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Published on May 6th, 2015 | by Carver Rayburn


Women’s Tennis, Baseball, Track and Volleyball News and Notes

Women’s Tennis Receives NCAA Bid

The Ole Miss Women’s Tennis Squad made the NCAA tournament, and will head to Miami for their first round action. This is their seventh consecutive NCAA bid. They will face Denver on May 8th at 10 am, CST.

“We are very excited to go to Miami,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “We played a fall tournament there a couple of Womens Tennisyears ago. It’s going to be hot, but we’re probably more used to that than Denver. Should we advance, Miami is obviously a very talented team, but we won’t look past Denver.”

Ole Miss finished the regular season with a 15–10 overall record. The Rebels are led by senior Julia Jones,who earned first team All-SEC honors. Jones is currently ranked No. 9 in the nation in singles and this year became the seventh player in program history to record 100 wins in a career. She has a 28–9 overall record, 18–6 at No. 1 singles and finished 8–4 in SEC play.

Rebels Baseball Rolling After Taking down Tide and TSBU

Just two days after taking a series from Alabama, Ole Miss thumped Mississippi State 11–1 at Pearl. Senior pitcher Scott Weathersby went seven scoreless innings as the Rebels provided him 15 hits and 11 runs on Tuesday at Trustmark Park in Pearl. Ole Miss improved to 24–22 and made history with the largest margin of victory in 36 year history of the series.

“I was just trying to go inning by inning, working on that inning and just giving us a chance,” said Weathersby. “I was just trying to work the zone and let our defense do the work, and they did that behind me tonight.”

Ole Miss recorded 15 hits paced once again by leadoff hitter Connor Cloyd. The junior went 3-for-6 with a career-high four RBI. Cloyd also produced his seventh-straight multi-hit game. Four more Rebels provided multi-hit games as Baseball (1)Colby Bortles, Cameron Dishon, Austin Knight, and Sikes Orvis all recorded two hits apiece. Bortles and Dishon each knocked in a pair of Rebels.

Ole Miss took one of two on the road against Missouri and will face Mississippi State in a three game series at home this weekend. The series will begin on Thursday.

Ole Miss Track Star Feldmeier Claims Back to Back SEC Honors

Brooke Feldmeier, a freshman from Olympia, Washington, has been named the SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week twice. She won the 800-meter title with a time of 2:05.96 that was the second-best of any NCAA woman last weekend. Her performance came one week after setting the school record with a 2:05.29 in Virginia.

This is now the fourth straight week that a Rebel has been named SEC Freshman of the Week (Shannon Ray on April 7, Dempsey McGuigan on April 14, Feldmeier on April 21).

Volleyball Sophomore Crow Selected to US National Team

Ole Miss Volleyball sophomore outside hitter Melanie Crow has been selected to train and compete with the U.S. Collegiate National Team program, USA Volleyball announced. Crow (Wildwood, Missouri) is among 36 athletes (nine outside hitters) selected by USA Volleyball to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team (CNT) program that will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships from June 21–29 in New Orleans, Louisiana.


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About the Author

Carver Rayburn was born and raised an Ole Miss Rebel in Oxford, Mississippi. He has worked for many newspapers and magazines in both editorial and advertising, including OffBeat Magazine, The Hattiesburg American, The Meridian Star, The Neshoba Democrat, The Madison County Journal, The Clarke County Tribune, The New Albany Gazette, Southeastern Football Saturdays, and Rebel Yell. He currently lives in New Orleans and has a four-year-old son, Hart. You can contact Carver at carverrayburn@hotmail.com.

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