Despite losing the All-American twin duo of Marcel and Chris Thiemann and playing in the toughest conference in America, Ole Miss finished the 2013 regular season with a ranking of No. 7 in the nation.
The regular season was highlighted by Ole Miss' 4-3 win over No. 3 ranked Georgia. The loss was the Bulldog's only SEC loss of the year. The Rebels also own two wins over No. 6 Tennessee, two wins over No. 12 Mississippi State and a win over No. 13 Baylor.
The Rebels claimed their 10th SEC Western Division title, giving them the title in 10 of the 12 years it has been awarded. In addition, Ole Miss also finished in the top four overall in the SEC for the 17th time in 19 years.
All of Ole Miss' success this year has come in the toughest conference in collegiate tennis. The SEC features 11 of the top 25 teams in the country, with four in the top 10. The conference also boasts many of the top players in both singles and doubles. Seven of the top 25 singles players are from the SEC and Ole Miss' Nik Scholtz and Jonas Lutjen are ranked No. 15 and No. 20, respectively. In fact, Ole Miss is the only SEC school and only one of two schools in the nation (the other four-time defending national champion Southern Cal) to feature two top 20 ranked players. The SEC is even stronger in doubles, featuring seven of the top 10 teams including Scholtz and Lutjen at No. 4.
The 2013 regular season came to a conclusion as Ole Miss hosted the SEC Men's Tennis Championship at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center this past weekend. Thirteen of the nation's best teams descended upon Oxford for an exciting weekend of tennis. Following the tournament's conclusion, 12 of the 13 SEC teams are expected to make the NCAA Championships, which begin May 10.
The Rebels are in line to host the first and seconds round of the NCAA Championships. They have been selected to the NCAAs 20 consecutive years and hosted the first and second rounds 10 times.
Injuries have riddled the Ole Miss football team this spring, and after evaluating the situation this week, the coaching staff determined a full scale scrimmage would not be an option for this year's BancorpSouth Grove Bowl. As a result, the format will be a mix of practice drills and scrimmage periods, and the script is below. Players expected to miss Saturday's action include Darone Bailey, Issac Gross, Chase Hughes, C.J. Johnson, Patrick Junen, Collins Moore, Christian Morgan, Aaron Morris, Vince Sanders, Charles Sawyer, Bo Wallace and Taz Zettergren, while Donte Moncrief and Ontario Berry will be limited in their participation.
FG/PAT 1-on-1 (QB, WR, DB)/ Insides (OL, DL, RB, LB) Scrimmage (-35) Red Zone 1-on-1 (QB, WR, DB) Punt Scrimmage (50) Red Zone Skelly (7-on-7) Scrimmage (+30) Overtime (+25)
Former Ole Miss All-Americans and collegiate top-10 doubles duo Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie have reunited to compete in the $25,000 USTA St. Dominic Pro Circuit women's event in Jackson. The event, which began
Sunday, will run through April 7 at the River Hills Club.
The pair will begin their tournament in the main draw doubles Tuesday.
Boxx, a former two-time All American in both singles and doubles, became
the second player in Ole Miss history to achieve 200 wins combined in
singles and doubles and became the second player in program history to
earn All-SEC first team honors all four years. Boxx and Guthrie ended
their senior year at No. 7 in the nation in doubles.
doubles specialist, helped lead the Rebels to four straight NCAA
tournament appearances. She finished her senior year ranked No. 15 in
the Southern Region in addition to ranking top 10 in doubles with Boxx.
graduated from Ole Miss in 2012. Guthrie is finishing up her degree
and remains active with the Ole Miss women's team as a student
Also in the field this week is former Rebel Nika
Koukhartchouk, who is competing in singles. The former All-SEC honoree
is currently ranked 467 in the world.