Rebel Netter Nik Scholtz Wins First ITF Title Captures Win In Home Country Of South Africa
Dec. 15, 2012
SOUTH AFRICA – Ole Miss men’s tennis sophomore Nik Scholtz finished exams early this fall, so he could go home to his native country and play in two ITF Futures events. Saturday, Scholtz defeated Frenchman Simon Cauvard 6-3, 6-0 to win his first ITF title.
The 2012 SEC Freshman of the Year reached the semis in the first Futures event last week in Potchefstroom, where he lost to Cauvard, the eventual winner. Scholtz had lost to Cauvard four times previously.
Moments after he won his first ITF title, Scholtz tweeted: “I just won my first pro tournament. I am really humbled. Thanks to everyone who supported me #blessed.”
This week, Scholtz teamed up with former Rebel Tucker Vorster in doubles, as well as playing singles. Both players reached the semifinals of singles and then had to play each other. Scholtz won a hotly-contested match 6-3 in the third to advance to Saturday’s final.
Both Ole Miss head coach Billy Chadwick and associate head coach Toby Hansson kept up with the results and talked almost daily with Scholtz, who was the only freshman to earn All-America honors in both singles and doubles last season.
“We are real excited about Nik’s first ITF title,” Chadwick said. “It was a great showing by Nik to reach the semis the first week and then to win the title this week. He has really shown improvement in his game, and we are excited about the spring season.”
Scholtz wrapped up an excellent 2012 year, which included representing South Africa in Davis Cup in addition to all his accolades as a Rebel. He began the fall ranked No. 5 in the nation in singles and No. 2 in doubles and finished the fall with an 8-2 record, including winning the ITA Southern Regional Championship.
Moving along chronologically, today we delve into the top 10 moments of Ole Miss men's tennis coach Billy Chadwick continuing with the 2005 season, which was one of the most exciting seasons in Ole Miss tennis history. In 2005, the... read more
On this Monday we take a look at moment No. 11 of the top moments in Billy Chadwick's career. This moment encompasses a year full of great accomplishments that Chadwick made the norm for the Ole Miss tennis program. In... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss went 1-2 last week vs. No. 7 LSU, dropping a 13-inning affair in the series opener before taking game two and falling in the series finale.- Ole Miss became the... read more
Earlier this baseball season, Ole Miss tied a game on a dropped fly ball with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, which was a case of deja vu for Ole Miss fan Curtis Wilkie, who remembered the same... read more
Sam Smith posted his eighth straight quality start, but it was not enough, as LSU shut out Ole Miss 2-0 Saturday afternoon to take the three-game series. It was the first time that the Rebels had been shutout since a... read more
LSU looked to have gotten out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, but right fielder Mark Laird dropped a fly ball in foul territory that would have been the final out and send the game to the fifth down... read more
For eight innings, Chris Ellis dueled Aaron Nola, the Southeastern Conference's leader in strikeouts (84) and earned run average (0.70) to a draw, as he left with the game with the score tied at 2-2. It was the eighth time... read more
Two new mock drafts released this week has former wide receiver Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief being selected in the late second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, set for May 8-10. NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks projects Moncrief... read more