OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 9 seed Ole Miss women’s tennis team heads to Starkville, Miss., this week for the SEC Championship. The Rebels will face the No. 8 seed, South Carolina, Thursday at 8 a.m. at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
The winner of this match will get top-seeded Georgia in the quarterfinals Friday at 8 a.m.
Ole Miss comes into the tournament ranked No. 39 with a 15-12 overall record. The Rebels finished the SEC regular season at 5-7 after splitting their last two matches against Missouri and Texas A&M.
South Carolina ended the regular season with a 4-3 loss to Kentucky to fall to 13-10 overall and 6-7 in the SEC. The Gamecocks are led by 77th-ranked Jaklin Alawi who owns a 15-20 overall record, 6-12 at No. 1 singles.
The last time these two teams met in Columbia, the Gamecocks won 4-0.
“Playing South Carolina again, we hope to get some revenge and play a lot better than we did the last time we played them,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “We definitely did not play that great at their place. They’re a good team, but if we play the way I know we can, than we have an opportunity to win the match. We’re excited about it.”
The Rebels’ SEC record could have been even better, but for a few 4-3 losses early on in the season.
“We’ve had some close losses and some good wins,” Beyers said. “In a long year, you’re going to have ups and downs. We had a good win over Missouri last Friday. We would love to get a win over South Carolina and another opportunity to play Georgia.”
All matches during the tournament will feature live scoring as well as updates on the official tournament Twitter account, @SECTennis. When tweeting about the SEC Women’s Tennis Championship, use the hashtag #SECWT13.
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