Rebs Elminate AU From NCAA Tournament Regional

Oxford, Miss.--Tom George was a straight sets winner for Auburn at No. 5 singles, but that was the only point for the Tigers as they watched their season end on Sunday with a 4-1 loss to third-ranked Ole Miss.

The Tigers end their year at 13-10 overall while the Rebels improved to 23-3 and advance to the Sweet 16 round of the 64-team tournament. AU had moved to the round of 32 with a 4-3 victory over Middle Tennessee State University.

A packed house crowd at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center watched the Rebels take the doubles point to build the early momentum. The only disappointment for the fans was George's 6-2, 6-2 victory over Frederik Aarum later in the day.

"This was a total team effort," said Ole Miss coach Billy Chadwick, whose team has dominated AU in recent years with 17 straight victories. "We were fighting at every position, and we were able to take advantage of the home crowd. They didn't let up any during the match, and that's the difference in us moving on. They've been great the entire year, and they were spectacular today."

Ole Miss took two matches to take the doubles point to earn a 1-0 lead. Catalin Gard and Eric Claesson, ranked 14th nationally, defeated the 16th-ranked team of Gabor Zoltan Pelva and Alex Schweizer 8-4 at No.1.

Ole Miss was up 7-4 at No. 2 doubles vs. George and Robert Lathouwers, but the Tigers forced the match into a tiebreaker and the score was 8-8 when the match was stopped when Ole Miss freshmen Bram ten Berge and Jakob Klaeson defeated Auburn's Nick Lane and Brett Hunter 9-7 at No. 3 to clinch the point.

In No. 1 singles, Gard defeated Pelva 6-1, 6-2 to put Ole Miss up 2-0 and put the visitors in a serious hole. Pelva, who will compete in the NCAA tournament as an individual, was a semi-finalist last season at the nationals.

In addition to singles, Pelva will play doubles in the NCAA Tournament with Schweizer.


1. Gard/Claesson (Ole Miss) def. Pelva/Schweizer (AU) 8-4

2. Tveit/Aarum (Ole Miss) vs. Lathouwers/George (AU) 8-8

3. ten Berge/Klaeson (Ole Miss) def. Lane/Hunter (AU) 9-7


1. Catalin Gard (Ole Miss) def. Gabor Zoltan Pelva (AU) 6-1, 6-2

2. Eric Claesson (Ole Miss) vs. Alex Schweizer (AU) 6-3, 3-6, 0-2

3. Erling Tveit (Ole Miss) def. Nick Lane (AU) 6-3, 6-3

4. Juan Pablo Di Cesare (Ole Miss) def. Robert Lathouwers (AU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

5. Tom George (AU) def. Fredrik Aarum (Ole Miss) 6-2, 6-2

6 Karim Alayli (Ole Miss) vs. Brett Hunter (AU) 2-6, 6-3, 4-4

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