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Elantra Cox Named SEC Player Of The Week

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Today’s sports roundup also features Ole Miss’ Weisz Takes Second in Air Rifle at GARC Championships, Ole Miss Men’s Tennis Takes Two from Arkansas-Pine Bluff

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Ole Miss Softball defeats Colgate University 8-2 in the second day of the Hatter Invitational
in DeLand, FL.
Photo by Madi Osias/Ole Miss Athletics

Following a productive weekend at the plate helping the Rebels to a 5-0 weekend, Ole Miss softball junior outfielder Elantra Cox has been named the SEC Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Cox, the team leader in average (.474), runs (16), hits (18), stolen bases (10) and OBP (.722), was the spark at the top of the lineup last weekend at the Hatter Invitational. In five games, she went 10-for-15 with nine runs scored, one double, one RBI and three walks, while going 7-for-7 on the base paths.
The junior recorded at least one hit in all five games, and tied her career high against Colgate in the 8-2 win on Saturday, going 4-for-4 with two runs and two steals. Her lone RBI came in the opener against the Raiders when she had an RBI double in the 14-2 victory.
In the first of two matchups with No. 23 USF on Friday, she finished 2-for-2 with three runs, two walks and a steal. She also scored once, stole once, and recorded a hit in the 3-0 win against Stetson on Saturday, before posting two hits, two runs and two steals again in the 12-1 win over the Bulls to close out play in Florida.
Cox, in her third season as a Rebel, is the current leader in career average (.378), and is ninth in slugging (.410), fourth in on-base percentage (.419), and second in career steals (60), just 15 off tying the all-time record.
Cox and the Rebels return to action Wednesday when they host Louisiana Tech in the 2017 home opener at 6 p.m. The midweek tilt kicks off a 14-game homestand, which includes Ole Miss’ two home tournaments, the Red & Blue Classic this weekend, March 3-5, and Ole Miss Classic, March 9-12.
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 

Ole Miss’ Weisz Takes Second in Air Rifle at GARC Championships

Ole Miss junior Alison Weisz had a memorable performance at the GARC Championships this weekend. The All-American finished second in air rifle at the Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Field House on the campus of Akron University to lead the Rebels in their final team competition of the 2016-17 season.
Weisz earned her second consecutive top-three finish in air rifle at the GARC Championships. As a team, the Rebels finished eighth with an aggregate of 4624.
West Virginia won the title for the eighth year in a row with a 4725 aggregate. Nebraska posted a 4679 for second and Kentucky finished third at 4667.
Recapping the Championships
In smallbore, the Rebels posted a 2286 a result of sophomore Harley Gardner’s 577, which tied for 16th place individually. Freshman Alana Kelly posted a 571 and junior Jessica Haig shot just one point behind Kelly, tallying a 570.
Last year, Weisz also shot a 595 in air rifle to qualify for the finals and finished in third place. This year, Weisz stood to-toe-to with Olympic Gold medalist Ginny Thrasher in the finals, before finishing second by just 1.5 points with a 196. This marked the third time this season for Weisz to post a 595 and contributed to her 1163 aggregate for the competition. Haig followed Weisz with a 583, and freshman Hayley Carroll shot a 582.
Harley Gardner 577
Alana Kelly 571
Jessica Haig 570
Ali Weisz 568
TOTAL 2286
Alison Weisz 595
Jessica Haig 583
Hayley Carroll 582
Harley Gardner 578
TOTAL 2338
West Virginia 4725
Nebraska 4679
Kentucky 4667
NC State 4660
Army 4649
Akron 4630
Memphis 4629
Ole Miss 4624
Navy 4621
GARC Awards
Prior to the competition starting, the annual GARC Awards were handed out at the banquet Thursday night and both senior Alison Weisz and junior Jessica Haig were recognized for their accomplishments throughout the season.
Weisz walked away with second team all-conference in air rifle with a 592 season average. She posted a career-high and school-record 597 against Nebraska in the fall. Weisz also earned honorable mention honors in combined aggregate with a season average of 1167. In addition to shooting her way to the top of the team on the range, Weisz was recognized as a scholar-athlete.
Haig earned honorable mention in air rifle as she totaled a 587 average for the season. Haig’s best air performance took place in January against NC State as she shot a 594, matching her previous career-high shot at the GARC Championships last season.
Marsha’s Minute
“Ali performed exceptionally well in air. She was so solid with lots of very deep shots,” Beasley said. “She stayed with 2016 NCAA Champion and Rio Olympic gold medalist, Ginny Thrasher, until the very end. It was fun to watch, and an impressive performance.”
“Air has been going well for us in the past, but as a whole, our air rifle scores were down this weekend and I’m puzzled as to why that was,” Beasley said. “Akron did a great job hosting these championships and we are very thankful to them for that. This was a great place to shoot and a good experience for our team.”
Senior Alison Weisz on her second-place finish
“I am so proud of everyone on the team and grateful everyone qualified for this match. It’s a very different layout of competition so there were definitely some things to overcome. Overall, I think we all did our best, and I really enjoyed the weekend. I am honored to be able to come away with an award in my final conference championships. I wish the best for the team and our coaches in the years to come, I fully believe in them and know they will continue to raise the bar and succeed.”
Up Next
As the 2016-17 season came to an end this weekend for many shooters, Weisz has one more match to go as she will compete in air rifle in the NCAA Championships March 10-11 in Columbus, Ohio hosted by Ohio State University.
For more information on Ole Miss Rifle, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissRifle, on Facebook at OleMissRifle and on Instagram @OleMissRifle.
Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports 

Ole Miss Men’s Tennis Takes Two from Arkansas-Pine Bluff

In their home opener, the Ole Miss men’s tennis team shut out Arkansas-Pine Bluff twice Sunday at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.
In a throwback to their days of playing together in Germany, sophomore Fabian Fallert and freshman Tim Sandkaulen teamed up for a 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles in the first match. Ricardo Jorge and Mississippi native Robert Mounger won 6-1 at No. 3 doubles.
In singles, Arkansas-Pine Bluff retired at No. 1 down 5-0 in the first set, and then the Rebels won all remaining matches in straight sets for the 7-0 win.
Around 200 fans showed up and braved the cool temperatures to catch their first glimpse of highly-touted Sandkaulen in his home debut. The former European and German National Champion won both his singles matches on the day.
The second match began with singles, and the Rebels won 5-0.
At the Net…
• The Rebels are now 4-2 on the year
• Freshman Tim Sandkaulen made his home debut and went 3-0 in doubles and singles
• Sophomore Robert Mounger, a Jackson, Mississippi native, went 2-0 in doubles and singles and was up in his second match when play stopped.
• Sophomore Filip Kraljevic saw his first action of the spring and went 2-0 in singles
Complete Results
First Match
Ole Miss 7, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0
1. Sandkaulen/Fallert (OM) def. Rahman/Vangala (UAPB) 6-0
2. Babic/Kraljevic (OM) vs. Greig/Ledbetter (UAPB) 4-1, sus.
3. Jorge/Mounger (OM) def. Lewis/Lewaba (UAPB) 6-1
Order of Finish: 1, 3
1. Ricardo Jorge (OM) def. Sajid Rahman (UAPB) 5-0, retired
2. #111 Tim Sandkaulen (OM) def. Simon Lewis (UAPB) 6-1, 6-1
3. Filip Kraljevic (OM) def. Jualon Greig (UAPB) 6-0, 6-2
4. Fabian Fallert (OM) def. Aravind Vangala (UAPB) 6-0, 6-2
5. Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Le’Darrien Ledbetter (UAPB) 6-0, 6-0
6. Robert Mounger (OM) def. Khusto Lewaba (UAPB) 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 2, 4, 3, 6
Second Match
Ole Miss 5, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0
1. Ricardo Jorge (OM) def. Jualon Greig (UAPB) 6-1, 6-2
2. Tim Sandkaulen (OM) def. Aravind Vangala (UAPB) 6-0, 6-1
3. Filip Kraljevic (OM) def. Khusto Lewaba (UAPB) 6-0, 6-1
4. Robert Mounger (OM) vs. Le’Darrien Ledbetter (UAPB) 6-2, 3-1, sus.
5. Fabian Fallert (OM) won by default
6. Grey Hamilton (OM) won by default
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 2, 3, 1
Talking with head coach Toby Hansson…
“It was great to finally play at home this season, and we want to thank all the fans who came out and braved the chilly weather to watch the matches. We now turn our attention to the SEC and look forward to a great match on Friday at Alabama.”
Up next…
The Rebels will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama March 3 to face Alabama in their SEC opener.
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

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