No. 7 Rebels Ready to Begin SEC Play
Feb. 27, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. – Off to the best start in school history (9-1), the No. 7-ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team turns the page to Southeastern Conference play. The Rebels welcome defending NCAA Champion, Florida, Thursday in their SEC opener, followed by No. 13 South Carolina Saturday.

The Rebels and Gators will square off Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center weather permitting. Saturday’s match against South Carolina is set for 1 p.m. In case of inclement weather Thursday, the match will be played indoors at the Ole Miss Indoor Tennis Center. Stay tuned to our social media accounts for updates.

Fans coming to Thursday’s match will receive a free poster of junior Tea Jandric. Saturday, fans will enjoy free chicken.

Last Time Out…
The Rebels improved to 9-1 on the season with consecutive shutouts against Lipscomb and Stephen F. Austin last weekend. 

Scouting Florida…
Florida comes into Thursday’s match at 5-4 overall and coming off a 4-3 win at Stanford. The Gators are led by ninth- ranked Anna Danilina, who owns a 4-3 record at No. 1 singles. Josie Kuhlman is ranked No. 46 with a 7-2 record at No. 2 singles. 

Rebels vs. Gators…
Florida leads the all-time series 44-3. The Rebels last win the series came in 2009 in Oxford. The Gators won last year’s meeting 4-0.

Scouting South Carolina…
South Carolina enters the start of SEC play at 8-3 overall. They swept Coastal Carolina last Sunday to finish out non-conference play. The Gamecocks are led by No. 45 Hadley Berg who is 16-3 this season. 

Rebels vs. Gamecocks…
The Gamecocks hold a 20-15 edge in the series as a result of a five-match win streak, including a 4-2 win, last year in Columbia. The Rebels last win in the series came in 2013 in the second round of the SEC Tournament.

Rebels in the Rankings…
In this week’s Oracle/ITA Rankings, the Rebels are ranked No. 7. They are one of seven SEC teams inside the top 25. Senior Arianne Hartono is ranked No. 16 in singles and teams with Alexa Bortles for a No. 10 ranking in doubles. Junior Tea Jandric is ranked No. 58 in singles and freshman Sabina Machalova is ranked No. 115. 

Streaking Rebels…
As a team, the Rebels have won five straight and nine of their first 10 matches. Several individuals are in the midst of streaks as well. Senior Arianne Hartono is undefeated at No.1 singles (7-0) and has won nine straight this spring. Anna Vrbenska (6-0) has won seven straight this spring, and Tea Jandric (6-1) and freshman Sabina Machalova (5-3) are in the middle of five-match win streaks. 

Courtside with Head Coach Mark Beyers
“We’ve had an amazing start to the season, but now the SEC portion of the season begins. We have two great teams coming here in Florida and South Carolina. It gets real right away. I think the SEC is wide open, and it should be a fun year. Obviously, there are a lot of really good teams in this conference, but I believe we’re in the mix and have a great shot at finishing high in the league this year.”

On Opening up with Florida…
"Whether Florida is in the top five or the outside the top 30, they’re really good. They have had a couple of close losses, but at the National Team Indoor, you could see each match they got better. By the end of the year, they’ll be a contender for another national title. Both Florida and South Carolina will require us to play our best tennis and you can expect the matches to be either 4-3 or 4-2 just like we experienced at the National Team Indoor.”

Follow Along…
For those fans who can’t make it to the matches this weekend or live out of town, follow along with live scoring and live video (outdoors only).

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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