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    Today In SEC Tennis: January 28

    Rebel Netters Down Illinois 4-0

    OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 19 nationally ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team earned their first win of the young season, downing No. 27 Illinois 4-0 here Monday morning at the Gillom Sports Center in the consolation match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
    The Rebels (1-2) first match against Yale lasted well over four hours, but this time, the Rebels took the doubles point and the first three singles matches to win in less than three.
    “We are really proud of the girls for bouncing back after two really tough losses, one on the road at William & Mary and Sunday against Yale,” head coach Mark Beyers said.  “Those were both heartbreakers that could have gone either way, and neither one went our way.  It’s tough to bounce back when you finish at 7:30 the night before and have to come back at 8 a.m., so I am very proud of the girls.  Illinois is a very good team, just like the other two teams, and in order for us to win, we had to play our best.”
    Illinois won at No. 3 doubles 8-5 and then Erin Stephens and Santa Shumilina beat Bre Smutko and Audrey O’Connor 8-5 on court two.  With the point up for grabs, Caroline Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic finished off the No. 11 ranked team in the nation, Rachael White and Michelle Kopinski, 8-6 at No. 1 to clinch the point.
    Two of the first three matches went three sets on Sunday against Yale, but not against Illinois.  The Rebels claimed the first set on all three courts. 

    Freshman Mai El Kamash dominated the first set against Illinois junior Allison Falkin, and then rallied from a break down to win the match 6-0, 7-6(1) and give the Rebels a 2-0 lead.
    Caroline Rohde-Moe was too much for Illinois sophomore Melissa Kopinski, cruising 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles to put Ole Miss ahead 3-0.    Rohde-Moe improved to 17-6 overall and 3-0 at No. 1 singles.
    The match ended when sophomore Julia Jones finished off Rachael White 7-5, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.


    Georgia Advances To National Team Indoors

    ATHENS-----Sixth-ranked Georgia blanked No. 70 Georgia State 7-0 Monday to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

    The Bulldogs (2-0) captured the doubles point and picked up the first three singles wins from Maho Kowase, Silvia Garcia and Kate Fuller to clinch the victory over the Panthers (2-1) who upset No. 40 Oklahoma State Sunday.

    In doubles, the first to finish was the No. 3 team of Kowase and Lilly Kimbell. The 22nd-ranked Bulldog tandem registered an 8-6 win over Jocelyn Ffriend and Linn Timmermann to move their record to 9-1 this season. The clinching doubles win came from the No. 1 team of Garcia and Fuller and as they upset the 19th-ranked Panther pair of Abigail Tere-Apisah and Masa Grgan 8-4. On Sunday, the Bulldog duo made their debut with a win over a Columbia team ranked No. 37. The No. 2 doubles match was halted at 6-all.

    The 18th-ranked Kowase gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead when she made quick work of Grgan 6-0,6-0 in the No. 2 contest. Garcia’s 6-1,6-0 win over Timmermann at No. 4 provided a 3-0 lead. Fuller, ranked 54th, clinched the victory with a 6-3,6-3 decision over Whitney Byrd in the No. 3 match. When the No. 1 contest split sets and the team victory assured, a super tiebreaker was played in lieu of a third set. The eighth-ranked Herring emerged with a 3-6,6-4,1-0(10-8) win to make it 5-0. It was a fine performance by Herring who was forced to serve underhand for a majority of the match due to an injury. Herring improved to 22-2 this year with her latest win. King and Kimbell claimed the final two matches in straight sets to complete the shutout.


    Vanderbilt Defeats Yale

    OXFORD, Miss. – No. 25 Vanderbilt earned a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship with its victory over No. 28 Yale, 4-1, Monday afternoon at the Gillom Sports Center.

    The Commodores (2-0) are one of 16 teams that will compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 8-11. Vanderbilt returns to the championship for the first time since 2007.

    Like the match versus Illinois on Sunday, Vanderbilt used the doubles matches to set the tone for the rest of the day. The Commodores won the point with wins in No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Frances Altick and Georgina Sellyn won No. 3 doubles over Yale’s Blair Seideman and Elizabeth Epstein, 8-1.
    Courtney Colton and Lauren Mira clinched the doubles point with a win over Madeleine Hamilton and Annie Sullivan, 8-2. Colton and Mira went 2-0 in doubles over the two days.

    Colton wrapped up her two days of play with a win in No. 3 singles over No. 31 Blair Seideman in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. The freshman continues to play great tennis for the Commodores, as she is now 12-3 overall this season.

    Mira followed in the footsteps of her doubles partner, Colton, as she delivered another singles victory for Vanderbilt. Mira defeated No. 42 Elizabeth Epstein, 6-2, 6-3. The tandem of Colton and Mira combined to go 4-0 this weekend in singles and doubles. Mira has been playing her best tennis of the season since the second semester began, going 4-1 in singles and 4-1 in doubles.

    Yale recorded its lone point in No. 1 singles, where Hamilton defeated Casares in a tough three-set match, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

    Freshman Georgina Sellyn sealed the victory for Vanderbilt with her win in No. 4 singles. Sellyn defeated Hanna Yu, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, in a hard fought match.