Scholtz One Win Away From National Indoor
Nik Scholtz

Oct. 21, 2012

AUBURN, Ala. – While the official “Egg Bowl” is a little more than a month away, the rivalry will play out on the tennis courts Monday morning at the Yarbrough Tennis Center on the campus of Auburn University as Ole Miss men’s tennis sophomore Nik Scholtz meets Mississippi State freshman Romain Bogaerts for the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Singles Championship. The two will face off at 10 a.m. with a berth in the USTA/ITA National Indoor on the line.

Scholtz, the No. 1 seed in the regional, had to beat his own teammate, William Kallberg, Sunday morning, to reach the final.  Kallberg, seeded sixth in the field, which included SEC teams State, LSU, Alabama and host Auburn, came into the match without dropping a set.

In a tightly contested match, Scholtz won a first set tiebreaker, 7-6(6).  He carried the momentum over to the second set taking it 6-3 to reach the final in his first ever Southern Regional.  

“It’s exciting to be in the finals, but never fun to beat your teammate, who is also a good friend,” Scholtz tweeted moments after the win.

Scholtz, the highest ranked player in the SEC at No. 5 in the nation, improved his fall record to 6-1, while Kallberg, ranked No. 56, moved his record to 9-3.  

While it’s not fun for teammates to play each other, it’s fun for the coaches to just be able to sit back and enjoy the match without having to coach.

“It was nice to be guaranteed a finalist for the third year in a row,” head coach Billy Chadwick said.  “Nik and William both played a good match.  William played some great tennis this weekend, and we are really proud of him.  We are looking forward to the final against Bogaerts, who will be one of the top newcomers in our conference.”

Scholtz will be looking to join his teammate, senior Jonas Lutjen, in the USTA/ITA National Indoor, which takes place Nov. 8-11 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.  Lutjen earned a berth in the field by winning the consolation draw at the ITA All-American Championships.

In the consolation singles final, junior Johan Backstrom won twice on Sunday to win the draw. In the morning he defeated MSU’s Zach White 6-4, 6-3 and then in the afternoon, he rallied to beat LSU’s Roger Anderson 3-6, 6-3, 10-5.  Backstrom improved to 11-5 this fall.

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

USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships
Semifinals -- Nik Scholtz (OM) def. William Kallberg (OM) 7-6(6), 6-3.
SemifinalsJohan Backstrom (OM) def. Zach White (MSU) 6-4, 6-3.  Final – Backstrom (OM) def. Roger Anderson (LSU) 3-6, 6-3, 10-5.



    • Rebel Bats Eager For Challenge of Texas A&M Arms

      Thursday, March 22, 2018 - Baseball

      This weekend's series at Blue Bell Park between Ole Miss and Texas A&M will feature two teams that mirror each other in a lot ways. Both clubs pitch it well and are one and two in the SEC in... read more

    • Rebels Return to Spring Practice

      Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - Football

      Ole Miss returned to the practice field after a week-long hiatus during spring break. The Rebels are now in the second half of spring football, culminating with the Grove Bowl on April 7. "There may have been a couple... read more

    • Kermit Davis Eager To Lead Ole Miss Hoops

      Monday, March 19, 2018 - Men's Basketball

      Kermit Davis walked onto a makeshift stage constructed on the floor of the court he will put a product on next fall as he returned to his home state to be introduced as Ole Miss' next head men's basketball... read more

    • Rebels Smash Trio of Home Runs, Stifle Tennessee Bats In SEC Series Win

      Sunday, March 18, 2018 - Baseball

      OXFORD, Miss. - A heavy dosage of mid-90s fastballs was the remedy for James McArthur's six innings of two-hit baseball in a 5-0, series-clinching win over Tennessee on Sunday afternoon. The junior right-hander worked both sides of the plate,... read more

    • Feigl Continues Dominance as Rebels Even Series

      Saturday, March 17, 2018 - Baseball

      Mike Bianco balked on declaring Brady Feigl's 6.1 inning, nine-strikeout outing on Saturday against Tennessee his best one, but that's mostly because there have been ample to choose from. The junior right-hander has been consistently dominant sandwiched in the... read more

    • Experienced Rebels Ready For SEC Play

      Thursday, March 15, 2018 -

      The 2017 SEC season brought with it some hard lessons and adverse situations for a young Ole Miss ball club. But this time around, a team that ran through its nonconference slate at 17-1 and has consistently shown signs... read more

    • Kermit Davis Poised to Lead Ole Miss Hoops

      Thursday, March 15, 2018 - Men's Basketball

      Ole Miss officially announced the hiring of Kermit Davis to be the school's next head men's basketball coach. Davis arrives in Oxford after serving as the head coach of Middle Tennessee State for the last 16 seasons. "I'm incredibly honored... read more

    • Rebel Alums: Where are They Now

      Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - Men's Tennis

      96 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} In our third installment of... read more

    • Spring Practice Rolls On For Ole Miss

      Wednesday, March 7, 2018 -

      Ole Miss is now knee deep into spring ball and endured its fifth practice on Wednesday afternoon. Head coach Matt Luke says he has been pleased with the development of some the younger players in the early stagesof spring... read more

    • SIDEBAR: Rebel Bats Bury Governors

      Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - Baseball

      Thomas Dillard demolished a pair of fastballs in the second and third innings of Ole Miss' 11-4 win over Austin Peay on Tuesday night and nearly singled handedly gave Houston Roth a 5-1 run lead by collecting those  four... read more

    • Linton Adjusting to New Home in Offensive Backfield

      Friday, March 2, 2018 -

      Armani Linton just wanted to help out any way he could. He wasn't getting as many reps in practice last fall at his natural position of safety and he wanted to do more. "I was sitting around not doing... read more

    • SIDEBAR: Rebels Grind Out Win Over Murray State

      Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - Baseball

      Thomas Dillard turned to Nick Fortes in the dugout in the early innings of Tuesday's game against Murray State with the Rebels trailing 4-0 and had a message for the junior catcher."I told him we were going to win this... read more

    • Luke Discusses 2018 Team as Spring Practice Arrives

      Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - Football

      Watch Press Conference | Press Conference TranscriptPhoto Gallery | 2018 Spring ProspectusThe focus will be on players and not plays, Ole Miss head football coach Matt Luke proclaimed at his Tuesday press conference opening spring football, referring to how valuable the... read more

    • Mike Smith's Rebels Shaped by Coach's Military Background

      Tuesday, February 27, 2018 -

      Mike Smith sits at his desk and stares intently at his computer screen in his office one afternoon in early February. A 2018 season with lofty expectations attached to it is set to begin in Gulf Shores, Alabama in... read more

    • SIDEBAR: Rebs Sweep Green Wave with 6th Inning Deluge

      Sunday, February 25, 2018 - Baseball

      The timely hits just keep coming for No. 9 Ole Miss. A Thomas Dillard walk loaded the bases one at-bat after Ole Miss had chased Tulane starter Keegan Gillies who had turned in six innings of one-run ball scattering four... read more




  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago