SMU To Face Ole Miss On Saturday

Go smu! Alex Sanders
Go smu!
Alex Sanders
Go smu!

Feb. 20, 2014

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WACO, Texas (SMU) – Featuring two of the top-five winningest active head coaches in collegiate tennis and a former SMU All-American, the SMU Mustangs men’s tennis squad will face Ole Miss in Waco, Texas, on Saturday.

Rebels head coach Billy Chadwick is the winningest active head coach with 648 career victories, while SMU’s Carl Neufeld also ranks in the top five with 533. Toby Hansson is the Rebels’ associate head coach and former Mustang, who won WAC Player of the Year honors in 2000 and was an All-American in singles and doubles the same season for SMU.

“I’m very proud of what Toby has accomplished, being on one of the best coaching staffs in the nation at Ole Miss since 2007,” Neufeld said. “He’s one of the top assistants in the nation. He is and always be a big part of SMU tennis.”

Ole Miss comes into the match with a 1-2 record, dropping matches against No. 26 Michigan and No. 25 Clemson to start the year before shutting out Southern Miss, 7-0, on Feb. 7. The Rebels have spent the past two weeks idle. Nik Scholtz, who is ranked 31st nationally in singles, leads the Rebels, going 2-0 in the No. 1 position this season and 11-5 overall. He is also a two-time All-American and two-time All-SEC honoree. The Mustangs, who will be playing their fourth opponent ranked in the ITA top 30, are ready for the neutral-court challenge.

“We’re excited to play one of the top teams in the country over the past 10 years,” Neufeld said.

Alex Sanders has won his last three singles matches for SMU, improving his dual match record to 5-4. Two SMU doubles pairs have three-match win streaks – Arturs Kazijevs and Mischa Nowicki at No. 1 doubles and the combo of Tony Russell and Arkidjas Slobodkins at No. 3 doubles.

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