Reb tennis moves to 2-0 with victory

The sixth-ranked Ole Miss men's tennis team defeated Louisiana-Lafayette Sunday afternoon in Oxford at the Gillom Center.

The No. 6 nationally-ranked Ole Miss mens' tennis team downed 33rd-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette 6-1 on Super Bowl Sunday at the Gillom Sports Center.

The Rebels improved to 2-0 on the season and increased their streak to 27 straight regular season home wins dating back to April 6, 2003.

Ole Miss won the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead and improved to 64-3 when claiming the opening point dating back to the 2002 season.

Sophomore Bram ten Berge cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win over ULL's Dusan Tabak at No. 3 singles to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead. He has now won five in a row.

Ranked No. 26 in the nation, sophomore Erling Tveit won his second match ever at No. 1 singles, taking out Ragin' Cajun Evghenii Corduneanu, 6-2, 6-4 as Ole Miss went up 3-0. Tveit has won nine of his last 10 matches dating back to the fall.

On court two, junior Eric Claesson was locked in a tight first set tiebreaker against ULL's Amanjot Singh. Claesson got down 1-2 early, but won four straight points to go up 5-2. Singh won the next two points to get within 5-4. Claesson earned the next point to take a 6-4 lead, but ULL was given a point penalty on match point on court one. Since that match was over the point was awarded to the next highest court, which was Claesson's match. The free point gave him the first set, 7-6(4). Claesson improved to 8-0 in tiebreakers this year. He would race out to a 5-0 lead in the second set before seeing Singh win three straight games. Ranked No. 22 in the nation, Claesson finally closed him out in the ninth game (6-3) to clinch the match for the Rebels. It marked the second week in a row, for Claesson to clinch the match.

"Louisiana-Lafayette was a tough team," head coach Billy Chadwick said. "We knew it would be tough after they went on the road and upset then No. 11 Florida State. We are proud of the guys for staying focused and beating a good team."

Sophomore Robbye Poole defeated the Ragin' Cajun's Shaun Ellison 6-3, 6-3 to make it 5-0 and improve to 4-1 this season. Senior Juan Pablo Di Cesare finished off ULL's Robin Ley in a third set supertiebreaker to add to the total (6-0).

The Ragin' Cajuns got their only point of the day when Matt Truong defeated Jakob Klaeson in a supertiebreaker. Klaeson won the first set 6-2, but Truong took the second 6-4. In the supertiebreaker, the two were tied at 8-8, but Truong won the final two points for the win.

The Rebels now turn their attention to preparing for arch-rival Mississippi State as the two teams meet in the ninth annual Mississippi Cup Thursday, at the River Hills Club in Jackson. The match begins at 5 p.m. To order tickets fans may call (601) 987-4438.

Ole Miss has won six straight in the Mississippi Cup, including three consecutive shutouts.

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