Chadwick Top Moments: No. 21

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1996sectrophy.jpgWe begin this week with the last moment in 1996.  Moment No. 21 was a team accomplishment led by Ole Miss head coach Billy Chadwick.  Chadwick took over the Ole Miss men's tennis program in 1983.  And from that time, through 1995, the Rebels accomplished many things (most we have highlighted).  However, one of the few things left was marked off the proverbial list in 1996.  

Chadwick and the Rebels won the program's first ever Southeastern Conference Championship.  The Rebels navigated their way to a perfect 11-0 regular season conference record, losing their first and only conference match in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament to No. 9 Mississippi State 4-3 (Rebels earned a first round bye and defeated Tennessee 4-0 in the quarterfinals).  

Throughout the season, the Rebels took down many terrific teams inside the powerful SEC, including then No. 6 Mississippi State 4-3, No. 10 LSU 5-2, No. 12 Florida 4-3, and No. 4 Georgia 4-3.  To emphasize this amazing accomplishment further, the SEC finished the year with six teams inside the top 25 in the ITA Rolex Collegiate Rankings.

Although this was the first conference championship for the Rebels, Chadwick made sure it was not the last.  Since the first title, the Rebels have gone on to win four more SEC regular season titles (1997, 2004, 2005, and 2009) in the toughest conference in the country.

As we chronologically navigate our way through these great moments, on Wednesday we will transition to 1997, a year that comprises five additional nostalgic moments.  Stay tuned as we set the stage for another memorable year in Chadwick's career.

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Special assistance from media relations student Wesley Boock.

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