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

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.