OXFORD, Miss. – Freshman Ricardo Jorge won his first home match on Sunday, and William Kallberg looked as good as he has this year, but unfortunately the Ole Miss men’s tennis team dropped a 4-2 decision to Alabama at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center to close out the opening weekend of conference play.
With the loss, the Rebels fell to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in league play. Alabama improved to 7-6 and 1-1 in the SEC.
“It’s the tough SEC,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “We are improving with each match, and that’s the thing we have to take away from this weekend. We have some tough road matches coming up. This is what you’ll see across the league, they’re all 4-3 matches back and forth. The guys know that they are just a little shy of the mark, but if they work hard and pick it up, they’ll see good things.”
For the fifth time in the first seven matches, the Rebels dropped the doubles point, which proved to be tough to overcome. Alabama won 8-4 at No. 3 doubles, but then Jorge teamed up with Nik Scholtz for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles. The point came down to No. 1, with Daniil Proskura and Becker O’Shaughnessey winning 8-6 against Johan Backstrom and Stefan Lindmark to clinch the 1-0 lead.
In singles, the Rebels started a little slow at a couple positions, but got early breaks at the rest of the courts. However, two of those courts where they had leads, Alabama came back, including No. 3 where Lindmark watched his lead slip away and the match 7-6(2), 6-2 to Stuart Kenyon.
William Kallberg got better as the match went on, rallying to defeat 75th-ranked O’Shaughnessey 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Backstrom saw his lead go away on court four and then he lost a first set tiebreaker and the match 7-6(4), 7-5 as the Crimson Tide took a 3-1 lead.
“The first sets at three and four that we let slip away, probably ended up being the difference in the match,” Chadwick said. “But like I told the guys, they position themselves to get them, but when it gets into those tight spots, we just need to be a little better.”
Jorge’s win made it 3-2 as he took out Sean Donohue 7-6(3), 7-6(1) at No. 5 singles. He has now won two of his four matches played, with one being suspended.
The match ended when Vinod Gowda lost his third set to Bama’s Andrew Goodwin at No. 6 singles. Gowda won the first set 6-4, but then Goodwin took the second set 6-4. He broke the first game to take an early lead 2-0 and held 6-2 to win it.
“Vinod and [Goodwin] were very similar in that both hit a lot of balls,” Chadwick said. “Vinod has to have a plan b as to how he is going to attack when he plays a player like that. Goodwin did a good job of hitting some drop shots and coming into the net. It’s one of those where when we get the first set, we have to find a way to get the second set.”
When play was stopped, Scholtz was on serve against 17th-ranked Daniil Proskura after a back and forth match. Scholtz lost the first set 6-4, but rallied to win the second 7-5.
“Proskura is one of the best players in the country, he’s been ranked as high as No. 12, and it was great to see Nik dig down deep and match him shot for shot,” Chadwick said.
It's finally here...game week! It's been 242 days since the Ole Miss Rebels last took to the gridiron for a clash of the helmets. After a successful 2014 campaign in which Ole Miss knocked off a No. 1-ranked team... read more
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ATLANTA - On Saturday, fans can tune in to see the Rebels duo of Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and former Ole Miss basketball player Sean Tuohy compete in the Chick-fil-A... read more
Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to... read more
As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to... read more
Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end,... read more
Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the... read more
The preseason accolades just don't stop for the Ole Miss football team. Everywhere you look, Rebels can be found on preseason All-America teams. Lindy's Sports recognized seven Rebels for preseason honors, including four All-Americans. Four Ole Miss Football Rebels were... read more
With the season just 74 days away, members of the 2015 Ole Miss football team continue to earn recognition on Preseason All-America lists. Athlon Sports, the latest media outlet to release its 2015 college football preseason All-America team, gave five... read more
Preseason All-America football teams continue to roll in, and Ole Miss has been well represented each time.Today, the Sporting News unveiled its preseason All-America first and second teams, which includes a total of four Rebels.OT Laremy Tunsil and DT Robert... read more
Individual preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Ole Miss football team as college football magazines look toward the 2015 season. Athlon Sports is the latest magazine to release its preseason all-conference teams, June 10; the magazine named nine... read more
The start of summer heat and vacations is also the start of another tradition - preseason college football magazines.One of the first to produce a magazine every year is Phil Steele, whose 2015 version includes about as many Ole Miss... read more
Although they will not begin competing for the Rebels until the fall, several members of the 2015 signing class have arrived at Ole Miss to begin their college journey this summer. The first of two summer sessions offered at the... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 28-May 4, 2015Baseball - The Rebels started the week defeating the Bulldogs, 11-1 in the annual Governor's Cup. The 10-run win for the Rebels marked the largest margin of victory in the 36-year history... read more
Welcome to Pittsburgh...and welcome to #SteelersNation, @Quez_G! #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/oY8wZc10Kk-- Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 2, 2015 Congrats Senquez Golson! Drafted 56th overall in the 2015 #NFLDRAFT by the Pittsburgh Steelers. #HottyToddy #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/EPGayDNOu7-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) May 2, 2015 Ole... read more