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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.

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