CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Ole Miss men’s tennis team continues its postseason push on Sunday, May 7, as the Rebels are slated to take on the Virginia Cavaliers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Charlottesville.
The Rebels (18-9, 6-6 SEC) are aiming to earn their 18th Sweet Sixteen appearance in program history, with the team’s last time advancing through the second round being in 2021. However, the Rebels will have a difficult test standing in their way in Virginia (25-4, 12-0 ACC), who were ACC conference champions this year coming off of their 2022 National Championship run.
Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students with a valid ID per session. Ages 2 and up are required to have a ticket. Tickets can be purchased beginning Tuesday by calling the Virginia Athletics ticket office at 434-924-8821, online at UVAtix.com, or on-site at Boar’s Head Resort starting one hour prior to the event.
Live scoring and live video for the second round matchup will be available to the public. Links to both can be found above as well as on the Ole Miss men’s tennis schedule page.
Rebels in the Rankings
Ole Miss enters the NCAA Tournament ranked as the No. 26 team in the nation in the latest ITA Team Rankings. Senior Nikola Slavic remains the lone Rebel ranked in singles play, slotting into the No. 64 position. Slavic and teammate Lukas Engelhardt also continue to reside in the ITA Doubles Rankings, settling into the No. 44 spot in this week’s rankings.
Sweeping Their Way to the Second Round
The Rebels opened up their NCAA Tournament run with a convincing 4-0 sweep over Atlantic 10 conference champions, VCU, on Saturday. Despite the Rams only having lost five matches prior to their matchup with Ole Miss, the Rebels earned a hard-fought doubles point that set the tone for the remainder of the day’s matches. Singles victories from the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 positions for the Rebels provided the clinching blows, as Ole Miss navigated its way to the second round for the first time since 2021.
Slavic and Lithen Claim All-SEC Honors
Two Rebel men’s tennis players came away with All-Conference accolades from the SEC’s end of season awards announcement last week, as Nikola Slavic and John Hallquist Lithen both earned spots on the All-SEC Second Team for their efforts during the 2022-23 campaign. Slavic earns his…
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