OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 13 ranked Ole Miss men’s tennis team defeated 44th-ranked Columbia 4-1 Friday afternoon at the Gillom Sports Center in the team’s season opener and first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
The Rebels will meet NC State, a 4-2 winner over Louisville earlier in the day, at 1 p.m. Saturday. The winner of that match will advance to the National Team Indoor Final 16 in Seattle Feb. 15-18.
Ole Miss got the doubles point and then secured the top three singles matches for the win, two of which went three sets.
“I thought we played well to get the doubles point, and then played exceptional, fought hard at one, two and three,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “We had to get two of them in three sets. This was a very good Columbia team, and we knew that coming in. They’re ranked 44th in the country and that’s very good for an Ivy League team. They don’t get to play the same teams we do throughout the season, so that tells you they win a lot of their matches.”
Sophomore William Kallberg, ranked No. 95 in the nation, downed Ignat 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3 singles to make it 2-0 Ole Miss.
It took a little longer to get the final two points, but the All-Americans came through in three-setters to deliver the win. Both did it differently. Lutjen won his first set 6-2 and served for the match at 5-4 in the second, against Narayana. Four games later, Columbia was back in business winning the set 7-5.
Meanwhile, Scholtz, who had lost his first set 6-4 to Winston Lin, played a great tiebreaker to win the second set 7-6(1).
The final two sets for both however, went the Rebels way. Scholtz won his 6-2 to make it 3-0, and then Lutjen got his 6-1 to finish off the Lions.
“Nik didn’t play as well as he’s capable of playing, but a lot of that had to do with his opponent,” Chadwick said. “He was putting a lot of pressure on Nik, because he was making no errors. Nik actually picked it up and started creating the action. He was kind of getting the cobwebs out since he didn’t go to California with us. He had not been able to play much the last couple of weeks, and it showed. It was good for him to get this match under his belt.”
Scholtz shared an interesting note after the match. He had lost to Lin 6-0, 6-1 at age 18 in an ITF event. Asked when it dawned on him he was playing the same guy, he laughed “When I heard them calling him ‘Winnie’, they used to call him that back then too.”
NC State took the doubles point from Louisville and won in singles at 1, 3 and 4. The last two went three sets.
“We watched their match this morning against Louisville, and it was a real dogfight,” Chadwick said. “They are very good in doubles as well as singles. We saw them up at a Futures tournament we played in the fall. They’ve got a very good team.”
Louisville and Columbia will play at 8 a.m. Saturday in the consolation, with the Rebels and Wolfpack to follow at 1 p.m. Admission is free.
#13 Ole Miss 4, #44 Columbia University 1
Doubles 1. #43 Nik Scholtz/Jonas Lutjen (OM) def. #17 Ashok Narayana/Max Schnur (CU) 8-4 2. #25 William Kallberg/Adrian Skogeng (OM) def. Winston Lin/Nathaniel Gery (CU) 8-5 3. Dragos Ignat/Eric Rubin (CU) def. Stefan Lindmark/Johan Backstrom (OM) 8-7, 7-2 Order of finish: 1, 3, 2 Singles 1. #33 Nik Scholtz (OM) def. #44 Winston Lin (CU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 2. #5 Jonas Lutjen (OM) def. Ashok Narayana (CU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 3. #95 William Kallberg (OM) def. Dragos Ignat (CU) 6-2, 6-4 4. Eric Rubin (CU) def. Johan Backstrom (OM) 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 10-5 5. Stefan Lindmark (OM) vs. Max Schnur (CU) 3-6, unfinished 6. Adrian Skogeng (OM) vs. Bert Vancura (CU) 4-6, unfinished Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2, 4
Ole Miss' historic win over Alabama last Saturday was not only popular with members of Rebel Nation, it was among the most-watched college football games of the year.The Rebels' thrilling 43-37 victory over the Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium was the... read more
By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media RelationsThe road to the College Football Playoff includes many tests along the way. The Ole Miss Rebels (3-0, 1-0 SEC) just passed their first, proving that they are a legitimate contender after knocking... read more
Offense, defense and special teams. Ole Miss dominated all three aspects of the game as the 15th-ranked Rebels routed UT Martin 76-3 in the season opener. The 60,186 fans, mostly dressed in white, anticipated an exciting start to the 2015... read more
It's finally here...game week! It's been 242 days since the Ole Miss Rebels last took to the gridiron for a clash of the helmets. After a successful 2014 campaign in which Ole Miss knocked off a No. 1-ranked team... read more
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ATLANTA - On Saturday, fans can tune in to see the Rebels duo of Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and former Ole Miss basketball player Sean Tuohy compete in the Chick-fil-A... read more
Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to... read more
As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to... read more
Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end,... read more
Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the... read more
The preseason accolades just don't stop for the Ole Miss football team. Everywhere you look, Rebels can be found on preseason All-America teams. Lindy's Sports recognized seven Rebels for preseason honors, including four All-Americans. Four Ole Miss Football Rebels were... read more
With the season just 74 days away, members of the 2015 Ole Miss football team continue to earn recognition on Preseason All-America lists. Athlon Sports, the latest media outlet to release its 2015 college football preseason All-America team, gave five... read more
Preseason All-America football teams continue to roll in, and Ole Miss has been well represented each time.Today, the Sporting News unveiled its preseason All-America first and second teams, which includes a total of four Rebels.OT Laremy Tunsil and DT Robert... read more
Individual preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Ole Miss football team as college football magazines look toward the 2015 season. Athlon Sports is the latest magazine to release its preseason all-conference teams, June 10; the magazine named nine... read more
The start of summer heat and vacations is also the start of another tradition - preseason college football magazines.One of the first to produce a magazine every year is Phil Steele, whose 2015 version includes about as many Ole Miss... read more