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Ole Miss women’s sports roundup: Rebel gold is hauling in hardware

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Find out how the Rebels fared last week and what’s coming up next.

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In a new series on our blog web site full of booze, food, sports, space, and more booze, we are starting a new series where we highlight some of the best in women’s sports. So without further ado, here is our roundup for the week that was in Lady Reb sports.


Golf

The Rebels won the Magnolia Invitational on Tuesday, their first tournament win under head coach Kory Henkes. They held off a late charge from Memphis to take the team title, and freshman Julia Johnson won a two-hole playoff to grab the individual title.

Next up, they’ll travel to Kiawah Island, South Carolina for the Palmetto Invitational Oct. 22-24.

Volleyball

The Rebel soccer team isn’t the only one off to a great start this season. The volleyball squad is 12-5 and is 3-1 in the SEC for the first time since 2010. Last week they demolished Mississippi State 3-0 in Starkville, then won a five-set thriller against Georgia on Sunday. Sophomore middle blocker Nayo Warnell was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week.

They’ll hit the road for two games this weekend, Friday at Arkansas at 7 p.m. CT and Sunday at Missouri at noon CT.

Tennis

Senior Arianne Hartono, ranked no. 17 in singles, is taking on Florida’s Josie Kuhlman at the ITA All-American championships. The match is in progress as I’m writing this, so you’ll have to find out the score for yourself. Hartono is also in the doubles draw with teammate Alexa Bortles. Ranked no. 5, they received a first-round bye and will play at 6 p.m. CT today (Thursday).

Soccer

The Rebel footballers fell 2-0 to No. 3 South Carolina last Friday in the first-ever top 20 match up in Oxford. They’re now 9-2-1 on the year, 2-2 in SEC play, and No. 24 in the rankings. Despite the loss, this is still a very good team. They have beaten everyone they’re supposed to, and their two losses have been to top 10 teams. They’re in Knoxville to take on No. 21 Tennessee at 6 p.m. CT tonight (Thursday), then they will be back in Oxford to play LSU on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT.

They’re getting it done in the classroom, too. The Rebels received the United Soccer Coaches’ Team Academic Award for the seventh season in a row, and their 3.62 team GPA is the highest in the SEC.

Cross Country

The Rebels are up to no. 12 in the latest USTFCCCA rankings after a good showing at the Cowboy Jamboree hosted by Oklahoma State. It’s their highest-ever ranking. Up next is the Pre-National Invitational at Louisville on Oct. 14.