NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 14 nationally ranked Ole Miss men's tennis team downed 40th-ranked Vanderbilt 6-1 here Friday at the Currey Tennis Center to keep pace in the SEC Western Division. The Rebels improved to 11-5 overall and 7-2 in the SEC.
Ole Miss and Mississippi State are now tied for the lead in the SEC West as the Bulldogs dropped a 6-1 decision at No. 6 Kentucky. The Rebels will face the Wildcats Sunday in Lexington at Noon CT.
Every match in the SEC is tough no matter the rankings, and Vanderbilt didn't make it easy for the Rebels, beginning with the doubles. The Commodores won 9-7 at No. 1 doubles, but the Rebels were able to come away with 8-6 wins at two and three to secure the point.
The Rebels went up 3-0 rather quickly in singles as junior Jonas Lutjen, ranked No. 40 nationally, beat Blake Bazarnik 6-4, 6-0 at No. 3 singles and Johan Backstrom downed Joe Dorn 6-2, 6-3 at No. 6.
Getting the final point proved to be somewhat of a challenge. Vanderbilt's Jeff Offerdahl put the Commodores on the board by defeating this week's SEC Freshman of the Week, William Kallberg, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 at No. 4 singles.
"This was a good win to get," head coach Billy Chadwick said. "We knew it would be close, because they're a good team and playing them at their place. "We are looking forward to a great match at Kentucky. Hopefully we can play well and we'll see what happens."
Chris Thiemann rallied to defeat VU's Anton Kovirgin 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 5 singles to clinch the victory. Thiemann had lost four of his last five coming in to the match.
Chris' brother, Marcel Thiemann, defeated Gonzales Austin 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 2 singles and then freshman Nik Scholtz finished off a comeback of his own at No. 1 singles to beat Charlie Jones. After dropping the first set 6-2, Scholtz was able to claim a second set tiebreaker 14-12 and then gained an early break to win the third set 6-4.
Sunday's match at Kentucky will have live scoring, which can be accessed by going to www.OleMissSports.com and clicking on the link in the calendar.
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
Six men with ties to Ole Miss were part of the inaugural class of 25 athletes and coaches inducted into the Scott County Hall of Fame this past Saturday at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. It is believed that this... read more
In a tie for 7th place at 7-under, @OleMissFB takes home $30,000 in charity and scholarship. #CFAPBGolf pic.twitter.com/qd0JzilyYR-- #CFAPBGolf (@CFAPeachBowl) April 28, 2015 The Ole Miss team of head football coach Hugh Freeze and Sean Tuohy turned in a strong... read more
The Ole Miss men's and women's tennis team learned their postseason destinations, as the men's and women's NCAA Tournament fields were announced Tuesday. The men, ranked No. 13 in the nation, are the No. 14 overall seed and will be... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 21-27, 2015Baseball - During the five-game homestand, Ole Miss went 3-2 with a midweek win over Central Arkansas as well as claiming a weekend series over Alabama. - The Rebels recorded 68 hits throughout... read more
With a distance of 287-yards, the 2015 #CFAPBGolf Coaches Division Long Drive Champion is @CoachHughFreeze! pic.twitter.com/ProCdgbbg9-- #CFAPBGolf (@CFAPeachBowl) April 27, 2015 Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze took home the long drive title at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge... read more
Hugh Freeze and Ross Bjork embarked on the Rebel Road Trip, the baseball team claimed their weekend series over Alabama that featured the largest crowd of the season and the football program's NFL presence is expected to grow with the... read more
Ole Miss swept a doubleheader Saturday, defeating Alabama 10-2 in Game One and 4-0 in Game Two. As a pitching staff, the Rebels allowed just one earned run and scattered a combined 12 hits with 17 strikeouts compared to just... read more
Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze will team with former All-SEC basketball player Sean Tuohy to represent the Rebels for the fourth straight year and compete for a share of the $520,000 total purse in the ninth annual Chick-fil-A... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2015Men's Tennis- Ole Miss downed No. 22 Vanderbilt 4-1 to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the 16th time in program history.- The Rebels rallied to take the doubles point and then got... read more