Rebel Netters Begin NCAA Quest At Home

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Marcel Thiemann
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Marcel Thiemann
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

May 10, 2012

Video Preview - Head Coach Billy Chadwick | NCAA 1st and 2nd Rounds Central | NCAA Notes

OXFORD, Miss. – Sixty-four teams begin their quest for a national championship this weekend, and the Ole Miss men’s tennis team starts NCAA Championship play at home in the friendly confines of the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center/Galtney Courts.

The Rebels, seeded No. 13 in the NCAA Championships are hosting the NCAA first and second rounds for the 10th time and first time since 2008.  They will face Binghamton in the first round Saturday at Noon.  Michigan and Middle Tennessee will meet at 9 a.m. in the other first round match.  

“We’re extremely excited to be hosting both the men and the women.  We’ve got a great field coming in.  We have graduation and baseball, so it’s a great weekend for Oxford,” Chadwick said.

The Rebels will rely heavily on the SEC Freshman of the Year Nik Scholtz as well as the senior leadership of twins Marcel Thiemann and Chris Thiemann.  Scholtz is currently ranked No. 14 in the nation in singles and teams with junior Jonas Lutjen for a No. 13 ranking in doubles.  Marcel, who is ranked No. 20 in the country, went 10-1 in the SEC at No. 2 singles.

“Nik is obviously playing well as the SEC Freshman of the Year.  Marcel had a phenomenal year,” Chadwick said. "To go 10-1 in this league playing at the No. 2 position, that’s a great feat.    This is a group, overall, that has gotten better throughout the season, and even since the SEC Tournament last month.”

Binghamton (15-11) is making its fifth consecutive NCAA appearance and eighth in the last 10 years.  The Bearcats won the America East to earn the league’s automatic bid.  They are led by the reigning America East Player of the Year, Alexandre Haggai.

Michigan (17-7) and Middle Tennessee (19-7) will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the winners of both matches will play Sunday at 1 p.m. for the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in Athens, Ga.  Michigan boasts one of the nation’s top players in seventh-ranked Evan King who was named the Big 10 Player of the Year.

“They (Binghamton) have a good team and seem to be the strongest at the top of their lineup.  With any team in postseason play, you have to be ready,” Chadwick said.   “Michigan and Middle Tennessee both have fine programs.   Michigan is very strong at the top of their lineup with Evan King.  They have one of the best programs from the mid-section of the United States.”

Of the nine previous occasions the Rebels have hosted the first rounds, they have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen seven times.

“It’s a big advantage playing at home, and you can see that with our record through the years.    You can look around the country and see who advances and it is definitely a huge advantage for the teams that get to host,” Chadwick said.     “When we have the crowd support behind us—and this is a great tennis community—it’s a huge difference maker.  I want to encourage all the fans to come out and get behind us and help us get to the Sweet Sixteen.”

Tickets for the NCAA first and second rounds will be $7 a day or $10 for a weekend pass for adults and $3 a day or $5 for a weekend for students (college students and younger).

For complete information on the NCAA first and second rounds, go to www.OleMissSports.com.   For those that can’t make it to the matches, there will be live scoring in addition to a live blog.  

Follow the Rebels on twitter at @OleMissMTennis and on facebook at www.facebook.com/OleMissMTennis.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Sept. 8-14)

      Monday, September 15, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 8-14, 2014Volleyball- Ole Miss captured the Magnolia Invitational this past weekend to improve to 10-0, its best start in school history.- The Rebels downed UAB and Mercer 3-0 and then defeated Jacksonville State 3-1... read more

    • Historic Start to the Football Season

      Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Football

      After a 56-15 win over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday, Ole Miss moved up four spots to No. 10 in the latest Associated Press poll, released on Sunday.  Despite breaking into the top 10, the Rebels remain fifth among Southeastern Conference Western Division... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Sept. 14

      Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Athletics

      This is the third installment of Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations from the previous week in Ole Miss Sports. This week... read more

    • Three Rebels Net First Goals of the Season

      Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Soccer

      Leading 1-0 after controlling the play for much of the game, Ole Miss opened up a 3-0 lead on Middle Tennessee with a pair of goals in the final minute of the first half on the way to a 4-0... read more

    • Golson's Buy-In Pays Off

      Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Football

      Senior cornerback Senquez Golson has come a long way since he was a freshman.  That season, he was most notably on the receiving end of a highlight reel juke from Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Three years later, as part... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-ULL Motivational

      Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs ULL Official Team Motivational from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-ULL

      Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as Ole Miss faces Louisiana-Lafayette in its home opener Saturday. Wearing the Bull's-Eye After a 2-0 start with wins over Boise State and Vanderbilt, Ole Miss moved up to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll,... read more

    • Thompson Lifts Rebels to Historic Start

      Friday, September 12, 2014 - Volleyball

      With a chance to make history, Ole Miss dropped a first set for the first time this season. The Rebels answered the bell winning the next three sets to defeat Jacksonville State 3-1 and improve to 10-0 on the season,... read more

    • VIDEO: Return of The Grove

      Friday, September 12, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Rebel Nation Remembers Stan Sandroni

      Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Football

      Rebel Nation goes into its home opener Saturday excited for the return of football at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, but also saddened by the loss of one of its most renowned voices.Stan Sandroni, 64, passed away of a heart attack late Wednesday.... read more

    • Freeze Talks Schedule, Areas for Team to Improve

      Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's time on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of the Rebels' home opener Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and will be televised on the SEC Network.Freeze's time... read more

    • Former football player releases Chucky Mullins book

      Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - Football

      Former Ole Miss football player Jody Hill has partnered with Square Books in Oxford to launch his book, "38: The Chucky Mullins Effect," celebrating the life and impact of his Ole Miss teammate Chucky Mullins. Hill will be signing copies... read more

    • 3 Things About Gameday - Ole Miss vs. ULL

      Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Freeze, Luke Talk Offensive Line Progress

      Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - Football

      From week one to week two, head coach Hugh Freeze and offensive line coach Matt Luke are generally pleased with the progress along the offensive line. The number of false start penalties went from eight to two, while the... read more

    • Changing The Perception of Ole Miss Volleyball

      Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - Volleyball

      With back-to-back tournament titles to open the season, the Rebels are 7-0 to start the season for the first time since 2007 and are also the only Southeastern Conference team still undefeated."We feel like at this point in our season... read more