OXFORD, Miss. - Following a successful start to the fall season, the Ole Miss women's tennis team heads west this weekend for the year's first collegiate major, the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.
The tournament, featuring over 300 players, will begin Saturday, Sept. 28 with prequalifying singles at UCLA. Qualifying singles will begin Oct. 1, while the main draw begins on Oct. 3 at the Riviera Tennis Club.
Ole Miss will send a total of six players to the Riviera All-American Championships. In singles, Caroline Rohde-Moe is in the qualifying tournament, while Mai El Kamash, Julia Jones and Erin Stephens begin competing in the prequalifying tournament Saturday. Ole Miss will have three doubles teams in the field. El Kamash and Jones are in prequalifying doubles, Stephens and Iris Verboven are in qualifying, and Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic are in the main draw.
"The All American Championships is one of the most prestigious collegiate events of the year," head coach Mark Beyers said. "It is the first collegiate grand slam of the year, and the fact that we have so many of our players selected to play in this tournament speaks volumes about where they currently are from a tennis standpoint."
In the most recent event, Jones won the A Draw at the Country Club of Little Rock Invitational, defeating two top-50 ranked opponents on her way to the title. She is off to a 6-1 start this year.
"The first two events of the fall have been very successful for us, and we hope to continue that success out west. These first few weeks of practice have been really good, and I feel the girls are improving daily and working extremely hard out there. I have no doubt that their hard work will continue to pay off."
Ole Miss has had success at the All-American Championships with four-time All-American Paloma Collantes twice winning the singles title in 1992 and 1994.
ITA/Riviera All-American Championships Prequalifying Singles - Sept. 28-29 Mai El Kamash Julia Jones Erin Stepens Prequalifying Doubles - Sept. 28-29 El Kamash/Jones Qualifying Singles - Oct. 1-2 Caroline Rohde-Moe Qualifying Doubles - Oct. 1-2 Stephens/Iris Verboven Main Draw Doubles - Oct. 3-6 Rohde-Moe/Marija Milutinovic
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