Ole Miss edges MSU
in narrow SEC match
n The third-ranked Ole Miss men’s tennis team cleared perhaps its final major hurdle en route to its first ever Southeastern Conference regular season championship Thursday with a 4-3 victory over seventh-ranked Mississippi State.
The Rebels, 16-1 overall and in first place in the SEC with an 8-0 mark, close out the conference schedule with Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Kentucky, all at home.
Johan Landsberg clinched the match for Ole Miss at No. 3 singles with a 5-7, 7-6 (7-6), 6-3 win over Mattias Karlsson to snap a 3-3 tie.
“It speaks so highly of tennis in our state of Mississippi to have two teams ranked among the top seven in the nation,” Ole Miss head coach Billy Chadwick said. “Mississippi State had lots of chances to put us away, but time and time again, our players have come back to win. We are very fortunate to pull out the victory.”
The win was the Rebels’ second over Mississippi State this season as they defeated the Bulldogs in February at the USTA National Team Indoor Championships by the same score.
Ole Miss 4, Miss. State 3
Johan Hede (OM) def. Matthieu Ballay (MSU) 0-6, 6-4, 6-4; Thomas Dupre (MSU) def. Ali Hamadeh (OM) 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2); Johan Landsberg (OM) def. Mattias Karlsson (MSU) 5-7, 7-6 (7-6), 6-3; Remi Feneon (OM) def. Matt Pledger (MSU) 7-6, 6-3; Sabastien DeChaunac (OM) def. Kristian Broems (MSU) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3); Andre De Oliviera (MSU) def. Barry Hassell (OM) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Broems-Pledger (MSU) def. Landsberg-Fineon (OM) 8-6; Ballay-Karlsson (MSU) def. Hamadeh-de Chanach (OM) 9-7; Hede-Hassell (OM) def. Dupre-Daniel Healey (MSU) 8-5.