Game, Set, Match for 2017
June 13, 2017
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One of our thrilling wins chronicled in The Season

OXFORD, Miss. - Thrilling wins, heartbreaking losses and outstanding individual performances capped the Ole Miss men's tennis team's 2017 season, which culminated in their 24th consecutive NCAA appearance.

Below are some of the highlights from this past season.

NCAA streak continues...
Ole Miss (17-10) earned its 26th overall and 24th consecutive NCAA bid and traveled to Los Angeles for the first and second rounds. The Rebels advanced to the second round for the 24th year in a row, by downing UC Santa Barbara 4-1 in the first round. UCLA, the No. 5 overall seed, ended the Rebels' season in the second round.  With their 24th straight NCAA bid, the Rebels own the fifth longest consecutive appearance streak.

Hansson, Fallert/Hamilton conclude season in Athens...
Also for the 24th straight year, the Rebels were represented at the NCAA Individual Championships with junior Gustav Hansson competing in singles and the dynamic duo of sophomore Fabian Fallert and junior Grey Hamilton participating in the doubles. It marked the second straight appearance in singles for Hansson and the first for Fallert and Hamilton in doubles.

National/regional rankings...
Several Rebels earned ITA national and regional rankings. Gustav Hansson ended the year ranked No. 22 nationally with a 21-13 overall record. In doubles, Fabian Fallert and Grey Hamilton were among nine SEC teams in the final top 25, coming in at No. 20. The duo started the year unranked, but rose up the rankings after winning the ITA Southern Regional Championship in the fall. Freshman Tim Sandkaulen (14th) and Fallert (15th) joined Hansson (3rd) in the final southern regional singles rankings. In addition to Fallert and Hamilton (3rd), Senior Ricardo Jorge and junior Zvonimir Babic earned a final southern regional doubles ranking (8th) as they finished with a 13-4 overall record, 10-3 in dual matches and 8-1 in the SEC. 

Twice as nice...
Gustav Hansson and Fabian Fallert helped lead the Rebels to their 24th consecutive NCAA bid, and both were rewarded with selection to the All-SEC Team. Hansson earned All-SEC honors for the third year in a row and made the first team for the second straight year. Fallert earned second team honors and was one of 13 underclassmen on the All-SEC Team. 

Hansson in rare company...
With his third selection to the All-SEC Team, Hansson became the 12th player in program history to earn All-SEC honors three years. Among the others is the only four-time All-American in program history, Nik Scholtz, who was named SEC Freshman of the Year in 2012 and Player of the Year in 2014. The list also includes three-time All-Americans Johan Hede, Catalin Gard, Erling Tveit and Marcel Thiemann.

Fast-rising Fallert...
Fabian Fallert had an outstanding sophomore campaign earning All-SEC honors and posting one of the top dual-match winning percentages at his position. He finished with a team-leading 25-6 overall record, 19-3 in dual matches and tied for the second best record in the SEC at 10-1. Fallert concluded the year on a 12-match win streak. 

Off the court success...
The Rebels served up plenty of aces in the classroom as well, posting the highest team grade point average (3.47) of all men's sports at Ole Miss. Every single player made the AD's honor roll or higher. More academic honors are forthcoming with the announcements of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the ITA academic awards next month.

Final thoughts on 2017 from head coach Toby Hansson...
"It was an up and down year for us, but I am proud of the way the team finished the season, securing a spot in the second round of the NCAA tournament for the 24th straight time. I am also very pleased to see our guys putting an emphasis on their academics posting the second highest GPA in team history. With only one senior on the team, the future looks very bright."

Looking ahead to 2018...
Ole Miss will return six of the top seven from this year in 2018 including Hansson, Fallert and Hamilton. The Rebels will welcome the No. 1 ranked player from Louisiana, Cotter Wilson, in August.

For more information on Ole Miss Men's Tennis, follow the Rebels on Twitter @OleMissMTennis, on Facebook at OleMissMTennis and on Instagram at OleMissMTennis, follow Coach Hansson on Twitter at @TennisToby.


 

 

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