Ole Miss has taken care of its business against home teams in this NCAA men’s tennis tournament. Now the second-seeded Rebels are three match wins away from a national title.
The Rebels (27-2) play No. 7 UCLA (20-4) in a quarterfinal match in the NCAA tournament at 4 p.m. today at College Station, Texas. The match has been moved up one hour because of weather concerns at the championship site.
Ole Miss has beaten LSU and Texas Aamp&M on their home courts so far this postseason. Ole Miss won 4-1 over Aamp&M on Thursday night, with freshman Devin Britton teamming with Tucker Vorster to win No. 2 doubles, 8-4, and the match-clincher at No. 2 singles with a third-set tiebreaker, 7-3.
The Rebels were also ahead in the third sets of the last two matches.
“Devin has established himself as one of, if not the top, freshman in the country,” said Ole Miss head coach Billy Chadwick. “We’re No.2 in the nation, and a lot of that has to do with Devin’s play in both singles and doubles.”
The UCLA program has advanced to the national quarterfinals for 33 straight years. UCLA beat Miami 4-1 in a match played about the same time as the Ole Miss-Aamp&M match.
“I thought at the beginning of the year, that UCLA was the most talented team,” Chadwick said. “From watching them their last matches, I think that’s true. They know that they have a team that can win the championship.”
The tournament semifinals are Monday and the championship is Tuesday.
– Softball: California (36-18) charged back from a 3-0 deficit with two runs in the second, two in the third and four in he sixth, to defeat Mississippi State (28-27) in the first round of NCAA regional play at Talahassee, Fla. Chelsea Bramlett was 3-for-4 with her 54th stolen base of the season for MSU. Mississippi State will play host Florida State (43-15) in an elimination game at noon today.
– Golf: Ole Miss has another opponent in its battle to make the NCAA finals – the weather. Play at the Central Regional in Bowling Green, Ky., was suspended on Friday twice because of the weather, the second time a 21/2-hour stoppage when play was called for the day at 6:40 p.m. Ole Miss stands at 20-over-par, in ninth place, with its players still on the back nine. Play will resume at 7:30 a.m. today and continue into the third (final round). The top five teams advance to the national finals, and the Rebels are 10 shots behind a three-way tie for third with Duke, Ohio State and Louisville. Joe David and Jonathan Randolph are 2-over-par through 32 holes (Randolph) and 33 holes (David). … Mississippi State (602) is 11th at eh Southwest Region in Austn, Texas., nine shots from fifth.Josh Bevell is 11th with a 4-over-par 146.
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