Thursday, May 15, 2008

Chadwick's Boys at it Again

(UMAA) TULSA, Okla. – The No. 5 seeded Ole Miss men’s tennis team arrived in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, and is preparing to face 12th-seeded North Carolina in the Sweet 16 Friday at 9 a.m., at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

“We feel like we’re peaking at the right time,” said head coach Billy Chadwick, of his team, winners of 11 straight. “The guys are looking forward to the match with North Carolina. We beat them early in the year. They have consistently stayed ranked around 12th in the country. They’ve had an outstanding year. We took the doubles point from them, and that’s their forte’. So we’re hoping to take the doubles point again from them, and move on from there.”

With four seniors leading the way, the Rebels are in the Sweet Sixteen for the 14th time overall and the fourth year in a row. They are hoping to advance past this round for the first time since their Final Four showing in 2005.

“We want to go and advance,” senior Robbye Poole said. “It was a bad feeling last year not being able to advance. Erling (Tveit) and I stuck around (for individuals), and it was hard watching all of the other teams still playing, because we knew we should have been one of them. That was a terrible feeling, and I don’t want that to happen again, especially my last year.”

Ole Miss dominated Marist College 4-0 in the first round and then downed Vanderbilt 4-1 in the second round to advance. This will be the second meeting between Ole Miss and North Carolina. The Rebels defeated the Tar Heels 4-1 in the first round of the National Team Indoor back in February.