Men's tennis team wastes no time beating USC

Ole Miss had a heated and close battle with Florida Friday which ended with a default match by the Gators as the Rebels claimed victory. Sunday's home match with South Carolina lacked any type of drama as the Rebels rolled.

The temperature hovered near 50, and the wind made it feel colder than that. So Ole Miss got past the Gamecocks in a hurry. The match was over in about two hours as Ole Miss won 4-0.

Along with Friday's home win over No.13 Florida, the sixth-ranked Rebs are now 12-1 overall and 2-0 in the SEC.

"The guys knew South Carolina (8-4, 1-1) was coming off an emotional win on Friday against Mississippi State (4-3 in Starkville)," UM head coach Billy Chadwick said. "We had to jump on them early, stay on them, and get it done quickly."

Just like in the Florida match, the Rebels moved swiftly through doubles, taking the point as Erling Tveit and Eric Claesson won at No. 1 by an 8-3 margin, while Kalle Norberg and Jonas Berg won at No. 3 by an 8-4 count.

In singles, for the second match in a row, Robbye Poole had no trouble with his opponent and once again became the first singles match to finish as he dusted off his foe at No. 3 singles 6-3, 6-0, after winning his match against Florida 6-0, 6-0.

After Tveit won at No. 1 with ease 6-2, 6-0, Jonas Berg at No. 5 became the second of the weekend, joining Poole, as Rebels who posted 6-0, 6-0 wins over an SEC opponent.

At that point the Rebels had enough points to win the match 4-0. All other matches currently in progress were, as usual, halted.

"We knew it would be difficult to beat Florida outside, but we were able to do that (Friday)," Chadwick said. "Then we had to come out today and play under adverse conditions (cold, windy). This was a good step in the right direction for us."

The doubles point went to the Rebels for the 11th time in their 13 matches this season. The Rebels improved to 91-4 since 2002 when winning the doubles point.

Newcomer Berg, a transfer from Pepperdine, was pleased with his play at No. 5.

"I played well," Berg said. "It was hard to play in the cold and windy conditions, but I just tried to work hard and keep every ball in the court. I had some easy matches in the early part of the season against some teams, but I never thought I would have one against South Carolina. I love to play outdoors. It fits my game better."

Tveit, who lost his match at No. 1 singles against Florida, was pleased to win again.

"I played solid today," Tveit said. "He (Gamecock opponent) made a lot of mistakes and he didn't serve well. I still felt good after the loss on Friday. But now I need to start a new streak. It takes a while to adjust to playing outside when you've been playing indoors for a couple months."

Chadwick said Poole has been sensational so far this year.

"Robbye got the game ball for us on Friday," Chadwick said. "He did a great job again today. He has been playing lights out all year."

The Rebels now face the Alabama Crimson Tide Friday at 2 p.m. in Tuscaloosa, and on Sunday play at Auburn at 1 p.m.

Complete results of the Ole Miss-South Carolina match:


#1 Tveit/Claesson (OM) def. Campos/Supeko (USC) 8-3

#2 Klaeson/Wellermann (OM) vs. Stoddard/Veeder (USC) 7-4 OM, sus.

#3 Berg/Norberg (OM) def. Wolff/Cressoni (USC) 8-4


#1 Erling Tveit (OM) def. Pedro Campos (USC) 6-2, 6-0

#2 Eric Claesson (OM) vs. Yevgeny Supeko (USC) 6-2, 3-1, sus.

#3 Robbye Poole (OM) def. Ivan Cressoni (USC) 6-3, 6-0

#4 Jakob Klaeson (OM) vs. David Wolff (USC) 7-5, sus.

#5 Jonas Berg (OM) def. Spencer Feldman (USC) 6-0, 6-0

#6 Kalle Norberg (OM) vs. Thomas Stoddard (USC) 6-1, 2-3, sus.

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