OXFORD, Miss. – The red-hot Ole Miss men’s tennis team carries a nine-match win streak into yet another slate of SEC matches on the week, with the Rebels set to take on a difficult gauntlet with matches against No. 26 Florida and No. 22 Auburn.
The No. 30 Rebels (12-2, 2-0 SEC) will start their week off by hosting the No. 26 Florida Gators (6-7, 1-2 SEC) in Oxford, before hitting the road once again to travel to Alabama to take on the No. 22 Auburn Tigers (11-5, 1-2 SEC). The road fixture marks the first of three straight road matchups for the Rebels.
Home matches for the Rebels are to be played at Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center, weather permitting. Live scoring and live video for both matches 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
After carrying on the team’s now nine-match win streak dating back to February 5, the Rebels’ continued to climb up in the latest ITA Team Rankings, with the Rebels settling into the No. 30 spot in the country. Senior Nikola Slavic remains the lone Rebel to hold any individual ranking, with Slavic coming in at No. 69 in the ITA Singles Rankings for the week.
Winning Their Way to History
Following their most recent win over No. 44 Arkansas, the Rebels officially increased the team’s win streak up to nine consecutive match victories. The win streak, which dates back to the team’s 5-2 win over Tulane on February 5, not only stands as the longest active win streak in the SEC, but also stands as the Rebels’ longest win streak since the 2008-09 season. That year, the Rebels would win their way to a program record 20 straight victories, sweeping through conference play to earn SEC regular season and SEC Tournament victories. The Rebel squad finished their year a staggering 27-3 overall, ultimately seeing their season come to an end in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.
Red-Hot Lithen Leads the Rebel Charge
Junior John Hallquist Lithen has led the way for the Rebels over the team’s stellar win streak, posting an eight-match win streak of his own in singles action. Lithen, who leads the team in both total singles wins (18) and ranked singles wins (4) in the 2022-23 season, helped the Rebels secure two ranked victories on the year, earning the match-clinching victories over No. 18 Mississippi…
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