Chadwick Top Moments: No. 25

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Thumbnail image for Countdown_2.jpgFinishing this week, we are staying in 1995 for moment No. 25.  This year produced a lot of firsts for the Ole Miss tennis program, including this remarkable achievement from an incredible doubles duo. 

Mahesh Bhupathi and Ali Hamadeh became the first ever NCAA Champions in program history by winning the NCAA Doubles Championship.  The tandem defeated Texas' Chad Clark and Trey Phillips 7-6, 6-2 in the televised championship match.

Bhupathi and Hamadeh took down three nationally ranked teams, including No. 2 seed Paul Goldstein and Scott Humphries of Stanford to reach the final.  For winning the doubles championship, Bhupathi and Hamadeh were rewarded with a wildcard into the 1995 U.S. Open Championships.  They made their presence known as they took down veteran pros Mark Kyle and Peter Nyborg to advance to the second round, before falling to the No. 6 ranked doubles team in the world.

Subsequent to the Rebels winning the doubles championship, Ole Miss head coach Billy Chadwick said, "This is a great way to cap off a tremendous NCAA Tournament and truly makes this one of the outstanding accomplishments in Ole Miss sports.  I am extremely proud of the team and their commitment all year.  These players worked hard from day one."

Monday we will finish off 1995 and proceed chronologically to the following year.  There are plenty more "firsts" and exciting moments in store as the years progress for coach Chadwick.  Stay tuned.

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Special assistance from Media Relations student Wesley Boock.

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