March 28, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. – The weather is perfect outside and the No. 14 ranked Ole Miss men’s tennis team wants to encourage the fans to come out this weekend as they take on Arkansas and LSU in two big SEC matches at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center/Galtney Courts.
Fans can begin Friday’s action-packed sports day at the tennis center, as the Rebels welcome Arkansas at 2 p.m. Admission is free, and with no concessions, fans are welcome to bring their own food and beverage.
The Rebels (8-5, 4-2) are beginning the stretch run to the SEC regular season and are looking to finish strong by taking care of business at home this weekend.
“We’re very excited about this weekend,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “We’re at crunch time in the SEC and we need to get these two. We need a big crowd, and then we have to go on the road and do some work to get back in the thick of things. I would like to encourage people to come out and see the new tennis facility, because it’s fantastic.”
The Rebels are led by freshman Nik Scholtz at the top of the lineup. The 19th-ranked freshman is 14-2 overall at No. 1 singles, 5-1 in the SEC. Senior Marcel Thiemann, ranked No. 36 nationally, also owns a 5-1 record in conference play at No. 2 singles.
Arkansas comes into Friday’s match at 14-7 overall, 1-5 in the SEC. They are led by senior Nikolas Zogaj.
“There is no such thing as an easy match in the SEC, but if we’re prepared to play, we’ll be fine,” said Chadwick on Arkansas.”
LSU enters the weekend at 11-7 overall and 2-4 in the SEC. They almost upset No. 4 Georgia last weekend.
“LSU got everybody’s attention with the way they played against Georgia last weekend. I am not surprised, because they are very solid from top to bottom. It will be a tough match.”
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