Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 18

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1997SECTourney.jpgWe begin this week honoring another first for Billy Chadwick and the Ole Miss tennis program.  I know by now it seems like there isn't much left to accomplish.  However, in 1997 the Rebels won the program's first ever Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship.  We mentioned in our previous moment how difficult the SEC was every year, especially in 1997, with six teams in the final top 10 rankings, making this accomplishment even more significant.

The Rebels went undefeated in the SEC Tournament in Columbia, S.C., taking down three ranked teams in the process.  Ole Miss defeated No. 21 Alabama 4-0, No. 16 Florida 4-1, and No. 2 Georgia 4-2 to claim the Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship.  The Rebels were led by returning All-Americans Johan Hede and Johan Landsberg, as well as SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player Sebastien DeChaunac.

"This was another outstanding year for the Ole Miss tennis program," said Ole Miss coach Billy Chadwick in 1997.  "We won the SEC Tournament as well as the overall SEC Championship, claimed the Blue/Gray National Championship and once again positioned ourselves for a run at the National Championship."

The Rebels finished the year with a 25-4 record, along with a superb Southeastern Conference record of 12-2.  On Wednesday, we will divulge more details of the Rebels postseason run and how the overall record came to fruition.  Stay tuned for our last moment of 1997 as we reminisce another exciting team accomplishment.

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Special assistance from Media Relations student, Wesley Boock.

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