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Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 3

bramtrophy.jpgAs we dwindle down our list of top moments from the Coach Chadwick era, which will officially come to a close at the end of the NCAA Individual Championships next weekend, today's moment No. 3 represents the true epitome of a student-athlete.  

In 2009, two-time All-American Bram ten Berge was recognized by the Southeastern Conference for his excellence in the classroom.  Ten Berge was honored by being named the 2009 Boyd McWhorter Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  He was voted by all the Faculty Athletics Representatives from the SEC.  As part of the award, ten Berge received a $15,000 postgraduate scholarship.  He graduated with a 3.97 GPA, made the Chancellor's Honor Roll every semester, and was a four-time ITA Scholar-Athlete recipient.

Ten Berge not only took care of his business in the classroom, he took care of business on the court.  He ended the 2009 season ranked No. 3 in the nation in doubles while spending 14 weeks ranked No. 1.  As a team captain, ten Berge was an All-SEC first team selection and led the Rebels to the NCAA Elite Eight and a final ranking of No. 4.

We will conclude our top moments next week.  However, we will have a couple of bonus moments that have recently come to light.  Stay tuned next week to catch the remaining moments from the era of Coach Chadwick, as well as some exciting and noteworthy bonus moments.

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Special assistance from Media Relations student assistant Wesley Boock.

Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 4

Britton_Devin052509q_GC.jpgIn 2009, history was made at Ole Miss and in the NCAA.  Not by a seasoned veteran or a fourth-year senior.  History was made by an 18-year-old true freshman - he beat those more experienced players and seniors.  And at the end of the day, checking in at moment No. 4, Ole Miss' freshman phenom Devin Britton was the last man standing.

In 2009, Britton became the first player in Ole Miss history to win the NCAA Singles Championship.  Not only did Britton set Ole Miss records, he set new national records in doing so.  Britton, who became the first American-born player in the past nine years to win the singles title, became the youngest player in NCAA history to win the singles championship.  Britton became only the third freshman to ever win the national title, and surpassed a 19-year-old John McEnroe of Stanford to become the youngest ever.  Britton defeated three seeded players throughout his national title run, including ending Ohio State senior Steven Moneke's 22-match win streak in the championship match.

Britton would receive a wildcard spot in the U.S. Open where he faced a player named Roger Federer in the opening round.  Not to be intimidated, Britton would break the No. 1 seed twice despite losing in straight sets (as did most players at that time).  Britton created a lot of buzz, but has since returned to Ole Miss to finish his degree and is assisting his former coach Billy Chadwick with the Rebel netters.

Next up, we'll recognize a prestigious award by a Rebel player for not only his play on the court, but also for his excellence in the classroom.  Stay tuned to check out the winner of the highest award for a student-athlete in the SEC.

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Special assistance from Media Relation student Wesley Boock.

Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 5

2009_SECChampions.jpgCounting down the top moments in coach Chadwick's career, we take a look at the 2009 Ole Miss tennis team's success along with a couple of individual milestones. 

Chadwick led the Rebels to their fifth overall Southeastern Conference Championship in 2009.  The Rebels won the title in convincing fashion, going undefeated in conference play for the second time in program history.  The Rebels dominated the nation's toughest conference in the regular season as well as the postseason.  Ole Miss finished the regular season 11-0, with wins over No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Tennessee, No. 7 Florida, No. 13 Kentucky, and No. 16 South Carolina.  The Rebels continued the streak into the SEC Tournament by going undefeated and winning the SEC Tournament Championship for the second consecutive season, leading to Kalle Norberg earning SEC Tournament MVP honors.  Norberg went 3-0 in singles and doubles during the tournament and also went 9-0 in the SEC in the regular season.  

With five overall SEC Championships, Chadwick trails only legendary football coach John Vaught for most SEC titles won at Ole Miss in any sport (6).

The Rebels also advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the ninth time in program history.  The Rebels took down two host teams en route to the Elite Eight, including LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, respectively.  The Rebels would end the season losing to UCLA 4-3, finishing the season 27-3 and ranked No. 4 in the final polls.  This marked the seventh time in Ole Miss history for the Rebels to end the season ranked in the top five.

We will end this week with a moment that is arguably one of the greatest individual accomplishments in the history of Ole Miss sports.  Stay tuned to see who and what capped off one of the best seasons in men's tennis history.

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Special assistance from Media Relations student Wesley Boock.

Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 6

2008secchamps.jpgWe begin this week jumping a couple years into 2008 for moment No. 6.  The Rebels enjoyed a multitude of team and individual accomplishments during the 2008 season.  The Rebels began their postseason success by winning the program's second Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship.  The Rebels defeated No. 12 Florida 4-1 to take home the nation's toughest conference title.  The win was highlighted by senior Erling Tveit's performance in which he took down the nation's No. 2 ranked player in straight sets to clinch it for the Rebs.  Jonas Berg was named tournament MVP after going 4-0 in singles and doubles.  

The Rebels continued their hot play, advancing to the Elite Eight for the eighth time in program history.  The Rebels took care of business in the ninth Oxford Regional, taking down Marist 4-0 and Vanderbilt 4-1 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  There, the Rebels beat North Carolina 4-2 before falling to Georgia in the NCAA Quarterfinals.  The Rebels finished the season ranked No. 6 in the country.  This marked the 13th time in the past 15 years under head coach Billy Chadwick that the Rebel netters ended a season ranked in the top 10 nationally.

In addition to an outstanding team season overall, the Rebels would also have several individuals who saw great personal success.  The Rebels made up half of the semifinal field of the NCAA Doubles Championship.  Erling Tveit and Jonas Berg teamed together while Bram ten Berge and Matthias Wellermann formed another tandem.  Tveit and Berg finished as the runner-up while ten Berge and Wellermann fell in the semifinals.  All four players earned All-America honors which tied for most in the country by a single team.

On Wednesday, we will begin our top five with a bang.  Stay tuned and check out which Rebel achieved the greatest individual milestone one can reach in all of college tennis.

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Special assistance by Media Relations student, Wesley Boock.

Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 8

chadwick500.jpgSwitching gears to 2006, we recognize a duo of major accomplishments from Ole Miss head coach Billy Chadwick.  On March 22 of the 2006 season, Chadwick notched his 500th career win as a head coach, defeating Memphis in Oxford 7-0.  The 500th win includes 107 victories as the women's head coach in which Chadwick was in charge from 1979-1986.

Additionally, in the summer of 2006, Chadwick was recognized for his impact on the game of tennis as a coach and player, as well as his consistency and longevity of success.  In July of 2006, Chadwick was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, becoming only the eighth tennis inductee.  Chadwick added this award to his list of accomplishments, including two-time SEC Coach of the Year.  

In 2006, the Rebels enjoyed yet another successful season.  The Rebs earned their fifth straight SEC West title by defeating Mississippi State 4-3, along with the program's 11th trip to the "Sweet Sixteen."  Ole Miss hosted a regional for the sixth time in seven years, and defeated No. 17 Florida State 4-2 in the Oxford regional sending the Rebels to Palo Alto, California, where they would fall to No. 3 Texas.  At the conclusion of the 2006 season, Chadwick and the Rebels boasted a 24-1 record against SEC West opponents since the league split in 2002.

The Rebels would finish the season 22-6 (8-3 SEC), the eighth 20-win season in program history, and ranked No. 13 in the final national rankings.  The Rebels were paced by All-Americans Erling Tveit and Eric Claesson.

Next week, we near the top five moments of the countdown as we close in on Billy Chadwick's legendary run as Rebel head coach.  Stay tuned to see the latest and greatest from Chadwick and the Ole Miss tennis program.

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Special assistance from Media Relations student assistant Wesley Boock.

Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 9

NCAA.5.2292.JPGBilly Chadwick, SEC Championships, Final Fours and dramatic wins over Georgia.  These are just a few of the major accomplishments that resonate throughout the Ole Miss tennis program.  Chadwick has led the Rebels to these heights before and did so again in 2005.  The No. 9 moment on the countdown involves all of these.

In 1995, as we have previously recognized, the Rebels beat the No. 2 seed Georgia in Athens to send the Rebels to the NCAA National Championship match.  In 2005, Chadwick and the Rebels beat SEC rival Georgia 4-2 to send them to the NCAA Final Four for the 4th time in program history.  

Before we recount the drama-packed Georgia win, we'll navigate through the road in which the Rebels came to the quarterfinal showdown.  Ole Miss hosted its sixth regional at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center and welcomed Jacksonville State, Middle Tennessee and Auburn to Oxford.  The Rebels protected their home court by defeating Jacksonville State 4-0 in the first round, and taking down Auburn 4-2 to send the Rebels to the Sweet Sixteen for the 10th time.  

The Rebels then had to travel to College Station, Texas to square off against Texas Tech in the round of 16.  With big performances from three-time All-American Catalin Gard, freshman Erling Tveit and Juan Pablo Di Cesare, Ole Miss advanced to the Elite Eight and set up a showdown between two of the top programs in the country with a Final Four appearance on the line.

Now, let the dramatics ensue.  Down 1-5 in the third set, freshman Bram ten Berge rallied at No. 5 singles to beat Georgia's Ricardo Gonzalez and clinch the match to send the Rebels to the NCAA Final Four.  The Rebels would lose a tough one to the eventual national champion UCLA 4-1 in the semifinals.  The Rebels would end the season ranked No. 3 in the country.

"To be one of four teams left standing at the end of the year is a tribute to the entire team, who worked hard all year to get to this position," Chadwick said at the conclusion of the 2005 season.  "We are thrilled to finish as SEC Champions and NCAA Semifinalists."

On Wednesday, we will shift focus to 2006 and celebrate an individual accomplishment; only this time, the accomplishment is not of a player.  Stay tuned to see what it could be.

Chadwick'sTop Moments: No. 10

gatoradebath.jpgMoving along chronologically, today we delve into the top 10 moments of Ole Miss men's tennis coach Billy Chadwick continuing with the 2005 season, which was one of the most exciting seasons in Ole Miss tennis history.

In 2005, the Rebels would capture their second consecutive Southeastern Conference Championship and fourth overall (1996, 1997 and 2004).  The Rebels posted a 10-1 conference record, highlighted by wins over No. 12 Kentucky, No. 20 Auburn, No. 7 Florida and No. 20 Mississippi State.  The Rebels would claim the SEC in thrilling fashion.  On the last day of the regular season, Chadwick and the Rebels marched into Starkville and clinched the SEC with a 4-3 win over their arch-rival, making it the 10th straight win over MSU for Chadwick and the Rebs.  The Rebels won the SEC West as well, bringing their record against SEC West opponents to a dominant 20-0 since the 2002 season.

The Rebels were paced by team captain Catalin Gard, who opened the season ranked No. 1 in the country, junior Juan Pablo Di Cesare, along with freshman phenoms Erling Tveit, Jakob Klaeson and Bram ten Berge.  Di Cesare won the clincher in Starkville to propel the Rebels to the SEC title.  Tveit made his presence known early and often, going 9-2 in the SEC as a freshman and earning All-SEC honors.  Klaeson and ten Berge were instrumental as a doubles tandem, posting an 18-9 overall doubles record.

Winning the rigid Southeastern Conference was just the beginning of the success that the Rebels would encounter throughout the magical 2005 season.  Tune back in on Friday as we divulge the depths in which this Rebel squad went in the postseason.

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Special assistance from Media Relations student Wesley Boock.

Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 11

halftimeum04.jpgOn this Monday we take a look at moment No. 11 of the top moments in Billy Chadwick's career.  This moment encompasses a year full of great accomplishments that Chadwick made the norm for the Ole Miss tennis program.  

In 2004, the Rebels enjoyed yet another extremely successful season.  The Rebels won the program's third overall Southeastern Conference Championship, featuring the SEC Player of the Year, Catalin Gard, and SEC Coach of the Year, Billy Chadwick.  The Rebels finished conference play with a 9-2 record, highlighted by wins over No. 15 Vanderbilt, No. 17 Georgia and No. 13 LSU, including an undefeated record against SEC West foes.  The Rebels spent four weeks throughout the season ranked ranked No. 2 in the country and finished the season ranked No. 5.

Senior Catalin Gard went 10-1 in league play at No. 1 singles, en route to becoming the third Rebel to win SEC POY honors, joining Mahesh Bhupathi (1995) and Johan Hede (1996).  Coach Chadwick earned his second SEC COY honor (1996) after guiding the Rebels to a 22-5 overall record, a Southeastern Conference title and a No. 5 final ranking.  

On Wednesday, we will break into the top 10 moments, beginning chronologically in 2005, in which Chadwick and the Rebels reached familiar and some not so familiar milestones.  Stay tuned to check them out in our list of the top 10 moments of coach Billy Chadwick.

Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 12

gardITA04.jpgWith Billy Chadwick's last  regular season in the books, the Rebels seem to be peeking and hoping to make a final postseason run for the legendary head coach.  Corresponding with such, we are also getting down to our final stretch of top moments from our beloved coach Chadwick.  We begin this week with a first-time moment from an individual player from 2004.

In that season, Catalin Gard became the first Rebel to win the ITA All-American title, capturing the singles crown.  Gard entered the 2004 fall season ranked as the No. 1 singles player in the country.  Proving his ranking, Gard captured the year's first national title, defeating Stanford and 2004 Pac-10 player of the year, Sam Warburg in the ITA All-American Championship final.  Gard would finish his career with 112 wins and earn All-America honors three-times.

Next, we will highlight a team accomplishment from the 2004 season.  Stay tuned to see what else Gard, Chadwick and the Rebels accomplished in what turned out to be another championship season. 

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Special assistance from Media Relations student, Wesley Boock.

Chadwick: 'We Control Our Destiny'

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One spot in the ITA national rankings can make all the difference. 

Last season, San Diego, ranked No. 44 in the country, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, while crosstown rival, San Diego State, ranked No. 45, was the highest ranked team left out of the 64-team field.

Ranked No. 53 in the country and likely needing a win over No. 10 Texas A&M to keep their postseason chances alive, Ole Miss played its most complete match of the season to knock off the Aggies 4-3 in legendary head coach Billy Chadwick's last SEC home match.

After the win, as well as a doubleheader sweep of Alcorn State, the Rebels moved up 10 spots to No. 43 in the country, ahead of Thursday's SEC Tournament match against No. 18 Tennessee in Nashville. In the first meeting in Knoxville, Ole Miss won 4-1 behind wins at Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 6 singles.

"If they were making the choice today, we might get in; we might not," Chadwick said. "We're ranked No. 43 in the country and traditionally they take 43 or 44 teams, in addition to the automatic bids that are ranked lower. We're walking the tightrope on it. We need to help ourselves and beat Tennessee."

Coaches often times talk about sense of urgency, such as men's basketball head coach Andy Kennedy referring to the team's 2013 NCAA Tournament run. For Chadwick, it's no different, led by the team's lone senior in Johan Backstrom and two-time All-American Nik Scholtz.

"You could see that when we played Texas A&M," Chadwick said. "They really played with a sense of urgency. We know that right now we control our destiny, and if we want to make the NCAA's, we take care of Tennessee."

"We believe we can do it," Scholtz said. "Making the tournament is another thing that's motivating us at this stage in the year. It's good to know that you're definitely in (the discussion), but the fact that we don't know if we're in the tournament is great motivation."

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Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 13

02sectrophy.jpgWe begin this week with No. 13 and entering the 2002 season for the Ole Miss tennis team.  The Southeastern Conference implemented a new setup, dividing the conference into two divisions - SEC East and SEC West.  This moment highlights the beginning of a long and impressive streak for head coach Billy Chadwick and the Ole Miss tennis program.

In 2002, the Rebels won the first ever SEC Western Division Championship.  Ole Miss finished the regular season with an 8-3 conference record and a perfect 5-0 against SEC West opponents.  This would be good enough for second place overall in the notoriously nationally dominant Southeastern Conference.  The Rebels would capture the conference's first ever SEC West championship by dominating in-state rival Mississippi State 5-1 in Oxford for the final regular season match.

Alex Hartman and Kristofer Stahlberg were named to the 2002 All-SEC team.  This would mark Hartman's third appearance on the All-SEC team.  Hartman posted a 17-13 overall record, while Stahlberg finished 15-9.  Additionally, Catalin Gard, Martin Selin and Claes Lindholm had strong seasons, finishing the conference slate 8-3, 7-2 and 9-2, respectfully.

The Rebels would make their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, all under Chadwick, and its ninth appearance in a row.  The Rebels would host a regional for the third time in history, also all under Chadwick.  The Rebels defeated Middle Tennessee 4-1 to advance to the "Sweet Sixteen" for the seventh time.  The Rebels would eventually lose a heartbreaker to No. 8 Pepperdine 4-3 to end the season.  The Rebels finished the year ranked No. 9 in the final ITA National Rankings, marking the eighth time in nine years the Rebels ended the season in the top 10.  The Rebels won 10 SEC West Championships in 12 years under head coach Billy Chadwick, before the league did away with divisions this year in tennis.

On Wednesday, we will jump to 2004 to highlight a special individual moment for one of the Ole Miss tennis players.  Stay tuned to see the great accomplishment as we near the top 10 moments.

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Special assistance from Media Relations student Wesley Boock.

 

Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 15

1999NCAAFF.jpgTo begin this week, we break into the top 15 moments of the Billy Chadwick era here at Ole Miss.  As we move chronologically toward the present day, moment No. 15 will reside in the year of 1999.  In that year, the Rebels achieved a milestone as a program, for the first time in its illustrious history.

In 1999, the Rebels were selected to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.  The Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center became the site of the first ever NCAA Division I Tennis event inside the state of Mississippi. The Rebels earned the No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA field of 64.  The Rebels welcomed to Oxford the United States Naval Academy, South Alabama and Virginia.  The Oxford community came in droves to support their team at the first-class facility, drawing crowds of nearly 800 people.

"The visiting teams were impressed with our campus and facilities, the town of Oxford, and the great crowds," said Ole Miss coach Billy Chadwick after his team went 2-0 in the regional to advance to the "Sweet Sixteen." "Our facility really puts the fans on top of the action and makes for a very exciting environment for collegiate tennis."

The Rebels would cruise past the Midshipmen in the first round 4-0, and advanced to the second round against South Alabama.  In the deciding match, the Rebels took the doubles point, consolidated with wins in singles at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 for the 4-0 win.  Junior Swede Martin Sjoqvist took down Paul McInerney of South Alabama to clinch the match for Ole Miss and send them to their sixth consecutive "Sweet Sixteen."  

Since that year, the Rebels have hosted 10 times in the last thirteen years.  That is just another example of the consistency that Chadwick has provided throughout his great run as leader of the Ole Miss tennis program.  On Wednesday, we will present another big in 1999.  Stay tuned.

Rivalry Renewed In Men's Tennis

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The Ole Miss men's tennis team saw its 26-match win streak against arch-rival Mississippi State come to an end on April 16, 2011. Since that day in Starkville, the series has been back and forth, with the Bulldogs winning each of the next three, and then the Rebels winning the last two.

The two teams meet for the first time this season, as Ole Miss welcomes No. 17 Mississippi State Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. The Rebels took two of three from the Bulldogs last season, including a come-from-behind 4-2 win in Starkville in their most recent meeting.

"Every match against Mississippi State is a big one," head coach Billy Chadwick said. "This one is really shaping up to be special. It has some big ramifications as far as SEC seeding and NCAA selection, so we're looking forward to Sunday."

Junior Nik Scholtz has an impressive streak in his own right, having won 10 straight matches dating back to mid-January. He has also moved up 28 spots to No. 16 in this week's ITA Singles Rankings. 

Scholtz is 9-0 in dual singles matches and 4-0 in SEC play at No. 1 singles. At 4-0 in SEC play, he is the only SEC player who has played every league match at No. 1 to remain undefeated.

"He's getting better with every match," Chadwick said. "He has a great approach, as far as his mentality in these matches. The difference is he's much more determined on every single point."

"One of my goals is to go undefeated in the SEC," Scholtz said. "That's been a goal of mine every year. I haven't been able to do it yet. Hopefully, I can do it now. If I take care of winning my matches, the ranking will take care of itself, so I wasn't too concerned about that. I was more concerned about winning and doing what I have to do when I'm on the court."

For Scholtz, a Caledon, South Africa native, he has become immersed in the rivalry, having played five previous matches against Mississippi State -- two at River Hills Club in Jackson and one each in Oxford, Starkville and Seattle, where the schools matched up in the ITA National Team Indoor last season.

"Before I came here, I never knew what it was," said Scholtz of the rivalry. "It's one of the first things you learn. When you play State, it's one of the biggest matches there is. It brings a little bit extra out of everyone, that's for sure. I can't wait for Sunday."

With baseball, softball and track all on the road this weekend, Sunday's men's tennis match is the only game in town, and both Chadwick and Scholtz anticipate a large crowd.

"The matches that we have been successful here, I give the fans the credit," Chadwick said. "If we are going to take down Mississippi State, we're going to need a big crowd here. I would like to see one of the largest crowds we have ever had."

"It always helps, especially having people that you know are behind you," Scholtz said. "When you play an away match, you kind of hope no one is there. When you play at home, the more people you have out there supporting you, the better. That's why you play the game and practice every day, to master your craft and then to come out and show everybody what you're capable of doing. It's more motivation. You try to please yourself and your school, but also the people watching you."

Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 18

1997SECTourney.jpgWe begin this week honoring another first for Billy Chadwick and the Ole Miss tennis program.  I know by now it seems like there isn't much left to accomplish.  However, in 1997 the Rebels won the program's first ever Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship.  We mentioned in our previous moment how difficult the SEC was every year, especially in 1997, with six teams in the final top 10 rankings, making this accomplishment even more significant.

The Rebels went undefeated in the SEC Tournament in Columbia, S.C., taking down three ranked teams in the process.  Ole Miss defeated No. 21 Alabama 4-0, No. 16 Florida 4-1, and No. 2 Georgia 4-2 to claim the Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship.  The Rebels were led by returning All-Americans Johan Hede and Johan Landsberg, as well as SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player Sebastien DeChaunac.

"This was another outstanding year for the Ole Miss tennis program," said Ole Miss coach Billy Chadwick in 1997.  "We won the SEC Tournament as well as the overall SEC Championship, claimed the Blue/Gray National Championship and once again positioned ourselves for a run at the National Championship."

The Rebels finished the year with a 25-4 record, along with a superb Southeastern Conference record of 12-2.  On Wednesday, we will divulge more details of the Rebels postseason run and how the overall record came to fruition.  Stay tuned for our last moment of 1997 as we reminisce another exciting team accomplishment.

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Special assistance from Media Relations student, Wesley Boock.

Chadwick Top Moments: No. 20

1997BlueGray.jpgToday, we break into the top 20 moments by shifting into 1997 for moment No. 20.  The Rebels have experienced extremely successful years under head coach Billy Chadwick in the past 30 years.  However, the great programs tend to have one of those "special" years that separate themselves.  The Rebels had one of those special years in 1995 and experienced one again in 1997.  

After advancing to the semifinals of the National Team Indoor Championships and losing to UCLA 4-3, which is an accomplishment in of itself, the Rebels began a nine match winning streak that included our top moment in the middle.

In 1997, Montgomery, Ala., played host to the Blue/Gray National Championship.  Coming off wins against No. 28 Alabama and No. 22 Auburn, the Rebels went undefeated in the tournament by topping Tulane 4-1, No. 17 Kansas 4-3, No. 22 Auburn 4-1, and No. 9 South Alabama 4-1 to claim the Blue/Gray title.

The Rebels were led by Sebastien DeChaunac, Johan Hede, and Johan Landsberg.  All three earned All-America honors and all three played a major part of that historical year for the Rebels in 1997.

Friday, we will continue our run through 1997, including a great variety of team, individual, and first-time accomplishments for the Ole Miss tennis program.  Stay tuned for moment No. 19 on Friday.

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Special assistance by Media Relations student Wesley Boock.

Chadwick Top Moments: No. 21

1996sectrophy.jpgWe begin this week with the last moment in 1996.  Moment No. 21 was a team accomplishment led by Ole Miss head coach Billy Chadwick.  Chadwick took over the Ole Miss men's tennis program in 1983.  And from that time, through 1995, the Rebels accomplished many things (most we have highlighted).  However, one of the few things left was marked off the proverbial list in 1996.  

Chadwick and the Rebels won the program's first ever Southeastern Conference Championship.  The Rebels navigated their way to a perfect 11-0 regular season conference record, losing their first and only conference match in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament to No. 9 Mississippi State 4-3 (Rebels earned a first round bye and defeated Tennessee 4-0 in the quarterfinals).  

Throughout the season, the Rebels took down many terrific teams inside the powerful SEC, including then No. 6 Mississippi State 4-3, No. 10 LSU 5-2, No. 12 Florida 4-3, and No. 4 Georgia 4-3.  To emphasize this amazing accomplishment further, the SEC finished the year with six teams inside the top 25 in the ITA Rolex Collegiate Rankings.

Although this was the first conference championship for the Rebels, Chadwick made sure it was not the last.  Since the first title, the Rebels have gone on to win four more SEC regular season titles (1997, 2004, 2005, and 2009) in the toughest conference in the country.

As we chronologically navigate our way through these great moments, on Wednesday we will transition to 1997, a year that comprises five additional nostalgic moments.  Stay tuned as we set the stage for another memorable year in Chadwick's career.

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Special assistance from media relations student Wesley Boock.


Chadwick Top Moments: No. 23

Hede_Johan050.jpgProceeding from 1995 to 1996, we will highlight moment No. 23 in head coach Billy Chadwick's career.  This particular moment will accentuate a tremendous individual accomplishment.  In 1996, Sweden's Johan Hede became the first Rebel in Ole Miss tennis history to go undefeated throughout Southeastern Conference play.

Hede managed his way through SEC play unscathed with a perfect 11-0 record, and helped lead the Rebels to a 21-3 overall record and the team's first ever SEC Championship.  Hede ended the 1996 campaign ranked No. 4 in the country, highest among SEC players.  The three-time All-American was also named 1996 SEC Player of the Year, marking the second consecutive season for a Rebel to win the award (Mahesh Bhupathi in 1995).  Hede defeated 18 ranked players throughout his memorable season.  The victims include, but are not limited to, No. 9 ranked Thomas Dupre (twice) of Mississippi State, and No. 7 ranked Cedric Kauffman (current head coach of Kentucky) to clinch his perfect conference season.

Additionally, Hede won the SEC Singles Championship, and reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship.  

Hede helped lead the Rebels to a NCAA Tournament quarterfinals appearance, and his individual efforts did not go unnoticed by Chadwick.  "It is a tribute to Johan to show such determination," Chadwick said following the 1996 season.  "When you watch him play, you notice how hard he makes the other players work.  Johan had a phenomenal year.  He was a key part to the overall success of our team."

Friday, we will remain in 1996 and feature the man who has orchestrated the abundant success for the tennis program.  Stay tuned for moment No. 22.

Chadwick Top Moments: No. 24

To begin this weekchadwick_95finalist.jpg, we are ending 1995 for moment No. 24.  This moment is another first for the Ole Miss tennis program and is the product of a true collective effort by Coach Chadwick and the Rebels.

By now, you are all aware of the sheer historic year that was 1995.  At the end of the season, the Rebels were recognized in the ITA Rolex Collegiate Rankings as the third best team in the country.  This would be the first ever top-five finish, and the highest finish in Ole Miss tennis history.

The Rebels finished the year 20-7, reached the NCAA Championship Final, boasted the NCAA Doubles Champions and a NCAA-record five All-Americans.  The Rebels defeated 13 teams inside the top 50, highlighted by No. 5 Duke, No. 8 Texas Christian, No. 2 Georgia and No. 3 Pepperdine.

1995 proved to be a statement year for Coach Billy Chadwick and his program.  Ole Miss became a team that you talk about when discussing the nation's elite in college tennis.  It was not just a program that had a good year or two and then drops off.  The Rebels have finished inside the top five seven times.  Teams knew then, as they know now, when you see Ole Miss on your schedule, you better bring your absolute 'A' game if you plan on having a chance to win.  That statement that Chadwick and his club sent that year to the rest of the world was simple:  Ole Miss tennis is for real.  It is here and here to stay.  

On Wednesday, we will enter 1996 to highlight a historic year by a Rebel player as we continue this journey through the career of Coach Chadwick and the Ole Miss tennis program.  

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Special assistance from Media Relations student Wesley Boock.

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