OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss men’s tennis team is on the road this weekend, where they’ve had some success, to face off against No. 40 South Carolina and No. 15 Florida.
The Rebels will take on South Carolina Friday at 4 p.m. CT at the Carolina Tennis Center. On Sunday, the Rebels will be in Gainesville, Fla., to battle the Gators at Noon CT.
“At this point in the season we need a big win,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “South Carolina and Florida present a great opportunity. These matches are important for SEC seeding, but most importantly, NCAA selection.”
The Rebels are coming off a 3-1 record last week where they defeated Jackson State three times and fell to No. 17 Mississippi State in a tight match.
Junior Nik Scholtz is currently ranked No. 16 nationally, having won 10 in a row since mid-January. He is currently 9-0 at No. 1 singles, 4-0 in the SEC. Seven of his matches have not finished, including Sunday’s match where he was serving for the win in the third set.
“We have two really good wins on the road this year,” senior Johan Backstrom said. “We haven’t played as well as we hoped at home, unfortunately. We have a great opportunity this weekend, and hopefully we can capitalize on it and turn the season around. We are so close at breaking through. The team looks as ready as ever.”
South Carolina comes into the weekend with an overall record of 11-10, 3-5 in the SEC. The Gamecocks are coming off a 4-0 win over Arkansas last Sunday. They are led by Tsvetan Mihov, who is ranked No. 88 in the nation.
Florida enters the weekend at 10-7 overall, 5-3 in the SEC. The Gators are coming off a 4-0 win over LSU last Sunday. They are led by No. 78 ranked Gordon Watson at the top of the lineup.
For high school football players in Georgia, all roads lead to the Georgia Dome and the state championships. For a handful of Rebels, those roads lead home, as Ole Miss opens the 2014 season against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A... read more
ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy asked each of the 65 coaches from the Power Five conferences to describe their team in one word. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's word? Relentless. The same can be said of the Ole Miss defense. And... read more
After playing 110 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Georgia on Friday night, Ole Miss responded with a gutsy 1-0 win over Iowa State on Sunday afternoon. The defense, led by senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick was the story of the... read more
Big time crowd for @SECNetwork live sports event debut. Record attendance of 1,823 for @OleMissSoccer Let's finish strong.-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August 23, 2014 Ole Miss kicked off the 2014 season in thrilling fashion, rallying to a 1-1 draw with... read more
Like defensive coordinator Dave Wommack, defensive line coach Chris Kiffin has been pleased with his players throughout fall camp, particularly the depth bolstered by the return of junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and the addition of sophomore Fadol Brown and... read more
Three things from Ole Miss soccer head coach Matt Mott, previewing the season opener against Georgia on Friday night. Rebels Look to Take Next Step Ole Miss made history this past season, not only setting a school record for wins,... read more
The return of junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and additions of sophomore Fadol Brown and freshman Marquis Haynes have changed the face of the defensive line, but freshman All-American Robert Nkemdiche remains front and center. With a season of experience... read more
The dean of Southeastern Conferences quarterbacks and the league's leading returner in total offense, passing yards and passing touchdowns, senior Bo Wallace is as healthy and confident as ever, and he's also assumed a more vocal leadership role on the... read more
We Are Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.In case you missed it, "Forward Together: We Are Ole Miss" from earlier this year: Forward Together: We Are Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze confirmed that junior cornerback Carlos Davis suffered a torn ACL and will likely have surgery Monday. Davis joins sophomore cornerback Tee Shepard and junior safety Chief Brown on the list of players expected to miss... read more
The launch of the SEC Network shows the growth and vision of the 14 schools in the conference. #OleMiss-- Coach Alex (@apsimms2) August 15, 2014 That was fun! And the @SECNetwork is only getting started. #SECStoried finished strong. Great... read more