Backstrom

OXFORD, Miss. -- No. 7 Ole Miss found itself in another close SEC match as the Rebels came up with three three-set wins to close out No. 20 South Carolina 4-2 on Sunday at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.

With the win, the Rebels clinched at least a share of the SEC Western Division Championship and improved to 14-6 overall, 7-4 in league play.

The Rebels fell behind for a consecutive match after dropping the doubles point and the No. 1 singles match when sophomore Nik Scholtz retired after the first set. However, Ole Miss came up with singles wins at four, two and five before sophomore William Kallberg rallied to win his third set against Thiago Pinheiro at No. 3 to clinch the Rebels' 11th consecutive win against South Carolina.

Freshman Stefan Lindmark started the rally, taking down Gamecock junior Chip Cox 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4 singles to put the Rebels on the board.

Senior Jonas Lutjen, victorious in his doubles match with fellow senior Adrian Forberg Skogeng, won a first-set tiebreaker against South Carolina's Andrew Adams 7-6 (6). He followed by winning the second set 6-3 to square the match at two.

Junior Johan Backstrom came up with a big win at court five, defeating previously SEC unbeaten Gamecock Kyle Koch in three sets to give Ole Miss a 3-2 lead.

Kallberg lost his first 6-4 and then gained the early break to win the second set 6-4. Pinheiro raced out to a 5-2 lead in the third, but Kallberg hung in and was able to break and hold serve for a tie at five. He broke serve again to go up 6-5 and eventually capped the match.

When the match stopped, Forberg Skogeng was on serve in the third set against Gamecock Harry Menzies at six.