OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss men’s tennis team looks to get back on track at home as they host a pair of conference foes in Arkansas and LSU this weekend at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. First up, the Rebels will face the Razorbacks Friday at 2 p.m.
Fans coming to Friday’s match will enjoy free pizza between doubles and singles. Sunday, the Rebels will welcome LSU at 1 p.m. with fans receiving free Ole Miss souvenir travel mugs.
The Rebels are coming off a tough match against No. 4 Southern California on Wednesday. Nik Scholtz and Johan Backstrom picked up wins for the Rebels. Scholtz earned his second consecutive top-11 win, taking down No. 11 ranked Yannick Hanfmann in a highly competitive match.
With half of the conference schedule done, head coach Billy Chadwick likes the direction his team is going heading into this weekend’s matches.
“We have a really good team, but we were a little slow getting out of the gate to start the season,” Chadwick said. “We are getting better with every match. Arkansas and LSU are two good teams. These matches are essential for our season, so we’ll be ready to play. We appreciate the fans that came out to support us against USC, and we’d love to see another big crowd this weekend.”
Arkansas comes into the weekend 11-10 overall, 1-4 in the SEC. The Razorbacks are coming off a 4-0 loss to No. 9 Texas A&M in their last SEC match. They are led by Mike Nott and Manfred Jeske, who teamed up to reach the round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championship, before falling to the Rebel All-American tandem of Scholtz and Jonas Lutjen.
LSU (9-8, 0-5 SEC) finished last weekend with a 2-1 record, defeating No. 60 George Washington and Nicholls State and falling to Texas A&M. The Tigers are led by Chris Simpson, ranked No. 62 in the nation in singles.
Just like the Rebels, both Arkansas and LSU are looking for a win to spark their season.
“We learned a lot from the USC match,” Scholtz said. “It would have been nice to get the win, but we all grew from this match. It’s exciting to be playing at home again. Several guys have their families here, and it’s always fun to play in front of your family. This weekend is a huge opportunity to get some SEC wins under us, and we need to take advantage of it.”
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