We’re checking in with an update on where things stand with the Rebel women’s sports teams, which are currently slaying across a wide swath of athletic pursuits.
After winning three-straight tournaments to close out the fall season, the Rebs stayed hot in their first tournament of the spring by finishing runner-up at the inaugural Rebel Beach Invitational. They were two strokes behind hosts UNLV.
Freshman Julia Johnson took the individual title for her second win of the season, tying a program record set by Sarah Britt in the 1992-93 season, and was named SEC Golfer of the Week. She previously had won the Magnolia Invitational last October.
Another record falls!— Ole Miss Women’s Golf (@OleMissWGolf) February 27, 2018
Julia Johnson wins the Rebel Beach Invitational to tie the program record with two tournament titles in a single season! Congrats @juliaclaireee! #HottyToddy #Team32 pic.twitter.com/9nKD9Hkt99
Head coach Kory Henkes, now in her third season at the helm, has done a remarkable job turning around a program that had won just two tournaments since 2004.
Their next tournament, the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., will take place March 10-11.
The Rebel softballers took both games of a two-game set against SIU-Edwardsville on Sunday and Monday, and you can read our very thorough and informed recap here.
The Rebel diamond women are 10-2 on the season and sit at no. 17 in the USA Today/NFCA coaches’ poll, but there are serious concerns about the team’s ability to score runs. They have been shut out by Houston and no-hit by Lipscomb, and managed just two earned runs in their two games against SIU-E (five of their six runs on Monday were unearned, as the Cougars committed four errors).
They’re back in action this weekend as they host the Ole Miss Classic beginning on Friday. They’ll take on UT-Martin, Saint Louis, Chattanooga, and Southern Miss over the course of the weekend.
After finishing the regular season 11-18 (1-15 SEC), the 14th-seeded Rebs took down 11th-seeded Florida in the SEC tournament earlier Wednesday afternoon for their first SEC tournament win since 2014.
Ole Miss will face no. 6 seed Missouri in the second round on Thursday, 25 minutes after the conclusion of Tennessee-Auburn, which begins at 6 p.m. CT.
Women’s tennis, which owns
The women’s tennis squad is off to the best start in school history, checking in at 9-1. They’ve beaten three ranked teams, no. 24 TCU, no. 13 UCLA, and no. 11 Texas, and their only loss was to no. 3 North Carolina. They’re currently ranked no. 7 and were as high as no. 3 last week, their highest ranking in program history.
They begin SEC play this week on Thursday by hosting defending national champion Florida at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.