Scholtz Defeats No. 10 Ranked Player

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Nik Scholtz
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Nik Scholtz
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

March 16, 2014

Results

LEXINGTON, Ky. - In a highly competitive match much closer than the final score, just a few points separated No. 15 ranked Kentucky coming away with a 4-1 win against Ole Miss here Sunday at the Boone Tennis Complex.  The match had to be moved indoors due to weather.

The Rebels gained a split of the weekend matches after a huge 4-1 win at No. 23 Vanderbilt on Friday. They are now 4-7 overall and 2-4 in the SEC with a big homestand coming up beginning Wednesday with No. 5 Southern California.  Kentucky improved to 12-4 overall and 5-0 in the SEC.

In doubles, Kentucky came out strong and broke at all three courts within a six-minute stretch to give Kentucky the point.    

With only four courts indoors, the top four matches began singles. The Rebels lost the first sets on three of the four matches.  There were five tiebreakers played on the day, and the Wildcats took four of them on their way to the victory.

Kentucky's Beck Pennington defeated Stefan Lindmark 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 singles to make it 2-0 Wildcats. They took control of the match when Johan Backstrom lost to Jerry Lopez.  The Rebel senior was up 5-2 in the first set with a set point and couldn't close it out, as Lopez fought back to a tiebreaker and won it 7-4.  He won the second set 6-3 to give his team the 3-0 lead.

But the Rebels were not quite done. Nik Scholtz kept the Rebels in it when he rallied to knock off 10th-ranked Tom Jomby, in three sets.  After dropping a tough first set tiebreaker 7-6(7), Scholtz won the second set 6-3. He gained an early break in the third and that was all he needed to serve it out 6-4 for his best win of the year.

In a match that lasted over two hours and played three tiebreakers, Kentucky's Alejandro Gomez won two of the three tiebreakers to clinch it against William Kallberg. Kallberg won the first set breaker, 7-5, and had two match points against UK's Alejandro Gomez in the second set. Gomez rallied and won it 8-6 and then took the third set tiebreak 7-4.

"The match was much closer than the final score," head coach Billy Chadwick said. "If Johan closes out the first set then he has a chance to win in straight sets.  Willie had two match points where if he gets it, then we are still playing. Nik played great against one of the best players in the nation. We have to regroup fast with a very tough Southern Cal team coming in Wednesday. The guys are playing well and we want to encourage a big crowd to come out and help us take down the Trojans."  

The Rebels will welcome No. 5 Southern Cal Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.  Fans will enjoy free chicken tenders between doubles and singles.

Follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissMTennis and on Facebook at OleMissMTennis.

#15 Kentucky 4, #54 Ole Miss 1
Men's Singles Results
No. 1
#44 Nik Scholtz (OM) def. #10 Tom Jomby
6-7(7), 6-3, 6-4
No. 2
Alejandro Gomez (UK) def. #89 William Kallberg (OM)
6-7(5),7-6(8), 7-6(4)
No. 3
Beck Pennington (UK) def. Stefan Lindmark (OM)
6-3, 6-4
No. 4
Jerry Lopez (UK) def. Johan Backstrom (OM)
7-6(4), 6-3
No. 5
Ricardo Jorge (OM) vs. Kevin Lai (UK) 
5-7, 1-2, sus.
No. 6
Vinod Gowda (OM) vs. Grant Roberts (UK)
3-6, 4-0, sus.
Order of Finish
3, 4, 1, 2
 
Men's Doubles Results
No. 1
Lindmark/Kallberg (OM) vs. #26 Jomby/Lai (UK)
4-6, sus.
No. 2
Pennington/Gomez (UK) def. Scholtz/Jorge (OM)
8-4
No. 3
#76 Hirooka/Ellefsen (UK) def. Backstrom/Rogers (OM)
8-2
Order of Finish
3, 2
 
Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 13-19)

      Monday, October 20, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 13-19, 2014Football- Ole Miss rode its dominant defense to a 34-3 homecoming win over Tennessee on Saturday to improve to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play.- The Rebels are 7-0 for just... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Oct. 19

      Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Athletics

      It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. There was no shortage of observations surrounding the Homecoming festivities this weekend. Let's get into it:1. When "College GameDay" visits Baton Rouge,... read more

    • Winning Formula for Rebels is No Secret

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      The winning formula revealed itself as it has throughout the season: a dominant defense and a mistake-free offense. The Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, while the Ole Miss offense did not commit a single turnover in a workmanlike 34-3... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Tennessee Motivational

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Tennessee Official Team Motivational from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Tennessee

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss faces Tennessee for Homecoming on Saturday.'Third Down for What'Tennessee is very dangerous, Ole Miss football head coach Hugh Freeze said, because its talented, particularly if it gets momentum and confidence during... read more

    • SEC Nation Talent Talks Ole Miss on Visit

      Friday, October 17, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from today's media opportunity with SEC Nation host Joe Tessitore and analysts Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears discussing the show's visit to Oxford for the SEC matchup between No. 3 Ole Miss and Tennessee. Tessitore recalls calling the first college... read more

    • What They're Saying: Midseason Honors

      Friday, October 17, 2014 - Football

      At the halfway point of the regular season, Ole Miss is 6-0 for the first time since 1962, when it went 10-0 and earned a share of the national title. It's No. 3 ranking in the national polls is its... read more

    • Rebels Slow Offensive Tempo

      Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Football

      With a dominant defense that ranks among the nation's leaders in most statistical categories, head coach Hugh Freeze acknowledged he has changed his offensive philosophy and play-calling to limit negative plays and quick possessions. Ole Miss averaged the second-most offensive... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 7

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 7 - Texas A&M (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Freeze Talks Defense, Tennessee

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Oxford. For the full SEC teleconference, go here. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at... read more

    • VIDEO: Studio 18 Live 10.15.14

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • VIDEO: 'Can't Be Denied' Hype Video

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • VIDEO: Bo Wallace on The Dan Patrick Show

      Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Game-Manager Bo

      Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Football

      Head coach Hugh Freeze admitted the offense played well enough to manage the game and let the defense win it.  Ole Miss leaned on its running game, rushing for 160 yards on 35 carries, while Bo Wallace completed 13-of-19 passes... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 6-12)

      Monday, October 13, 2014 - Rifle

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 6-12, 2014Football- The No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels showed they belong among the nation's upper crust with a dominating 35-20 win at No. 14 Texas A&M on Saturday.- Ole Miss jumped out to a... read more