Rebels Rally to Top Cornell 4-2

Feb. 2, 2018

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OXFORD, Miss. -- Ole Miss dropped the doubles point but rallied to top Cornell 4-2 here Friday at the Indoor Tennis Center, behind singles wins from Zvonimir Babic, Tim Sandkaulen, Fabian Fallert and Grey Hamilton.

With the Rebels leading 3-1 and the remaining three matches in third sets, Hamilton stood up and delivered the final knockout, rallying from a break down twice in the third set against Jake Hansen to clinch the match.

The Rebels began the day dropping the doubles point. Cornell won at No. 3 doubles 6-2 and then Sandkaulen and Fallert won their match at No. 1, 6-3. The Big Red earned a 6-4 win at No. 2 to clinch the 1-0 lead.

Ole Miss rebounded in singles to win five first sets. Babic rose to the occasion and finished off a 6-0, 6-4 win against Cornell's Lev Kazakov at No. 3 singles to tie the match. Sandkaulen grabbed hold of the third set against Alafia Ayeni and finished him off 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 on court two to give the Rebels their first lead, 2-1.

Fallert handed the Rebels a 3-1 advantage when he defeated Evan Bynoe 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.  

Filip Kraljevic rallied to get his match to a third set against Daniel Grunberger at No. 4 singles, before dropping a tight one 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 to make it 3-2.

Senior Gustav Hansson led 4-1 in his third set against David Volfson, but it would not be necessary, as Hamilton finished off Hansen 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 to clinch the win.

Quick Hits...
• The Rebels improved to 6-1 on the season.
• This marked the first meeting between Ole Miss and Cornell.
Fabian Fallert and Tim Sandkaulen improved to 7-1 overall, 5-0 at No. 1 doubles.
• Sandkaulen improved to a team-leading 13-4 overall and 4-1 in dual matches
Grey Hamilton is now 4-0 in dual matches.


1. Tim Sandkaulen/Fabian Fallert (OM) def. Lev Kazakov/Jake Hansen (CORNELL) 6-3
2. Alafia Ayeni/Evan Bynoe (CORNELL) def. Gustav Hansson/Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-4
3. David Volfson/Joseph McAllister (CORNELL) def. Filip Kraljevic/Grey Hamilton (OM) 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1. #32 Gustav Hansson (OM) vs. David Volfson (CORNELL) 6-2, 4-6, 4-1, unfinished
2. #14 Tim Sandkaulen (OM) def. Alafia Ayeni (CORNELL) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
3. #69 Zvonimir Babic (OM) def. Lev Kazakov (CORNELL) 6-0, 6-4
4. Daniel Grunberger (CORNELL) def. #86 Filip Kraljevic (OM) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
5. Fabian Fallert (OM) def. Evan Bynoe (CORNELL) 6-3, 6-4
6. Grey Hamilton (OM) def. Jake Hansen (CORNELL) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 5, 4, 6

At the Net with Head Coach Toby Hansson...
"We knew that they (Cornell) were good and that it would be a challenge. Cornell has a couple of new players who are extremely good, and I think they are even better this year. We started out on our heels losing the doubles point. I told the guys after doubles to get up on our toes, bounce back and get the crowd into it. They responded winning five first sets. The guys handled the situation great and they were very upbeat all across the board."

On Z's match...
"Zvonimir played really well against an established guy. It's great to see him play the type of tennis that he showed in the fall. This is what it's all about. That was massive for us to get on the board."

On Closing out some third sets...
"Gus is a senior, and I was never really worried there. He was up 4-1 and that took a little pressure off of Grey, knowing that Gus had the match as well. Grey is a senior who's been in that situation before. Having been there before really helped us today."

On the Crowd...
"We had another great crowd today, and they guys really fed off the crowd. The crowd helped us get through this one."

On the Baylor Match...
"We are really excited about the upcoming match against Baylor on Sunday. Hopefully we can get a huge crowd out here, because we are going to need it. Baylor has a really good team, and we are looking forward to the challenge."

Senior Grey Hamilton
"That was a classic college tennis match. When you see four matches going into third sets, myself included, you know it's going to come down to the last one or two courts. I saw that Filip was down a little and it was getting a little tight, but when Tim won his match it took a little pressure off. I was down breaks twice in the third, but I came back. I think I handled the pressure better than he did, and the crowd was amazing. They helped me so much, getting fired up at the right moments and putting pressure on the other guy. It was a lot of fun out there today."

On the Baylor Match...
"Baylor is a great team, this will be my third time playing them in four years. The last two times have been amazing classic college tennis matches like this one. The last time we played them, we beat them in Waco my sophomore year. That was one of the highlights of my college career. I know they're going to be gunning for us, so it should be a fun match. I am looking forward to it!"

Next up...
The Rebels will welcome No. 9 Baylor Sunday at 11 am to conclude the homestand. Fans will enjoy free breakfast.

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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