ATHENS, Ga. - Ole Miss men's tennis senior Jonas Lutjen was a freshman on the Rebels' 2010 SEC West Championship team. Four years later, he's an individual champion as well, capturing the Southern Intercollegiate singles title Monday with a 6-4, 6-0 win against Georgia's Hernus Pieters.
The oldest fall college tennis tournament in the nation, the event started in 1968, and Lutjen became the 45th champion.
The two traded breaks early in the match, but at 4-4 in the first set, Lutjen broke Pieters again and held serve to claim the early lead. The All-American, ranked No. 21 in the nation, carried the momentum into the second set, dominating Pieters 6-0 to win his first career singles title with the Rebels.
"We are extremely proud of Jonas. He is one of the most improved players in the country," head coach Billy Chadwicksaid. "The tournament had more than 128 participants and to claim the championship is a great effort on Jonas' part."
In his six matches this weekend, Lutjen dropped only one set.
The Rebels will be back in action Sept. 21-23 at the University of Virginia Tournament in Charlottesville, Va.
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Southern Intercollegiate - ATHENS, Ga.
Division I Singles
Final - Jonas Lutjen (OM) def. Hernus Pieters (UGA) 6-4, 6-0.