA Southern Regional - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Singles Final - Kristi Boxx (OM) def. Mary Anne Macfarlane (UA) 6-2, ret.
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