Chadwick’s career ends with 4-2 loss to Irish

The career of Ole Miss men’s tennis coach Billy Chadwick has officially come to an end. After defeating Northwestern 4-1 in the first round of the NCAA Championships, the Rebels lost 4-2 to Notre Dame Sunday in South Bend, Ind.

Ole Miss ended the season 16-14 and Chadwick, who announced his retirement prior to the start of the outdoor season, rounds out a very successful career that includes over 600 wins as both the coach of the Rebels and Lady Rebels.

“There’s so much parity in college tennis now. It’s really hard to predict the winners. I thought that Notre Dame played really, really well. And we knew that they were good,” Chadwick said in a release. “The crowd did a great job of really pushing them in those tight moments. It was a great college match where it came down to one or two hits of the ball, and today was their day and congratulations to them.”

Ole Miss lost the doubles point to Notre Dame. Nik Scholtz and Ricardo Jorge did earn a win in their match, 8-4.

Scholtz, Ole Miss’ top player, never factored into the decision from a singles standpoint. He was tied 1-1 with his opponent, Greg Andrews, when the match was called. Scholtz, who is ranked No. 12 in the nation, was down 5-6 in the third set when the match was suspended. Scholtz was serving to see if he could force a tiebreaker.

William Kallberg won at No. 2 singles, defeating Ryan Bandy 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. The other win for the Rebels came from Jorge at No. 5 singles. He defeated Eddy Covalschi 6-4, 6-4.

Schotlz will play in the individual NCAA Championships at Georgia beginning on May 21.

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