Lutjen Advances In NCAA Singles

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Jonas Lutjen

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Jonas Lutjen
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

May 22, 2013

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – With winds whipping at the Atkins Tennis Center here Wednesday, conditions were tough for all competitors on the first day of the NCAA Singles Championship, but Ole Miss men’s tennis senior Jonas Lutjen handled it fine to advance to the second round with a straight set win over North Carolina sophomore Esben Hess-Olesen.

Lutjen, ranked No. 20 in the nation, won a huge first set tiebreaker after missing an opportunity to serve out the set at 6-5.  Trailing 6-4 in the breaker, the ITA Southern Region Senior of the Year won three of the next four points to tie it at seven.  He won the final two points to win it 7-6(7) and take the early advantage.   One break is all he needed in the second set to win it 6-3 and move on to the second round for the second year in a row.  

“Jonas played well,” head coach Billy Chadwick said.  “The wind was worse at the start of the day, but he held his own.  It was huge for him to get that first set tiebreaker.  The first round is always tricky to get through.  Tomorrow he gets an opportunity to face a seeded player and hopefully keep it going.”

Lutjen improved to 31-10 overall on the year and will meet 9-16 seed Kyle McMorrow of Washington in the second round Thursday at 9:30 a.m.  McMorrow, ranked 17th nationally, didn’t drop a game in his first round match.

Unfortunately, Lutjen’s teammate and doubles partner, sophomore Nik Scholtz, didn’t fare as well, going out in the first round after reaching the Elite Eight last year as a freshman.    Scholtz, seeded 9-16, struggled early against Tulsa’s Clifford Marsland losing the first set 6-1.  He got down an early break in the second, and finally got going in the middle of the set, but Marsland served it out 6-3 to knock off the nation’s 14th-ranked player.  Scholtz ends the year at 20-9 in singles.

“It was a combination of Nik not playing well, and the other guy playing well,” Chadwick said.  “The guy didn’t make too many mistakes and didn’t allow Nik to get into the match.   By the time Nik was able to get going a little in the middle of the second set, it was hard to hold him off.  It’s been a tough last couple of months for Nik with the injury and not being at the top of his game like we are used to seeing, but he’ll bounce back.”

Scholtz will cheer on Lutjen in the singles tomorrow and then the two will team up for their first round of doubles.  The third-seeded duo will face Indiana's Isade Juneau and Sam Monette.  The times for the first round of doubles have not been set yet.  Check @OleMissTennis on Twitter for updates.  All matches during the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships feature live scoring at video, which can be accessed by going to OleMissSports.com and clicking on the link in the calendar.

NCAA Singles Championship – Champaign, Ill.
First Round
Jonas Lutjen (OM) def. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) 7-6(7), 6-3; Clifford Marsland (TULSA) def. (9-16) Nik Scholtz (OM) 6-1, 6-3.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Time to Take a Stand

      Monday, August 31, 2015 -

      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

    • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge to Air on ESPNU Aug. 1

      Thursday, July 30, 2015 -

      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

    • Rebels Emerge on Four Watch Lists This Week

      Friday, July 17, 2015 -

      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

    • Football Rebels All Over First Week of Watch List Releases

      Friday, July 10, 2015 -

      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

    • Engram, Hilton and Johnson to Represent Ole Miss at SEC Football Media Days

      Wednesday, July 8, 2015 -

      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 Rebels Tabbed Preseason All-SEC in The Birmingham News

      Tuesday, June 30, 2015 -

      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

    • Lindy's Sports Gives Seven Rebels Preseason Recognition

      Wednesday, June 24, 2015 -

      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

    • Five Rebels Named Preseason All-America by Athlon Sports

      Tuesday, June 23, 2015 -

      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

    • Sporting News Tabs Four Rebels to Preseason All-America Teams

      Monday, June 15, 2015 - Football

      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

    • Athlon Sports Names Nine Rebels Preseason All-SEC

      Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - Football

      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

    • Eleven Rebels Garner Phil Steele Preseason Honors

      Monday, June 1, 2015 - Football

      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

    • Football Signees Report for Summer Classes

      Friday, May 29, 2015 - Football

      Although they will not begin competing for the Rebels until the fall, several members of the 2015 signing class have arrived at Ole Miss to begin their college journey this summer. The first of two summer sessions offered at the... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 28-May 4, 2015)

      Monday, May 4, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 28-May 4, 2015Baseball - The Rebels started the week defeating the Bulldogs, 11-1 in the annual Governor's Cup. The 10-run win for the Rebels marked the largest margin of victory in the 36-year history... read more

    • VIDEO: Rebel Road Trip 2015

      Monday, May 4, 2015 - Athletics

      Rebel Road Trip 2015 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • More on Steelers' Selection of Golson

      Friday, May 1, 2015 - Football

      Welcome to Pittsburgh...and welcome to #SteelersNation, @Quez_G! #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/oY8wZc10Kk-- Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 2, 2015 Congrats Senquez Golson! Drafted 56th overall in the 2015 #NFLDRAFT by the Pittsburgh Steelers. #HottyToddy #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/EPGayDNOu7-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) May 2, 2015 Ole... read more