Women's Tennis Fall Recap
Nov. 22, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Regional titles and a runner-up finish at the ITA National Fall Championships highlighted the fall for the Ole Miss women’s tennis team as they look ahead to the 2018 season.  

Quick hits…
• Freshman Sabina Machalova showed why she was the No. 5 ranked recruit coming into the season as she advanced to the qualifying at the Riviera All-American Championships. 
• The Rebels dominated the ITA Southern Regional Championships capturing the singles and doubles titles. Arianne Hartono did not drop a set in winning five matches to claim the singles title. It was an all-Ole Miss final in doubles with Sabina Machalova and Natalie Suk beating Hartono and Alexa Bortles for the title.
• Sophomore Alexa Bortles won her flight at the annual Roberta Alison Fall Classic in late October.
• Ole Miss concluded the fall at the ITA National Fall Championships with Arianne Hartono advancing to the second round of singles and teaming up with Alexa Bortles to finish runner-up in doubles. Sabina Machalova and Natalie Suk advanced to the second round of doubles.
• The Rebels tied for the second most players in the fall singles and doubles national rankings. In singles, Arianne Hartono is ranked No. 50, Sabina Machalova is ranked No. 62, Natalie Suk is ranked No. 81 and Tea Jandric is ranked No. 95. In doubles, Hartono and Alexa Bortles are ranked No. 13, Machalova and Suk are ranked No. 22 and Anna Vrbenska and Tea Jandric are ranked No. 58.

At the net with head coach Mark Beyers

Overall thoughts…
“At the end of the fall we had a lot of big-time success, we had some players that made a name for themselves. To win the regionals in both singles and doubles was great and then to have four players represented at the fall championships was special since this was the first time for the event.”

On Arianne…
“Winning the singles at regionals the way she did was fantastic and then for her and Alexa to make the finals at the final event and play for a national championship was awesome. Hopefully that kind of confidence will carry over to the spring.”

On Tea and Alexa…
“Tea is one who had a really good fall. You can see her growth every week. She’s starting to play with a lot more confidence and physically she’s doing a fantastic job working hard and I am glad to see that it’s paying off. She had a good regional tournament and ended up running into Arianne, who was playing amazing tennis. Alexa won her draw in the Tuscaloosa and beat some big-time quality players.”

On freshman Sabina Machalova
“We knew Sabina was a big-time recruit and a big-time player, but she proved it early on by winning multiple rounds and advancing through the pre-qualifying at the All-American and beating a top-40 ranked player. At regionals, Sabina lost a tough three-setter to one of LSU’s top recruits, but she definitely showed that she is one of the top incoming freshmen in the country and we are really looking forward to her making a big-time statement this spring.”

On getting Tereza Janatova back in the spring…
“We are looking forward to getting Tereza back in January. She is doing a lot better physically, which is fantastic to hear. She is a great addition to this team and we are undoubtedly going to need her at some point in the spring.”

On the excitement of the new indoor tennis facility…
“It been a long time coming and it's great to see that project almost to completion. It will be nice especially in January and February when the weather doesn’t always cooperate here in Mississippi. Also with six courts now, we won’t have to worry about when the men are practicing. With the class schedules of the players, that will really help from a standpoint of making it easier to handle both demands.”

Up next…
The Rebels will kick of the 2018 season Jan. 13-15 at the FGCU Invitational in Fort Meyers, Florida before heading to West Lafayette, Indiana on Jan. 20 to face Purude in the team’s first dual match. The first chance for Rebel fans to see the team in action will be Feb. 3 when they host Memphis in the new indoor tennis facility.

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


 

 

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