Rebels To Play For Titles At Regionals

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Nik Scholtz
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Nik Scholtz
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Oct. 13, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - For the fourth straight year, the Ole Miss men's tennis team will play for a title at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships, as Nik Scholtz advanced to the singles final Sunday, while William Kallberg and Stefan Lindmark reached the doubles final at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.

Kallberg and Lindmark, seeded No. 4, will face LSU's Chris Simpson and Boris Arias, seeded No. 3, in the final Monday at 11 a.m.   The Stockholm, Sweden natives are looking to become the third Rebel duo in four years to win the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Doubles title.

To get to the final, Kallberg and Lindmark had to win another tiebreaker, as they topped Auburn's Dennis Lengsfeld and Lukas Ollert 8-7(5) to reach their first final together.  The duo improved to 5-1 on the year.

Soon after their semifinal win, both Scholtz and Kallberg took the court for their semifinal singles matches.  Scholtz was first off the court, downing UAB's Chris Helliar 6-3, 6-2.  After struggling a little in his opening matches, dropping a set in each, Scholtz has won his last three in straight sets as he seeks to repeat as champion.  

Scholtz will face Mississippi State's Malte Stropp in the final Monday, also at 11 a.m.  Stropp, ranked No. 40 in the nation, defeated 65th-ranked Kallberg in two close sets to advance.   Both players played well; Kallberg had some chances, but Stropp held on to win 6-4, 6-4.

Monday's final, will mark the first ever meeting between Scholtz and Stropp.   Scholtz doesn't have to look far for tips on playing Stropp, as his doubles partner the last two years, Jonas Lutjen, had many three-set battles with Stropp during his four-year career.

Head coach Billy Chadwick is looking forward to watching the Rebels battle it out for the titles Monday and hoping for a repeat of 2010, when Ole Miss captured both.  He knows both opponents will present a tough challenge.

"We are excited to have a singles and doubles finalist," Chadwick said.  "William and Stefan are playing well right now and getting better with every match.  Hopefully they can do it one more time tomorrow against a very good team from LSU.  

"In singles Nik played great, and we are looking forward to a good match against Stropp in the final.  Stropp played really well today.  Willie had a couple of openings, but Stropp just returned the ball well.  Willie wasn't getting any free points at all.  There were a couple of games that Willie could have won that might have made a difference."

The winner of the singles and doubles matches will advance to the USTA/ITA National Indoor in November to be held at the US Open site in Flushing, N.Y.

Follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissMTennis for updates during the finals.  Also follow Ole Miss on Facebook at OleMissMTennis.  There will also be a complete recap of the finals on OleMissSports.com.

USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Doubles
Semifinals -- (4) Kallberg/Lindmark (OM) def. Lengsfeld/Ollert (AU) 8-7(5)
Singles
Semifinals - (1) Nik Scholtz (OM) def. Chris Helliar (UAB) 6-2, 6-2; (3) Stropp (MSU) def. (5) William Kallberg (OM) 6-4, 6-4.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 7-13)

      Monday, April 14, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 7-13, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss improved to 29-9 on the season and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play after a pair of nonconference wins over Memphis and Murray State in the midweek and a series win... read more

    • Offense Sets Season Highs To Clinch Series

      Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Baseball

      Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in 10 innings Saturday, Ole Miss bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win Sunday to take the weekend series against Mississippi State in Starkville. At the plate, the Rebels set season high for runs... read more

    • Pitching, Defense Key Rebels To Win

      Friday, April 11, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss struck early with five runs over the first four innings, which Chris Ellis and Wyatt Short made hold up in a 6-1 win over Mississippi State Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The leadoff man for Mississippi State... read more

    • Rebels Prepared For Possible Record Crowds

      Friday, April 11, 2014 - Baseball

      Riding a six-game win streak, Ole Miss travels to face Mississippi State in a three-game weekend series as part of Super Bulldog Weekend, which also includes Saturday's Maroon-White spring football game. Mississippi State has averaged 7,700 fans at Dudy Noble... read more

    • VIDEO: The Legend Of Billy Chadwick

      Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Men's Tennis

      Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • VIDEO: Mike Bianco

      Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco recaps Wednesday's 8-5 win over Murray State and previews the upcoming three-game series at Mississippi State starting Friday at 6:30 p.m.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Murray State Highlights

      Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Allen, Orvis Lead Barrage In Win Over Memphis

      Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Baseball

      The Ole Miss offense exploded for nine runs on 14 hits in a 9-1 win over Memphis at AutoZone Park. The barrage included five multi-hit games and a season-high seven extra-base hits, including home runs by Will Allen and Sikes... read more

    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 13

      Monday, April 7, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      We begin this week with No. 13 and entering the 2002 season for the Ole Miss tennis team.  The Southeastern Conference implemented a new setup, dividing the conference into two divisions - SEC East and SEC West.  This moment... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (March 31-April 6)

      Monday, April 7, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 31-April 6, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss picked up its second sweep in SEC play with three wins over the Auburn Tigers this past weekend, including a doubleheader sweep Saturday.- Left-handed pitcher Christian Trent posted a... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Auburn Highlights

      Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Baseball

       Game One HighlightsGame Two Highlights... read more

    • Laxer Caps Great Day On The Mound For Rebels

      Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss held Auburn scoreless for 22 straight innings, from the seventh inning of the series opener Friday through the sixth inning of the series finale Saturday, but the weekend sweep remained in doubt in the eighth inning of the... read more

    • Mathers Stands Out Among Crowded Backfield

      Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Football

      Rising junior running back I'Tavius Mathers turned in the highlight of the Grove Bowl Saturday with a 96-yard run before he was caught from behind by rising sophomore defensive back Kailo Moore to prevent him from scoring the touchdown. "He's... read more

    • Shackelford Blessed To Represent Chucky Mullins

      Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Football

      Graduate student linebacker Deterrian Shackelford will wear Chucky Mullins' No. 38 jersey for the second time in his Ole Miss career, but for the first time in Saturday's Grove Bowl, he wore it during a game.  The first non-senior to... read more