OXFORD, Miss. - After picking up two twins over top-10 teams Georgia and Tennessee last weekend, the Ole Miss men's tennis team moved up to No. 4 in the nation in the latest ITA National Rankings released Tuesday. The Rebels are set to host No. 19 Baylor Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center, in their third match of the Spring Break Slam.
Fans will enjoy making their own ice cream sundaes between doubles and singles at Thursday's match.
The Rebels, who are back in the top five for the first time since ending the 2009 season at No. 4, enter the match at 10-2 overall and have won seven in a row. They rallied to defeat No. 5 Georgia 4-3 last Friday and followed it up with a 4-2 win over No. 6 Tennessee on Sunday. At 4-0 in the SEC, the Rebels have taken control of the SEC in the early going.
"We're very excited about where we are at this point in the season, but it doesn't get any easier," head coach Billy Chadwick said. "In fact, Baylor may be the toughest team that we have played this spring. Monday they played No. 1 Virginia down to the wire, and I would like to encourage all of our fans to come out and help us take down one of the best teams in the country."
The Rebels' success has come from the entire lineup with different players stepping up each match. Senior Jonas Lutjen, freshman Stefan Lindmark and junior Johan Backstrom combined to go 7-3 in singles and doubles last weekend, and sophomore William Kallberg clinched the win over Georgia and won again Sunday in singles to contribute.
Baylor (10-3) is coming off a stretch of playing three top-five teams in 72 hours. They beat No. 10 Kentucky 6-1 last Friday, before falling to No. 2 UCLA and No. 1 Virginia Sunday and Monday, respectively.
The Bears are led by freshman Julian Lenz, who is ranked No. 49 with a 17-6 overall record, 4-1 at No. 1 singles and 2-1 at No. 2.
After the Baylor match, the Rebels will get right back into the SEC with two more tough matches against No. 10 Kentucky Friday at 1 p.m. and No. 23 Vanderbilt Sunday at 1 p.m.
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review Dec. 15-21, 2014 Men's Basketball - Ole Miss overcame a 17-point deficit to knock off Coastal Carolina 71-68 Thursday night. - Senior LaDarius White scored a career-high 26 points including a career-best 6 3-pointers... read more
The students were off for the first week of winter break, but Observations from the Best Seat in the House presses on, as the football team moves closer to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the men's and women's basketball teams... read more
Senior quarterback Bo Wallace, like his head coach, stepped into a program that had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14 straight games. Three years later, Wallace helped lead the ninth-ranked Rebels to their first nine-win regular... read more
Official welcome to Chad Kelly, the No. 1 JUCO QB in the country from national champion East Mississippi CC. #HottyToddy-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) December 17, 2014 Just Sent My LOI In To The University Of Mississippi!!! Feel's Good To... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 8-14, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team rebounded with a 88-48 win over South Alabama on Sunday. The win was the first after back-to-back losses for the Rebels for the first time... read more
Ole Miss Details Stadium Expansion Plans Ole Miss unveiled the master plan for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, which includes two phases of renovation and expansion. Scheduled for completion by the start of the 2016 season, the expansion will bring the seating capacity... read more
With final exam week on the Ole Miss campus, there was not much game action, but there's still plenty to talk about, as Ole Miss finalized salary increases for head football coach Hugh Freeze and his staff, and the football... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 1-7, 2014Football- No. 9 Ole Miss accepted an invitation to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, where they will face No. 6 TCU on Dec. 31 in Atlanta's Georgia Dime.- Ole Miss is making... read more
While the Rebels have enjoyed a solid fall on the fields and courts and look forward to the upcoming Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and more basketball games, all student-athletes are busy this week proving they are champions in the classroom... read more
In the early part of the week, Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract. In the late part of the week, the Rebels learned their postseason bowl destination. Here are... read more
Ole Miss continued its strong bounce-back from a season-opening loss to Charleston Southern, improving to 5-1 on the season and knocking off two previously unbeaten opponents in No. 23 Creighton and Cincinnati to capture the inaugural Emerald Coast Classic. "We... read more
Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract, they both announced on Twitter early Tuesday morning. Terms will be released as they are finalized and are expected in the coming days.... read more