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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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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.

Chadwick Top Moments: No. 25

Thumbnail image for Countdown_2.jpgFinishing this week, we are staying in 1995 for moment No. 25.  This year produced a lot of firsts for the Ole Miss tennis program, including this remarkable achievement from an incredible doubles duo. 

Mahesh Bhupathi and Ali Hamadeh became the first ever NCAA Champions in program history by winning the NCAA Doubles Championship.  The tandem defeated Texas' Chad Clark and Trey Phillips 7-6, 6-2 in the televised championship match.

Bhupathi and Hamadeh took down three nationally ranked teams, including No. 2 seed Paul Goldstein and Scott Humphries of Stanford to reach the final.  For winning the doubles championship, Bhupathi and Hamadeh were rewarded with a wildcard into the 1995 U.S. Open Championships.  They made their presence known as they took down veteran pros Mark Kyle and Peter Nyborg to advance to the second round, before falling to the No. 6 ranked doubles team in the world.

Subsequent to the Rebels winning the doubles championship, Ole Miss head coach Billy Chadwick said, "This is a great way to cap off a tremendous NCAA Tournament and truly makes this one of the outstanding accomplishments in Ole Miss sports.  I am extremely proud of the team and their commitment all year.  These players worked hard from day one."

Monday we will finish off 1995 and proceed chronologically to the following year.  There are plenty more "firsts" and exciting moments in store as the years progress for coach Chadwick.  Stay tuned.

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Special assistance from Media Relations student Wesley Boock.


'New Start' For Rebel Netters


The Ole Miss men's tennis team kicks off Southeastern Conference play, as they host No. 31 Auburn and No. 37 Alabama this weekend at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. The Rebels enter the weekend with a 2-3 record, and they see the start of league play as the beginning of a new season.

"It's very exciting," said senior Johan Backstrom. "It's going to be like a new start for us. This feels like the beginning of the season. We feel like if we play up to our potential with the team that we have now, we can cause some damage in the SEC this year."

The Southeastern Conference race appears wide open, with six teams ranked in the top 25 but no teams ranked in the top 10 in this week's ITA National Team rankings. 

The defending champion and preseason favorite, Georgia, is 3-5 overall and ranked No. 35, with losses to No. 22 Florida and No. 16 Mississippi State at the ITA National Team Indoor. The highest ranked team, No. 11 Tennessee, is 10-3 overall, with a loss to No. 13 Texas A&M. Ole Miss was picked sixth in the coaches' preseason poll.

"The SEC is wide open," head coach Billy Chadwick said. "It's already been proven that any team can beat any other team in the SEC, so it's going to be a tough weekend because Alabama and Auburn both have quality programs."

"It's hard to predict, and there are going to be a lot of close matches," Backstrom added. "With Ricardo (Jorge) being eligible, we have a deep team. If we play to our potential, we should have a really good chance of winning championships this year."

Jorge, a freshman from Tavira, Portugal, made his debut last weekend in Waco, Texas, where the Rebels went 1-1 with a 4-0 win over SMU and a 4-0 loss to No. 7 Baylor. Jorge won at No. 5 singles to clinch the win against SMU and then paired with junior Nik Scholtz at No. 2 doubles for a win against Baylor.

"He has good returns," Chadwick said. "He's a good natural doubles player because he's good at the net. In singles, he relies on his forehand. He likes to dictate the play with it. He's very fast with his feet. He has a really good overall game. From a coaching standpoint, he is an easy young man to work with and listens well. He is an extremely hard worker. He's going to be a good one."

A year ago, Ole Miss defeated Auburn and Alabama in the regular season, both by a score of 4-3, but in the SEC Tournament, 12-seed Alabama upset 5-seed Ole Miss, 4-3.

"We need to get off to a good start, and these are two teams that we match up well with, and we're playing at home, so we need to take advantage of that," Chadwick said. "They're very similar to last year's teams. It's a lot of the same faces. When you look at the results this fall, both of them have improved since last year."

Ole Miss begins play this weekend against Auburn Friday at 2 p.m., and then concludes against Alabama Sunday at 1 p.m.

Chadwick Top Moments: No. 26

Clincher_1995.jpgComing in at No. 26 is the second of four moments to occur in the historic year of 1995.  Arguably the greatest moment on the list, the Rebels ended a record-setting season in the granddaddy of them all as it relates to college tennis.  

Coach Billy Chadwick led his team to the NCAA Team Championship Final as the Rebels defeated No. 2 ranked Georgia in front of 5,000 screaming Bulldog fans watching at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.  

Johan Hede delivered the knockout blow and silenced the crowd with a thrilling come-from-behind victory against Georgia's Eddie Jacques.  After losing the first set 6-4, Hede rallied to win the final two sets 6-4, 7-5 to clinch the 4-3 victory for the Rebels.  Hede, then just a sophomore, faced several break points in the last set, but each time he held.  Jacques visibly cramping, could barely move in the last game, and Hede took advantage, painting a forehand winner on match point as his Rebel teammates mobbed him on the court.

"This victory is a tribute to the hard work of this team, said Chadwick, moments after one of the biggest wins in his career. "It took a great effort to defeat Georgia on their home court.  I am proud of our players for their outstanding performance."

Before Hede could be the hero, the Rebels had to rally after dropping the doubles point for the second day in a row. Mahesh Bhupathi, the SEC Player of the Year, won in straight sets at No. 1 singles and then Ali Hamadeh won his match at No. 3 singles to make it 2-1 Rebels.  After Georgia claimed consecutive matches at four and five singles, senior Van vanLingen finished off a comeback win at No. 6 singles, winning 6-4 in the third to even the match at 3-3.

During this prolific run, the Rebels knocked out No. 11 and two-time defending champion Southern California 4-3, and perennial power No. 3 Pepperdine 4-2.  The Rebels would fall to No. 1 Stanford in the Championship match, giving the Cardinals a perfect 27-0 record. 

1995finalteam.jpgAs we are only halfway through our moments from the exciting year of 1995, stay tuned for our next history-making moment.  Here's a clue: it involves the 1995 SEC Player of the Year.

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Special assistance by Ole Miss Media Relations student Wesley Boock.

Chadwick Top Moments: No. 27

Thumbnail image for Bhupathi_Mahesh_SECChampion.jpgTo begin this week, we will continue a similar path that we ended on last week.  For the No. 27 moment under Billy Chadwick, Ole Miss celebrated another inaugural individual milestone.

As we mentioned last week, Mahesh Bhupathi rose onto the tennis scene during his freshman year (1994) with the Rebels.  The following year in 1995, Bhupathi did something that no other tennis player had ever done in Ole Miss tennis history.  Following a combined 15-3 record in league play in singles and doubles, Bhupathi was recognized as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.

That year, Bhupathi was the SEC Indoor Singles Champion and finished the season as the No. 3 ranked singles and No. 1 doubles player in the country.  

"Mahesh's record speaks for itself, but to me, what separates him from the rest is his match play combined with his outstanding sportsmanship," said Ole Miss head coach Billy Chadwick upon the recognition.

The 1995 season will go down as not only one of the best in tennis, but one of the best years in any single sport in Ole Miss history, which is why we decided to break down the year in several moments.  We have plenty more exciting, groundbreaking moments from this year on the way. Stay tuned.


Chadwick Top Moments: No. 28

Appleqvist_Joakim.jpgFor our 28th moment, we will cap this week off by highlighting a major team accomplishment for coach Billy Chadwick during his rise and transformation of the Ole Miss Tennis program.

In 1994, the Rebels became the first team in Ole Miss Tennis history to finish a season ranked in the top 10 in the national polls.  During this historic season, Ole Miss received many honors league and nationwide.  The Rebels qualified more players for the NCAA than any other team in the country, led the league in players selected to the All-SEC team (3), and finished tied for 10th in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.

As the No. 25 ranked doubles team in the country, Joakim Appelqvist teamed with Ali Hamadeh to claim the Rolex Region III Doubles Championship as well as the SEC Doubles Championship.  All while a familiar and recurring name, freshman Mahesh Bhupathi, was named National ITA Rookie of the Year and joined Appelqvist and Hamadeh on the All-SEC team.  
In addition, the All-American, Appelqvist reached the Final Four of the NCAA Championships, further than any men's tennis player in the state of Mississippi had ever reached at the time.

The Rebels finished the season with an overall record of 17-8 and were a constant name inside the top 15 throughout the year.  The Rebels posted five shutout wins in SEC play; most notable was the blanking of No. 4 Kentucky 7-0.

Appelqvist also helped lead the Rebels to the NCAA Region III Championship, while being recognized as one of the great student-athletes in the league.  Appelqvist was an ITA Academic All-American and joined Ivan Trevino as an SEC Academic Honor Roll selection.

Mahesh Bhupathi caught the eyes of the entire tennis world as a true freshman.  However, just as we are only getting started on our countdown, Bhupathi was only getting started on leaving his mark as one of the most decorated tennis players in Ole Miss history.

Stay tuned for No. 27 next week as Bhupathi and the Rebels take their game and the program to an even higher level.

Chadwick Top Moments: No. 29

Thumbnail image for 1992_Ivan_Trevino.jpgFor our 29th moment in our journey throughout Ole Miss men's tennis head coach Billy Chadwick's illustrious career, we recall the program's first ever NCAA Tournament win. 

In 1992, there were four matches featuring eight teams that had to play their way into the Final 16.  The other 12 earned automatic spots into the Sweet Sixteen.

Ole Miss, who defeated Clemson 5-3, was one of four teams to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.  The Rebels would lose their succeeding match; however, they were recognized for their outstanding season with the program's highest final national ranking (No. 14).  When the dust settled three Rebels were named All-American and three made the All-SEC team.

The Rebels' wins that season included No. 9 Mississippi State, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 18 Tennessee, and No. 24 Rice.  The Rebels were led by the All-American trio of Mohamed Ridaoui and the doubles tandem of Ivan Trevino and Mike Knowles, who finished the year as the No. 4 ranked team in the country with a 31-2 record.  Trevino was the only league player named to both the All-SEC team and the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

"The success of this team centered on our outstanding doubles play, we finished our dual-match season 25-3 in doubles matches," Chadwick said.  "Ivan is a great example of the type of student-athlete we strive for here at Ole Miss, and we are very proud of his accomplishments on and off the court."

Friday, we will fast-forward a couple of years to recognize an additional outstanding team achievement.  Stay tuned to find out what the Rebel Netters accomplished.

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Special assistance by media relations student Wesley Boock.



Chadwick Top Moments: No. 30

Ridaoui_Mohamed_action.jpgWith the numerous outstanding team achievements that Coach Billy Chadwick has orchestrated, there have also been many individuals who have thrived under his guidance.  For No. 30 in our countdown, we highlight one of those individuals in Mohamed Ridaoui.

Ridaoui changed the Rebels 1992 season from the outset. He blasted into the national spotlight as he claimed the 1991 National Intercollegiate Clay Court Championships, earning the program's first ever Grand Slam victory. It was a remarkable accomplishment as he defeated the No. 1-ranked player in the country and defending champion Patricio Arnold of South Florida 6-1, 7-5 in the semifinals and No. 4 ranked Jose Luis Noriega of San Diego 6-4, 6-4 in the title match.

Ridaoui's outstanding play continued into the spring.  The Morocco native earned All-America and All-SEC honors.  Ridaoui represented Ole Miss in all four collegiate grand slam events including the NCAA Championships.

We will return Wednesday with another milestone reached by Billy Chadwick and the Ole Miss men's tennis team.

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Special assistance by media relations student Wesley Boock.

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