By Ole Miss Media Relations
OXFORD – It’s been a tough year for the Rebels against Mississippi State, but not in women’s tennis, as the Ole Miss women’s tennis team topped the Bulldogs with a 7-0 shutout here Saturday on Senior Day.
The Rebels (11-9, 4-7) have now won 22 in a row in the series and have not lost to Mississippi State since 1989. Head Coach Mark Beyers is 10-0 against the Bulldogs, and afterwards, he talked about the significance of the win.
“The Rebel nation needed that. We’ve taken a couple too many losses against them [this year]. We wanted to make sure that we didn’t participate in that and to keep the streak going. It was tough conditions today, very windy, which was kind of a neutralizer. We had Senior Day, and there’s always a lot going on with that. I am proud of the girls for taking care of business.”
The match began with singles, as Mississippi State defaulted at the No. 2 and 3 doubles matches giving the Rebels the point. The Bulldogs also defaulted the No. 6 match, as the Rebels gained a 2-0 lead without a hit of the ball.
Despite the tough conditions – cooler temps and extremely windy – the Rebels needed only two hours to finish off State in straight sets at all five spots. Kristi Boxx defeated Bulldog freshman Alexandra Perper 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles and then freshman Caroline Rohde-Moe downed Danielle Terpko 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 to clinch the victory.
Abby Guthrie cruised 6-3, 6-2 against State’s Roseline Dion on court five and then senior Laura van de Stroet beat Oleysa Tsigvintseva 6-4, 7-5 at No. 4. She led 5-2 in the second but eventually got the win in her last home match.
“It was chilly and windy, but we all managed to play pretty well,” van de Stroet said. “It’s been awesome playing here. The season is not over. Hopefully we’ll have at least seven or eight more matches. Connor and I both want to keep playing as long as we can. The fact that we won’t play here anymore, is kind of weird.”
In the last match, the Rebels other senior, Connor Vogel, topped Mariia Ryzhova 6-2, 7-6(3) at No. 2, to complete the sweep.
The Rebels will head to Knoxville, Tenn., this upcoming week for the SEC Championship. The bracket will be released at the conclusion of the regular season.