OXFORD, Miss. – If you are not going out of town for Spring Break, join the Ole Miss women’s tennis team at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center, as they begin a five match homestand this weekend with matches against Tennessee and No. 12 Georgia.
The Rebels will host Tennessee Friday at 3 p.m., and fans will receive a free Ole Miss Tennis mug. Sunday, the Rebels will welcome Georgia at 1 p.m. and fans will get a free “Baby Got Backhand” tank top while supplies last as well as enjoy free ice cream sundaes between doubles and singles. Fans will also get a Julia Jones collector poster this weekend.
Ole Miss comes into the weekend at 5-3 overall and in search of their first SEC win. The Rebels are coming off consecutive losses to No. 23 Auburn and No. 10 Alabama on the road.
The Rebels are led by junior Julia Jones’ 16-6 overall record, 5-2 in dual matches. She also teams with freshman Zalina Khairudinova for a 9-1 overall record, 6-1 at No. 3 doubles.
“We are excited to return home for five straight matches,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “Even though we lost both matches last weekend, we had chances, especially against Auburn. We were up in the doubles, and if we get that maybe it’s a different outcome. We had great a meeting with the girls after the match, and talked about some things we can work on to get better. They are ready for this weekend. Both Tennessee and Georgia are consistently two of the top teams in the league, and we are looking forward to another challenging SEC weekend.”
Tennessee enters the second weekend of conference play at 4-5 overall, 0-1 in the SEC. The Lady Vols lost to Georgia (7-0) in both team’s opening league match last Saturday. Tennessee is led by freshman Eve Repic, who is ranked No. 55 in the nation with a 6-3 record at No. 1 singles.
Georgia comes in ranked No. 12 with a 7-2 overall record, 1-0 in the SEC after their win over Tennessee last weekend. The Bulldogs boast four players in the top 40 led by 10th-ranked Lauren Herring, who is 7-1 at No. 1 singles. Herring also teams with Maho Kowase to form the No. 2 doubles team in the country.
Senior Caroline Rohde-Moe has been around the league and understands the advantage of playing at home, where the Rebels are currently 4-0 this year.
“It’s exciting to be back home,” she said. “We played two tough opponents on the road last weekend. It’s such an advantage to play at home. Even though the scores didn’t show it, I still feel like we were in the matches for a long time. We are a good team, we just have to improve on the little things to become a great team.”
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 13-19, 2014Football- Ole Miss rode its dominant defense to a 34-3 homecoming win over Tennessee on Saturday to improve to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play.- The Rebels are 7-0 for just... read more
It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. There was no shortage of observations surrounding the Homecoming festivities this weekend. Let's get into it:1. When "College GameDay" visits Baton Rouge,... read more
The winning formula revealed itself as it has throughout the season: a dominant defense and a mistake-free offense. The Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, while the Ole Miss offense did not commit a single turnover in a workmanlike 34-3... read more
Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss faces Tennessee for Homecoming on Saturday.'Third Down for What'Tennessee is very dangerous, Ole Miss football head coach Hugh Freeze said, because its talented, particularly if it gets momentum and confidence during... read more
Highlights from today's media opportunity with SEC Nation host Joe Tessitore and analysts Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears discussing the show's visit to Oxford for the SEC matchup between No. 3 Ole Miss and Tennessee. Tessitore recalls calling the first college... read more
At the halfway point of the regular season, Ole Miss is 6-0 for the first time since 1962, when it went 10-0 and earned a share of the national title. It's No. 3 ranking in the national polls is its... read more
With a dominant defense that ranks among the nation's leaders in most statistical categories, head coach Hugh Freeze acknowledged he has changed his offensive philosophy and play-calling to limit negative plays and quick possessions. Ole Miss averaged the second-most offensive... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Oxford. For the full SEC teleconference, go here. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at... read more
Head coach Hugh Freeze admitted the offense played well enough to manage the game and let the defense win it. Ole Miss leaned on its running game, rushing for 160 yards on 35 carries, while Bo Wallace completed 13-of-19 passes... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 6-12, 2014Football- The No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels showed they belong among the nation's upper crust with a dominating 35-20 win at No. 14 Texas A&M on Saturday.- Ole Miss jumped out to a... read more