Rebels Head To Music City For SEC Tourney

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Nik Scholtz
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Nik Scholtz
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

April 15, 2014

Twitter: @OleMissMTennis | @SECMTennis | Hashtag: #SECMT14
Facebook: OleMissMTennis
SEC Championship Central | Live Scoring

BLOG: Chadwick: 'We Control Our Destiny'

OXFORD, Miss. – Music City has been quite good to the Rebels this year on the football field and on the tennis courts, and the Ole Miss men’s tennis team heads to Nashville, Tenn., for the upcoming SEC Tournament, hoping to create some more magic.

The Rebels are the No. 11 seed, and will face the No. 6 seed, Tennessee, Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Currey Tennis Center.

“We are really looking forward to the tournament,” head coach Billy Chadwick said.  “We are coming off a big weekend.  Tennessee has won four straight matches, so it should be a great match.”

The Rebels went into last weekend needing a win over No. 10 Texas A&M to keep alive their postseason chances, and the team rose to the occasion, knocking off the Aggies 4-3.  With the win, the Rebels moved up in the rankings (43), but they know that another solid win against No. 18 Tennessee would get them off the proverbial NCAA bubble.

“It moved us up in the rankings, and now we are in the ballpark for an NCAA bid,” said Chadwick who has guided his teams to 20 straight NCAA Championship appearances.  “It put us in position where we are now playing on Thursday in the tournament instead of Wednesday. We are excited about playing Tennessee. They have a great team; we’ve beaten them once, so we need to use that to our advantage.”

Junior All-American Nik Scholtz, ranked No. 18 in the nation, has led the team all season long, holding down the No. 1 spot with a 13-1 record.  He has won 15 of his last 16 matches dating back to mid-January.  Scholtz has two wins against top-10 players and one against a top-15 player.  Thursday, he’ll face another tough test with Tennessee’s Hunter Reese.

“Nik keeps getting it done, he is one of the premier players in the conference, Chadwick said.  Reese will definitely present a challenge.  He’s ranked No. 20 in the country and he’s having a great year. Nik had a little bump in the road up at South Carolina, but other than that, he’s been perfect.”

“I feel like I’ve been playing pretty well, except for the one match against South Carolina,” Scholtz said.  My confidence is helping me a lot. Nothing can replace confidence.  It’s not something you can buy or practice, it comes with winning.”

Scholtz also feels like the team is becoming more confident with each match, especially after last week’s big win against Texas A&M.

“We have improved so much. It was great to see Slick (Stefan Lindmark) win that match for us and get the victory.  We’ve become more of a unit as the year has progressed. That’s important.”    

Tennessee enters the SEC Tournament at 17-9 overall.  They won four straight SEC matches to finish 6-6 in league play.

In the first meeting, Tennessee won the doubles point, but the Rebels picked up wins at Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 6 singles for the 4-1 victory.

“It’s a new match,” Scholtz said.  “We aren’t thinking too much about the last one, just focusing on what we have to do to win this one.”

The winner of this match will face the No. 3 seed, Kentucky Friday at 9 a.m.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Ole Miss, MSU Renew Rivalry on Hardwood

      Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Ole Miss meets Mississippi State on the hardwood the for 250th time Wednesday, which makes it the most-played rivalry in the Southeastern Conference.  Like the rivalry in football, where the road team last won in 2010, the home team has... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 20-26, 2015)

      Monday, January 26, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 20-26, 2015Men's Basketball - Senior guard Jarvis Summers scored 4 points in the final 26.6 seconds to lift Ole Miss to a 72-71 victory over Florida Saturday. Summers scored a team-high 16 points, including... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 25

      Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Athletics

      Classes started on the Ole Miss campus this past week, as the men's and women's basketball teams enter the heart of Southeastern Conference play. Some of the spring sports have started their 2015 seasons, while others are gearing up for... read more

    • Prewitt Caps Impressive Week at Senior Bowl

      Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Football

      Former Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt capped an impressive week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, with a game-high five tackles in the game itself Saturday. His former teammate, cornerback Senquez Golson sat out the game with a hamstring... read more

    • VIDEO: Home is Ole Miss

      Friday, January 23, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss Football: Home is Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Baseball Omaha Challenge

      Friday, January 23, 2015 - Baseball

      The Season: Ole Miss Baseball: Omaha Challenge 2014 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Rivalry Game with NCAA Tournament Implications

      Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Women's Basketball

      Ole Miss closes out a three-game stretch in which they will have faced three consecutive ranked opponents when they welcome No. 18 Mississippi State on Thursday night. The Rebels are 1-1 through the first two games of the stretch, having... read more

    • Prewitt, Golson Impress at Senior Bowl Practices

      Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Football

       Photo GalleryCody Prewitt and Senquez Golson will represent Ole Miss in the Senior Bowl, which will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. CT from Mobile, Alabama, and will be televised by the NFL Network. The duo have already had a busy... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 13-19, 2015)

      Monday, January 19, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 13-19, 2015Men's Basketball - Ole Miss thrashed No. 19 Arkansas 96-82 on Saturday. The Rebels picked up their first true road win over a ranked opponent since 2003 and scored the second-most points ever... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 18

      Sunday, January 18, 2015 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss men's and women's basketball teams both made some history, while the men's and women's tennis teams started their spring seasons. National Signing Day (Feb. 4) and the start of baseball season (Feb. 13) are less than a... read more

    • Key Stretch Starts with Tough Test in LSU

      Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      After an up-and-down non-conference slate that included wins over Creighton, Cincinnati and Oregon, all away from home, and losses to Charleston Southern and Western Kentucky, both at home, Ole Miss learned a lot about itself in the first week of... read more

    • Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 Rankings

      Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss football finished the 2014 football season with a 9-4 record and a top-20 final national rankings in both polls. The Rebels come in at No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 19 in the Amway Coach... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 6-12, 2015)

      Monday, January 12, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 6-12, 2015Women's Basketball - Ole Miss went 2-0 on the week with a road win at Florida and a win at home against Alabama, moving to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in SEC action while... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 11

      Sunday, January 11, 2015 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss men's basketball team opened SEC play, while the Ole Miss women's basketball team continued SEC play, as we enter the heart of college basketball season. Over the weekend, the men's and women's teams posted wire-to-wire wins on... read more

    • Rebels to Open SEC Play ' in Grand Fashion'

      Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Ole Miss looks to reverse history, as the Rebels (9-4) travel to No. 1 Kentucky tonight (6 p.m., SEC Network), the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Ole Miss is 0-15 all-time against the nation's top ranked team, last playing... read more