March 17, 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The 32nd-ranked Arizona Wildcat women's tennis team fell to the No. 45-ranked Ole Miss Rebels on Thursday, ending the team's seven-match winning streak. The match was played in Las Vegas, Nev.
In doubles play, the Rebels won all three matches and picked up the doubles point. On court one, the No. 21-ranked team of Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie edged Sarah Landsman and Natasha Marks. The 8-6 loss to Ole Miss was the junior duo's first since February 11. The team of Kim Stubbe and Lacey Smyth faced off against Connor Vogel and Gabby Rangel on court two. The freshman team lost the match 8-6. Senior Jane Huh and freshman Susan Mc Rann lost on court three. The Rebel team of Caroline Rohde-Moe and Vivian Vlaar edged Huh and Mc Rann, 8-5.
"Today was very disappointing for us," said head coach Vicky Maes. "I felt we came out really flat and we never got things going our way. We played conservative doubles and that's just not the way we are going to win big matches. Our lack of emotion transferred over to the singles and we got punished for that."
Singles play did not improve for the Cats as Ole Miss won four of six matches to clinch the victory. The Wildcats' only wins of the day came on courts two and four. Landsman faced Laura Van der Stoet on court two where she picked up a win by retire. Stubbe took on Guthrie on court four. The Mol, Belgium native edged Guthrie, 6-4, 6-3, and picked up Arizona's final point of the day.
Marks was back in action after sitting out singles play on Monday. The Nottingham, England native was edged by Vogel on court one. On court three, Smyth lost for the first time in eight matches as she fell to Rohde-Moe. The Dublin, Ireland native Mc Rann battled Vlaar on court five. Mc Rann lost her first match since February 4, as she was edged 6-2, 6-2. On court six, Debora Castany took on Rangel and fell 7-5, 6-1.
"Ole Miss is a good team, ranked as high as 16th this year, and we needed to play hard to beat them," Maes said. "Yet, we looked deflated and uninspired. I really hope the girls will reflect on today and come out stronger against Pepperdine this Saturday."
The Wildcats fall to 13-3 overall as they go into Saturday's match against No. 37 Pepperdine. Arizona will take on the Waves at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif., at 1 p.m. PT.
No. 45 Mississippi 5 No. 32 Arizona 2
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 17, 2011
1. No. 21 Boxx/Guthrie (Ole Miss) def. Marks/Landsman (UA) 8-6
2. Vogel/Rangel (Ole Miss) def. Smyth/Stubbe (UA) 8-6
3. Rohde-Moe/Vlaar (Ole Miss) def. Mc Rann/Huh (UA) 8-5
Mississippi wins the doubles point
1. Connor Vogel (Ole Miss) def. Natasha Marks (UA) 6-3, 6-3
2. Sarah Landsman (UA) def Laura Van der Stroet (Ole Miss) 4-0 retire
3. Caroline Rohde-Moe (Ole Miss) def. Smyth (UA) 7-5, 6-2
4. Kim Stubbe (UA) def. Abby Guthrie (Ole Miss) 6-4, 6-3
5. Bibian Vlaar (Ole Miss) def. Susan Mc Rann (UA) 6-2, 6-2
6. Gabby Rangel (Ole Miss) def. Debora Castany (UA) 7-5, 6-1
Mississippi wins the match 5-2