Monday, August 8, 2022

Rebel Netters Conclude Season in NCAA Doubles

The Ole Miss men’s tennis team closed the book on the season Thursday with a tight loss by Nik Scholtz and Zvonimir Babic in the NCAA Doubles Championship to Denver’s Henry Craig and Alex Gasson.

Zvonimir Babic and Nik Scholtz Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics
Zvonimir Babic and Nik Scholtz
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics

Scholtz and Babic broke and led 4-2 in the first set, before the Denver duo broke back to even the set at 4-4. They would end up going to a tiebreaker, which Denver won 7-6(6) to take the early momentum.  They broke Scholtz in the first game of the second set and held the rest of the way for 6-4, to advance to the second round. Scholtz and Babic did have a break point in the final game to get back on serve, but couldn’t convert.

“Nik and Z were not able to convert on the few chances they were given in this match,” head coach Toby Hansson said.

Scholtz finishes the season 16-6 in singles and 12-8 in doubles. The final rankings come out the first week of June, and if he finishes in the top 20 of singles, he would become a four-time All-American.  He was ranked No. 18 heading into the postseason.

The future looks bright, as the Rebels will return six players from this year’s lineup next year, including All-SEC honorees Stefan Lindmark and Gustav Hansson.

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NCAA Doubles Championship – Waco, Texas
First round – Henry Craig-Alex Gasson (DU) def. Nik Scholtz/Zvonimir Babic (OM)

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports Information

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