Scholtz Advances To Second Round In NCAA Singles

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Nik Scholtz
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Nik Scholtz
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

May 21, 2014

TWITTER: @OleMissMTennis | @NCAATennis2014

FACEBOOK: OleMissMTennis

Updated Singles Bracket | Live Scoring/Video

ATHENS, Georgia — On the first day of the NCAA Singles Championship where many other seeded players were upset, three-time All-American Nik Scholtz overcame tough conditions and a tough competitor, as he rallied to defeat Alexis Heugas of Virginia Commonwealth 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship.

"It was tough," said Scholtz, the reigning SEC Player of the Year. "It was windy in the beginning. The wind died down toward the end, so that helped me. I started playing better. I'm glad I got that one out of that way because I feel like I can play better. I was serving well, but my game can be a lot better."

"It was tough conditions," head coach Billy Chadwick said. "It was a little windy, and it was the first match of the tournament. His opponent had a brilliant game plan. He wasn't giving him many looks at all. Nik was feeling no rhythm whatsoever. Nik did a great job of finding a way to finally get that break in the second set and win the second set. Nik served really well the last four games."

Scholtz, ranked No. 12 nationally and seeded 9-16, improves to 26-6 on the year and has lost just one match since mid-January. His win also extends the coaching career of Chadwick, who will be inducted into the ITA Hall of Fame later tonight.

"My goal is to go out there and leave everything on the court," said Scholtz, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship as a freshman. "It's not just about being the best player. There's way more that has to go your way that week. You have to believe and you have to be mentally there. A lot goes into winning a tournament like this, and hopefully those things start rolling."

At 5-5 in the first set, Heugas broke Scholtz for a 6-5 lead and then served it out to win the set. Heugas carried the momentum into the second set, where he broke Scholtz for a 1-0 lead. Scholtz broke back to 2-2 and went up a break for a 5-3 lead. After the hard-fought break, Scholtz followed with an ace on triple-set point to force a third and decisive set.

Scholtz and Heugas traded serves to 3-3 in the third set. With Heugas serving, Scholtz went up 40-30 on a well-placed volley, and after Heugas was assessed a point penalty for player misconduct, Scholtz claimed a decisive break to go up 4-3 in the set.

Serving for the match up 5-4, Scholtz double-faulted on double-match point, but he answered right back with another ace to advance to the second round on Thursday, where he will meet Lukas Ollert of Auburn.

Ollert, ranked No. 52 nationally, won a three-setter over Ronnie Schneider of North Carolina in the first round. Scholtz and Ollert met earlier this season in Oxford at the Gillom Sports Center, where Scholtz won in straight sets 6-0, 7-6 (7-5).

"He's a good player," Scholtz said. "I beat him in indoors. Outdoors, out here, it might be more of a fair play. He's one of those guys where if you don't play your best, you're not going to win because he doesn't give you anything, so I have to go out there and play well."

For updates throughout the NCAA Singles Championship, follow @NCAATennis2014 and @OleMissMTennis on Twitter. There will also be live scoring and video for all matches.

NCAA Singles Championship - Athens, Georgia
First Round
Nik Scholtz (OM) def. Alexis Heugas (VCU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Rebels Knock Off Defending SEC Champs

      Wednesday, October 1, 2014 -

      Playing in front of a nationally-televised audience on the SEC Network, the Ole Miss volleyball team notched their biggest win of the season, knocking off defending SEC Champion Missouri in three sets. The win also snaps the Tigers' 20-match SEC... read more

    • Freeze, Saban Preview Saturday's SEC Showdown

      Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Alabama head coach Nick Saban on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's much-anticipated matchup. For the full SEC teleconference, go here. Alabama head coach Nick Saban (starts at 36:16 mark)... read more

    • Striking The Right Balance Offensively

      Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss has been held under 100 yards rushing in each of its last meetings with Alabama, a 33-14 loss in 2012 and a 25-0 loss in 2013. Running the ball effectively and finding a balance is one area, the... read more

    • 3 Things About Gameday - Ole Miss vs. Alabama

      Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Sept. 22-28)

      Monday, September 29, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 22-28, 2014Football- No. 10 Ole Miss used a dominant defensive effort to put away Memphis 24-3 on Saturday, setting up one of the biggest games in recent history this coming Saturday against the Alabama... read more

    • PHOTOS: Week-Long Timeline of Powder Blues

      Monday, September 29, 2014 - Football

      1. Tuesday 9/23 at 4PM @CoachHughFreeze reveals the helmets to the @olemissfb team at team meeting. pic.twitter.com/8jpVCvny4p— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) September 29, 2014 2. Wed 9/24 at 4PM @OleMissFB practice hidden indoors so that team practice in helmets for safety reasons. pic.twitter.com/vA0Oo6Ps7S— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) September... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House

      Sunday, September 28, 2014 - Athletics

      It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. I'll handle the bulk of the notes this week, but we also have some insight from Austin Miller here as well. Let's... read more

    • Upset Bid Falls Short Against No. 10 A&M

      Sunday, September 28, 2014 - Soccer

      Seeking its first win over a top-10 team since 2009, Ole Miss took a 1-0 lead but fell short to No. 10 Texas A&M, 2-1, Sunday afternoon. "I'm really happy with the team's performance," head coach Matt Mott said. "I'm... read more

    • Defense Honors Mullins with Dominant Effort

      Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Football

      Wearing the lighter blue helmets for the first time since 1994 to honor the late Chucky Mullins, the Ole Miss defense also honored his memory with perhaps the most dominant defensive performance of the Hugh Freeze Era. "Chucky would have... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Memphis Motivational

      Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Memphis: Official Team Motivational from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Memphis

      Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 10 Ole Miss faces Memphis Saturday. Battle of the Quarterbacks Ole Miss and Memphis have both gotten steady quarterback play, as both teams rank inside the top-15 nationally in scoring offense.  Senior quarterback Bo... read more

    • Rebels Rebound with Hard-Fought Draw

      Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Soccer

      Playing in their fourth overtime game of the season, the Ole Miss soccer team played Arkansas to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Thursday night.  The teams combined for 30 shots, including 13 on goal, but the game was characterized more... read more

    • 3 Things About Gameday - Ole Miss vs. Memphis

      Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Freeze Stresses Focus, Attention Ahead of Memphis

      Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's time on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of the Rebels' matchup with Memphis on Saturday (6:30 p.m. CT, Fox Sports Net). Freeze's time on the call begins at the 1:21:20 mark. For... read more

    • Memphis Not Fazed by Big Stage

      Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - Football

      Memphis is 2-1 heading into Saturday's matchup with wins over Austin Peay (63-0) and Middle Tennessee (36-17) and a 42-35 loss at No. 11 UCLA. The Tigers scored two early fourth-quarter touchdowns to tie the Bruins at 35-35 with 13:44... read more