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Today’s roundup features Ole Miss Sports and the Rebel Walk.com.

Three Ole Miss Men’s Tennis Players Earn NCAA Individual Bids

Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics.
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics.

More good news came Wednesday with the announcement of the NCAA singles and doubles selections, as the Rebels are represented in both.

Sophomore Gustav Hansson earned his first ever bid to the 64-player singles field, while sophomore Zvonimir Babic and freshman Filip Kraljevic are among the 32-team doubles draw. This marks the second year in a row for Babic to compete in the doubles after participating as a freshman with four-time All-American Nik Scholtz.

Hansson has had an excellent season for the Rebels at the top of the lineup and last week earned All-SEC first team honors. He owns a 24-10 overall record, 16-6 in dual matches, including 4-2 at No. 1 singles.

Babic and Kraljevic have held down the No. 1 spot in doubles this year and come up with some big wins to help the Rebels win the point in 13 of 20 matches they played. In their last doubles match against Alabama, they came up big, knocking off the then-No. 4 ranked team to clinch the point in a 4-3 win for the Rebels.

“Gus has had a very good year and has been a key player for this team’s success,” head coach Toby Hansson said. “It’s a nice bonus that he earned a spot in the NCAA singles championships. Zvonimir and Filip have handled playing at the top position of our doubles lineup very well. The have played a big part in us getting the doubles point more consistently this year. I believe all three can beat any player and doubles team in the country. I am excited for all of them earning a spot in the NCAAs.”

Senior Stefan Lindmark is a second alternate in singles. He made the All-SEC second team and has been right on the cusp of making the field the latter part of the season.

“I hope Slick gets a chance to play as well. He really can play incredible tennis and could definitely make a run if he is playing well.”

The Rebels earned their 23rd straight bid to the NCAA Team Championships and will face Denver in the first round May 14 at 11 a.m. CT in Berkeley, California.

For more information on Ole Miss Men’s Tennis, follow the Rebels on Twitter @OleMissMTennis, on Facebook at OleMissMTennis and on Instagram at OleMissMTennis, follow Coach Hansson on Twitter at @TennisToby.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports Information

Jahnke’s Strong Pitching Leads Rebels Over Louisiana Tech

Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics @olemisspix
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics
@olemisspix

Elisha Jahnke allowed just five baserunners all game, and Ashton Lampton came through with timely hitting to lead the Ole Miss softball team to a 3-1 win over Louisiana Tech Wednesday at the Lady Techsters Softball Complex.

Jahnke was near dominant all game long, giving up just two hits, one of which was a solo home run in the second. She becomes the Ole Miss pitcher to reach 10 wins this season after improving to 10-6 in the circle. The Grand Junction, Colorado native struck out four Lady Techsters, walked two and at one point retired nine in a row midway through the contest.

Lampton chipped in with two of the Rebels’ (37-17) seven hits, including all three RBI off a double and a triple. Elantra Cox went 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot with a double and run scored, while Hailey Lunderman, Miranda Strother and Sarah Van Schaik all added one hit each in the victory.

Ole Miss wasted no time getting on the board with a 2-run first inning, the 17th time this season plating runs in the opening frame. Cox got the offense going with an infield leadoff single, and Lunderman followed with her only hit of the game on a single through the left side. Lampton then launched a high shot to left that bounced off the wall and scored both Cox and Lunderman to put the Rebels up 2-0.

Louisiana Tech (27-18) responded in its next half at the plate off a solo home run cutting the deficit to 2-1. But, Ole Miss again had an answer in the third. Strother punched a 1-out single to right, before Lampton dropped a blooper just inside the right field line for the first triple of her career.

From there Jahnke used the early lead to her advantage, not allowing a hit from the home run in the second all the way until the leadoff batter in the sixth.

Louisiana Tech starter Bailey Allen was tagged with the loss after giving up the three runs in her four frames in the circle.

On Deck
Ole Miss hosts No. 9 Tennessee for the regular season finale this weekend at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. The series opens at 6 p.m. Friday night, while Saturday’s game is slated for a noon first pitch on SEC Network. The Rebels will honor their six seniors Sunday in the final game at 1 p.m.

For all Ole Miss Softball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball, on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball and on Instagram at Instagram.com/olemisssoftball. Fans can also follow head coach Mike Smith on Twitter at @msmithsb16. Additionally fans can get a behind the scenes look at Ole Miss Athletics on Snapchat under the handle, @WeAreOleMiss.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports Information

Coach’s Freeze addresses variety of issues on SEC Football Coaches Spring Media Teleconference

Coach-Hugh-Freeze-NSDThe Southeastern Conference Western Division football coaches participated in the league’s spring media teleconference Thursday morning, and Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze was asked about the health and depth of his team, the status of Ole Miss’ participation in satellite camps, and about the comments made by Laremy Tunsil on draft night.

Tunsil situation

Freeze met the Tunsil situation head-on, addressing it before he was even queried about Laremy’s draft-night comments.

“Obviously since draft night, we’ve had some adversity here around our place,” he began. “I wanted to address that I know our administration has been aggressively working to reach a resolution on the matters involving Laremy.”

While Freeze realizes the public is eager for a quick response, he stressed that it is more important to get all the facts.

I’m told that we’ve made a lot of progress, but the facts are always more important than speed or our public response, which is difficult for me sometimes because I want to respond, but our administration will continue to work with all the parties to get the answers and reach a conclusion as soon as possible, which we are hopeful that is coming quickly.– Hugh Freeze

Courtesy of Evelyn Van Pelt and the Rebel Walk.com

Ole Miss’ Hartono, El Kamash Earn NCAA Individual Bids

Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics.
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics.

Sophomore Arianne Hartono earned a bid to the NCAA Singles Championship and will team up with senior Mai El Kamash in the NCAA Doubles Championship.

Hartono will participate in the NCAA Singles and Doubles for the first time in her young career, while El Kamash will also be making her first appearance in the doubles.

The SEC represents one-third of the field of 64 in singles. Last week Hartono earned All-SEC second team honors. She owns a 20-13 overall record, 13-7 at No. 1 singles. Hartono is ranked No. 33 in the latest ITA Singles Rankings.

Hartono and El Kamash team up for a 14-11 overall record, 10-7 at No. 1 doubles. They have been ranked inside the top 30 all spring.

“I am so excited to Arianne and Mai to be selected for the NCAA individual championships,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “Arianne has had a great year playing at the top of the lineup for us. In doubles, Arianne and Mai picked up some great quality wins throughout the season, and both have definitely earned this selection. It will be a great way for Mai to finish her collegiate career at the NCAA Championships!”

The NCAA individual championships begin May 25 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and conclude on May 30 with the singles and doubles finals.

The Rebels earned their eighth straight bid to the NCAA Team Championships and will face Northwestern in the first round May 13 at 9 a.m. CT in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports Information


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