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Ole Miss shuts out Cats in SEC men's tennis quarterfinals

Fifth-seeded Mississippi won the doubles point and never looked back on its way to beating Kentucky 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Friday at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.

"Ole Miss is just a really competitive team," UK Coach Dennis Emery said. "We played them and beat them four weeks ago, and they have improved tremendously since then. We didn't play our best today, but that was due in large part to how Ole Miss played."

The loss eliminates Kentucky (23-8), and Ole Miss advances to the semifinals to battle top seed and second-ranked Tennessee on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Ole Miss (18-6) got an 8-5 victory from its 26th-ranked doubles team, twins Chris and Marcel Thie mann, to start things off against No. 25 Eric Quigley and Brad Cox. The Rebels clinched the doubles point when Tucker Vorster and Jonas Lutjen defeated Alberto Gonzalez and Alex Lambropoulos 8-4.

Marcel Thiemann, ranked No. 49 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, defeated No. 13 Quigley 6-4, 6-2, and Lutjen defeated Cox 6-1, 6-4 to give the Rebels a 3-0 lead.

Ole Miss finished off the match with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) victory by Harry Fowler over Lambropoulos at No. 6 singles.

Kentucky was in line to get points with Anthony Rossi leading Chris Theimann 7-6 (7-5), 3-0 and Gonzalez ahead of Adrian Skogeng 6-1, 5-4 when the match was abandoned.

The NCAA Tournament field will be announced on May 4.

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