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Thursday, April 24, 2014

No. 4 Ole Miss knocks off No. 19 Baylor

Five matches in 10 days for the Ole Miss men’s tennis team and so far so good, as the No. 4 Rebels battled No. 19 Baylor to a 4-2 win  Thursday at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.

The Rebels improved to 11-2 on the season but  must regroup fast, as they welcomed No. 10 Kentucky today at 1 p.m. for another big SEC match.

Ole Miss captured the doubles point in a tiebreaker at No. 2, and then picked up a quick win at No. 6 singles from Adrian Forberg Skogeng to take a 2-0 lead.  After Baylor tied it up, Nik Scholtz finished off a three-setter at one, and then Johan Backstrom clinched his second straight match at five to give the Rebels their eighth consecutive victory.

“This was a big win.  Baylor is one of the top teams in the country, and we knew that coming in,” head coach Billy Chadwick said.  “I was impressed that we were able to find a way to get the doubles point and then to play really well at No. 6.  Great to see Backy finish it out and of course Nik had to dig down deep.   This team just fights from top to bottom, and that’s what we did again today.”

Finding a way

As Chadwick said, the Rebels found away to get the doubles point for the 10th time in 13 matches.

After Baylor won at No. 3 doubles 8-2, Scholtz and Jonas Lutjen, ranked No. 6 in the nation, broke Baylor’s Tony Lupieri and Mate Zsiga to win that one 8-6.

All eyes then turned to court two where Backstrom and Stefan Lindmark, now ranked No. 40 in the country, had just begun a tiebreaker against the Bear duo of Julian Lenz and Patrick Pradella.

At 3-3, Lindmark and Backstrom won six straight points to take it 7-3 and clinch the point.

Forberg Skogeng made quick work of BU’s Roberto Maytin in the first set 6-1and then managed to get the second set 6-4 as the Rebels went ahead 2-0.

Baylor tied it up with wins on courts three and two in that order.  Lupieri defeated Lindmark 6-3, 1-6, 6-0 at three.  In a battle between two players very familiar with each other-both being from Germany-Pradella held off 13th-ranked Lutjen 6-4, 7-6(3) at two. (March 15, 2013, Page 7A)

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