Ole Miss’ Arianne Hartono captures women’s tennis’ first national championship

Published 3:27 pm Monday, May 28, 2018

Ole Miss women’s tennis player Arianne Hartono capped her historic week at the top.

Hartono became the first player in program history to win a national championship Monday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. Hartono, a senior, defeated Pepperdine’s Ashley Lahey 6-4, 6-2 to claim the singles title.

Hartono was the first Ole Miss player to ever play for a national championship after rallying from a set down and saving a pair of second-set match points Sunday against Pepperdine’s Mayar Sherif before winning a third-set tiebreaker to snap Sherif’s 18-match winning streak and advance to the championship match. Hartono’s last three wins came against Pepperdine players.

The women’s SEC Player of the Year, Hartono finished the season 37-6 and capped her career with 17 straight victories.