In an epic battle between two of the nation’s top teams at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center/Galtney Courts here Wednesday, the No. 16 Ole Miss men’s tennis team lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to No. 3 Virginia.
The Rebels (5-3) came out firing behind a crowd of more than 600 and won the doubles point and then gained singles wins at one and four to take a 3-0 lead against Virginia, the NCAA Runner-up a year ago. But as they did against Mississippi State on Tuesday, the Cavaliers rallied.
The Cavaliers posted three-set wins on courts three, two and six in that order to even up the match. With the match all square, all eyes turned to court five where Rebel senior Chris Thiemann was serving for the win up 6-5 in the third. He led 30-15, but UVA sophomore Justin Shane came back to force a tiebreaker, which he won 7-4 to clinch the match 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) and the Cavaliers second straight 4-3 win in two days. Thiemann had trailed 5-2 in the second before winning four straight games. (March 8, 2012, Page 7)