Beyond The Baseline

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Julia Jones
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Julia Jones
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

June 4, 2014

TWITTER: @OleMissWTennis
FACEBOOK: OleMissWTennis

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss women's tennis team prides itself on excellence in everything they do. For the 2014 team, it was another solid year on and off the court, under head coach Mark Beyers, who completed his 13th year leading the program.

The Rebels made their sixth consecutive NCAA appearance and advanced to the second round before falling to eventual NCAA Champion UCLA, to finish the season ranked No. 28 in the final ITA National Rankings.

One of 11 SEC teams to make the NCAA field of 64, the Rebels finished 14-10 overall with no losses to teams outside the top 30, and played several top 10 teams very close, including having match points against No. 9 Texas A&M.  They defeated Texas Tech 4-3 to reach the second round of the NCAAs.

Junior Julia Jones earned All-SEC honors for the second time in her career, and finished the year ranked No. 100 in the nation in singles and No. 8 in the Southern Region.  She led the Rebels with an overall record of 27-11, 16-7 in dual matches.  Jones also posted a 15-6 doubles record with freshman Zalina Khairudinova.  

The Rebels have had at least one member of the squad named to the All-SEC team every year under Coach Beyers (13 years).

Sophomore Mai El Kamash finished second on the team with 26 wins, while junior Erin Stephens ended the year on an 11-match winning streak.

"Maybe we didn't reach all of our goals, but all in all we had another solid season, making the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and finishing 28th in the country," head coach Mark Beyers said. "With a little bit of luck we could have won a few more matches and possibly finished a little higher.  The Texas A&M match stands out; we had a couple of match points to clinch the win, but couldn't close it out."

The Rebels also picked up two ITA Southern Regional Awards, as senior Caroline Rohde-Moe was named the Most Improved Senior and associate head coach Jason Ontog received the Assistant Coach of the Year Award for the third time in five years.

Off the court, it was another outstanding year for the Rebels with Rohde-Moe leading the way.  The Bloomenholm, Norway native graduated with honors, earning degrees in Managerial Finance and Economics.  She received a Taylor Medal, awarded to the top one percent in each school at the University of Mississippi, and was a finalist for the SEC Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. In addition, Rohde-Moe was named a Capital One Academic All-District honoree.

As a team, the Rebels posted a 3.47 grade point average, positioning themselves to earn the prestigious ITA All-Academic Team Award for a record 18th consecutive year.  The entire team made the University Honor Roll, while Rohde-Moe posted a 4.0 GPA for the fourth straight semester.

With six of the top seven returning and the addition of Arianne Hartono of the Netherlands and Sweden's Caroline Kallberg, the Rebels are looking forward to the 2015 season and making some noise in the SEC and on a national level.

"We are very excited about having a lot of experience returning next year and adding two talented players to the mix," Beyers said. "We should have a very strong team next year with an opportunity to have a great season."

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Freeze, Rebels Focused on Auburn Showdown

      Thursday, October 30, 2014 - Football

      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

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 9

      Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 9 -LSU (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 20-26, 2014)

      Monday, October 27, 2014 - Athletics

      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

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Oct. 26

      Sunday, October 26, 2014 - Athletics

      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

    • Rebels Fall Short in Death Valley

      Sunday, October 26, 2014 - Football

      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 and Out: Ole Miss-LSU

      Saturday, October 25, 2014 - Football

      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

    • What They're Saying: Ole Miss-LSU Pregame

      Friday, October 24, 2014 - Football

      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

      Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Football

      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

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 8

      Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 8 - Tennessee (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Freeze, Miles Talk Ole Miss-LSU Rivalry

      Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Football

      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 Review (Oct. 13-19)

      Monday, October 20, 2014 - Athletics

      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

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Oct. 19

      Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Athletics

      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

    • Winning Formula for Rebels is No Secret

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      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

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Tennessee Motivational

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Tennessee Official Team Motivational from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Tennessee

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      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