OXFORD, Miss. -- The Ole Miss men's tennis team looks to continue their strong play this season as they travel to Tulsa, Okla., this weekend for the ITA All-American Championships, hosted by the University of Tulsa.
The first of three collegiate majors, the ITA All-American Championships features more than 300 of the nation's best collegiate tennis players.
Prequalifying singles will begin Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Case Tennis Center. Qualifying begins Oct. 1 and the main draw will begin on Oct. 4.
The Rebels will send eight players to Tulsa. Ranked No. 5 and No. 21 in the nation respectively, sophomore Nik Scholtz and senior Jonas Lutjen gained direct entry and will compete in the main draw in singles. Lutjen won the Southern Intercollegiate to begin the year, while Scholtz is fresh off competing for South Africa in the Davis Cup.
Scholtz and Lutjen will also compete in the main draw doubles tournament, as the No. 2 ranked duo in the nation. Backstrom and Kallberg will begin their doubles tournament in the qualifying draw.
"This is one of the premier individual tournaments of the year, and we are looking forward to it," head coach Billy Chadwick said. "We've had a good start to the fall season, and they guys have been working hard to prepare for the first big event of the collegiate year."
Ole Miss has had success at the All-American, winning both a singles title and a doubles title. Catalin Gard claimed the singles title in 2004 and Jonas Berg and Bram ten Berge took home the doubles title in 2008.
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