OXFORD, Miss. – The LSU Lady Tigers (8-9; 1-6 SEC) had early success against No. 36 Ole Miss (5-8; 3-4 SEC), but ultimately fell to the Rebels 4-2 Friday at Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.
“It was absolutely high quality tennis out there,” head coach Julia S. Sell said. “It was fun to play. I’m very proud of the way the girls competed today. Kaitlin (Burns) had a great win, and it just came down to a few points with Mary (Jeremiah). Ella (Taylor) also had a great match, and Ariel (Morton) really battled. It just came down to a few points.”
Doubles partners Kaitlin Burns and Ella Taylor highlighted the day for the Lady Tigers both in doubles and singles. Leading 7-5 over the Rebels’ Mai El Kamash and Vief Vlaar, the duo stood one game away from a win when the competition was called off due to Ole Miss victories on courts one and two.
Both Burns and Taylor continued their success into singles, as Burns notched a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over the Rebels’ No. 37-ranked Caroline Rohde-Moe in the top spot after Taylor put LSU on the board with a 6-3, 6-1 victory against Ole Miss’ No. 66 Kamash on court three.
Facing the No. 53 doubles pair in the No. 1 position, Mary Jeremiah and Ariel Morton held a tight competition before facing an 8-5 loss to the Rebels’ Rohde-Moe and Marija Milutinovic that clinched the doubles point for Ole Miss. Keri Frankenberger and Ebie Wilson were the first court to finish, with an 8-3 loss to Ole Miss’ Erin Stephens and Iris Verboven.
Due to inclement weather, the match was moved indoors and allowed only three courts, so Burns, Jeremiah and Taylor were the first to compete.
Following LSU’s two victories, sophomore Jeremiah faced a tightly-contested match against Ole Miss’ Julia Jones in the No. 2 spot. Jeremiah took a quick 3-0 lead before proceeding into a first-set tiebreaker that gave her a 7-6 (7-4) first-set loss. Maintaining another close score in set two, she ultimately fell to Jones 6-4.
Junior Morton took on Ole Miss’ Stephens in the No. 4 position and held a tied 4-4 score in the second set before falling 6-3, 6-4.
Frankenberger followed with a 6-0, 6-2 loss on court five to the Rebels’ Milutinovic that clinched the match for Ole Miss. Despite leading 3-2 in her second set, Wilson’s match against Ole Miss’ Vlaar was not completed.
“We only had three courts, so our five and six sat out for about two and a half hours after doubles,” Sell said. “I think it hurt both Keri (Frankenberger) and Ebie (Wilson) a little bit with their injuries. They got off to a slow start, but I don’t think it affected the outcome of the match.”
The No. 54 Lady Tigers will next take on the host of the upcoming SEC tournament, Mississippi State University, Sunday at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre at 1 p.m. CT.
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#36 Ole Miss 4, #54 LSU 2
1. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) def. #37 Caroline Rohde-Moe (OM) 6-3, 6-2
2. Julia Jones (OM) def. Mary Jeremiah (LSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
3. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. #66 Mai El Kamash (OM) 6-3, 6-1
4. Erin Stephens (OM) def. Ariel Morton (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Marija Milutinovic (OM) def. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 6-0, 6-2
6. Vief Vlaar (OM) vs. Ebie Wilson (LSU) 6-0, 2-3, unfinished
1. #53 Caroline Rohde-Moe/Marija Milutinovic (OM) def. Mary Jeremiah/Ariel Morton (LSU) 8-5
2. Erin Stephens/Iris Verboven (OM) def. Keri Frankenberger/Ebie Wilson (LSU) 8-3
3. Mai El Kamash/Vief Vlaar (OM) vs. Kaitlin Burns/Ella Taylor (LSU) 5-7, unfinished
LSU 8-9, 1-6 SEC; National ranking #54
Ole Miss 5-8, 3-4 SEC; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,1,2,5,4)