Men's Tennis Falls to Columbia in ITA Kick-Off
Jan. 27, 2018


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Despite winning a thrilling doubles point against No. 23 Columbia in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off, the Ole Miss men's tennis team dug themselves too big a hole to overcome in singles, falling 4-1 Saturday at the Boars Head Sports Club.

The Rebels grabbed the early momentum with a 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles from Tim Sandkaulen and Fabian Fallert. After Columbia rallied to win at No. 3 doubles 7-5, all eyes turned to court two, where Gustav Hansson and Zvonimir Babic battled Jack Lin and William Matheson to a tiebreaker. Hansson and Babic led 5-3, before the Columbia duo tied it at 5. The Reb duo erased two match points at then at 8-8, won the final two points to take 7-6(8) and give the Rebels a 1-0 lead.

Singles was an entirely different story, as Columbia won five of six first sets. They posted straight set wins on courts six, four, three and one for the final 4-1 score. 

Grey Hamilton was the lone Rebel to win his first set, taking it 6-3. He led 5-4 in the second. Sandkaulen dropped his first set 6-4, but led 5-3 in the second set when the Lions clinched.

Quick Hits
• The Rebels are now 4-1 on the season.
• The Rebels will face No. xx Virginia in the consolation match Sunday at 9 a.m. CT. The Cavaliers lost to Texas Tech 4-3.
Tim Sandkaulen and Fabian Fallert improved to 6-1 on the year.
Gustav Hansson and Zvonimir Babic are now 3-1 at No. 2 singles.

At the net with Head Coach Toby Hansson
"We did a great job of competing in doubles. Unfortunately, we dug ourselves a big hole in singles and we were not able to come back this time. We will adjust and do a few things better tomorrow."

#23 Columbia 4, Ole Miss 1

Doubles
1. Sandkaulen/Fallert (OM) def. Pham/Tang (CU) 6-1
2. Hansson/Babic (OM) def. Lin/Matheson (CU) 7-6(8)
3. Rolski/Ambrozy (CU) def. Hamilton/Reynolds (OM) 7-5 
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
Singles
1. #19 Victor Pham (CU) def. #32 Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-4, 6-0 
2. #14 Tim Sandkaulen (OM) vs. #38 Jackie Tang (CU) 4-6, 5-3
3. Jack Lin (CU) def. #69 Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-2, 6-1 
4. Adam Ambrozy (CU) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 6-1, 6-2
5. Grey Hamilton (OM) vs. Austin Huang (CU) 6-3, 5-4
6. Timothy Wang (CU) def. Cotter Wilson (OM) 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 4, 3, 1

Next up
The Rebels will face their second straight top 25 team in No. 15 Virginia Sunday at 9 a.m. CT in the consolation match.

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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