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.
Not only will Saturday's matchup between No. 4 Auburn and No. 7 Ole Miss feature the first-ever meeting of top-10 team in Oxford, but it will feature half of the top four of the College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 20-26, 2014Football- Ole Miss took its first loss of the season with a 10-7 defeat to No. 23 LSU in Baton Rouge.- The Rebels held LSU to 10 points and created four turnovers (two... read more
In this week's edition of Observations from the Best Seat in the House, Metz Camfield and I teamed up to give you our thoughts and opinions of the week that was in Ole Miss athletics. I was able to travel... read more
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Ole Miss had its chances. The Ole Miss defense made seven points stand up for the better part of four quarters, forcing four turnovers and limiting LSU to just three points on its first three trips... read more
Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss travels to No. 23 LSU for an SEC West Showdown on Saturday. Stopping The Run Not just this year, but throughout head coach Les Miles' tenure, LSU's running game has been... read more
Ahead of a rivalry renewed on a national stage, complete with a visit of ESPN's "College GameDay" and the mystique of a Saturday night game in Death Valley, here's link roundup of videos and stories from local and national media... read more
Extra Emphasis on Special Teams Play Through the years, special teams play has provided a winning edge in the Ole Miss-LSU rivalry, and and you don't have to go all the way back to Billy Cannon's 1959 Halloween run. In... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and LSU head coach Les Miles on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Baton Rouge.For the full SEC teleconference, go here.Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at 1:06:12... read more
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