TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Ole Miss will once again be well represented in the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships, with both Nik Scholtz and William Kallberg earning a spot in singles and Kallberg and Stefan Lindmark advancing that far in doubles, Saturday.
Kallberg and Lindmark, the tournament’s No. 4 seed in doubles, began the day by beating Dominik Koepfer and Chin-Yan Jao of Tulane 8-2. They followed that up with an 8-7(1) win over Hunter Johnson and Yates Johnson of the University of Louisiana in the quarterfinals. Kallberg and Lindmark will face Dennis Lengsfeld and Lukas Ollert of Auburn in the semifinals Sunday.
Their teammates, Johan Backstrom and Zach Wilder came close to joining them in at least the quarterfinals, dropping a tough match to the Auburn duo of Daniel Cochrane and Joseph VanDooren 8-7(5).
Scholtz, the top seed in singles, had to battle to get to the quarterfinals, but Saturday, he didn’t have much trouble with Ollert in a 6-2, 6-2 win. He will face Chris Hellar of UAB in the semifinals Sunday looking to advance to his second straight final.
Kallberg, seeded No. 5, took out the No. 2 seed in the field, Chris Simpson, LSU’s top player. Simpson is ranked No. 29, and Kallberg beat him 6-3, 7-5 to join Scholtz in the semifinals for the second straight year.
“We are excited to have two in the singles semifinals and a team in the doubles semifinals,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “We almost had two teams in the doubles; Johan and Zach played a great match and could have won that one. We are looking forward to Sunday, and hopefully they can all reach the finals.”
Kallberg and Lindmark will play their doubles at 10 a.m., and then Scholtz and Kallberg will play their singles matches at 12:30 p.m.
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