The Tennessee Lady Volunteers tennis team earned its second SEC victory of the season with a 4-3 triumph over the Ole Miss Rebels on Sunday afternoon.
It was the Lady Vols' first outdoor match at Barksdale Stadium in 2013 and the team started fast, securing the doubles point.
Fifth-ranked junior Brynn Boren and senior Kata Szekely clinched a sweep over Ole Miss with a quick 8-0 victory.
Doubles teams Mimi Fotopoulos and Sarah Toti, and Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams also triumphed with 8-2 and 8-6 victories, respectively, earning the first point of the match to start the day off.
Ole Miss pulled the first victory during the singles matches when Julia Jones triumphed over Williams with a 6-0, 6-3 win to tie up the match 1-1.
Shortly afterward, Szekely earned the Lady Vols another point with her 6-4, 6-3 victory over Mai El Kamash.
Things were looking good for the Lady Vols until both Tiffany Tavares and Fotopoulos took hard hits making the score (2-3) in favor of Ole Miss.
The match came down to both Henderson and Boren as they both fought to bring home victories for Tennessee.
Henderson tied the score with her 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 victory over Erin Stephens.
Though Stephens clinched a sweep over Henderson in the second set, Henderson jumped back into the game and earned the win to tie the score at 3-3.
"This is a good team, but we need to work on execution under pressure," co-head coach Mike Patrick said.
Boren took on the Lady Rebels' Caroline Rohde-Moe in the No. 1 singles' spot to determine the overall score for both Tennessee and Ole Miss.
The match stayed steady throughout the first set, but Boren trailed behind Rohde-Moe. Boren stepped it up and sent Rohde-Moe into a tie-breaker to determine the first set. Boren barely grabbed the win and was ready for the next set.
Boren struggled during the first half of the second set and Rohde-Moe led with a 3-1 score, offering hope for a possible victory for Ole Miss. However, Boren bounced back and won four straight games, making the score 5-3. This was the turning point for Boren and the Lady Vols, who finished the match off with a 6-4 victory.
"I was down in both sets," Boren said. "I told myself to keep working and keeping fighting."
Boren finally earned the winning point in a close match against Rohde-Moe. Boren's 7-6, 6-4 victory made the score 4-3 against Ole Miss, bringing home the Tennessee win.
"We're a good team and I hope we can carry this on to next weekend," Boren said.
The Lady Vols look to continue this winning streak when they travel to Columbia, S.C. and Gainesville, Fla. to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Florida Gators next weekend.