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Chadwick Top Moments: No. 24

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To begin this weekchadwick_95finalist.jpg, we are ending 1995 for moment No. 24.  This moment is another first for the Ole Miss tennis program and is the product of a true collective effort by Coach Chadwick and the Rebels.

By now, you are all aware of the sheer historic year that was 1995.  At the end of the season, the Rebels were recognized in the ITA Rolex Collegiate Rankings as the third best team in the country.  This would be the first ever top-five finish, and the highest finish in Ole Miss tennis history.

The Rebels finished the year 20-7, reached the NCAA Championship Final, boasted the NCAA Doubles Champions and a NCAA-record five All-Americans.  The Rebels defeated 13 teams inside the top 50, highlighted by No. 5 Duke, No. 8 Texas Christian, No. 2 Georgia and No. 3 Pepperdine.

1995 proved to be a statement year for Coach Billy Chadwick and his program.  Ole Miss became a team that you talk about when discussing the nation's elite in college tennis.  It was not just a program that had a good year or two and then drops off.  The Rebels have finished inside the top five seven times.  Teams knew then, as they know now, when you see Ole Miss on your schedule, you better bring your absolute 'A' game if you plan on having a chance to win.  That statement that Chadwick and his club sent that year to the rest of the world was simple:  Ole Miss tennis is for real.  It is here and here to stay.  

On Wednesday, we will enter 1996 to highlight a historic year by a Rebel player as we continue this journey through the career of Coach Chadwick and the Ole Miss tennis program.  

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Special assistance from Media Relations student Wesley Boock.

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