Rebels Ready For ITA Southern Regional

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Nik Scholtz is the defending champion at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional.
Nik Scholtz is the defending champion at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional.

Oct. 9, 2013

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OXFORD, Miss. -- The Ole Miss men’s tennis team heads to Tuscaloosa, Ala., this week for the USTA/ITA Southern Regional, a five-day event in which junior Nik Scholtz is the defending champion.

The Southern Regional, which runs Thursday, Oct. 10 through Monday, Oct. 14, features teams from the states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.  SEC opponents Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State will be among the schools that will challenge for the individual singles and doubles titles at Alabama’s Tennis Center.  

Singles and doubles winners will earn direct entry into the second major event of the year, the ITA National Indoor Championships, which take place in November at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

“We are looking forward to the tournament,” head coach Billy Chadwick said.  “This is one of the strongest regions in the nation.  The guys have been working really hard, and it’s a great opportunity to qualify for the National Indoor held at the US Open site.”  

The Rebels are led by Scholtz, who is ranked No. 7 in the nation and the top seed in the event.  Junior William Kallberg, sophomores Stefan Lindmark and Zach Wilder, redshirt sophomore Joe Rogers and redshirt freshman Vinod Gowda will also compete in singles for the Rebels. This will be Rogers’ first tournament of the season.

Coming off an injury, senior Johan Backstrom will also play in his first tournament of the season alongside Wilder in doubles. Gowda and Rogers and Stockholm, Sweden natives Kallberg and Lindmark will also pair up for the Rebels.

Ole Miss has dominated the tournament in previous years. In 2010, Tucker Vorster took the singles title and All-American twins Chris Thiemann and Marcel Thiemann won doubles.  Backstrom and former All-American Jonas Lutjen followed up with the doubles title in 2011.  

Scholtz, who made his season debut last week at the All-American Championships, is looking forward to this weekend and trying to defend his title.  “One of my goals this year is to get back to New York and hopefully make a run there.”

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