OXFORD, Miss. - All-Americans Nik Scholtz and Jonas Lutjen are aiming to lead the Ole Miss men's tennis team back to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. After the team portion of the NCAA Championships concludes, the duo will compete for a national championship in singles and doubles as both earned bids to the NCAA Individual Championships Wednesday.
Scholtz, ranked No. 16 in the latest singles rankings, earned a 9-16 seed and will be making his second consecutive appearance in the field of 64. It marks the second straight year for him to be seeded in singles. The Caledon, South Africa native reached the Elite Eight in his freshman campaign last year on his way to becoming the 27th All-American in the history of the program.
Lutjen will also be participating in the NCAA Individual Championships for the second year in a row. The senior from Schessel, Germany has been ranked inside the top 20 in singles all year along, reaching a career-high of No. 5.
The doubles field is loaded, with six of the top eight seeds from the SEC, including Scholtz and Lutjen as the No. 3 seed. They own a 17-5 overall record, 15-2 at No. 1 doubles. Scholtz and Lutjen finished 6-1 in the SEC, with their only loss coming to the nation's top-ranked tandem.
The 64-player singles draw and the 32-team doubles draw will be played at the Atkins Tennis Center in Champaign, Ill. May 22-27, immediately following the NCAA Team Championship (May 16-21).
The Rebels are seeded No. 6 in the NCAA Team Championship, and will host the first and second rounds May 10-11 at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. They will face Lehigh in the first round Friday, May 10 at Noon.
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