Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Chadwick At It Again

The Ole Miss men’s tennis team is ranked No. 6 in the preseason Fila Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national team rankings, released Tuesday. This marks the 13th consecutive year for the Rebels to begin the season in the top 10.Ole Miss is one of two teams from the nation’s toughest conference (SEC) to be ranked in the top 10. Georgia, who finished runner-up last year in the NCAA Championships, secured the top spot in the rankings, followed by Baylor, Ohio State, UCLA and Illinois. Following the Rebels at No. 6 is Duke, Virginia, Stanford and Pepperdine. In 2006, the Rebels captured their fifth consecutive SEC Western Division Championship and advanced to the NCAA “Sweet Sixteen” for the 11th time in the history of the program. The Rebels return six of the top seven from last year and will be joined by German standout Matthias Wellermann, who becomes eligible at the start of the semester.