On The Road

The 3rd-ranked Ole Miss men's tennis team tries to keep its momentum going from last weekend as it travels to Alabama and Auburn for Friday and Sunday matches respectively.

It will be challenging, however. Alabama, which upset the Rebels in Tuscaloosa two years ago, is ranked 23rd nationally. Auburn is ranked even higher at 20th in this week's poll.

"Obviously we are pleased to be 2-0 in the SEC at this point in the season," said Ole Miss head coach Billy Chadwick. "But Alabama and Auburn are also 2-0 after their first weekends of SEC play. We will have to be at our best."

The Crimson Tide and the Tigers beat Arkansas and LSU on the road last weekend. The Rebels got past two top 5 foes in Georgia and Tennessee in Oxford.

The players know this weekend will be just as challenging as playing the Bulldogs and Volunteers.

"We know Alabama and Auburn are very good teams," said junior veteran Kalle Norberg. "We will have to play as well as we did last weekend or better to win."

The Rebels, 10-2 on the year, are led by veterans Jonas Berg and Norberg at the top. Berg defeated the nation's 10th-ranked player in the win over Tennessee, setting up Marcel Thiemann's match-clinching victory over the Vols at No. 6 singles. Thiemann was named SEC Freshman of the Week.

Norberg, who clinched the win over Georgia for his team, comes into the weekend with a squad-leading 9-1 record in dual matches.

Alabama enters the weekend at an impressive 11-1 overall. The Crimson Tide's lone loss was against Pepperdine 4-3.

The Tide is led by junior Saketh Myneni, who is ranked No. 66, and this past weekend, defeated LSU's Michael Venus, who is ranked No. 9. Myneni owns a 5-1 record at No. 1 singles.

Alabama's No. 1 doubles team of Dan Buikema and Mathieu Thibaudeau has an 8-1 record to date.

Ole Miss has won five of the last six meetings with Alabama, including last year's 6-1 win in Oxford.

Auburn is 7-2 overall and hosts Mississippi State on Friday.

Ole Miss-Alabama is set for Friday at 2 p.m. Ole Miss-Auburn is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.

Live scoring of both matches will be available by going to www.OleMissSports.com and clicking on the link in the calendar box.


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