Rebels have Solid Start to Rainbow Warrior Classic

Jan. 9, 2017

HONOLULU, Hawaii - After a few weeks off, the Ole Miss men's tennis team kicked off the 2017 season Monday at the University of Hawaii Complex shutting out LSU in doubles before finishing the first day of the Rainbow Warrior Classic 9-4.

The tournament counts towards each player's individual records, but not does count in the team results. 

Undefeated in doubles...
All three of Ole Miss' doubles teams are nationally ranked led by No. 13 Fabian Fallert and Grey Hamilton, who won the ITA Southern Region last fall. The duo dominated Jordan Daigle and Eric Samuelsson 6-1 in their first match and then won a tiebreaker against the Tiger tandem of Gabor Csonka and Julian Saborio 7-6(6). 

Junior All-American Gustav Hansson and freshman Tim Sandkaulen won both their matches 6-1 and 7-5, while junior Zvonimir Babic and sophomore Ricardo Jorge won 7-6(5) and 7-5. 

Complete doubles results...
Round 1: 
1. Fabian Fallert/Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Jordan Daigle/Eric Samuelsson (LSU) 6-1
2. Gustav Hansson/Tim Sandkaulen (OM) def. Justin Butsch/ Agie Moreno (LSU) 6-1  
3. Zvonimir Babic/Ricardo Jorge (OM) def. Gabor Csonka/Julian Saborio (LSU) 7-6(5)  

Round 2: 
1. Hansson/Sandkaulen (OM) def. Rafael Wagner/Eric Samuelsson (LSU) 7-5  
2. Babic/Jorge (OM) def. Butsch/Moreno (LSU) 7-5  
3. Hamilton/Fallert (OM) def. Csonka/Saborio (LSU) 7-6(6)  

Sandkaulen, Fallert, Babic pick up singles wins...
In singles, the Rebels won three matches with Sandkaulen, Fallert and Babic all picking up victories. Going up against All-American Daigle, who has played No. 1 for the Tigers the past two years, Sandkaulen rallied after dropping the first set to win 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4. Fallert defeated Nikola Samardzic 6-4, 6-2 and Babic beat the newest Tiger, Eric Samuelsson, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Complete singles results...
1. Justin Butsch (LSU) def. Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-4, 6-1  
2. Tim Sandkaulen (OM) def. Jordan Daigle (LSU) 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4  
3. Fabian Fallert (OM) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) 6-4, 6-2  
4. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Ricardo Jorge (OM) 6-3, 6-0  
5. Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-3, 6-2  
6. Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Eric Samuelsson (LSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1  
7. Julian Saborio (LSU) def. Robert Mounger (OM) 6-3, 6-3  

Thoughts from head coach Toby Hansson...
"We did a very good job in doubles. We came out with good energy and were able to maintain that through two rounds. In singles we saw a lot of good things from several guys. Everyone is looking forward to getting better tomorrow."

Up next...
The Rebels return to the courts Tuesday to face perennial national power Duke.

For more information on Ole Miss Men's Tennis, follow the Rebels on Twitter @OleMissMTennis, on Facebook at OleMissMTennis and on Instagram at OleMissMTennis, follow Coach Hansson on Twitter at @TennisToby.






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