OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss and Mississippi State have battled 13 times in the Mississippi Cup. State won the first two, and ever since, it's been all Rebels. In fact, the Rebels, ranked No. 17 in the nation, have won 25 straight in the overall series.
The two arch-rivals will meet again Thursday at 5 p.m. at the River Hills Tennis Club. Tickets are on sale and may be purchased by calling (601) 987-4438.
State had perhaps it's best chance to snap the long losing streak to Ole Miss in last year's cup, gaining a 3-0 advantage before watching it all vanish in a 4-3 come-from-behind win for the Rebels. This time the Rebels will have one key cog not available in last year's match, senior Kalle Norberg. Norberg is undefeated against Mississippi State in the overall team matches as well as in singles.
Last year's match was also big for the twins, who led the comeback. Marcel Thiemann was down a set and 4-2 in the second set tiebreaker, when he caught fire and won five of the next six points to take the second set and ultimately the third set. The Rebels then won at four and five singles to set up Chris Thiemann's clinching victory at No. 6.
"The freshmen did a great job, Marcel got us started and then Chris finished it off," said head coach Billy Chadwick reflecting on last year's epic win. "That win helped us out later on in the season when we had several close matches down the stretch to win the SEC West. We are looking forward to another great battle this year, as State has a very good team. We want to encourage all Rebel fans in the Jackson area to come out and support the team on Thursday and help us keep the streak alive."
Mississippi State comes into the match at 1-2 overall. They are coming off a 4-0 loss to No. 22 Georgia Tech last Saturday in Atlanta. The Bulldogs are led by George Coupland at No. 1 singles.
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