Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 17

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1997NCAAFF.jpgOur midweek moment features No. 17 and encapsulates the overall success Coach Billy Chadwick and the Ole Miss tennis team experienced in 1997.  The Rebels, as we have mentioned, enjoyed one of the supreme seasons in tennis program history.  In 1997, the Rebels finished the season 25-4 and ended the season in the top five for the third year in a row, ranked No. 4 nationally.

That year the Rebels earned an automatic trip to the NCAA Finals as the No. 2 seed in Los Angeles, Calif.  In the first round, the Rebels took down UC-Santa Barbara 4-0 followed by a 4-3 victory over Boise State, clinched by Sebastien DeChaunac, in the second round.  That win placed the Rebels in the semifinals for the second time in program history (the first being in 1995).  The Rebels would come up just short losing 4-2 to the eventual national champion Stanford Cardinals.

Additional notable accomplishments included Johan Hede, who ended a brilliant career as the winningest singles player in Ole Miss history.  Hede boasted a 135-41 singles record and earned All-SEC and All-America honors for three straight years.  Also in 1997, DeChaunac reached the NCAA singles semifinals, the farthest for any player in the SEC that year.  
DeChaunac finished the year as the nation's No. 2 singles players, and became the fifth Rebel in the last four years to reach at least the semifinals in the individual competition.  Johan Landsberg also had a stellar senior year, earning All-America honors with a 38-8 singles record and a 23-1 record in dual matches.

Not to go unnoticed, the Rebel tennis team earned a 3.51 team GPA and was named an ITA All-Academic team, with the highest GPA of any other nationally-ranked team.  The Rebels epitomize excellence on and off the court to the highest degree.

Stay tuned on Friday as we finish 1997 with a bang, honoring an individual achievement that broke new barriers for the Ole Miss tennis program worldwide. 

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Special assistance from Media Relations student Wesley Boock.

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