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
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 13-19, 2014Football- Ole Miss rode its dominant defense to a 34-3 homecoming win over Tennessee on Saturday to improve to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play.- The Rebels are 7-0 for just... read more
It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. There was no shortage of observations surrounding the Homecoming festivities this weekend. Let's get into it:1. When "College GameDay" visits Baton Rouge,... read more
The winning formula revealed itself as it has throughout the season: a dominant defense and a mistake-free offense. The Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, while the Ole Miss offense did not commit a single turnover in a workmanlike 34-3... read more
Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss faces Tennessee for Homecoming on Saturday.'Third Down for What'Tennessee is very dangerous, Ole Miss football head coach Hugh Freeze said, because its talented, particularly if it gets momentum and confidence during... read more
Highlights from today's media opportunity with SEC Nation host Joe Tessitore and analysts Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears discussing the show's visit to Oxford for the SEC matchup between No. 3 Ole Miss and Tennessee. Tessitore recalls calling the first college... read more
At the halfway point of the regular season, Ole Miss is 6-0 for the first time since 1962, when it went 10-0 and earned a share of the national title. It's No. 3 ranking in the national polls is its... read more
With a dominant defense that ranks among the nation's leaders in most statistical categories, head coach Hugh Freeze acknowledged he has changed his offensive philosophy and play-calling to limit negative plays and quick possessions. Ole Miss averaged the second-most offensive... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Oxford. For the full SEC teleconference, go here. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at... read more
Head coach Hugh Freeze admitted the offense played well enough to manage the game and let the defense win it. Ole Miss leaned on its running game, rushing for 160 yards on 35 carries, while Bo Wallace completed 13-of-19 passes... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 6-12, 2014Football- The No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels showed they belong among the nation's upper crust with a dominating 35-20 win at No. 14 Texas A&M on Saturday.- Ole Miss jumped out to a... read more