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Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 14

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Countdown_15.jpgFor today's midweek moment, we highlight No. 14 on our list.  This features the run to coach Billy Chadwick's third NCAA Final Four appearance in 1999, which is also marked the third appearance in Ole Miss tennis history.

The road to the NCAA Final Four was an exciting one for the Rebels.  After winning the Oxford regional, the Rebels faced rival, Mississippi State, in the Sweet Sixteen.  The Rebels would take down the Bulldogs 4-2, advancing to face the No. 2 team, Illinois.  Despite losing to the Illini in the National Team Indoor earlier in the season, the Rebels would win the one that mattered most.  The Rebels defeated the Illini 4-3 to advance to the Final Four.  The Rebels would lose to Georgia in the semifinals 4-1, as Georgia proceeded to win the national championship.

The Rebels finished the season with a 21-6 overall record, 9-2 in the SEC, and a Final Four appearance.  Ole Miss ended the year ranked No. 3 in the country in the final ITA National Rankings.  This was the fifth time that Chadwick and the Rebels have ended a season ranked in the top 5 nationally.  It also marked the sixth straight season for the Rebels to finish ranked in the top 10. The Rebels earned 11 wins over teams ranked in the top 25 throughout the year.  

James Shortall and Martin Sjoqvist (2nd year) were named All-SEC first team in doubles, as Shortall made the first team in singles as well.  This was the sixth consecutive year for the Rebels to have a player represented on the All-SEC first team.

The 1999 Final Four appearance placed Chadwick in elite company, as he would become one of three active coaches to reach three or more Final Fours.

On Friday we will advance to 2002, the first year for SEC Western and SEC Eastern Divisions.  Stay tuned to see how the Rebels fared.

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Special assistance from Media Relations student Wesley Boock.


Coming off a 0-4 week, with a midweek loss to Southern Miss in Pearl and then a sweep at the hands of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ole Miss bounced back with an 11-1 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Wednesday.

Ole Miss (22-8) scored three runs before an out was recorded, as the offense exploded for 11 runs on 11 hits. The Rebels put up put up three crooked numbers on the scoreboard -- four runs in the first, three in the third and three in the fifth.

"On Tuesday, I loved our energy in practice," head coach Mike Bianco said. "I was excited to see how much they got after it in practice yesterday. You have a day off after a tough, tough week of baseball. You come have practice and show that kind of energy. You knew they were ready. We talked to them a little about where we are and what happened and how you have to handle it. It happens to all teams. I don't know if they even needed that. They seem to be the same team they were the week prior."

"We did a good job," said Auston Bousfield, one of seven Rebels with a hit in the game. "We won a game 11-1. We swung it well and pitched well. Collectively as a team, we did a good job of bouncing back."

The middle of the order, Austin Anderson, Will Allen and Sikes Orvis, went a combined 6-for-8 with three doubles, five runs and five RBI to lead the offensive barrage.

J.B. Woodman hit his first career home run, a solo shot to right in the fifth. It was the team's 21st home run through 30 games, having hit 23 home runs in 62 games last season. Ole Miss is also now tied with Kentucky for the most home runs in the Southeastern Conference.

"He's terrific," said Bianco of Woodman. "He hasn't played every single day because of (Will) Jamison out there. He always seems to give you a couple of good at-bats throughout the game, just maybe not as consistently as he would like offensively. You can see the greatness in him. You can tell that it's only a matter of time before gets a little more consistent. It's always great to see somebody hit their first college home run, a guy who came here as such a high-profiled recruit."

The Rebels return to league play with a three-game home weekend series against Auburn (19-11, 5-4 SEC), which lost two of three at home to Missouri this past weekend and most recently fell 8-1 at home to Samford Tuesday night.

"One of the things we have stressed from game one is they all count the same," said Bianco of this weekend's games. "It doesn't matter if you get beat in the ninth. It doesn't matter if you win in the ninth. All the wins count the same; all the losses count the same. Don't get caught up in the race and the scores."

"Auburn is a good team," Bousfield said. "We have to be ready to play this weekend. Today is a good start."



Football, soccer and men's track and field were among the big winners at the fourth annual  Rebels' Choice Awards Monday night. 

The event featured a red carpet for student-athletes and athletic department staff before the program, which included a season highlight video, blooper reel, special recognition for Jamil Northcutt, assistant A.D. for internal operations, and the awards themselves.

Deterrian Shackelford, a previous recipient of the Community Service Award in 2012 and the Chucky Mullins Award in 2011, took home the men's Hotty Toddy award, one of seven different awards for the football team, which also included coach of the year (Hugh Freeze).

"Jamil Northcutt was one of my mentors and somebody that I have looked up to since I have gotten here," Shackelford said. "This event allows our athletes to come together, which we rarely do because we're always in different places and always competing. Every award I remember I accepted on crutches, so to be able to walk is certainly a blessing."

Soccer took home three awards, including team of the year and most valuable Rebel (Rafaelle Souza), while men's track and field won both team of the year and most valuable Rebel (Sam Kendricks).

"It was a really good night, said Mandy McCalla, who accepted the team of the year award on behalf of soccer. "We put a lot of effort into this past season, so it's really nice to have something like this to show for our hard work. It's really special."

"As an individual, I do what I can do, but I'm glad to have these people behind me," said Kendricks, the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Pole Vault champion. "We all work hard individually, but we all know we're backing each other up. I could hear them in the crowd."


Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (March 24-30)

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Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review
March 24-30, 2014

Track & Field
- The No. 12 Ole Miss men claimed three event titles at the prestigious Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, highlighted by junior Sam Kendricks' world-leading pole vault.
- Kendricks easily won against an elite field of pole vaulters with his mark of 18-8.25 that ranks No. 1 in the world. He attempted to break his own school and meet record when the bar was raised to 19-1, but he was unable to clear that enormous height.
- Senior Ricky Robertson won the high jump with a season-best leap of 7-6 that ranks him No. 1 in the NCAA and No. 2 in the world this year.
- The distance medley relay team of freshman Robert Domanic, senior Montez Griffin, freshman Will Spiers and freshman Sean Tobin won with a time of 9:39.51 that ranks them No. 2 in school history. They also won that race to claim an SEC title during the indoor season.
- Another strong performance came from junior Phillip Young, who placed fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 51-2.75 that ranks him No. 7 in the NCAA. He also ranks eighth nationally in the long jump.
- The Rebels return home this week to host the Ole Miss Invitational on Saturday. Former Rebs and current pros Brittney Reese and Isiah Young are expected to compete alongside the collegians.

Women's Golf
- The Ole Miss women's golf team picked up its second consecutive top-5 finish by taking fifth-place at the Aunenue Spring Break Classic in Hawaii. Junior Stani Schiavone led the Ole Miss contingent with an 11th-place finish for her second consecutive top-15 finish.
- Kaitlin Voll, competing as an individual, recorded her first career top-20 finish, closing the weekend in 16th. She fired three straight rounds of 75, which ties her career low for 18, and her three-day total of 222 is a new career low for 54 holes.
- The Rebels will host their lone home event this weekend as they host the 2014 Rebel Intercollegiate. Ole Miss welcomes 17 teams to the Ole Miss Golf course this weekend for the sixth annual event.

Women's Tennis
- The Rebels are knocking on the door of the top 25, as they moved up to No. 26 in last week's ITA Rankings.
- The Rebels defeated Mississippi State 4-2 to win their 25th in a row against the Bulldogs. After dropping a close doubles point, the Rebels picked up straight set singles wins at 3-6.
- With the win, the Rebels improved to 11-5 overall and 5-4 in the SEC. It marked the team's fourth straight SEC victory and fifth win overall in their last six matches.  
- Erin Stephens got the party started by winning her sixth in a row to put the Rebels on the board against State.
- Mai El Kamash has won seven straight and is 11-3 on the season at No. 4 singles.
- Iris Verboven clinched the MSU win and improved to 8-0 at No. 6 singles.  She has now clinched two of the last three SEC wins for the Rebels.
- The Rebels host South Carolina on Friday at 3 p.m., followed by a doubleheader with Florida and Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m., to close out the regular season home schedule.

Baseball
- Ole Miss is 21-8 on the season and returns home for four games this week, including a weekend series against the Auburn Tigers.
- Senior infielder Austin Anderson leads the Rebels at the plate, hitting at a .368 clip with a team-leading 25 runs scored.
- Junior outfielder Braxton Lee leads the Rebels in swiping bases, stealing successfully on 11-of-14 attempts this year.
- Ole Miss has 20 home runs this season, three shy of the total mark set through 62 games in the 2013 season.

Football
- Ole Miss wrapped up its third week of spring practice with a competitive scrimmage Saturday.
- The defense edged out the offense in the scrimmage, thanks mostly to a series of big turnovers forced by the "Landshark" D. Among them were a pick six by Cody Prewitt and fumble recoveries for touchdowns by Serderius Bryant and Bryon Bennett.

Men's Tennis
- The Rebels went 3-1 last week, sweeping Jackson State three times and then losing a tight match to No. 17 Mississippi State, 4-2 on Sunday.
- The Rebels won the doubles point for just the fourth time all season and the second time in SEC play.  
- Nik Scholtz has won 10 in a row since mid-January and is 9-0 at No. 1 singles, 4-0 in the SEC.  Seven of his matches have not finished, including Sunday's match where he was serving for the win in the third set.
- The Rebels are on the road this weekend at South Carolina and Florida.

Softball
- Ole Miss moved to 19-18 on the season and 3-9 in SEC play after falling on the road at UT Martin and in a three-game set at South Carolina.
- Junior pitcher Lauren Lindsey, starting her second game of the season, pitched a career-high 6.2 innings in a 3-2 loss at UT Martin. She allowed just one earned run and struck out three.
- Ole Miss got a lead early and plated five runs in each game of Saturday's doubleheader at South Carolina, but could not cool off the Gamecocks' bats and dropped a pair of games. Ole Miss lost game one 9-5 and fell in game two 13-5 (6).
- Sophomore designated player Madi Osias led the Rebels offensively in game one with her first career grand slam, while freshman catcher Courtney Syrett led the Rebels offensively in game two, going 2-3 with a season-high two RBIs and a season-high tying two runs scored. She also hit the first home run of her career.
- Senior first baseman Londen Ladner led the Rebels in their series finale Sunday at South Carolina by going 2-4 with four RBIs, one run scored and one home run. It was the fourth game this season in which Ladner has driven in four or more runs. Ole Miss lost the finale 7-6.

Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 15

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1999NCAAFF.jpgTo begin this week, we break into the top 15 moments of the Billy Chadwick era here at Ole Miss.  As we move chronologically toward the present day, moment No. 15 will reside in the year of 1999.  In that year, the Rebels achieved a milestone as a program, for the first time in its illustrious history.

In 1999, the Rebels were selected to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.  The Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center became the site of the first ever NCAA Division I Tennis event inside the state of Mississippi. The Rebels earned the No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA field of 64.  The Rebels welcomed to Oxford the United States Naval Academy, South Alabama and Virginia.  The Oxford community came in droves to support their team at the first-class facility, drawing crowds of nearly 800 people.

"The visiting teams were impressed with our campus and facilities, the town of Oxford, and the great crowds," said Ole Miss coach Billy Chadwick after his team went 2-0 in the regional to advance to the "Sweet Sixteen." "Our facility really puts the fans on top of the action and makes for a very exciting environment for collegiate tennis."

The Rebels would cruise past the Midshipmen in the first round 4-0, and advanced to the second round against South Alabama.  In the deciding match, the Rebels took the doubles point, consolidated with wins in singles at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 for the 4-0 win.  Junior Swede Martin Sjoqvist took down Paul McInerney of South Alabama to clinch the match for Ole Miss and send them to their sixth consecutive "Sweet Sixteen."  

Since that year, the Rebels have hosted 10 times in the last thirteen years.  That is just another example of the consistency that Chadwick has provided throughout his great run as leader of the Ole Miss tennis program.  On Wednesday, we will present another big in 1999.  Stay tuned.

On baseball's Opening Day in 1997, Chris Snopek got the start at third base for the Chicago White Sox against the Toronto Blue Jays. Nearly 17 years later to the day, he remembers the setting well.

"I was blessed to have that opportunity," Snopek said. "It was awesome. We opened in the Toronto SkyDome playing against Joe Carter, Roberto Alomar and those guys. It was pretty intense."

A three-year Ole Miss letterman from 1990-92, Snopek became the 10th All-American in school history when Baseball America made him a third-team choice in 1992, having hit at a .407 clip for the season, setting then-school records with 21 doubles and 62 RBIs.

Snopek, now a facility director and baseball instructor of P360 Sports, a performance sports complex based in Ridgeland, Miss., recounts playing for coach Jake Gibbs and coach Don Kessinger, and lessons learned from his time in Oxford.

"I learned the value of working hard," Snopek said. "Going to Ole Miss, I only knew the freshman guys on the baseball team. I learned how to earn respect and how to adapt, having played at Ole Miss in the SEC - and the perseverance of working day in and day out - to constantly work on your craft."

Following his successful junior campaign in 1992, Snopek was selected in the sixth round of the MLB Draft by the White Sox. During the 1993 and 1994 seasons, Snopek made minor league stops in South Bend, Ind., Sarasota, Fla., and most notably Birmingham, Ala., where he was teammates with basketball legend Michael Jordan.

"It was a circus-like atmosphere with all the media following us," said Snopek of the 1994 season in Birmingham. "As minor league players, we did not have access to that until he got there. He brought a lot of attention to the team, which gave us a platform to show our skills as players. It put me on pace to get to the big leagues and opened a lot of doors for me."

A year later, that door opened, and Snopek made his major league debut with the White Sox on July 31, 1995. As a rookie, he hit a career-best .324 with a home run and seven RBIs in 22 games. He went on to play 207 games over four seasons in the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox.

He credits his defense and ability to hit for making it to, and staying in the major leagues, but looking back, he sees another area where he could have improved.

"Before I got to the big leagues, I hit about .300. In the big leagues, I hit .300 the first year. But I did not adapt well as being a utility guy. If I could go back, I would have taken more time and learned how to play every couple of days, like Seth Smith who does so well as a pinch-hitter."

One of the most prolific hitters in Ole Miss baseball history, Snopek remains close with his former teammates and the program with Oxford just a short 2.5-hour drive away.

"Living in Jackson, you get access to all the local material," Snopek said. "We try to get back to Oxford three to four times a year. We follow Ole Miss closely, and we're still big supporters of them.

"It's become a national brand, instead of just a Southeast brand," Snopek said. "It's a top-30, top-40 school, as far as all athletes. In baseball, it's a top-15, top-20 school, which is pretty good relative to other schools out there. It's a credit to Coach Bianco, Coach Freeze, Coach Kennedy and really Ross Bjork as athletics director."

Freshman defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche

Freshman wide receiver Laquon Treadwell

Former Rebel Dori Carter Leading at LPGA Kia Classic

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Former Ole Miss women's golfer, Dori Carter (2006-09) is having an excellent second round at the 2014 LPGA Kia Classic. Carter, who entered today's second round in 12th place, fired a 8-under par 64 and is currently leading the field at 10-under par after two days of action. For the round, Carter posted 11 birdies and has 14 through the first two rounds. In 2013, Carter posted her career-best finish at the RICOH Women's British Open where she finished tied for 25th. She's in the hunt for her first career title and top-10 finish. Carter beat the course record by two and the official course record by one shot. Her round of 64 was her career low round.

The Kia Classic runs through Sunday (March 30) and is being held at the Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif. Fans can watch on the Golf Channel tonight from 5:30 p.m. (CT) to 8:00 p.m. (CT) and also on Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. each night. Live scoring is also available HERE

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