Rebels Drop Tough Battle With No. 7 Baylor

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Nik Scholtz
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Nik Scholtz
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 23, 2014

Results

WACO, Texas – The Ole Miss men’s tennis team gave No. 7 Baylor all it wanted on its home court here Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center, before falling 4-0 to conclude their first road trip of the season 1-1.  On Saturday, the Rebels shut out SMU 4-0.

The Rebels (2-3) had an excellent chance to take the doubles point, and then five of the six singles went three sets.  

“We played a good match against SMU, and then we competed hard today against a very good Baylor team,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “We had some looks.  We played really well in doubles and played well at Backstrom’s court.  The other guys played well too, we were right in it until the end.  It was a good performance by Ricardo to be in the thick of things in his first action. We were so close.  Now we just need to work on some things in practice and prepare for our SEC home opener.”

Tennis is a game of opportunity, and the Rebels missed a huge one to start the match.  One break decided the No. 3 doubles match 8-5 in favor of Baylor, while Nik Scholtz and Ricardo Jorge won 8-6 at No. 2 doubles.  The point came down to the No. 1 match, where Johan Backstrom and Stefan Lindmark saw their 6-2 lead erased as the Baylor tandem of Patrick Pradella and Mate Zsiga stormed back to tie at 7-7.  They won the tiebreaker 7-3 to give Baylor the 1-0 lead.

In singles, Baylor won four first sets and the Rebels two.  In one of those matches, Lindmark fell to 18th-ranked Diego Galeano 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3.  That made it 2-0.  

After dropping the first set at six, redshirt freshman Vinod Gowda took the second set 6-1 to square his match against Vince Schneider.  Schneider broke early and won the decisive set 6-2 to put the Bears up 3-0.  

Backstrom won a close first set against Tony Lupieri at No. 4 singles, 6-4, but Lupieri evened the match, winning the second set 6-1.  Backstrom had a couple match points in the third set at 5-3 and 5-4, but Lupieri answered each time and eventually won the set 7-5 to close out the Rebels 4-0.

When the match was stopped, Scholtz was just starting his third set at No. 1 against ninth-ranked Pradella, Jorge had just won a second set tiebreaker to go to a third, and William Kallberg was in the third set at two.

The Rebels will open SEC play Friday, Feb. 28 against Auburn at 2 p.m. at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center, weather permitting. Fans will get an Ole Miss tennis bucket hat and the first of our collector posters, Scholtz.

Follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissMTennis and on Facebook at OleMissMTennis.

#7 Baylor 4, #26 Ole Miss 0

Doubles
1. Pradella/Zsiga (BU) def. Backstrom/Lindmark (OM) 8-7(3)
2. Scholtz/Jorge (OM) def. Galeano/Lupieri (BU) 8-6
3. Schneider/Dornbusch (BU) def. Kallberg/Rogers (OM) 8-5
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
Singles
1. #31 Nik Scholtz (OM) vs. #9 Patrick Pradella (BU) 5-7, 6-3, 0-1, sus.
2. William Kallberg (OM) vs. Mate Zsiga (BU) 6-4, 3-6, 2-5, sus.
3. #18 Diego Galeano (BU) def. Stefan Lindmark (OM) 6-4, 6-3
4. Tony Lupieri (BU) def. Johan Backstrom (OM) 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
5. Ricardo Jorge (OM) vs. Michel Dornbusch (BU) 6-7(6), 7-6(3), sus.
6. Vince Schneider (BU) def. Vinod Gowda (OM) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 4

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Rebels Not Lacking Motivation in Rivalry Matchup

      Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - Football

      Head coach Hugh Freeze called the Egg Bowl the most prized possession of this university's football program, and getting the Egg Bowl back should be enough motivation for his team entering Saturday's game against Mississippi State.  An Independence, Mississippi, native,... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 17-23, 2014)

      Monday, November 24, 2014 -

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 17-23, 2014Men's Basketball- Ole Miss posted a 2-0 mark last week with wins over Southern University and Northern Arizona as part of the Emerald Coast Classic, improving to 3-1 on the season.- Ole Miss... read more

    • Golson Named Finalist for Conerly Trophy

      Monday, November 24, 2014 - Football

      Senior cornerback Senquez Golson, one of five finalists for the Bronco Nagurski Award, which honors the national defensive player of the year, will represent Ole Miss as one of 10 finalists for the C Spire Conerly Trophy, which honors the... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 23

      Sunday, November 23, 2014 - Athletics

      It's that busy time of the year with the Ole Miss football, volleyball, men's and women's basketball teams all in action. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week that was in Ole Miss sports:- A slow start (17-0... read more

    • Rebels Unable to Overcome Slow Start

      Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Football

      FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas jumped out to a 17-0 in the first quarter and took advantage of six Ole Miss turnovers on the way to a 30-0 shutout win Saturday in Fayetteville."I was concerned all week, for whatever reason, that... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Arkansas

      Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 8 Ole Miss travels to Arkansas in its final road game of the regular season Saturday. Slowing the Hogs' Ground Attack The extra week of preparation, defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said, should prove beneficial... read more

    • Rebels Ahead of Schedule in Year Three

      Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Football

      It's sometimes easy to forget where the Ole Miss football program was just three short years ago, when Hugh Freeze was interviewing for the head coaching position. The Rebels had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 10-16, 2014)

      Monday, November 17, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 10-16, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team opened up the 2014-15 season with two wins over the weekend. The Rebels took down Grambling 92-67 in the season opener on Friday and followed... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 16

      Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss football team was off, but it was a busy week in Ole Miss athletics nevertheless, as the men's and women's basketball teams opened their respective seasons. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week that was:-... read more

    • Getting Healthy, Staying Sharp on the Bye Week

      Friday, November 14, 2014 - Football

      No. 10 Ole Miss was without several starters and regular contributors against Presbyterian, and many others were limited.  But given an extra week of rest, head coach Hugh Freeze said he expects everyone, with the exception of the players out... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 11

      Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 11 - Presbyterian (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 3-9, 2014)

      Monday, November 10, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 3-9, 2014Football- Ole Miss took a break from the rugged Southeastern Conference and earned a 48-0 shutout win over Presbyterian on Saturday.- It was the Rebels' first shutout since beating Tulane 39-0 in 2012.-... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Nov. 9

      Sunday, November 9, 2014 - Football

      Austin Miller handled all of this week's edition of the Observations from the Best Seat in the House. Check out what he had to say below:- The nation's best scoring defense finally got its first shutout of the season, as... read more

    • Wilkins, Dodson Shine in Blowout Win

      Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss racked up the second-most yards in school history, totaling 640 yards, including 402 yards on the ground, in a 48-0 rout of Presbyterian. The Rebels were able to limit the reps for several players in the contest, with... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-PC

      Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 11 Ole Miss hosts FCS opponent Presbyterian in its final non-conference matchup of the regular season. Execute, Stay Heathy Saturday's game with Presbyterian is more about Ole Miss than its opponent, as the team's... read more