OXFORD, Miss. -- For the second time in five days, the No. 16 ranked Ole Miss men’s tennis team suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss, this time to No. 6 Georgia here Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
After dropping the doubles point for the second match in a row, the Rebels (6-4, 3-1) rebounded in singles just as they did against Tennessee, before coming up just short at No. 5 singles. With the score locked at 3-3, all eyes turned to a battle between two sophomores, Johan Backstrom for the Rebels and Bulldog Hernus Pieters. Pieters won a close first set in a tiebreaker, but Backstrom came back to take the second set 6-2. In the final set, Backstrom had break points at 4-3, but Pieters held. At 4-4, Backstrom had several game points on his serve, but Pieters converted the break to go up 5-4. Backstrom then got to 0-40 on Pieters’ serve, but the Bulldog fought them off to win it 6-4 and clinch the victory.
“Obviously we’re disappointed to lose another very close match,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “We played really well, but just came up short. We played great at one, two and three singles. We played well at four; it was just two games that we didn’t serve well. We had a lot of chances on Backy’s court, but just got extremely unlucky. Three break points at 4-3, four game points in the next game and 0-40 in the last game. We’re getting better, but this would have been a great win to get. We’ll go back to work this week.”
Georgia picked up the early 1-0 lead in doubles with wins on courts 1 and 3. Ole Miss grabbed the victory on the remaining court as the No. 2 team of Jonas Lutjen and Nik Scholtz beat Sadio Doumbia and Nathan Pasha, 8-6.
Ole Miss then fell behind 2-0 as Pasha continued his hot streak finishing off a 6-3, 6-0 win over Adrian Forberg Skogeng at No. 6. Pasha has been very reliable at that spot, improving to 11-1.
Ole Miss cut the lead in half as No. 48 ranked Lutjen defeated No. 11 Doumbia, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 3 singles, making it 2-1, and 55th-ranked Scholtz tied things at 2-2 with his impressive 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over No. 3 ranked Spencer at the top spot. Spencer is now 0-2 against the Rebels this spring, also losing to William Kallberg in the quarterfinals of the SEC Indoor Championships. Scholtz improved to 8-1 at No. 1 singles and 4-0 in the SEC.
Georgia went back up 3-2 as 43rd-ranked Ignacio Taboada pulled out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 49 ranked Kallberg at No. 4. But just like that it was tied again, as senior Marcel Thiemann won a third set tiebreaker at No. 2 singles against KU Singh to even the score with just court five left to decide it.
The Rebels will now head to Florida for spring break where they will play Division II powerhouse West Florida Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m.
Ole Miss fell 17-10 in overtime to intrastate rival Mississippi State, but the Rebels' one score provided a special moment for two of the team's unsung players. Down 7-0 with 31 seconds left in the first half, Ole Miss called... read more
Ole Miss sent seniors Kellie Goss and Kara Morgan out with a win as the Rebels topped LSU 3-2 on Senior Night. "It was a great win," head coach Joe Getzin said. "We tweaked the lineup, and one of our... read more
One of the core values for the Ole Miss football program is mental toughness. With a rivalry game in a hostile environment, it will carry a greater importance. "You're going into a hostile environment, and that's the biggest thing," offensive... read more
The Egg Bowl returns to Thanksgiving night for the first time since 2003, which is also the last time Ole Miss won in Starkville. Thursday's game is the 110th meeting of one of the nation's most-played rivalries and the 86th... read more
Ole Miss had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 24-10 loss to No. 8 Missouri on Saturday night. The 24th-ranked Rebels now face a quick turnaround as they travel to face intrastate rival Mississippi State on Thursday night in... read more
Head coach Hugh Freeze meets with members of the media following Wednesday's practice.Ole Miss is the only school in the upper half of the SEC statistical rankings in every major offensive and defensive category. This week, the Rebels face one... read more
Photo Gallery Courtney Cunningham is a builder. While playing volleyball for Ole Miss from 2009-11, Cunningham helped build the Rebels into an NCAA Tournament team while also earning her civil engineering degree. From that degree, Cunningham is helping build... read more
There's a different air surrounding this week's primetime showdown with No. 8 Missouri, the Rebels' first top-10 test since a 27-24 win over then-No. 6 LSU back on Oct. 19. "It's a huge week for us," junior quarterback Bo Wallace... read more
Freshman wide receiver Laquon Treadwell caught a short pass from junior quarterback Bo Wallace, made six Troy defenders miss and dove into the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown. It was the start of a historic day for the Ole... read more
Ole Miss won its second ever NCAA Tournament game and set a school record for wins in a season with 16, as seven different Rebels scored in a 9-0 win over Jackson State Friday night. No. 22-ranked Ole Miss (16-5-2)... read more
Tony Dungy, who won a Super Bowl as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, visited campus Wednesday. He spent time with head coach Hugh Freeze, spoke to the team and signed the equipment room Wall of Fame. "He's one of... read more
Ole Miss is bowl eligible for the second straight year under head coach Hugh Freeze after a 34-24 win over Arkansas this past Saturday. The Rebels are also 6-3 for the first time since 2009, when the started 8-3 before... read more
After Ole Miss took a 20-10 lead into halftime, the momentum swung in favor of Arkansas after an interception, a touchdown-scoring drive and a defensive three-and-out to start the third quarter. Now leading 20-17, senior quarterback Barry Brunetti converted a... read more
Junior guard Jarvis Summers scored a career-high 28 points to lift Ole Miss past Troy, 69-54, in Saturday's season opener in the Tad Smith Coliseum. He shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the field, including 5-for-10 from 3-point range. "He was... read more