OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 7 ranked Ole Miss men’s tennis team, playing without their top player, battled No. 17 Florida in at close match, but came up short to the Gators here Friday night at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.
With the loss (4-1), the Rebels fell to 13-6 overall and 6-4 in the SEC. Florida improved to 11-8 and 5-4 in league play. Ole Miss will host No. 20 South Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m. on Senior Day. The Gamecocks lost to Mississippi State 4-2 Friday.
Despite sophomore Nik Scholtz being out of the lineup, the Rebels were in it until the end with the last three matches going three sets. When Florida’s Florent Diep finished off sophomore William Kallberg 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles, the Rebels were locked in tight battles on courts one and five with seniors Jonas Lutjen and Adrian Forberg Skogeng.
As Chadwick note, the Rebels had to switch up their doubles. Lutjen and Scholtz are ranked No. 4 in the nation, but Friday, Lutjen played with Forberg Skogeng at No. 2 doubles. Stefan Lindmark and Johan Backstrom moved up to No. 1 doubles and lost 8-4 after Florida had won 8-3 on court three.
In singles, everybody moved up a spot, but the Rebels managed to split the first sets. Florida was able to take two of the matches where they won the first set in straight sets to pull ahead 3-0. Lindmark fell to Gator senior Bob van Overbeek 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Making his singles debut for the Rebels, Oxford native Zach Wilder fell to UF freshman Gordon Watson 6-3, 6-0 at No. 6 singles.
Florida needed only one more point and the Rebels needed to win all four remaining matches. In two of those, the Rebels earned huge first set tiebreakers. Backstrom took his first set 7-6(1) against Gator Michael Alford and then cruised in the second 6-1 to make it 3-1.
Lutjen, ranked No. 12 in the nation and playing his first career match at No. 1 singles, led 4-3 in the third set against UF’s Stephane Piro when played stopped. Forberg Skogeng, after winning the first set tiebreaker 7-6(4), was on serve in the third set against Gator Luke Johnson.
“Jonas has the game and the history to play No. 1 singles, and he was in a good position to win it. Sko was battling, and so was Willie," Chadwick said. "Florida just did a good job of closing it out.”
The Rebels will honor their two seniors prior to the start of the South Carolina on Sunday. Fans will also enjoy free chicken between doubles and singles.
We begin this week with the last moment in 1996. Moment No. 21 was a team accomplishment led by Ole Miss head coach Billy Chadwick. Chadwick took over the Ole Miss men's tennis program in 1983. And from that time,... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 3-10, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss improved to 14-2 on the season with a series sweep of UALR this past weekend that included the team's fifth walk-off win of the season.- The Rebels moved up to... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy's time on the SEC teleconference Monday as well as selected questions and answers from Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray, Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings and Georgia head coach Mark Fox.Ole Miss... read more
Long-time Ole Miss athletic trainer Leroy Mullins will be inducted into the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame later this month. He will be recognized at the organization's annual clinical symposium March 14-16 at the Crown Plaza Ravinia Hotel... read more
THE SEASON: Ole Miss Basketball (2014) - Episode 7 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.In case you missed it, here are each of the first six episodes of The Season: Ole Miss Basketball:Episode 1 (Season overview, Auburn, Mississippi State games)Episode... read more
In less than a full indoor season with the Ole Miss track & field team, Australian distance runner Daniel Bulmer has had a significant impact on the school record books and set the stage for a lot more to come... read more
What a Win tonight... Very Proud of our team #ProudCoach #Passion #Process #1MISSion-- Matt Insell (@minsell) March 6, 2014 What a great win for our program tonight! This team has come so far! Watch us take on Auburn tomorrow night... read more
Proceeding from 1995 to 1996, we will highlight moment No. 23 in head coach Billy Chadwick's career. This particular moment will accentuate a tremendous individual accomplishment. In 1996, Sweden's Johan Hede became the first Rebel in Ole Miss tennis history... read more
The Ole Miss women's basketball team looks to carry the momentum from a 73-71 overtime win over Auburn on Senior Day this past Sunday into this week's Southeastern Conference Tournament at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. The Rebels are... read more
Ole Miss and Arkansas are both looking to improve their Southeastern Conference standing and possibly play their way into a top-four seed and a double bye to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament next week in Atlanta. The Rebels are... read more