Chadwick Top Moments: No. 33

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Thumbnail image for 1986_Jimmy_Pitts.jpgContinuing our series highlighting the most important moments in the Billy Chadwick era, today we will recognize a critical milestone in Ole Miss men's tennis program history.

On March 31, 1987, the Ole Miss men's tennis team broke into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Top 25 for the first time in program history.  The Rebels had just recently beaten No. 18 ranked Georgia Tech 7-2 the previous week.

In 1987, the Rebels faced one of the most daunting schedules in the country.  Ole Miss faced 14 teams in the top 25 and four in the top 10.  Along with Georgia Tech, the Rebels defeated two other top 25 teams that year in No. 17 California-Irvine 6-3, and No. 22 Florida 6-3.

"I am excited to get this national recognition that this team deserves," said Ole Miss coach Billy Chadwick then in his fifth season as the head coach. "We plan to work hard and build on this."

The Rebels were led by freshman Jimmy Pitts of Smyrna, Ga.  Pitts finished with a team best 22-8 individual record and was noted by Chadwick as the team's "most consistent player."

Although the 1987 season was a first for the Rebels in the polls, Ole Miss has become a constant not only in the top 25, but inside the top 10.  In the last 20 years, Chadwick has coached 15 teams to a top 10 finish.

Stay tuned for No. 32 Wednesday.

Special assistance by media relations student Wesley Boock.

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