STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Ole Miss men’s tennis team posted a big win late Friday against Florida and was looking to maintain momentum heading into Saturday’s SEC Championship Semifinal match against top-seeded Kentucky. Unfortunately, the Rebels fell behind early and couldn’t recover, as they dropped a 4-0 decision to the Wildcats.
In their previous meeting, the Rebels took the doubles point and then lost four of the six singles. This time, Kentucky took the early lead with wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles. Their No. 1 team of Panav Jha and Eric Quigley ranked No. 12 in the nation, defeated 21st-ranked Nik Scholtz and Jonas Lutjen 8-5 to clinch the point.
“We didn’t play as well as we had been playing in the doubles. That set the tone for the match,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “We needed to be at our absolute best in doubles. They played great at No. 1 doubles and on three it was just one break. We were going to win at No. 2 doubles.”
Ole Miss split on courts five and three, but the match ended when third-ranked Eric Quigley finished off a close match (6-4, 7-5) against 15th-ranked Scholtz at No. 1 singles.
The Rebels (13-8) went into the SEC Championship pretty much thinking they needed a win over Florida to have any chance of hosting an NCAA Regional. They downed Arkansas 4-0 in the first round and then topped Florida 4-1 in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals for the 15th time in program history.
“It was a competitive match, and we feel like if we got to play them again it might be a different outcome,” Chadwick said. “All-in-all, it was a good tournament for us with a big win against Florida. We positioned ourselves to have a great chance at hosting an NCAA Regional.”
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 13-19, 2014Football- Ole Miss rode its dominant defense to a 34-3 homecoming win over Tennessee on Saturday to improve to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play.- The Rebels are 7-0 for just... read more
It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. There was no shortage of observations surrounding the Homecoming festivities this weekend. Let's get into it:1. When "College GameDay" visits Baton Rouge,... read more
The winning formula revealed itself as it has throughout the season: a dominant defense and a mistake-free offense. The Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, while the Ole Miss offense did not commit a single turnover in a workmanlike 34-3... read more
Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss faces Tennessee for Homecoming on Saturday.'Third Down for What'Tennessee is very dangerous, Ole Miss football head coach Hugh Freeze said, because its talented, particularly if it gets momentum and confidence during... read more
Highlights from today's media opportunity with SEC Nation host Joe Tessitore and analysts Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears discussing the show's visit to Oxford for the SEC matchup between No. 3 Ole Miss and Tennessee. Tessitore recalls calling the first college... read more
At the halfway point of the regular season, Ole Miss is 6-0 for the first time since 1962, when it went 10-0 and earned a share of the national title. It's No. 3 ranking in the national polls is its... read more
With a dominant defense that ranks among the nation's leaders in most statistical categories, head coach Hugh Freeze acknowledged he has changed his offensive philosophy and play-calling to limit negative plays and quick possessions. Ole Miss averaged the second-most offensive... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Oxford. For the full SEC teleconference, go here. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at... read more
Head coach Hugh Freeze admitted the offense played well enough to manage the game and let the defense win it. Ole Miss leaned on its running game, rushing for 160 yards on 35 carries, while Bo Wallace completed 13-of-19 passes... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 6-12, 2014Football- The No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels showed they belong among the nation's upper crust with a dominating 35-20 win at No. 14 Texas A&M on Saturday.- Ole Miss jumped out to a... read more