Rebels Fall to No. 7 Texas A&M in SEC Opener
March 2, 2018

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OXFORD, Miss. – In the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams, it was No. 7 Texas A&M who got the best of the Rebels here Friday night at the Ole Miss Indoor Tennis Center. 

Ole Miss had control of the doubles point leading 4-2 on all three courts and evened served for the match on court two, but the Aggies rallied to steal the point with a 6-4 win on court three followed by a 7-5 win on court two. 

The Aggies carried that momentum over to singles, as 51st-ranked Jordi Arconada beat Zvonimir Babic to make it 2-0 A&M. 

All the other courts were locked in tight sets, but A&M was able to close out some of those sets late to maintain their hold on the match. 

In a battle between two top 25 ranked players, 21st-ranked Arthur Rinderknech defeated 15th-ranked Tim Sandkaulen 6-3, 6-4 on court two. Carlos Aguilar closed out the match with a 7-5, 6-1 win against Fabian Fallert on court five.

Both Grey Hamilton and Filip Kraljevic won their first sets, Hamilton against 17th-ranked Valentin Vacherot. Unfortunately, both ended up losing in third set tiebreakers.

Quick Hits…
• The Rebels fell to 8-3 overall and 0-1 in the SEC.
• Texas A&M improved to 8-3 and 1-0 in the SEC.
• All three of the Rebels losses have come against teams currently ranked in the top 10.

#7 Texas A&M 7, #30 Ole Miss 0

1. #15 Tim Sandkaulen/Fabian Fallert (OM) vs. #46 Rinderknech/Kypson (TAMU) 4-5, sus. 
2. #29 Arconada/Aguilar (TAMU) def. #24 Zvonimir Babic/Filip Kraljevic (OM) 7-5 
3. Vacherot/Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Gustav Hansson/Finn Reynolds (OM) 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2
1. #46 Patrick Kypson (TAMU) def. #31 Gustav Hansson (OM) 6-3, 7-6
2. #21 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. #15 Tim Sandkaulen (OM) 6-3, 6-4
3. #51 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Zvonimir Babic (OM) 6-2, 6-1
4. #17 Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) def. Grey Hamilton (OM) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(4)
5. Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) def. Fabian Fallert (OM) 7-5, 6-1
6. Barney Smith (TAMU) def. Filip Kraljevic (OM) 6-7, 6-4, 1-0(4)
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 5, 1, 4, 6

At the Net with Head Coach Toby Hansson
“They got away with the doubles point. To their credit, they hung around and we just couldn’t close those matches out. Obviously, we were a break up on all the courts and playing the kind of doubles that we normally play. If we had just executed the shots at the end of those sets, nine times out of 10, we would have closed out the doubles point. Our guys did a good job of bouncing back, they didn’t let it affect their energy. We were battling on all the courts, but kind of like the doubles, we didn’t execute at the end of those close sets. Those are things we can fix and we’ll get better at executing at the end of sets and matches.”

On Bouncing Back vs. LSU…
“In this league, you can’t take anybody lightly, so we have to come out with the same focus and purpose every time we step on the court. I believe the guys will make those adjustments and improvements and come out ready to go on Sunday.”

Next up…
Ole Miss will look to rebound Sunday when they welcome LSU to the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center for a 1 p.m. match. Fans will enjoy Sundaes on Sunday. 

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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