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.
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