ATHENS, Ga. – The Ole Miss men’s tennis team’s 2012 season officially came to an end Sunday evening as the senior duo of Marcel Thiemann and Chris Thiemann lost in the NCAA Final Four to Texas Tech’s Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar 6-4, 6-2 to end an outstanding career with the Rebels.
The twins fell behind early 5-1, but got to within 5-4, before the TT duo closed it out 6-4. They broke early in the second set and held for 6-2 to advance to the final.
This marked the Thiemann’s third NCAA Doubles appearance and the furthest they have advanced after two previous first round losses. They end the season at 19-7.
During their careers, the twins helped lead the Rebels to an overall SEC Championship, an SEC Tournament Championship, three SEC West titles and four straight NCAA appearances, including the Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen (twice). Marcel became the fourth player to earn All-America honors three times in a career and the third player to be named All-SEC first team three times.
Off the court, both the twins graduated in three and a half years with degrees in Managerial Finance and helped lead the team to the Chancellor’s Cup each year, as the men’s varsity team with the highest cumulative grade point average.
“It was a tough match. They got back into the first set, but the other team played with a lot of poise. They were very good,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “This was a great tournament for the twins to be one of the last four teams standing. It was a great effort, and a great way to close an outstanding career.”
The Rebels concluded another excellent year with a 15-9 record, hosted the NCAA first and second rounds for the 10th time and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the 16th time. Nik Scholtz was the SEC Freshman of the Year, the ITA Southern Region Rookie of the Year and an NCAA quarterfinalist in singles. He joins the twins with All-America honors, becoming the second freshman to earn that distinction.
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