Scholtz Turns The Page On Outstanding Junior Season

Nik Scholtz

May 28, 2014

By Austin Miller,

TWITTER: @OleMissMTennis
FACEBOOK: OleMissMTennis

OXFORD, Miss. -- Nik Scholtz extended the career of legendary coach Billy Chadwick at the NCAA Championships, as the junior All-American reached the Round of 16 for the second time in his career before dropping a close match to UCLA freshman Mackenzie McDonald.

Scholtz finished the season with a 27-7 overall record, highlighted by becoming the fourth Rebel to be named SEC Player of the Year and the first to earn SEC Freshman and Player of the Year honors during his career.  His record included a pair of early season wins over Pepperdine's Alex Sarkissian, the runner-up in the NCAA Singles Championship, and an impressive 15-1 mark at No. 1 singles, including 8-1 in the SEC.  Scholtz led the Rebels to their 21st consecutive NCAA appearance, and the team defeated Northwestern 4-1 to advance to the second round.

"I achieved a lot of the goals that I wanted to," said Scholtz of his season. "I grew a lot as a player. I got better. I'm still healthy. A lot of people would be satisfied with a Sweet 16, but I really and truly felt this was a year where I could have gone really deep in the [NCAA] Tournament. You can't let one tournament define your whole season. All in all, I'm pretty happy with how it went. It would have been nice to have a better run at the end of the year, but it is what it is.  You have to put it behind you, learn and grow from it."

With the collegiate season behind him, Scholtz plans to follow in the footsteps of 2012 NCAA Champion Steve Johnson of Southern California.  Johnson was in the same position of having only a few hours to graduate, and he elected to play ITF Futures and Challengers in the summer and fall before returning to Southern Cal for his senior season.  

Scholtz is playing in the South Africa F2 Futures that begins Monday.  He will play singles and team up with former Rebel and fellow South African Tucker Vorster, in doubles.

From there, Scholtz plans to take some time off, go home to his native Caledon, South Africa, see his family and regroup and then start practicing in preparation for the next tournaments. The focus, Scholtz said, is putting it all together when it really matters, when you're in those pressure-packed moments, and trying to win as many matches as he can.

"It's about being in the right place at the right time and getting a couple of breaks and then you're there," Scholtz said. "The biggest thing you can do is be persistent and play hard every time you step on the court. The ranking will take care of itself. When you're thinking too much about that, it's not going to work out.

"I have learned that all you can do is focus on playing your best tennis, giving it all you have and preparing as hard as you can. At the end of the day, that's all you can do, and the rest will happen if it's meant to happen."

As for Scholtz's future beyond this summer and fall, he will have a big decision to make on whether to return to Ole Miss for his senior season or turn pro. Scholtz, who redshirted his freshman season, is just six hours short of graduation.

"I could truly stay here forever," Scholtz said. "I love this place and I love playing for Ole Miss. The support I'm getting here is truly amazing and I'm really thankful for that. There comes a time when you have to start thinking about the bigger picture, and I am not getting any younger. What will influence my decision the most are my results and my health."

With Scholtz, the Rebels would return six of their top seven players from this year's team, and will be bolstered by one of the nation's top recruiting classes in Gustav Hansson of Sweden, Zvonimir Babic of Croatia and Mazen Osama of Egypt.

"Ole Miss is going to have a great tennis team, and that definitely weighs into my decision. It would be great to be part of winning a championship for Ole Miss and our fans," Scholtz closed.

    • Seniors Shine, Records Broken in Magnolia Bowl

      Saturday, November 21, 2015 - Football

      By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media RelationsAfter a bounce that didn't go their way against Arkansas, the Rebels knew tonight was a must-win situation. No. 22 Ole Miss knocked off rival No. 15 LSU 38-17 in a top-25 matchup... read more

    • Drama Rules The Day at Vaught-Hemingway

      Saturday, November 7, 2015 - Football

      By Brandon Lee, Ole Miss Athletics Media RelationsDrama in front of a sold-out crowd of 60,680 between the No. 18 Rebels and Arkansas? It was that and a whole lot more in a back-and-forth Saturday night knockdown, drag-out SEC West... read more

    • Rebels Dominate In Prime-Time Spotlight

      Saturday, October 24, 2015 - Football

      By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media RelationsIt wasn't pretty, but the Rebels got the job done. No. 23 Ole Miss and No. 15 Texas A&M combined for seven turnovers, but a dominant defense and a balanced offense led to... read more

    • Midseason Checkpoint: Rebels Control Their Own Destiny

      Wednesday, October 14, 2015 -

      It seemed like it was just yesterday that the Ole Miss football team continued through the motions of fall camp, and we all were just ready for the season to finally begin. Fast forward with a little Talladega up-tempo... read more

    • Rebels Bounce Back at Home

      Saturday, October 10, 2015 -

      By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media RelationsOle Miss raced past another non-conference opponent at home this week. The Rebels returned to their usual form after a conference loss at Florida last week, racking up 665 yards of total offense,... read more

    • Ratings, Exposure Huge for Ole Miss-Alabama

      Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss' historic win over Alabama last Saturday was not only popular with members of Rebel Nation, it was among the most-watched college football games of the year.The Rebels' thrilling 43-37 victory over the Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium was the... read more

    • Rebels Pass First Test in Search of Playoff Berth

      Sunday, September 20, 2015 - Football

      By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media RelationsThe road to the College Football Playoff includes many tests along the way. The Ole Miss Rebels (3-0, 1-0 SEC) just passed their first, proving that they are a legitimate contender after knocking... read more

    • Kelly Makes Statement in Big Rebel Win

      Saturday, September 12, 2015 - Football

      By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;... read more

    • Big Plays Highlight Season-Opening Win

      Saturday, September 5, 2015 - Football

      Offense, defense and special teams. Ole Miss dominated all three aspects of the game as the 15th-ranked Rebels routed UT Martin 76-3 in the season opener. The 60,186 fans, mostly dressed in white, anticipated an exciting start to the 2015... read more

    • Time to Take a Stand

      Monday, August 31, 2015 -

      It's finally week! It's been 242 days since the Ole Miss Rebels last took to the gridiron for a clash of the helmets. After a successful 2014 campaign in which Ole Miss knocked off a No. 1-ranked team... read more

    • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge to Air on ESPNU Aug. 1

      Thursday, July 30, 2015 -

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ATLANTA - On Saturday, fans can tune in to see the Rebels duo of Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and former Ole Miss basketball player Sean Tuohy compete in the Chick-fil-A... read more

    • Rebels Emerge on Four Watch Lists This Week

      Friday, July 17, 2015 -

      Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to... read more

    • Football Rebels All Over First Week of Watch List Releases

      Friday, July 10, 2015 -

      As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to... read more

    • Engram, Hilton and Johnson to Represent Ole Miss at SEC Football Media Days

      Wednesday, July 8, 2015 -

      Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end,... read more

    • Five Rebels Tabbed Preseason All-SEC in The Birmingham News

      Tuesday, June 30, 2015 -

      Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the... read more




  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago



» «