Nik Scholtz Named SEC Freshman Of The Year

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April 26, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ole Miss men's tennis player Nik Scholtz has been named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, while Marcel Thiemann and Jonas Lutjen joined him on the All-SEC team as the league announced the 2012 postseason awards Thursday.

Scholtz becomes the first player in the history of the program to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors.  The Caledon, South Africa native, also named to the All-SEC first team and the All-Freshman Team, posted a 7-4 record in the SEC at No. 1 singles and teamed with Lutjen for a 9-2 league record in doubles.  Scholtz is presently ranked No. 13 in the nation in singles and doubles and is the second highest ranked freshman in the country.  He was recently named to the SEC All-Tournament Team after helping lead the Rebels to the semifinals for the 15th time.

Senior Marcel Thiemann earned All-SEC first team honors for the third year in a row.  The Lehrte, Germany native posted a 10-1 record in the SEC at No. 2 singles.  He is currently ranked No. 20 in the nation in singles and No. 17 in doubles.  Thiemann becomes the third player in the history of the program to be named to the first team three years.

Lutjen made the All-SEC second team, earning all-conference honors for the first time in his career.  He went 7-4 in the SEC at No. 3 singles and 9-2 in doubles.  He is currently ranked No. 45 in the nation in singles and No. 13 in doubles with Scholtz.

"We're extremely proud of the accomplishments of these outstanding student-athletes," head coach Billy Chadwick said.  "Marcel has provided great senior leadership and year after year has shown he's one of the top SEC players.  Jonas is arguably the most improved player in the league. He has become physically stronger and more consistent and is having a great year.  This has been an outstanding spring for Nik.  The SEC is the strongest conference in the nation, and to be recognized as the top freshman is a tremendous honor."

All three have helped lead the Rebels to their current national ranking of No. 13 and in strong consideration to host the NCAA first and second rounds.

The NCAA selections and host sites will be announced May 1 on NCAA.com.  The Rebels will have an open house at the tennis center.  All fans are invited to come join the men's and women's teams for the selection show.  The women's show will be at 4 p.m. followed by the men's at 4:30 p.m.      Follow the Rebels on twitter at @OleMissMTennis and on facebook at www.facebook.com/OleMissMTennis.

A complete list of awards follows:

Coach of the Year: Dennis Emery, Kentucky
Player of the Year: Eric Quigley, Kentucky
Freshman of the Year: Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Charlie Jones, Vanderbilt

First Team All-SEC
Andreas Mies, Auburn
Alex Stamchev, Auburn
KU Singh, Georgia
Wil Spencer, Georgia
Panav Jha, Kentucky
Alex Musialek, Kentucky
Eric Quigley, Kentucky
Anthony Rossi, Kentucky
Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss
Marcel Thiemann, Ole Miss
Louis Cant, Mississippi State
Artem Ilyushin, Mississippi State
Mikelis Libietis, Tennessee

Second Team All-SEC
Ricky Doverspike, Alabama
Tripper Carleton, Florida
Bob van Overbeek, Florida
Nassim Slilam, Florida
Sadio Doumbia, Georgia
Ignacio Taboada, Georgia
Tom Jomby, Kentucky
Olivier Borsos, LSU
Neal Skupski, LSU
Jonas Lutjen, Ole Miss
Hunter Reese, Tennessee
Charlie Jones, Vanderbilt
Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt

All-Freshman
Nathan Pasha, Georgia
Chris Simpson, LSU
Nik Scholtz, Ole Miss
Andrew Adams, South Carolina
Mikelis Libietis, Tennessee
Hunter Reese, Tennessee
Gonzales Austin, Vanderbilt

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