BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ole Miss men's tennis junior Nik Scholtz has been named the SEC Player of the Year, the conference office announced Thursday. He becomes the fourth Rebel in program history to be named SEC Player of the Year.
The conference also announced the All-SEC teams, and Scholtz earned first team honors for the third consecutive year.
Ranked No. 9 in the nation, Scholtz is the highest ranked singles player from the SEC, which boasts seven teams in the top 25. Scholtz has led the league at No. 1 singles with a 15-1 record. He posted a 6-1 record in the SEC regular season and a 2-0 record in the SEC Tournament, highlighted by two wins over Kentucky's Tom Jomby, ranked No. 11 in the nation, and a win over Texas A&M's Harrison Adams, ranked No. 19 in the nation. Scholtz' play has put the Rebels in position to earn their 21st straight NCAA appearance.
"Nik's results speak for themselves, he has been outstanding all spring long and has proven he is the league's premier player," head coach Billy Chadwick said. "As equally impressive has been his leadership with the team. His play and tenacious approach to the game has been instrumental in securing our position for the upcoming NCAA Championships."
Scholtz' past honors include All-American, All-SEC and SEC Freshman of the Year. He becomes the first player in Ole Miss men's tennis history to earn both Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year honors during his career.
Twelve-time ATP Grand Slam champion Mahesh Bhupathi became the first Rebel to earn SEC Player of the Year honors in 1995 and later that year won the NCAA Doubles Championship. Three-time All-Americans Johan Hede (1996) and Catalin Gard (2004), both ranked No.1 in the nation, are the only other two Rebels to receive the league's top honor.
The Rebels will find out their NCAA destination Tuesday, April 29 at 4 p.m. CT. The selection show will be broadcast on NCAA.com.
A complete list of the awards follows.
First Team All-SEC Daniil Proskura, Alabama Florent Diep, Florida Garrett Brasseaux, Georgia Austin Smith, Georgia Nathan Pasha, Georgia Tom Jomby, Kentucky Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss Mikelis Libietis, Tennessee Hunter Reese, Tennessee Harrison Adams, Texas A&M Shane Vinsant, Texas A&M Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt
Second Team All-SEC Becker O'Shaughnessey, Alabama Daniel Cochrane, Auburn Lukas Ollert, Auburn Maxx Lipman, Florida Gordon Watson, Florida Alejandro Gomez, Kentucky Beck Pennington, Kentucky Chris Simpson, LSU Florian Lakat, Mississippi State Andrew Adams, South Carolina Jeremy Efferding, Texas A&M Ryan Lipman, Vanderbilt
All-Freshman Nikko Madregallejo, Alabama Johan den Toom, Arkansas Maxx Lipman, Florida Elliott Orkin, Florida Jerry Lopez, Kentucky Justin Butsch, LSU Florian Lakat, Mississippi State Andrew Schafer, South Carolina
Player of the Year: Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss Freshman of the Year: Florian Lakat, Mississippi State Coach of the Year: Steve Denton, Texas A&M Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Daniil Proskura, Alabama
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