No. 5 Ole Miss Set for Rematch with UCLA in NCAA Round of 16
May 16, 2018


NCAA Notes | Championship Central

OXFORD, Miss. -
In a rematch from earlier this year, the No. 5 Ole Miss women's tennis team will face No. 12 UCLA in the NCAA round of 16 Thursday.

The two are set to meet at 6 p.m. CT from the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. With rain in the forecast, there is a solid chance the Rebels and Bruins will be sent to the University of North Carolina to play their match. If that's the case, the two will square off at 7 p.m. CT from the Cone Kenfield Indoor Center. Stay tuned to @OleMissWTennis on Twitter for updates to the schedule.

Follow Along...
All the information on the NCAA Championships throughout the remainder of the tournament can be found at the championship central page. All the matches will feature live scoring and live video.

How Sweet it is...
Ole Miss earned the No. 5 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and hosted the first and second rounds or the first time since 2012. The Rebels downed Missouri State 4-0 in the first round and then topped Wichita State 4-2 in the second round to earn a spot in the Sweet Sixteen for the ninth time and first time since 2010. 

Rebels in NCAA Championships...
The Rebels own a 24-20 overall record in NCAA competition. They have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen nine times and the Elite Eight four times. 

Two for Two...
Ole Miss is one of only four schools to have both its tennis teams in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, joining UCLA, Texas and North Carolina to accomplish that feat. The Rebel men defeated Duke 4-3 in the first round and then ousted No. 4 seed Stanford 4-3 in Palo Alto, California, to advance to their 17th Sweet Sixteen and first since 2012. It marked the first time since 1999 for both the Ole Miss men and women to reach the round of 16 in the same year.

Scouting UCLA...
UCLA (22-5) punched their ticket to the Sweet Sixteen with a 4-0 win against No. 25 Baylor in the NCAA second round. In the first round, the Bruins routed Fresno State, 4-0. The Bruins have won 13 of their last 14 matches with the only loss coming against Stanford, 4-2. UCLA is led by Ena Shibahara, who is ranked No. 9 with a 25-8 overall record, 15-5 at No. 1 singles. The Bruins also boast No. 33 Jada Hart, No. 67 Abi Altick and No. 121 Alaina Miller in their lineup.

Rebels vs. Bruins...
With their 4-3 win earlier in the year at the National Team Indoor, the Rebels evened up the series with UCLA 2-2. This will be the third meeting between the two schools in the NCAA Tournament. They last met in the NCAAs in 2014 in Los Angeles in the second round with the Bruins winning 4-0. 

De Ja Vu...
In the previous meeting back on Feb. 10 at the National Team Indoor, the Rebels dropped the doubles point but rallied to win four singles matches for the 4-3 win. UCLA led 2-0 after a win on court two. Arianne Hartono won in straight sets at one, followed by Sabina Macahlova on court three and Anna Vrbenska on court six to hand the Rebels a 3-2 lead. UCLA tied it up with a win on court five and then Tea Jandric finished off a comeback on court four to clinch it 4-3 for the Rebels.

The Winner Gets...
The winner of this match will face the winner of the Pepperdine/Georgia Tech match in the quarterfinals Saturday at 3 p.m. CT.

Rebels vs. Sweet Sixteen Field...
The Rebels are 4-4 against teams in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen including two wins against Georgia and one each against UCLA and Texas.

Last Time Out..
Ole Miss hosted the NCAA first and second rounds last weekend, downing Missouri State 4-0 in the first round and then defeating Wichita State 4-2 in the second round to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the ninth time and first since 2010. Senior Arianne Hartono went 3-1 in singles and doubles while sophomore Anna Vrbenska went 3-0 to lead the Rebels. Freshman Sabina Machalova rallied from 5-2 down in the third set against Wichita State's Giulia Guidetti to win 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 and clinch the victory to send the Rebels to the third round.

Courtside with Head Coach Mark Beyers...
"Excited for this team to be back in the Sweet Sixteen. Of course there are no easy matches at this point in the tournament. UCLA is a very talented, well-coached team, and I fully expect the match to be similar to the battle we had with them back in February."

For more information on Ole Miss Women's Tennis, follow the Rebels on Twitter @OleMissWTennis, on Facebook at OleMissWTennis and on Instagram at OleMissWTennis. Also follow Coach Beyers on Twitter, @MarkBeyers.


 

 

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