Rebs blank Kentucky 4 - 0

The No. 9 nationally ranked Ole Miss men's tennis team downed Kentucky 4-0 Sunday afternoon at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center to take sole possession of the SEC Western Division.

Florida defeated LSU on Sunday to hand the Tigers their second loss in conference, as they come to Oxford Friday.

Ole Miss (16-2, 5-1) has now won 42 of its last 43 regular season home matches, and they did so by taking the doubles point and getting quick wins on courts four, five and then one. The Rebels have now outscored the Wildcats 36-6 in the last seven meetings.

“The guys played real well in doubles to get the momentum,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “It carried over into singles. We are extremely pleased with the continued excellent play of Kalle (Norberg) and Jonas (Berg). Erling (Tveit) got his game together today and did a great job of closing out the match up 5-2 and serving.”

After gaining the doubles point, the two Swedes, Norberg and Berg, went to work quickly. Norberg finished first, taking out UK’s Jorge Jorge, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4. Moments later Berg was off the court at No. 5, 6-1, 6-0 against Wildcat, Roman Ogarkov. Berg and Norberg are now 27-0 in dual matches and have only dropped three sets combined.

With the Rebels up 3-0, Tveit concluded his straight set win over UK’s Bruno Agostinelli on court one. Tveit won 6-1, 6-2 to rebound from a disappointing loss on Friday.

“It’s always tough in this league when you play No. 1,” Chadwick said. “Every team has a great No. 1 player. Erling has lost to the guy on Friday three times now. But, to play at No. 1 you have to be able to bounce back on Sunday, and Erling did a great job today.”

"I had a tough loss on Friday,” said Tveit, who improved to 12-4 at No. 1 singles. “Today I was determined to go out and win. It’s always nice to get the clinching match. Every team has a good No. 1 player, and so I have to be prepared to do my best no matter what has happened in the past.”

The Rebels will host LSU Friday at 2 p.m. with the SEC Western Division on the line. The first 100 fans to the match will receive a free Rebel Tennis t-shirt.

“This will be a big match,” Chadwick said. “We are playing for the SEC West, and we have to take them (LSU) down. We need a big crowd.”


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