Rebel Twins Reach NCAA Final Four In Doubles

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Marcel Thiemann and Chris Thiemann
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Marcel Thiemann and Chris Thiemann
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

May 26, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. – Ole Miss senior twins Marcel Thiemann and Chris Thiemann reached the NCAA Final Four Saturday, coming back and winning a third-set tiebreaker against VCU’s Antoine Baroz and Alexis Heugas.  Freshman Nik Scholtz ended his run in the NCAA Singles, losing in straight sets to the 2010 NCAA Champion, Bradley Klahn (Stanford).

For the second time this week, the twins had to rally to win their match and for the third straight day it came down to a third set.  The VCU team won the first set 6-2, but the Thiemann’s rallied to win the second 6-3.   The Thiemann’s led 4-3 in the third after breaking Baroz and Huegas, but the VCU duo broke right back.  At 5-6, the twins held to force a tiebreak, which they won 7-4 to clinch the victory and improve to 19-6.

“It was really tough, we started off really slow. The other guys got an early break and fortunately we came back in the second set with a break of our own. We picked up our game late luckily,” Chris said.

This is the Thiemann’s third NCAA Doubles appearance, but in each of the two previous trips, they’ve lost in the first round.  

“Chemistry, we know each other and we know what each other can do,” said Marcel on what fueled the late charge in the match.  “This is our third time at the NCAA’s, and our goal was actually just to win the first round because we didn’t do that the other two times. We’re just enjoying everything, being seniors now.”

“It’s unbelievable. You always imagine this early in the season, making it to the NCAA’s and now it’s just unbelievable that we get to play the semis tomorrow,” Chris added.  “Like Marcel said, we’re just going to try and enjoy ourselves.”

The Thiemann’s will face the Texas Tech duo, 18th-ranked Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar, who defeated the No. 2 ranked team of Steven Johnson and Robert Quiroz of Southern Cal in the quarterfinals. That match will be played at 4:30 p.m. CT.  

Unfortunately, their teammate, Scholtz, won’t be joining them in the semifinals.  In his first three matches, Scholtz, seeded 9-16, went the distance winning in third sets, including erasing several match points in his second round to win.  

This time, Klahn, ranked No. 36 in the nation, gained the early momentum, winning the first set 6-1 and then gaining a break to take the second set 6-3 for the win.  

Scholtz marked the fourth year in a row for the Rebels to have a quarterfinalist in the NCAA Singles Championship.  He concluded an outstanding rookie campaign at 21-9.  The South African’s list of accomplishments includes SEC Freshman of the Year, ITA Southern Region Rookie of the Year and becoming the second freshman in the history of the program to earn All-America honors.

“We’re extremely proud of the twins.  They played really well in the clutch.   It’s great to see them playing well and having fun out there.   Even though Nik didn’t win, he had a great first year, and we’re looking forward to next year with him leading us.”

Live scoring and video for the Thiemann’s semifinal match can be accessed at www.OleMissSports.com.  Follow the Rebels on twitter for updates at @OleMissMTennis and on facebook at www.facebook.com/OleMissMTennis.
    
NCAA Individual Championships – ATHENS, Ga.
Singles
Quarterfinals – #36 Bradley Klahn (STAN) def. #14 Nik Scholtz (9-16) (OM) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles
Quarterfinals –  Marcel Thiemann/Chris Thiemann (OM) def. Antoine Baroz/Alexis Heugas (VCU) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(4).

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 8

      Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 8 - Tennessee (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Freeze, Miles Talk Ole Miss-LSU Rivalry

      Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and LSU head coach Les Miles on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Baton Rouge.For the full SEC teleconference, go here.Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at 1:06:12... read more

    • 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