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Chadwick Top Moments: No. 31

On the heels of the Ole Miss men's tennis program producing its first ever All-Americans, Billy Chadwick led his team to yet another unprecedented achievement.  In 1989, the Rebels earned their first ever NCAA Tournament bid.

However, in 1989, tRandall_Dave_action.jpghe NCAA Tournament field was not the same as it is today.  When the Rebels earned their first invitation, the NCAA only selected 16 teams to compete in the prestigious NCAA Championships.

Ole Miss was led by a familiar name in team captain Dave Randall, who ranked as high as No. 9 in the Volvo Tennis/Collegiate Series poll in 1989.  That year, the Rebels defeated 10 nationally ranked teams en route to the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance. 

"The road to the NCAAs was an exciting journey," said Ole Miss coach Billy Chadwick.  "Week after week this team put forth great effort.  Anytime you beat the likes of SMU, Pepperdine and Clemson, you have had a great year."

A great year by the Rebels indeed.  As a result of the successful season, the Rebels also became the first Ole Miss men's tennis team ever to finish the season nationally ranked (No. 15).  The Rebels fell to Miami in the first round of the NCAA Championships, ending the season with a 17-10 record and the No. 15 national ranking.

In addition to Randall, the Rebels were paced by sophomores Keith Evans, Jamie Booras and freshman Mike Knowles.  Evans reached the finals at No. 2 singles at the SEC Tournament and was a member of the All-SEC team.  Booras and Knowles reached the SEC Tournament finals at No. 2 doubles, while Booras teamed with Randall for the duo's second NCAA doubles appearance.  Randall capped the year by winning the prestigious Rafael Osuna National Sportsmanship Award, presented to the most outstanding collegiate tennis player that demonstrates both great skill and exemplifies sportsmanship.

Stay tuned next week for Nos.30, 29 and 28.

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Special assistance by media relations student Wesley Boock.

Chadwick Top Moments: No. 32

Booras_Randall_Chadwick.jpgUnder head coach Billy Chadwick's 30-year watch, the Ole Miss men's tennis program has produced 28 All-Americans.  That equates to almost one All-American every season - quite remarkable.  This demonstrates the type of talent that Coach Chadwick has attracted and molded to earn such a prestigious honor.

Today, we will highlight moment No. 32 in our look at the top 35 moments in Chadwick's illustrious career, and remember the first two All-Americans for the Ole Miss men's tennis program.  In 1988, Mississippi native Dave Randall, and Jamie Booras (Flossmoor, Ill.) became the first two All-America selections for the University of Mississippi.

Booras, often called "Boom-Boom" for his powerful serve, was named to the All-SEC Team in 1988 and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships in doubles with Randall.  The dynamic duo was ranked in the top 10 in doubles for two years.

Randall was the epitome of the type of player every coach wants to represent their program and university.  Randall not only was an All-American and two-time All-SEC selection, he also earned the Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship award, given to the nation's most outstanding college tennis player demonstrating both great skill and sportsmanship.  Randall won three SEC titles at Ole Miss and joined his former coach in the Mississippi Tennis Hall of Fame this year.

As we continue the countdown, we will present the events in chronological order from the list that has been compiled.  As we continue the journey through Coach Chadwick's tenure, the moments that have shaped this program will continue to get bigger and bigger.

Stay tuned for No. 31 on Friday.

Follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissMTennis and on Facebook at OleMissMTennis

Special assistance by media relations student Wesley Boock.


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