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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.

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