OXFORD, Miss. - With the core of last year's Sweet Sixteen team returning, and the addition of one of the top incoming players in college tennis, the Ole Miss men's tennis team is ready to get going with an exciting schedule for 2012-13.
Highlights include hosting the SEC Championship, 10 home matches, including six league contests, as well as the first and second rounds of the ITA National Team Indoor. Admission to all home matches is free.
"The team and our fans are already getting excited about this year's schedule," head coach Billy Chadwick said. "We have an outstanding group returning from last year, and they have their sights on a championship."
The Rebels return five of the top seven players from last year's team, which earned the program's 16th NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance, and boasted a record four All-Americans in addition to the SEC Freshman of the Year.
Leading the way for the Rebels this year is senior Jonas Lutjen who has had an outstanding summer after an All-American junior year on the courts. Lutjen ended the year ranked No. 44 in the nation in singles and No. 10 in doubles, earning All-America and All-SEC honors.
The SEC's top rookie in 2012, Nik Scholtz, returns for his sophomore year after earning numerous accolades in his first season. The ITA Southern Region Rookie of the Year led the Rebels in the final individual rankings, at No. 14 in singles and No. 10 in doubles with Lutjen. Scholtz finished as the second highest ranked freshman in the nation and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in singles. Scholtz became the first Rebel to earn the SEC's top rookie honor and was the only freshman in the nation to earn All-America honors in both singles and doubles.
The Rebels will kick off the year with seven tournaments this fall, beginning Sept. 7 at the Southern Intercollegiates in Athens, Ga. Other fall tournaments include the ITA All-American Championships and the ITA Southern Regional Championships.
Kicking off the spring season, the Rebels will head to Tuscaloosa for the SEC Indoor Championships (Jan. 18-21), looking to continue their strong showing at this tournament throughout the years.
For the third time in five years, the Rebels will host the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, which serves as the first and second rounds of the National Team Indoor, Jan. 25-26 at the Gillom Sports Center. Joining the Rebels in Oxford will be Louisville, North Carolina State and Columbia. The winner of both matches will advance to the National Team Indoor Final 16 in Seattle, Wash. Feb. 15-18.
The annual River Hills Mississippi Cup against arch-rival Mississippi State takes place Feb. 7 in Jackson.
The outdoor season kicks off Feb. 26 with 2012 NCAA participant Memphis coming to town. The Rebels have their sights on an SEC Championship, and that quest begins the first weekend in March with road matches at Alabama (March 1) and Auburn (March 3).
After the opening weekend of conference play, the Rebels will play seven of their final 11 regular season matches at home. Highlighting a five-match homestand is Georgia (March 8), Tennessee (March 10) and 2012 SEC Champion Kentucky (March 15). During this homestand a mid-week match against perennial power Baylor is scheduled for March 14. The Rebels round out the homestand with Vanderbilt (March 17).
Next, the Rebels hit the road for LSU, Arkansas (March 22/24) and Mississippi State (March 29). The final regular season home slate includes Florida (April 5) and South Carolina (April 7).
The Rebels will conclude the regular season April 14 in College Station, Texas against the newest member of the league, Texas A&M.
Ole Miss will welcome the nation's top conference to Oxford as the Rebels host the SEC Championship April 18-21. More details will become available as the tournament draws closer.
The NCAA first and second rounds take place May 10-11 at sites to be determined, and the NCAA Final 16 will be played in Champaign, Ill. May 16-21.
Ole Miss fell 17-10 in overtime to intrastate rival Mississippi State, but the Rebels' one score provided a special moment for two of the team's unsung players. Down 7-0 with 31 seconds left in the first half, Ole Miss called... read more
Ole Miss sent seniors Kellie Goss and Kara Morgan out with a win as the Rebels topped LSU 3-2 on Senior Night. "It was a great win," head coach Joe Getzin said. "We tweaked the lineup, and one of our... read more
One of the core values for the Ole Miss football program is mental toughness. With a rivalry game in a hostile environment, it will carry a greater importance. "You're going into a hostile environment, and that's the biggest thing," offensive... read more
The Egg Bowl returns to Thanksgiving night for the first time since 2003, which is also the last time Ole Miss won in Starkville. Thursday's game is the 110th meeting of one of the nation's most-played rivalries and the 86th... read more
Ole Miss had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 24-10 loss to No. 8 Missouri on Saturday night. The 24th-ranked Rebels now face a quick turnaround as they travel to face intrastate rival Mississippi State on Thursday night in... read more
Head coach Hugh Freeze meets with members of the media following Wednesday's practice.Ole Miss is the only school in the upper half of the SEC statistical rankings in every major offensive and defensive category. This week, the Rebels face one... read more
Photo Gallery Courtney Cunningham is a builder. While playing volleyball for Ole Miss from 2009-11, Cunningham helped build the Rebels into an NCAA Tournament team while also earning her civil engineering degree. From that degree, Cunningham is helping build... read more
There's a different air surrounding this week's primetime showdown with No. 8 Missouri, the Rebels' first top-10 test since a 27-24 win over then-No. 6 LSU back on Oct. 19. "It's a huge week for us," junior quarterback Bo Wallace... read more
Freshman wide receiver Laquon Treadwell caught a short pass from junior quarterback Bo Wallace, made six Troy defenders miss and dove into the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown. It was the start of a historic day for the Ole... read more
Ole Miss won its second ever NCAA Tournament game and set a school record for wins in a season with 16, as seven different Rebels scored in a 9-0 win over Jackson State Friday night. No. 22-ranked Ole Miss (16-5-2)... read more
Tony Dungy, who won a Super Bowl as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, visited campus Wednesday. He spent time with head coach Hugh Freeze, spoke to the team and signed the equipment room Wall of Fame. "He's one of... read more
Ole Miss is bowl eligible for the second straight year under head coach Hugh Freeze after a 34-24 win over Arkansas this past Saturday. The Rebels are also 6-3 for the first time since 2009, when the started 8-3 before... read more
After Ole Miss took a 20-10 lead into halftime, the momentum swung in favor of Arkansas after an interception, a touchdown-scoring drive and a defensive three-and-out to start the third quarter. Now leading 20-17, senior quarterback Barry Brunetti converted a... read more
Junior guard Jarvis Summers scored a career-high 28 points to lift Ole Miss past Troy, 69-54, in Saturday's season opener in the Tad Smith Coliseum. He shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the field, including 5-for-10 from 3-point range. "He was... read more