OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss men’s tennis team was picked by the coaches to win the Southeastern Conference. The Rebels’ quest for a sixth SEC Championship begins this weekend on the road at Alabama and Auburn.
The No. 13 nationally ranked Rebels open up league play at No. 31 Alabama Friday at 3 p.m. at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.
Having already played three SEC teams this season in non-conference matches, the Rebels know that they have to bring their best every match in a league with seven teams in the top 25, including four in the top 10.
“The SEC is as strong as it’s ever been,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “The guys know that it will take a great effort from top to bottom to be successful, and we are looking forward to the challenge of getting it started.”
The Rebels (6-2) are coming off a 4-2 win over rival Memphis in the team’s first outdoor match of the season. Senior Jonas Lutjen, ranked No. 5 nationally, rallied to win his match at No. 2 singles to clinch the victory and says the team is ready for SEC play.
“It was good to get the win against Memphis in our first outdoor match, and now our focus is on Alabama and Auburn,” he said. “Every team in the SEC is very good, but if we play well and do our thing, we are definitely capable of winning four points.”
After Wednesday’s match, the Rebels are a combined 13-4 at the top three spots, and freshman Stefan Lindmark is 5-1 in dual matches.
Alabama comes into the match at 9-3 overall after picking up wins over Furman and Southern Miss last weekend. The Crimson Tide boasts two players ranked nationally in singles with freshman Becker O’Shaughnessey at No. 85 and senior Jarryd Botha at No. 100.
On Sunday, the Rebels will face No. 32 Auburn at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. The Tigers (8-2) wrapped up non-conference play last weekend, splitting a pair of matches against ACC foes Clemson and Georgia Tech. The No. 1 doubles match should be a dandy, as Auburn boasts the nation’s top-ranked duo of Andreas Mies and Daniel Cochrane. They are 9-1 and will face the Rebel tandem of Lutjen and Nik Scholtz, who are ranked No. 5 and 7-1 at the top spot.
Both matches will feature live scoring, which can be accessed by clicking on the link in the calendar at OleMissSports.com.
With Billy Chadwick's last regular season in the books, the Rebels seem to be peeking and hoping to make a final postseason run for the legendary head coach. Corresponding with such, we are also getting down to our final stretch... read more
One spot in the ITA national rankings can make all the difference. Last season, San Diego, ranked No. 44 in the country, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, while crosstown rival, San Diego State, ranked No. 45, was... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 7-13, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss improved to 29-9 on the season and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play after a pair of nonconference wins over Memphis and Murray State in the midweek and a series win... read more
Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in 10 innings Saturday, Ole Miss bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win Sunday to take the weekend series against Mississippi State in Starkville. At the plate, the Rebels set season high for runs... read more
Ole Miss struck early with five runs over the first four innings, which Chris Ellis and Wyatt Short made hold up in a 6-1 win over Mississippi State Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The leadoff man for Mississippi State... read more
Riding a six-game win streak, Ole Miss travels to face Mississippi State in a three-game weekend series as part of Super Bulldog Weekend, which also includes Saturday's Maroon-White spring football game. Mississippi State has averaged 7,700 fans at Dudy Noble... read more
The Ole Miss offense exploded for nine runs on 14 hits in a 9-1 win over Memphis at AutoZone Park. The barrage included five multi-hit games and a season-high seven extra-base hits, including home runs by Will Allen and Sikes... read more
We begin this week with No. 13 and entering the 2002 season for the Ole Miss tennis team. The Southeastern Conference implemented a new setup, dividing the conference into two divisions - SEC East and SEC West. This moment... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 31-April 6, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss picked up its second sweep in SEC play with three wins over the Auburn Tigers this past weekend, including a doubleheader sweep Saturday.- Left-handed pitcher Christian Trent posted a... read more
Ole Miss held Auburn scoreless for 22 straight innings, from the seventh inning of the series opener Friday through the sixth inning of the series finale Saturday, but the weekend sweep remained in doubt in the eighth inning of the... read more