ITA Kick-Off On Deck For Women's Tennis

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM <blank>
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Jan. 23, 2014

TWITTER: @OleMissWTennis, @MarkBeyers
FACEBOOK: OleMissWTennis
Live Scoring

OXFORD, Miss. - After a solid shutout win against Jackson State in the season opener, the competition heats up for the Ole Miss women's tennis team, as they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., this weekend for the ITA Kick-Off.  The Rebels will face Oklahoma in the first round Saturday at 2 p.m.

"It will be a huge match against Oklahoma, they have three seniors in their lineup," head coach Mark Beyers said.  "It's going to be a tough assignment. I am looking forward to that match to get to know our team better and see where we are as far as competing against other NCAA quality teams.  If we can get past Oklahoma, then we get a shot at the winner of Alabama/William & Mary to see if we can get back to Charlottesville (VA)."

The Sooners opened their season last Sunday with a 7-0 win against North Texas. They are led by senior Hermon Brhane at the No. 1 spot.  Currently ranked No. 106 in the nation in singles, Bhrane was named to the All-Big 12 singles and doubles team in 2013.  

The Rebels made their 16th NCAA appearance in 2013, but ended up on the wrong side of several close matches. Coach Beyers talked about the importance of strong doubles play for this weekend and beyond, in setting the tone for the season.

"The doubles point is always big.  If you can go into that locker room up 1-0 that's a big advantage as opposed to being down 1-0," he said. "Compared to last year, we've got three really good doubles teams.  We've upgraded there, and (freshman) Zalina (Khairudinova) is one of the reasons for that. But the other girls have improved a lot in doubles, so I feel like we are in a position to win more doubles points this year.  We lost a lot of close matches last year where it would have made a difference, so hopefully that will make some of those 4-3 matches go our way this year."

The No. 19 ranked duo of Caroline Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic lead the way at the top spot, followed by another experienced duo in juniors Erin Stephens and Iris Verboven at No. 2.  Junior Julia Jones and Zalina Khairudinova are off to a 3-0 start this spring at No. 3 doubles.

With an experienced singles lineup, the Rebels are hoping improved doubles play can be the difference, starting with this weekend, where the winner of both matches advances to the National Team Indoor Feb. 7-10 in Charlottesville, Va.  The Rebels are looking for their second appearance in three years.    

Follow the Rebels in action at the ITA Kick-Off by going to OleMissSports.com and clicking on the link to live scoring in the calendar.  

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Sept. 8-14)

      Monday, September 15, 2014 - Athletics

      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

    • Historic Start to the Football Season

      Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Football

      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

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Sept. 14

      Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Athletics

      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

    • Three Rebels Net First Goals of the Season

      Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Soccer

      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

    • Golson's Buy-In Pays Off

      Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Football

      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

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-ULL Motivational

      Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs ULL Official Team Motivational from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-ULL

      Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Football

      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

    • Thompson Lifts Rebels to Historic Start

      Friday, September 12, 2014 - Volleyball

      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

    • VIDEO: Return of The Grove

      Friday, September 12, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Rebel Nation Remembers Stan Sandroni

      Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Football

      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

    • Freeze Talks Schedule, Areas for Team to Improve

      Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - Football

      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 football player releases Chucky Mullins book

      Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - Football

      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

    • 3 Things About Gameday - Ole Miss vs. ULL

      Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Freeze, Luke Talk Offensive Line Progress

      Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - Football

      From week one to week two, head coach Hugh Freeze and offensive line coach Matt Luke are generally pleased with the progress along the offensive line. The number of false start penalties went from eight to two, while the... read more

    • Changing The Perception of Ole Miss Volleyball

      Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - Volleyball

      With back-to-back tournament titles to open the season, the Rebels are 7-0 to start the season for the first time since 2007 and are also the only Southeastern Conference team still undefeated."We feel like at this point in our season... read more