WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Ole Miss Athletics/WTVA) - Ole Miss women’s tennis senior Arianne Hartono proved she is definitely elite, downing Georgia Tech’s Paige Hourigan in straight sets to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals in singles Friday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
Unfortunately, Hartono and sophomore Alexa Bortles lost in the round of 16 doubles to LSU’s Eden Richardson and Jessica Golovin.
Hartono, seeded No. 6, wasted little time getting off the court in singles, breaking to go up 3-1 on her way to winning the first set 6-1 against 14th-ranked Hourigan. The SEC Player of the Year broke early in the second set and held the rest of the way for 6-2 and a spot in the quarterfinals for the first time in her career.
By advancing to the quarterfinals, Hartono became the fourth player in program history to accomplish that and the first since two-time All-American Mira Radu made it that far in 2003.
With her 34th win of the year, Hartono takes over seventh all by herself on the single-season list. She has not dropped a set in all three of her matches and has won 14 straight.
Looking to reach the quarterfinals in doubles, Hartono and Bortles [5-8 seed] found themselves down a break in the first set, but they broke back for 5-5. The All-SEC duo won the final two games to take the opening set 7-5.
LSU regrouped and broke Hartono and Bortles right away in the second set. They went on to win it 6-1 to force a winner-take-all supertiebreaker for the match. Hartono and Bortles won two straight points to break a 5-5 tie and go up 7-5, but the LSU duo won the next four points to take a 9-7 lead. After Hartono and Bortles saved one match point, the LSU duo hit an overhead winner for 10-8 to advance to the quarterfinals.
This marked the second meeting between the two teams this year, with Hartono and Bortles having won the first one (6-4) in the dual match during the regular season.
Courtside with Head Coach Mark Beyers…
“Ari played a very solid match this morning. I feel she has played better with each match in the individual tournament. Hopefully she can continue that trend tomorrow against another tough opponent.”
On the Doubles…
“It’s a tough loss, Both teams had their chances in the supertiebreaker, and we just couldn’t quite finish the job. Anytime you play a supertiebreaker for the third set, there is a little bit of luck involved. I thought the girls battled hard every single point.”
Hartono will face Pepperdine’s Luisa Stefani in the quarterfinals Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.