OXFORD, Miss. -- The Ole Miss women's tennis team earned its fifth consecutive and 16th overall NCAA Championship bid and will travel to Lubbock, Texas for the first and second rounds. The Rebels will face the Duke in the first round.
The other two teams in the field are host, Texas Tech, and the College of Charleston. Ole Miss (16-13) and Duke will meet Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. in the first round. Texas Tech and College of Charleston will play not before 2 p.m. The winners will meet Sunday, May 12 at 1 p.m. for the right to advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in Champaign, Ill.
“I am surprised,” said head coach Mark Beyers, on his initial reaction to going to Lubbock. “You kind of speculate where you think you might go, and Lubbock never came up in any conversation. We played there last year, so it’s not a total surprise. The girls know what to expect from a facilities standpoint. Early in the year, Duke was one of the top teams in the country. They’ve suffered some injuries, so maybe it’s not the worst draw in the world.”
The Rebels played both Duke and Texas Tech in 2012, losing a tough 4-3 match at Texas Tech early in the season and then falling to Duke at the ITA National Team Indoor by the same score.
“It’s going to be so much fun,” said junior All-SEC honoree Caroline Rohde-Moe. “This is what we’ve been working towards the whole season. To be able to go somewhere like Texas Tech and get to play teams that we’ve played before, it’s a great feeling at the end of the year. We definitely have a lot to show, and we’ve been practicing hard the last couple of weeks. We are ready to show what we can do and hopefully upset some people.”
The Rebels are a young team with just Rohde-Moe as the lone upperclassmen. However, sophomores Julia Jones, Erin Stephens and Iris Verboven can draw on the experience of making it as freshmen last year.
“We definitely got a good draw, we have a chance to do really well,” said Jones, who finished the regular season 15-7 in dual matches at two and three singles. We are going to prove that we can play our best tennis in May. We are all playing really well right now, and we’ve been practicing well these last two weeks. We’re all excited.”
Duke comes into the NCAA Championships with a 14-9 overall record and having lost to Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC Tournament in their most recent action. They are led by 27th-ranked Hanna Mar.
Ole Miss Women’s Tennis at NCAA Championships Lubbock, Texas • May 11-12 First Round • Saturday, May 11 Match 1 – Duke (14-9) vs. Ole Miss (16-13), 11 a.m. CT Match 2 – (16) Texas Tech (19-6) vs. College of Charleston (20-8), Not before 2 p.m. CT Second Round • Sunday, May 12 Match 3 – Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2, 1 p.m. CT
On the transition as new hitting coach: The transition has been really good. The coaching staff has made it a lot easier on me than what it could be. It's definitely been a whirlwind. On what he knew about Ole... read more
UPDATE: Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.Here are more of Coach Freeze's interviews in Bristol. Scroll down to the earlier post to hear him on Ivan Maisel's podcast. Listen: Freeze on the Paul Finebaum Show Listen: Freeze on the Freddie Coleman ShowListen:... read more
All 14 Southeastern Conference football coaches will travel to ESPN's annual mid-summer football coaches "car wash" - in which guests appear across multiple programs and platforms over one day - at ESPN's Bristol, Conn., headquarters on Monday and Tuesday. Ole... read more
Ole Miss took its turn at the annual SEC Media Days on Thursday. Joining head coach Hugh Freeze was senior quarterback Bo Wallace, junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and senior safety Cody Prewitt. Here are a few related SEC Media... read more
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said on day one that his expectations were to make the program relevant in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. With a full allotment of 85 scholarship players and more depth of both sides of... read more
Once overshadowed, Wallace now finds himself more firmly in the spotlight after the departure of seven of the league's eight top passers. The dean of SEC quarterbacks, Wallace is the league's leading returner in total offense, passing yards and passing... read more
Before taking his turn at the podium in the main room at SEC Media Days on Thursday, head coach Hugh Freeze met with members of the Ole Miss local media and addressed a wide variety of topics. Here are some... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Three of SEC Media Days, which featured Steve Shaw (SEC), Justin Connolly (ESPN),... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Two of SEC Media Days, which featured South Carolina, Mississippi State, Texas A&M... read more
NFL.com CFB 24/7 has counted down the 14 college football players to watch -- and some other college football topics -- in varying categories in 2014. Below are the highlights for Ole Miss and the link to the complete 14... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day 1 of SEC Media Days, which featured SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Auburn, Florida... read more
Former Ole Miss player Zack Cozart, now a member of the Cincinnati Reds, was named the best defensive shortstop in baseball for the first half of the 2014 season. ESPN Insider Scott Spratt selected one player from either league at... read more
The Season: Ole Miss Baseball: Omaha Bound from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 1: Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 2: Super Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 3: CWS Games 1 & 2... read more
Three student-athletes and the head coach of each of the 14 Southeastern Conference football programs will participate in SEC Football Media Days, July 14-17, at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.Ole Miss will take its... read more