BATON ROUGE, La. – The No. 2 nationally ranked Ole Miss men’s tennis team punched its ticket to the “Sweet 16” on Saturday with a 4-2 win over LSU in the second round of the NCAA Championships.
The Rebels will face Texas Aamp&M – a 4-0 winner against Arizona – on Thursday in the round of 16.
With the Rebels up 3-2, freshman Devin Britton of Jackson finished off a comeback win over LSU’s James Cluskey at No. 2 singles to clinch the win.
Britton lost the first set 6-4, but came on strong in the second and third 6-1, 6-3 to clinch his second straight big match for the Rebels, after also clinching the SEC Tournament Championship.
“Our guys knew how hard they would have to work to beat LSU, and that’s exactly what they did, top to bottom just fighting everywhere,” coach Billy Chadwick said. “Devin has that great ability to move it to another gear, and that is what you saw. He picked it up and handled it like a senior. My hat’s off to Devin.”
The Rebels, who set the school record for most wins in a season (26-2) have now advanced to the round of 16 15 times, including five straight years. LSU ends its season at 11-12.
When the two teams last met in Baton Rouge during the regular season, LSU took the opening point.
This time, the Rebels were ready. They are now 21-1 this year when winning the doubles point.
From school reports